Alexis vs. the Afterlife by Marcus Alexander Hart – ARC Review

Alexis McRiott is a foul-mouthed guitar goddess with a passion for hair-metal and groupies of the fairer sex. You’d never recognize this strung-out Hollywood dirtbag as the squeaky-clean kid wizard she used to play on TV.

And that suits her just fine.

But when Alexis is killed in a freak accident, her sitcom past comes back to haunt her. On her first day as a ghost she destroys a rampaging poltergeist using a hex from her old show that, for some reason, actually works.

Impressed by her powers, a deceased medieval prince tries to recruit Alexis in his crusade against otherworldly evil, but she refuses to be his clichéd “chosen one” magical heroine. That is, until she meets his sister-in-arms—a smokin’ hot Chinese railroad worker duty-bound to protect the living from supernatural threats.

Pursued by soul-collecting reapers, this motley crew must stop a paranormal apocalypse that Alexis might have been kinda, sorta, completely responsible for unleashing. But can two dead lesbians and a seven-hundred-year-old tween save the world with sitcom magic?

They don’t stand a ghost of a chance.

Alexis vs. the Afterlife is an urban fantasy comedy perfect for fans of Diana Rowland’s White Trash Zombie books (who want more jokes), fans of Deborah Wilde’s The Unlikeable Demon Hunter (who want less heat), and fans of Barry J. Hutchinson’s Space Team (who want paranormal mayhem instead of, uh… space mayhem.). (Taken from Amazon)

                                      Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review. This will be available on July 9th.

Alexis was a child star on a show that is basically a rip-off of any paranormal show on the CW. She hated it and was only doing it because she was promised a music deal…which never happened. Instead, the show was cancelled,  and she becomes a cynical has-been.

Then, in a weird accident, Alexis finds herself suddenly deceased. Not wanting to join the Great Beyond just yet, Alexis runs from the reaper, and straight into a fight with a poltergeist. Somehow she’s able to destroy it, launching herself rather reluctantly into a quest to stop a Big Bad.

She’s joined by Wycock, a ghost who’s sole purpose is to avenge the destruction of his kingdom, and Yin, who Alexis has a major crush on. Together, they have to cobble together a vanquishing. Not a one of them knows what they’re doing. Oh, dear.

This book was fun, but nothing to write home about. It was full of puns and sarcasm, which I usually love, but about half of it sort of felt forced. The funny was really funny, though, and Wycock cracked me up. He was so earnest, and so completely unprepared.

The pacing was good, although cutting out a few of the action beats could have helped a little. About halfway through, it started to feel a little redundant, and I found my attention wandering. I was pulled back in by the ending, however. The final showdown was entertaining and creative.

This is a fun, fast read. Check it out if you’re looking for a bit of a giggle.


6 thoughts on “Alexis vs. the Afterlife by Marcus Alexander Hart – ARC Review

  1. This does sound like a lot of fun! I have a lot of love for the reluctant hero trope, and the fact that she’s doing it because she fancies a girl is so relatable. I’ll have to check it out!

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