ARC Review: How to Break an Undead Heart (Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy #3) by Hailey Edwards

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Beginner's Guide to Necromancy #3
Hailey Edwards
Urban Fantasy
Black Dog Books, LLC
March 30th 2018
ARC Review Copy


The Beginner's Guide to Necromancy, Book 3

Grier finally has the one thing she’s always wanted: Boaz Pritchard. Too bad her dream boyfriend is keeping her up nights, just not in a sweaty or fun way. Boaz has dialed down the Southern charm and stopped returning her calls. His job forces him to keep secrets, but his radio silence is cranking up her suspicions. He’s a shameless flirt, but he’s her shameless flirt…right?

Soon an attack on Woolworth House leaves her with bigger problems than he loves me, he loves me not. Vampires are on the prowl, and they aren’t the only predators circling. A new threat has emerged, one with blood rights to Grier. With enemies closing in on all sides, she must choose her allies, and the decision could make or break her…and her heart.

Warning: This book contains a buttload of zombie parakeet poop. Like grab a poncho and thank me later. Watch out, y’all. It’s about to hit the fan. Hearts will break, and heads will roll. Literally.


** Note: You do need to read this series in order.

How to Break an Undead Heart is by far the best in the Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy series to date. I devoured this extraordinary novel in one sitting.

WOW, the title should have been a dead give away, but I wasn’t expecting what happens to happen. The author left me an emotional wreck and I’m still getting tears in my eyes, when I think about what happened.

The story takes place close to where How to Claim an Undead Soul ends. Not much time has passed between books. Grier and company sparkle off the pages. Boaz is out on a confidential assignment, Amelie is working through her house arrest, and Linus is trying to help Grier get knowledge on her necromancy skills.

Their are a few different conflicts introduced in this one. The master is still trying to take Grier under his care, Linus and Grier are trying to understand what Grier can do, and Boaz is being sketchy.

In the last book Boaz said he was all in and it seams like they where finally going to be TOGETHER, but she has some concerns that he’s not as in as he said he was, especially since he’s talking to Amelie all the time and only shows up when Grier is severely hurt. I really liked Boaz and was hoping for the underdog to come out on top, but what Boaz does made me say Goodbye.

As for Linus; I still don’t see him as a lover, but the possibility is open. At this time he’s more a friend and teacher. I liked that we got to see more of Linus and his different masks he wears and his Wrath. The combination is interesting and Linus plays more of a role in this installment. He gets Grier out of the house, shows her a different life, and helps her grow. With what Grier went through she never got to have the life she dreamed and now she learns that she will never be the same Grier and it’s time to let go of many things and move forward.

So much happens in How to Break an Undead Heart. We learning more about Grier, get to meet new creatures, and have our heartbroken. Edwards ripped out my heart at the end. I’m not sure if I’m glad she did it, but I see it needed to be done. Grier needed to let go of so many things. No one likes to let their first love go, but it’s something that happens in life.

I’ll leave you with this. My heart broke for Grier and Woolly, the house, so have tissues ready. I cried the last 15% of this book, but I couldn’t stop; because it’s such an important and impactful moment for everyone involved.

Rated: 5 Stars

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Hailey Edwards with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & 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.

12 comments on “ARC Review: How to Break an Undead Heart (Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy #3) by Hailey Edwards

  1. Wow, five stars. I have seen a bit about this series and was interested, but after reading your review, it makes me want to read it more. I will be checking the series out further!
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    • I’m glad to hear my review has picked your interest in trying out this series. I hope you enjoy!

  2. I would love to try this series!
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    • It’s a fun especially if you enjoy Urban Fantasy! Thank’s for visiting, Melliane.

  3. I will come back and read but I want to go into this cold. Glad to see five stars from you though!

    • I totally understand. I’ve don the same thing on several books I’ve really been waning to read. Hope you enjoy!

  4. Fabulous review angela!! Loved it!! Shared on all my socials!

    • Thank you!

  5. Great review Angela and I just saw Caffeinated’s review of book one so now I’m extra psyched to start the series.

    • It’s a fun one. Ms. Edwards really knows how to bring in unique qualities and fabulous characters to love. I hope you enjoy!

  6. Ok, added this series to my TBR. This sounds so emotional and amazing. Did you read it or listen?

    • I read. I don’t think she has audio out for this series. I ended up buying all 3 books, so I can go back and re-read. This one was amazing and then the end had me an emotional wreck and I want the next title now now now…. I’ve had a lot fun and great luck with Ms. Edwards and her Urban Fantasy series. If you can wait for next month – The May I Suggest Hop I’m offer up a few different books, the first in the series and this series is one… ^_^