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"Sexy, snarky, and supernaturally fantastic! This one has it all!" - Angela Roquet, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series
"Jesse makes a living by dying in other people's place because she's a Necronite and comes back to life. The whole Necronite condition was both interesting and creepy. The author did a great job of explaining it and making it real for the reader." -Urban Fantasy Investigations
From the Back Cover
- ASIN : B00IRIAA84
- Publisher : Timberlane Press (March 2, 2014)
- Publication date : March 2, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2741 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 330 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,131 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I found I struggled to stay engaged for long stretches of this book. It feels like it takes too long to really get going, and when it does the pacing is still uneven. The worst part is that it kicks into high gear...and then the book ends with a LOT of unanswered questions. Yeah, you've gotta save stuff for the sequel, I can appreciate that, but it makes this book feel somewhat anticlimactic.
A separate issue, and this might not bother some people, is that it could've used another pass across the editor's desk. There's not much in the way of spelling errors, but there are more than a few grammatical mistakes (a LOT of misplaced commas and some mixed tenses were the standouts for me).
It isn't a bad book. I've certainly read much worse. And I'm interested enough in the big conspiracy that I'll probably read more in this series. At the same time, it's not as good as it could have been, or as good as I wanted it to be. Most likely worth checking out, but don't be too surprised if you struggle to finish it or are left mildly disappointed by the ending.
So, if you aren't like me and don't mind triangles and other relationship angsts, this could be interesting to you. Others loved it so it must not have bothered them as much as me. And luckily, this first book is free (at least as of now) so you can at least try it to see if you like it.
Okay, should you read this book? I'd say absolutely yes, but not to oversell it, keep these things in mind:
This story is great because of the humor and the characters. If you do not like sarcasm, if you find it mean, or it's just not your type of humor, this one isn't going to interest you. The concept is intriguing, the plot novel and well written, pacing excellent, but I still believe it's not for the plot oriented reader. It's clear early on that there's not enough information for the reader to figure out who's the real murderer by herself, so she (me) just sits back and enjoys the ride. It's like the television show, House, in that way.
There IS a love triangle. I don't mind love triangles, (sometimes I love them) and the love stories weren't really the point of this book anyway, so it doesn't go into annoying territory. There's no, "I love them both equally!" or "I'm just so perfect everyone loves me!" I do hope the next book raises the stakes and focuses on the romance, but that has more to do with my personal tastes than anything actually relevant. So... maybe I should shut up about it.
Oh, and if you're homophobic, Jesse is bi. If that bothers you, I'd avoid this one. It's romantic, it's adorable, it's not graphic, but one love interest is a girl, and so... Just a warning. Take it as you will. If it's upsetting, do yourself and this book a favor and just leave it alone.
Basically, read the sample pages. If you liked them, you'll like the rest of the book. For the most part, it stays consistent with its ambiance, humor, pacing, and tone. There are points that mix supernatural with science fiction (Yes, there is a difference), which surprised me, but I like that sort of thing, so I was happier for it.
Top reviews from other countries
I quite liked the main character Jessie. She was fiesty and unpredictable.
I wasn’t quite as sold on the concept of necronites (zombies) after reading the book. There are supposed to be far too many to make sense. Plus, if you replace someone in death, how does that then affect their future? A few too many plot holes for me.
I found the story well written overall but it jumps a bit from person and place.
I felt the ending was too abrupt and left that way to entice you in to the next book.
I won’t say I wouldn’t read the next book but it isn’t on my current to read list.
The main characters are established and will, no doubt be developed over the series.
The story itself was put together quite well. There were events, there were surprises and, unexpected twists. The ending was very well done!
The reason why I only gave it three stars is because I simply didn't feel any emotional connection to the main characters, I couldn't care what happened to them. That's more my issue perhaps than the author's or the characters.
Having made that point, it's definitely worth a read.
In this alternative reality, people can be warned that they about to die and can employ someone to die for them. Jesse is such an agent. On the predicted day of the person’s death she – and her employee Ally – stay close to the dying until the incident occurs. Some people called Jesse a zombie, but she didn’t like that. She took the place of the client right through until the mortuary. She explains that death is like a black hole in space, a vortex that sucks the living colours out of a person. Jesse convinces that vortex to take her instead of her client and Ally convinces the mortician that Jesse with resurrect – in time.
Unfortunately to people outside this client/agent relationship, Jesse will really appear dead and thus hospitals etc will do everything they can to attempt to save her, including cutting off her clothes etc and she complains that she never comes out of these with a complete pair of shoes, and thus she now wears mis-matched as a style..
There is a problem with being a death replacement agent. After a certain number of deaths, not an known exact number, their brains become ‘friend’ and they are no longer compos mentis.
There is a faction within the populace, embedded in various religious hierarchies, who believe strongly that death replacement is an abomination and should not happen, and death replacement agents are going missing.
Jesse is drawn into this conspiracy and attempting to discover the people behind it and the prevention of more missing.
An interesting twist on the zombie story with military experiments, hidden secrets and politics. Elements of ‘ The Men who Stared at Goats’ included.
This storyline is definitely an exciting, thrilling and jaw dropping roller coaster of a book that will leave you wanting more of this world and the author's work. There is a lot that goes on in this book but at no point does it feel rushed or too full of information, it all ties in together and needs to be that way and i can say that i wouldn't have it any other way! The first character that i want to mention is Laine...i loved reading about him especially in the later half of the book, he is charismatic, protective with a huge heart and he just wants to be with the person he loves. I love Jessie and the thing i love most about her is her sarcastic personality, she is just brilliant to read about!!! Ali is also an amazing character and i really feel for her throughout this book and you will need to read the book to find out why. There are other characters in this book that i loved and i hope we see more of Rachel in the future.
I can't recommend this book highly enough and i can't praise it highly enough either, it's an experience that everyone should take on and it won't be something you will regret. I am sure that future readers will adore this book as much as i did!!!
Twists and turns galore just means I want more.