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2019 N.N. Light Book Award Winner
4.5 stars from InD'tale Magazine: "Fans of television shows like 'Constantine' or 'Supernatural' will absolutely love this book. WAKING THE DEAD, as its title implies, is full of demons, ghosts and the supernatural. Not only that, the novel dives deep into religion, legend, and mythology. Seeing characters like Michael and Charon pop in will make paranormal fans cheer! The main character, Hyacinth, is phenomenal and develops so much in this book. The only issue is that readers may want to read the first book in the series first. This can be read as a standalone, but it is obvious that the book picks up right after the first book, leaving some questions as to what is going on."
5+ stars from N.N. Light's Book Heaven: "I've been waiting a year for this sequel to the RITA® Finalist, DEBRIEFING THE DEAD, and oh boy, it was worth it. From the first page, I was riveted to the story. Hyacinth gets to experience the darker part of being dead and working for Michael. There's a definite darker feel to this book and I loved it. Mythology, demon-worshiping, demon prejudice and romance all play a part in WAKING THE DEAD. There's a certain sub-plot that not only rang true historically but scared the crap out of me. I had to continue telling myself it was only a story, not real. Because if it was, damn, I'm heading for the hills."
5 stars from The Paranormal Romance Guild: "[WAKING THE DEAD] is like book one [in the series], fun in a strange way as I read just how much trouble Hyacinth can get into. Geordi is a wonderful seven year old and smart beyond his years. The book ends in a cliffhanger and although that is something I totally hate, every once in a while a book and the characters are so good I just overlook that, and this is one of those books and series."
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- ASIN : B07QLJJJ4H
- Publisher : The Wild Rose Press, Inc (May 27, 2019)
- Publication date : May 27, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3536 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 354 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1509225390
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #696,695 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is the second book in this series and this is a series that must be read in order so if you haven’t read Debriefing the Dead, Book one then I would start there. This review could give spoilers away that could ruin book one for you.
Hyacinth Finch, dead and brought back by Saint Michael the Archangel is once again involved in a mission for Michael that will not go as planned. With her seven year old nephew Geordi still dealing with the death of his mother and apparently showing signs of having demon blood like his father’s family she is asked by Michael to once again find a shard from one of his sanctuaries that was destroyed a shard that has to be kept out of the hands of Satan who could use it to harness Michael’s energy and escape Hell. She also now has to sort out souls, ghosts who she has to decide if they go up or down.
Michael assured Hyacinth that this would be a very issue retrieval since the rock is presently in the hands of a hobbyist who would probably be more than willing to give the rock to her if offered a more valuable artifact. Well what does Michael know because the hobbyist is far from normal and she will find out the hard way.
Helping her as always is Eric a ghost that she keeps hidden from Michael, a ghost who she can touch, a ghost she has feelings for and a ghost who is at her side unlike Jason a member of the Dioguardi family who has suddenly left her and Geordi behind. The Dioguardi’s want Geordi since he is the heir to the Capo now that his father is dead. It is Hyacinth’s job to find a safe home for Geordi a job she conveniently ignores. More than anything she wants to be alive again and raise her nephew who she loves unconditionally.
I don’t want to go into too much information in this review so I will just say that it is like book one fun in a strange way as I read just how much trouble Hyacinth can get into. Geordi is a wonderful seven year old and smart beyond his years. The book ends in a cliffhanger and although that is something I totally hate every once in a while a book and the characters are so good I just overlook that, and this is one of those books and series.
The paranormal story has the pacing and feel of a cozy mystery, but one with aspects that reminded me of the first Indiana Jones movie.
The love triangle is interesting, as Hyacinth must sort out her feelings for the two men--one is a ghost and the other, a part-demon--while being chaperoned by her young nephew, Geordi. But because it is a triangle, I found myself not connecting with either man. I have a sense the author may favor one over the other, but not enough that I was willing to take the risk of becoming emotionally invested, so I always felt distant from the love scenes. That may just be me.
The story is well written and kept me reading to the end, but it finished abruptly, and leaves Hyacinth’s predicament unresolved. While Debriefing the Dead wrapped up so that Hyacinth was out of harms way by the end of the story, I can’t say the same for Waking the Dead, and while not a cliffhanger, she has not reached a resolution of the current predicament, either.
But I am looking forward to the next book in the series to see how the last-minute revelation turns out.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Top reviews from other countries
I give it only 2 stars because of the French vocabulary the author puts in. Mostly it's irritating and not quiet correct in the chosen context, plus the scenes in the church, the emphasising about her being a good Catholic and her recurrent justification of being a former grave robber and now a fence is really off-putting to me. I'm so sorry about it, because the story got me and I would like to know how her story continues, but not in this style.