This volume opens with a blurb explaining the basis of the Boneyard series: Michael Paris has inherited a cemetery filled with monsters and a vampiress named Abbey (whom he fancies and who fancies him as wekk). But the monsters aren’t the ones to fear. The real danger lies in the prejudiced and fearful townsfolk and Mayor Wormwood - who just happens to be the devil himself. Complicating matters is Nessie, a ‘luscious’ swamp girl is also attracted to Michael, which causes tension between her and Abbey.
Michael’s ‘imaginary’ childhood friend, a faerie named Lita, reappears after running away from her faerie kingdom because it has been weakened by a plague. Her father wants to head off a civil war and save the ravaged kingdom by arranging Lita’s marriage with Prince D’Sedh. Lita asks Michael to provide her sanctuary from her father and his order that she marry. In addition to war between Michael, Abbey and Lita versus the Faerie Kingdom, they have to deal with a love triangle among themselves.
Illustrated in black and white, Boneyard 7 is modern and witty, buttressed with personable, spunky characters, credible character interaction and funny, realistic dialogue. The opening sequence, for example, shows two gargoyles talking to one another about whom they fancy more, Lady Justice or The Statue of Liberty. Also, when Lita tells Michael about her predicament and he says, “Oh, you can stay with us,” Abbey replies, “She can?”
Boneyard 7 has it all - adventure, romance, drama and a sense of humor. Though there are several volumes, each volume stands alone. Due to some nudity and sexual reference, this series is most suitable for grades 11 and up. Recommended.