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Dead Girls Are Easy

(Nicki Styx #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  2,731 ratings  ·  262 reviews
There's something about almost dying that makes a girl rethink her priorities. Take Nicki Styx—she was strictly goth and vintage, until a brush with the afterlife leaves her with the ability to see dead people.

Before you can say boo, Atlanta's ghosts are knocking at Nicki's door. Now her days consist of reluctantly cleaning up messes left by the dearly departed, leading gh
Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Avon Books
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May 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was soooo good. A 29 year old who has a "Near Death Experience", a gay best friend and Voodoo. What's not to like. I could not put this book down. I laughed, got scared and had a great time. Besides if I hooked up with a hunky doctor my mom would be so proud. LOL ...more
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. You meet Nicki Styx in an unimaginable situation. Once she recovers from this, Nicki sees dead people - some are harmless, some are not. It's the ones that aren't that make this book, and Nicki Styx, so interesting. I highly recommend this book. ...more
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
I expected Nicki to be similar to Mary Janice Davidson's Queen Betsy. She was similar, but just not as much. The supporting characters kept saying what a smart ass she is, but I just didn't believe them. She also complained about seeing dead people, but I think she should have seen more dead people in order to really ramp up the complaining.

I think Joe is a strong hero, but he didn't do anything except worry about Nicki. I just didn't buy into his ability to help her out.

This book is definit
Danielle (Danniegurl)
Jan 18, 2017 marked it as dnf
Recommended to Danielle (Danniegurl) by: Dee
DNF @ 42%

I'm 42% done with Dead Girls Are Easy: Sooooo I'm just not feeling this. It's a bit silly and how the Dr is already treating her as though he knows her well is bugging me. It's a bit much right now. :/ — Jan 14, 2017 07:06PM — update status

The book felt stilted, fake, and the dialogue not polished. The way the Dr acts I don't like, he is acting like they are already in a relationship when they've known each other for a few days at most.
Another fun book I seem to be in the mood for! Nicki has a near death experience and therefore, can see dead people. Admittedly, not too original, but still fun.

There's a few twists here, plus a romance that's not too objectionable. One of the dead that she sees might actually be an evil spirit. I love the voodoo stuff in this book, hokey as it may be.

I'm just hoping that MY heart murmur doesn't give me a heart attack after a dentist visit! I went to the dentist yesterday and then laid in bed an
Jennifer Wardrip
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this fun paranormal read!

When Nicki Styx has a near-death experience after suffering from heretofore unknown heart problems, she's sent back with the message "do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

That sounded great, and the doctor who saved her life in the ER looks pretty dang good, too. But soon Nicki finds out just exactly what that whole "Golden Rule" stuff was about. The spirits of people recently departed, who have unfinished business on Earth, seem drawn to N
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
~* 3.5 Stars *~
A heart condition killed her. Fortunately for Nicki Styx, the condition wasn't permanent (being dead, I mean...she's stuck with the heart condition), though coming back from the dead isn't as simple as one might think. First, there was the near death experience (NDE) that left Nicki unquestionably changed on a soul-deep level, then there was the ghost of a woman needing a favor. As if those two things weren't enough, sexy ER doctor Joe Bascombe is very interested in her as a patie
Jul 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
This was a quick, easy read, with a pleasant writing style, but even so there were stretches that begged to be shortened. For example, some of the banter between Nicki and Evan in their vintage clothing store was fine to establish both characters and their friendship, but a good deal of their dialogue didn't move the story forward and felt like filler.

Other parts could have been expanded: Nicki discovers that ghosts come to her with errands for her to run, and she accommodates them with either
S. Rutherford
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was lucky I had this book. I picked up the second book and realized it was a sequel. I already had the first of the series.

Don't let the title confuse you. Dead Girls Are Easy isn't some sleazy porno-quote. I thought it was a jab at how some women play hard to get. But it has nothing to do with sex.

Within the first few paragraphs of the book, we witness what happens to Nikki and that sets the pace of the whole novel. The pace, the story, the setting; it's a requirement to really understand the
Sep 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Mmmm... hard to review this book. I liked parts of it, and I didn't like others... Some bits seemed rushed and uncomplete, while other bits were nice and really nice. I liked mostly the first part of the book, and got scared to death too at some point in Caprice's "ghost" presence (here's an advice: Never read a creepy scene in the middle of the night, in plain dark!), but liked less the last.

I'm not sure how I feel about Evan... He isn't bad... he just hasn't gotten to me.

Caprice was creepy a
After a near death experience Nicki Styx´ life changed forever. Not only because she almost died but after this frightening occurrence she suddenly is able to see dead people – and what makes it even worse, the ghosts can speak to her and demand her help.
I don´t know but didn´t like the book as much as I thought I would although the plot is interesting. The main reason is that I couldn´t really warm up to heroine Nicki and her love interest hero Dr. Joe Bascombe. It doesn´t happen very often tha
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Based on the cover, I was expecting 100% paranormal fluff. I mean, it was super uber fluffy, but I wasn’t expecting how scary it got. I made the mistake of starting this book at night while hopped up on cough medicine. I was totally creeped out.

I should add the caveat that I’m a complete scaredy cat pansy. I really am. Ask my horror loving friend Gina about the time I “watched” an entire scary movie facing away from the tv screen...and still had nightmares.

But, hear me out! Tell me this doesn’t
Breezy, nice romantic element, and a gay sidekick who is adorable and funny and also has a romantic subplot.

I liked a lot about this one. It's pretty feel good despite the "I see dead people and it's screwing with my life" issues that comprise the main plot.

Having learned something about voudou in the past, I didn't really like the way the practictioners were painted, and I really found fault with the way some of the loa were portrayed (Damballa and Baron Samedi are 'evil'??? What the hey?) bu
Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well I finally checked this one out again, and I'm glad I did. Very cute start to this series.. unfortunately my library doesn't carry any of the others. I found this to be an interesting enough story to want to read the next installment. It took me a moment to get into the main character. I instantly fell in love with her best friend. At times a little cheesy but over all.. I thought it was worth the time to read. I would have liked to know more about whats going to happen with her "family" mem ...more
The Flooze
I really enjoyed Dead Girls are Easy and will definitely get the next in the series. I only wish I'd heeded other reviewers' warnings not to read it alone in the middle of the night! Likable protagonist, amusing supporting characters, and a wicked malevolent spirit that will make you turn on all the lights. Creepy yet fun! ...more
April Klasen
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-challenge
Dead Girls are Easy by Terri Garey is that little bit of sweet gothic literature where you can nibble or binge and be happy about it all. No guilt. No obligatory black dye job.
Nicki dies but she comes back to life. She isn’t a vampire or a zombie, she’s just an ordinary girl with the ability to see and hear the dead. Simple. That’s the easy part of the story. Then comes the demands of the dead, the actual logistics of explaining why she has to say this and that to the loved ones left behind, con
Julie Kastner
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. So loved the characters.
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tstl
When vintage-boutique owner Nicki Styx suffers a near-death experience, she comes back from the Light with the ability to see and hear ghosts. Before she knows it, the dead are hounding her day and night, in the hopes that she'll help tie up their loose ends. Sometimes this just means passing on a last message of love. But when Nicki's friend Caprice is killed, Nicki's life really gets messy.

Caprice's boyfriend Mojo has been thrown in jail, accused of Caprice's murder. Caprice wants him freed. S
Amy Jacobs
Jun 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
After reading Devil Without A Cause by this author, I just knew I was going to have to purchase the previous books written by this author. Ms. Garey has the ability to keep me stitches with her writing and characters while enjoying a story that is fun and quirky. The author's writing reminds me of Lynsay Sands and her Argeneau series. Fun writing and characters that are memorable make wonderful stories to sit down with.

In the first book of a series, Nicki Styx has a near death experience. Dr. Jo
Mar 19, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-other
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May 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I liked this book.
I really did...
It was different, but not in the unusual sense.
I've read books like it before.
Same concept, different story.
So, I have to get this off my chest.
FYI, I would like to kick Nicki Styx's ass.
She was so annoying and definitely no heroine.
Come on!
You're not so bright if you have to have everything spelled out for you.
Plus, all she did was rant about how she used to be this and how she is becoming that.
I mean, all she did was rave about how different and speci
Apr 02, 2008 rated it liked it
This is a chicklit paranormal romance, though as far as romance goes, it's rated PG. Imagine slightly suggestive dialog fading out to a happy morning after - I wouldn't be surprized if this book counts as young adult fiction.

Basic plot: Woman (Nicki) nearly dies, sees the light, gets sent back, now sees ghosts. Generally, she needs to help them get to the light to make them go away. One of them is a crazy voodoo queen who does very very mean things to her. On the sidelines, Nicki falls in love
Oct 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Another case of a book I would give 3 1/2 stars to if I could. This was an incredibly fast read, once I actually sat down and read it. I think it suffered a little from being the rebound book that followed my 2 weeks of BDB. I did enjoy it enough to continue reading the next 4 books in the series, and at the very least unless something drastic changes, I can imagine even if I never love it, I will never feel like I wasted my time either. It's a little light UF, I like the the supporting characte ...more
Oct 11, 2011 rated it liked it
It was a nice book to read and perfect to relax. I really like novels about Voodoo as I don't read a lot about it. It's always interesting to learn a little more.
Nicki is a young girl different from others and it was pleasant to follow her adventures. She enters in a world she doesn't know anything about and since she sees the dead, she has to help them whether she wants it or not. I was a little unconfortable with the relationship with Joe. Indeed, I think the twin sister thing is a little wei
Jun 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
I laughed out loud at many moments during this story and yet there was a serious tone regarding religion that I embraced with much passion. I would certainly like to see another book with these characters in it and maybe meet the sister........ The title itself does not give the contents justice and that might be why some people are not a fan of this story line. I on the other hand was quite surprised how the story unfolded. Thumbs up for this book and the author!
Aug 14, 2009 marked it as set-aside-not-finished
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Susan needs more books, not really
WHY? Why did I have this book on my TBR pile forever and always overlooked it?

I absolutely loved it. The characters were great, the story interesting, voo doo, ghosts, doctor in love, wish-I-owned-her-shop shop, wonderfully wicked sense of the humor by the author and so many more reasons why this was a book I couldn't wait to keep reading.

Really looking forward to the next!
May 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
Nicki died and then came back as it was not her time. Now she sees ghosts. And they want her to do things for them. Only one ghost is scaring her and attacking her friends. So she is dragged into the world of voodoo to put an end to it. Likeable characters. Nice intro book to the series.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Dull but interesting. She listens to EXACTLY what I listen to (musically)! So that's very cool, and she dresses like I'd like to too! So I'm interested in the series even tho there is a sh** load of religion, and it's pretty boring reading. But I laugh through it, and i enjoyed it.
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
A fun novel. A sometimes funny, sometimes scary paranormal story with a bit of romance. Picked it up as a bargain Nook book & was definitely not disappointed. I'll have to look & see if there are more in the same series as it left itself open to a sequel. ...more
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A Southern girl with an overactive imagination, Terri Garey writes award-winning and critically-acclaimed urban fantasy. Her novels have been described as "smoldering" by Publishers Weekly, and "sultry and upbeat" by Library Journal. Even though she's a big scaredy-cat who can't watch horror movies or visit haunted houses, she loves moonlit graveyards, moss-covered headstones and the idea that lif ...more

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