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Death Screams (#4): New Adult Dark Paranormal/Sci-fi Romance (The Death Series) Kindle Edition
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Sophomore year starts with many mysteries and adds a few new people to the ever expanding group that is Caleb's posse. Sophie starts dating the new kid Buddy who is practically the enemy as he hangs out with Brett's moron brigade. The group finds Archer being abused by their enemies so they have to add him to their roster and Mia is now friends with Jade so she is added also (even though she did call the cops at the cemetery in book one). The most surprising addition is the principal's daughter Randi.
There is a creeper AP stalking the AP girls and a new drug on the market that is complicating matters. The depressant that is "meant" to help adolescents not use their powers while sleeping will effectively keep the girls trapped for the guy to attack at his leisure whenever they sleep (this drug can also be weaponized or used for other nefarious purposes). If that isn't bad enough Jade has sensed a death intent (or DI) that the cops want her to identify once again putting her in harms way. Add Jeffrey Parker popping up for a visit and you just know things are going to go downhill fast!
This book was awesome and completely impossible to put down. I really love how the characters' relationships grow as the group does and how the bigger it gets the tighter knit they are. It's almost like they are getting a strike team together for some shadow war that's only being hinted at. As the kids grow older so does the maturity rating of the books. I'm thinking soon that this will be an adults only series :) I can't wait to reread the next book Death Weeps (Death Series)!
***This series is suitable for very mature young adult through adult readers
"I do," I said never looking away.
"You don't think I'm a whore?" She said in a soft voice.
I shook my head slowly. "I could never think that," I said. The truth of my words echoing through whatever thread let her feel what people were really about.
She got up on her knees and leaned into me, her hands grabbing my shoulders for balance. "I'm ready," Jade said. Her eyes held mine.
I smiled. Just the words I'd been hopin' to hear.
Instead, I did the right thing. "I've got all kinds of time."
She smiled. "Like how much time?"
"For you? Forever." I cupped the smallness of her face, her skin a sliken brush under the warmth of my palm.
She pressed her lips to mine and we sucked up some more stolen joy. My arms around her. Protecting her from everything.
Awwww!! How sweet is that? Caleb waiting for Jade. That made my heart smile. :) Anyhoo, onto the review. Loved this book. There's a creeper out there targeting AP girls and some have died. One got away with the help of the AP teacher. Well, this is freakin' out Sophie because she's AP & as of late, she hasn't been getting any sleep because of it. Plus, to make things even more complicated, her and Jonesy aren't seeing eye to eye. The police want Caleb to help find the creeper before he strikes again. Then there's Clyde and his romance with Gale. Hmmmmm, just a tad bit weird but as longs as she's (Gale) okay with it, I'm okay with it. I mean, Clyde isn't a bad guy at all, just dead. But I'm still wondering, even having read the next book, what the deal is with Clyde & Gale. I am a big fan of zombies and when there's romance, it's just freain' awesome because you don't know if you're supposed to like it or not & of course I do. Lol This book did wrap up but left you hanging and luckily for me, I bought the next book. ;)
While I did like getting more of Jade, I was annoyed at the alternating between 3rd and 1st person in Death Screams. My annoyance was furthered by the fact that there were also random chapters from Sophie and Mac which didn't add much to the overall story. Luckily these chapters are pretty sparse, but when they did appear, they took me out of the story. This originally caused me to want to rate Death Screams lower, but the fantastic ending made up for it. Jade's chapters aren't many either, but they did advance the plot and help develop her character, so I was less annoyed by them. I also really enjoyed learning more about her Empath abilities, especially now that she's exhibiting strength in clairvoyance, something the police would like to use her for.
Much like in Death Speaks, the paranormal plot was mostly in the background of Death Screams. This time there's a rapist and potential murderer on the loose using Astral Projection as his mode of operation. It seems that he's targeting girls who also have AP abilities and attacking them in Realm (the place where the spirit first goes when leaving the body). This is especially scary because what happens to the spirit actually happens to the body, so if you're attacked in Realm, only another strong AP could come in to save you. Sophie's ability is AP, so she is understandably shaken up by this threat. Like I said before, this plot is mostly on the back burner, but I figured out the attacker almost immediately. I couldn't figure out why he was doing this, and even at the end I didn't really understand it. I'm going to assume that he's just a sick person.
Caleb is still the star of this series, and it was interesting watching him grow into a young man. He celebrates his 16th birthday in Death Screams, and in this world that makes him an adult. His alpha male tendencies are also increasing and he feels this overwhelming need to protect Jade at all times. This does put a bit of a strain on their relationship, because she sees how violent Caleb is becoming, and she's worked so hard to get away from her abusive father. Caleb also gets into much more trouble with the police as he can't seem to control his zombies who are also increasingly violent toward his enemies. There's no precedence on using the undead as a weapon which has kept him out of trouble, but with so many incidents under his belt, that's changing. And with the Greysheets taking more interest in him, it's only a matter time before Caleb ends up being recruited by them, or in jail.
Aside from the alternating POV, my only other major complaint about Death Screams that almost made this a 3 star was the repetitive nature of the conflict between Caleb and Carson and Brett. There are a few fights that crop up between them, which I was expecting, but it's the same thing over and over again with them. Frankly, I'm kind of bored of it. I was also irritated by the fact that Carson and his gang violently attack Caleb and his friends in front of all of their parents at Mac's house! I know they're idiots, but I honestly couldn't believe that they would go that far. And the parents just sat around, wide eyed! Thank goodness for zombie protectors.
The ending definitely saved Death Screams from being just good. I still had some lingering questions, but overall it was an amazing ending. Everything is starting to fall apart for Caleb, and other things are coming together. There are some interesting surprises along the way, and it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. You'll definitely want to have the next book handy. I just hope there isn't another major time jump!
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