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Wake the Dead

(The Journals of Octavia Hollows #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  71 reviews
With a touch of her hand, Octavia Hollows can restore life. Yet, she couldn’t save the man she loved from the horrific accident that stole him from her. Octavia thought she could outrun the pain, but ghosts from the past refuse to be silenced. Out of options, she chooses to retrace her wayward journey across the country in search of answers. Surrounded by baffling mysterie ...more
Kindle Edition, 118 pages
Published February 28th 2019 by Anchor Group Publishing
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Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
The synopsis caught my attention and based on prior experience with the author; I knew I had to read/listen to Wake the Dead. I had no regrets about my decision. I enjoyed my journey with Octavia and her trusty companion, Bacon her resurrected pet pig.

Octavia and her pig sets out on a journey to figure out the circumstances of her fiancé’s death and disappearance of his body. While on her journey she found herself knee deep in a weird mystery investigation.

The characters were a hoot, my favorite
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fun. I am looking forward to listening to the rest.
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Now that was a fun listen with an awesome narrator. Urban fantasy with snark and fun moments. The undead piglet named Bacon, was an inspired addition to the story. And the reason for some of the lighter moments in the book. Octavia carries him around in a baby carrier attached to her chest. He has to be my favorite part of the book. Well, that and the heroine’s snark. Very short listen. I’ll definitely be looking for the next one. I think they are all novellas and that’s fine as long as they are ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I spotted the title and then read the blurb, I was hooked. New to me author and narrator, a snarky necromancer on a journey quest to find answers including about herself- oh yeah. And, this opener has left me a taste for more Octavia adventures.

Octavia is on the road with her pet resurrected pig, Bacon, to discover the truth of the love of her life's death and disappearance (yes, in that order). She rolls into Seattle when a strange request is brought to her. A grieving family is under a cu
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
This is a great introduction to Octavia and this world. We get to find out about her ability to raise the dead and meet the most adorable sidekick in her pet pig called Bacon. The story starts with Octavia retracing her steps to Seattle looking for clues about Elba's missing body. While there she is asked for help by a desperate family whose children both seem to be dying. Add in a dead nurse, a visit to the morgue and a dangerous curse and Octavia is going to need to keep her wits about her if ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am enjoying kickass, take no prisoners, self doubter and best friend to Bacon the Pig Octavia. This was fast paced, energetic, omg what have I done and and how do I fix this story. When Octavia deliberately brings Nikki back from the dead, she finds herself dealing with a very nasty wraith. She is so determined to fix this on her own, that she works hard to not kill Nikki or accept help from Dina of the Coven. I loved how she stood up to Dina at the end, picked up Bacon and headed out to the n ...more
Megan | A Page to Turn
Octavia is probably one of the funniest and quick-witted characters I've read in a long time! I absolutely loved this first novella in the series and I'm excited to see what happens next on her road of discovery. She's on a mission, and things keep side-tracking her, but she's out to prove that being a necromancer isn't necessarily a bad thing! She's learned a lot, and I love that she's kind of a badass. ...more
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
After being introduced to Octavia and Bacon in How the Dead Lie, I knew I wanted to read more of their adventures.
This is such an easy-to-read, entertaining, and fun series of books. Rourke is brilliant as always and really knows how to capture the humor in her writing. Even battling the darkness and its demons, I still find myself snickering at Octavia and her snarky quips.
I am looking forward to the next books in this series.
Randy Harmelink
Maybe I was just in a bad mood when I read the book, but most of the humor fell flat for me. I never really cared for any of the characters, so it was hard to get engaged in the story.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wake the Dead (The Journals of Octavia Hollows Book 1) is book 1 of 6 in the The Journals of Octavia Hollows series.
This installment centers on Octavia Hollows who is a witch and a necromancer who can bring back the dead. Octavia has had a rough past with her gift and she has been given a hard time by her coven because her talent borders on dark magic.
Two parents reach out to Octavia for help. Their young son is aging rapidly and his brother is aging in reverse, becoming younger. Also in the mix
Stacy Spoonster
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There's those awesome characters again. Stacey Rourke truly has a gift for creating incredible characters and Octavia is one of them. She is street smart with a heavy dose of biting sarcasm. She is a rather unexpected hero considering her past. She learned early that she could only count on herself but at the same time she can fiercely protect and defend others. I love that she is also extremely clumsy, a trait she and I have in common. That clumsiness has a tendency to get her into trouble and ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2019
I received an ARC to give an honest review.

I can see this series is going to be amazing just like all the other series. If you haven't read the previous book I would totally recommend it. That way you can learn more about Octavia and why she took this road trip. I have to say I found myself just a laughing with the whole nurse thing, like wasn't expecting that part of the story. I really like how Octavia can hold her own and though she has always taken care of herself she is always willing to he
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wake the Dead is the continuing adventures of the snarky, pink-haired, motorcycle riding necromancer Octavia and her piggy sidekick Bacon after they depart Havenwood Falls following the events of How the Dead Lie. While I don't think it's necessary that readers have read How the Dead Lie to follow what's going on in Wake the Dead, I highly recommend picking it up because it's awesome. Octavia is easily in my top five favorite book characters. Ms. Rourke did an amazing job not just developing her ...more
Rebecca Rogers
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Second chances

A good read. Strange but good although several questions were unanswered. One is who dropped the phone and the other main one is what does she do for money? A read about a necromancer who brings back the dead. Not as mindless zombies but as full functioning humans. The characters are starting to take up a life of their own but need a bit more fleshing out.
She and her pet pig (a pet she picked up when working in a butchers shop) are searching for the body of her dead boyfriend. Stop
Hope Collier
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kindhearted, undead nurse with deep relationship problems? Check.
Mysterious force threatening to wreak havoc on all mankind? Check.
Unlikely solution brought to you by an endearingly clumsy and unsuspecting heroine? Double check.

Wake the Dead is a quick, fun read with a quirky and witty lead. The story follows the life and misadventures of Octavia Hollows and her sidekick: a curious and mischievous undead pig named Bacon. Octavia is a necromancer of an unusual sort, and when she gets a call to so
Paranormal Tendencies
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Octavia Hollows is on a mission. Find her dead boyfriend’s body to bring him back. But on the way she gets a mysterious phone call. She answers to find a distraught set of parents with two children suffering from different mysterious things. She sets out to help the family by waking their nurse and getting some answers, but when the flighty nurse brings even more trouble Octavia knows she has a big supernatural problem.
I am totally loving Octavia and Bacon! Octavia is so fun to read and bacon is
Nanette Bradford
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story right from the beginning. Who wouldn’t love a life resurrecting neceomancer toting around an undead pig named Bacon. I mean come on, this was an awesome read. The main character Octavia is funny yet a bit of a loner. She’s not used to helping others yet when Nikki comes into her life that all changes. Don’t let me get started on Nikki. OMG! That girl was a huge HO but she owned it and that’s one of the many things I loved about her. This story is full of crazy and maybe a bit ...more
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
What an awesome ride!!

The characters were phenomenal. I loved Octavia's attitude. She is an amazing character that knows how to get to the bottom of each mysterious investigation that she finds in each town...well, except for the one she really wants to solve that is. And of course, I can't forget about Bacon!! He really livens up the story and makes me crave for more!!

The story-line is incredible! Rourke has a knack for drawing in her readers and keeping us guessing from beginning to end and t
Kacey Ables
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes opportunity knocks... other times it uses a data plan!

Bacon is the pig we didn’t know we needed, but one we all deserve!

Octavia is a hilarious smart a**. She is a complete mood! You will find yourself laughing hysterically! She literally has no filter and laughs and jokes at the most inappropriate times! Which honestly makes me love her more! If you haven’t read any of Octavia Hallows journals... you really should! Just wait until you hear how she acquired bacon! I laughed harder dur
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it!
The story was fresh, it was very entertaining, and it's addicting... once I started reading I couldn't stop! you find yourself turning the pages faster but at the same time wanting it to last because you're not ready for the book to end! It's such a fun book to read!
I love the main character Octavia! Her sense of humor and antics had me laughing! I loved that she showed courage and got things done when the odds were against her and certain people didn't believe her! She's Awesome with
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time I’ve read a book about a necromancer. I love Stacey Rourke’s take on it. I absolutely CAN NOT WAIT for the next one. I’m addicted to this series like I am to Bacon 🐖 💕.
I’ve had a book hangover for awhile and I honestly thought it'd never go away but this “delightful display is what’s known as a Cosmic Bitch-slap” and has restored my love for reading again.
This story has the bad ass, Octavia, find out who she really is and learn not to go by what others think she is or will
Cheree Castellanos Edits
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! I laughed my ass off reading this book! Amazing story, fast paced, and emotional. For such a short book, the attachment you get to these characters is strong! The emotions were flowing right out of my eyeballs big time. After meeting Octavia in How the Dead Lie, a Havenwoood Falls book, I new I was never gonna get enough of this girl! I'm over the moon excited to know I will be getting a new Octavia adventure every month! Everyone needs to treat themselves to this goodness. Y ...more
Tricia Randall
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Octavia Hallows is a badass necromancer with sass. With her sidekick Bacon, trouble is sure to find Octavia. I love her sense of humor and sarcasm when dealing with the problems that come with raising the dead.
Mystery, suspense, action, and humor are all in this amazing quick read. I'm looking forward to reading more. Stacey Rourke has a winner on her hands with this one.
Although not required before reading Wake the Dead, you can meet Octavia in How the Dead Lie. Another great adventure for you
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-authors
Bring on Bacon! I just love Octavia's little undead companion pig. Octavia is a Necromancer and let me tell you she is hilarious. Trouble seems to follow her, but the way she handles each situation cracks me up.
I love reading books by Stacey Rourke. I never have a clue where she is going to take the story or what's going to come out of the mouths of her eccentric characters. It's always a fun and crazy ride. Wake the Dead is totally amusing and face paced. I read it in one sitting and I am crav
Amanda Floyd
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wake The Dead picks up after Octavia leaves Havenwood Falls on a journey for answers. I strongly suggest reading How the Dead Lie first. Octavia is snarky and a total badass Necromancer. Plus her pet pig Bacon is just adorable. Wake the Dead was a page turner from the start. Stacey Rourke kept true to the Octavia we feel for in Havenwood. Nurse Nikki that she comes across had me laughing so much. This book has humor, suspense, and a couple of what the heck moments. I'm so glad that Octavias stor ...more
Lynn  2 Girls & A Book
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wake the Dead encompasses all the things I love about Author Stacey Rourke!
Badass female heroine✔
Unrelenting sarcasm✔
Laugh out loud wit✔
Pig 🐖 Sidekick✔
Wait, what? Yep! That's right, a pig for a sidekick and his name is Bacon. How perfect is that!

Wake the Dead is book 1 in Rourke's new novella series, The Journals of Octavia Hollow. Its fast paced, action packed, full of sarcasm and wit, and laugh out loud funny at times. If you are not amused by a pig in a baby carrier strapped to a necromance
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love anything written by Stacey Rourke and her stories just keep getting better and better. We first meet Octavia Hollows in How the Dead Lie, a Havenwood Falls Legends story. You don’t have to read that story first, but it is an extra look into who Octavia is and some of the things she’s been through. Wake the Dead follows Octavia and her sidekick, a pig named Bacon, as they are called to help figure out a paranormal situation. Can a patient who’s aging rapidly and a dead nurse hel ...more
Kira Assad
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love everything about this story! I was not expecting to find it as intriguing and laugh out loud funny, but Stacey Rourke has done a phenomenal job with this first book in The Journals of Octavia Hollow. Not only do we get to learn a bit about Octavia's backstory, and how she has an undead pig named Bacon as a sidekick, but we also get to see her in action fighting monsters and saving the day. Even when she is basically falling down... a lot. That stair fall sounded painful! All in all, a fan ...more
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There's a new anti hero in town!

Octavia Hollows rocks! In between bringing back a dead nurse, waking up a wraith and pissing off a witch, Octavia Hollows tries to find her dead boyfriend who seems to have been bodynapped. What's a girl to do? Don't worry, Octavia's got it all under control, with her snarky comments and fierce determination the necromancer and her pet pig are destined to save the world- from reading bad books. Stacey Rourke's witty, wild novel will make you scream for more Octavi
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