Review: How to Live an Undead Lie (Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy #5) by Hailey Edwards

How to Live an Undead Lie Book Cover How to Live an Undead Lie
Beginner's Guide to Necromancy #5
Hailey Edwards
Urban Fantasy - Paranormal Romance
December 11th 2018


When a fledgling vampire arrives at Woolworth House searching for his maker, Grier is forced to relive her time in Atramentous. Most of those years are as dark and empty in her memory as she was in her cell. She can't remember her progeny, or the night she resuscitated him, but she can protect him from the Society. As long as she's willing to barter with her grandfather to do it.

But Lacroix has plans of his own. He envisions the city--her city--under his rule, and Grier under his thumb. Now all he needs is the right leverage to force her cooperation, and he has just the person in mind. Grier is ready to trade her freedom until a grim truth is revealed that splits her heart in two. Yet another person she loves has betrayed her, and Grier is left agonizing over how much of their relationship is real and how much was a lie.


How to Live an Undead Lie starts about a week after the end of the last book. Their are many secrets revealed, Odette is missing, and Corbin her prodigy has come knocking on her door. What will Grier do? 

Grier keeps her head even when others betray her and have no problem doing it. I think it’s time she starts fighting back, because others in her life have no problem screwing her over. I was happy to see Grier continue to learn about her world, make her own choices, and develop her relationships.

Linus and Grier are dating and their relationship is progress nicely. I really like Linus. He gives Grier the time she needs to move the relationship along and doesn’t pressure her. The every looming sadness that Linus will leave her; because she isn’t good enough is present. Will they be together or not?

I like the side characters; except I’m done, just done, with the Pritchards. They need to go. 

How to Live an Undead Lie is another delightful addition to the series. I was pulled in from begging to end and couldn’t believe the betrayal that happened. I can’t wait to see what’s next; because this one ends on a cliffhanger.

Rated: 4 Stars

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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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I gave up on this series after the third book. I just had too many issues. But I know soooo many who love it – and that makes me happy. Glad to see Grier is finally finding a bit of happiness. The Pritchards are part of the reason I left the series. I hope for your sake that they do go!

Melanie Simmons

I keep wanting to start this series. Glad you enjoyed this one.


I bought this one and I can’t wait to get into it!

Anne - Books of My Heart

I read this even though I have been listening on audio. I am going to review the audio when it is released. I continue to enjoy this series but Grier can hardly catch a break.

Yeah I’m done with the Pritchards too! Excellent review.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Oh I am so glad you reviewed this. I totally forgot about the release! I will be starting this soon. LOL on the Prichards.

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine

Awesome review angela!! Sounds like a great series!! Shared on my socials!💖😉

Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

Ohh this sounds good. I am definitely going to have to give this series a try!