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When Lacy wakes up dead in Westminster Cemetery, final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe, she's confused. It's the job of Sam, a young soldier who died in 1865, to teach her the rules of the afterlife and to warn her about Suppression--a punishment worse than death.

Lacy desperately wants to leave the cemetery and find out how she died, but every soul is obligated to perfor
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by Carolrhoda Books
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Rendz
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was super weird...and yet not. I liked it. RTC
Milana M (acouplereads)
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I loved this!
Lauren Stoolfire
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery by Mary Amato is a YA paranormal fantasy story told in the format of a two-act stage play. If you like a good ghost story, you're going to have to try this tale because there is so much to like about it. It's a darkly humorous and quirky, features a fantastic variety of characters (including Edgar Allan Poe himself), and it asks intriguing questions about life and death. It did leave me wanti
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Jackie
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018-reads, fantasy
I really have no idea why this was rated so poorly and my only guess is someone didn’t actually read it because wow it was so much more than I could have ever imagined!

“Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery” tells the story of the dead who spend their night stuck in a routine guarded by strict rules when a young woman wakes and finds herself the newest member of their community. Already plagued as the outcast since she is considered a “modern” for dying after 1913 she struggles to find her pla
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Dahlia
Aug 12, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2018-releases
This was extremely odd and that definitely contributed to why I liked it so much. With as much YA as I read, it's getting really hard to find books that don't read like ten I've already read, and this was definitely that. It takes chances in both premise and form and it was a lot of fun.
Jenny
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an advance reader's copy (ARC) of this book, so I will not quote, just comment generally.

Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery by Mary Amato initially intrigued me because of the title, then the description — the lives, or rather deaths, of the occupants of Westminster Cemetery are upended by the arrival of a new resident, a "Modern" girl called Lacy. She decides things here are too boring, too strict, and too sad, and suggests an Open Mic Night to cheer everyone up. Little does she
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Ryley (Ryley Reads)
I knew that this book sounded interesting to me... and then I realized it was in a play format and I was immediately in love!

Thanks so much to Thomas Allen for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.

This book follows a cast of Dead characters, including the newly deceased Lacy, who has no memory of how she died and struggles to comprehend the cemetery that is to be her new 'home.' She first meets Sam, a shy Civil War soldier who died not long afte
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Caitlin
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review originally posted on my blog, Turning Pages.

When I first stumbled upon this book, I knew I wanted to read it. A book set in a cemetery, told via play format? Um, yes. It’s the perfect Autumnal read, and fans of Edgar Allan Poe will especially appreciate it.

I haven’t read a book in play format in years, but it was fun. It made the book quick read. As someone who loves seeing plays, I enjoyed it. T
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Brittany
May 31, 2018 rated it liked it
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Dana
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent book! Written in the form of a two act play, it begins with sixteen year old Lacy awakening, as it were, dead, in a the cemetery where Edgar Allen Poe is buried. Prior to her arrival, the last resident arrived in 1913, so Lacy is seen as a "modern", by the other residents who include Sam, who died during the civil war, Poe's wife Virginia, two sisters who do needlework, and Sam's overly controlling mother, Mrs. Steele, who rules the cemetery and has the disorderly dead "supp ...more
Rebecca
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I really liked this.

1. The play format is something that will really work shopping this book to teens who seek story and alternate format.
2. The size of the book, content, alternate format will all work for reluctant readers.
3. The storyline moves. Set over the course of 3 or 4 nights, the story moves with consistent speed.
4. Characters are interesting. Concept is fresh. Poe is involved but it's a pretty surface level involvement (teens won't have to have any type of understanding of Poe to get
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Cathy
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, poetry, drama
According to the "Dear Reader" letter at the beginning, this is based on a true story and was originally written for the Deceased and performed first at Westminster Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland. Most of the characters are Deceased and indeed if this play is performed in other cemeteries across the country, sign me up, I will sneak in.

The scene opens in front of Edgar Allen Poe's cemetery as Sam Steele, wannabe poet and hopeless romantic struggles to find his muse. When the Raven announces the
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Taylor Holt
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
What a quirky, fun read! I often enjoy reading YA fiction, and when intertwined with both cemeteries and Edgar Allen Poe - I’m in! This is a lovely book for upper middle school/high school readers - as it works to educate and uplift with strong messaging about being yourself, and working through pain. I applaud this book for tackling big issues in a ghoulish atmosphere - catering to those kids who feel other.
I received this book from NetGalley - via Lerner Publishing Group - in exchange for an
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Ash
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya-books
Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery is a bizarre story told in play format— but it works. It's endearing and full of dark humor, but also deals in some heavier/more serious issues when we meet the main character's living family and see the aftermath of a sudden death.
While I didn't particularly care for the play aspect, I can see teens enjoying the change up, and also the Poe-esque elements.
Jen
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
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Shauna Yusko
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I really like this author and I was intrigued by the premise. I’m just not sure it was what I wanted it to be. Or that it will find a wide enough audience to justify purchasing.
You don’t actually get into the characters’ back stories until the final 1/3 of the book. And there’s not enough Poe in here to make this a tie in with any of his works you might be teaching.
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