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Worth Dying For (Dying for a Living) (Volume 5) Paperback – April 29, 2016
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About the Author
Kory M. Shrum, consumer of stories and sugar, lives in Michigan with her wife and their ferocious guard pug, Josephine. Kory is very fond of naps but tries to compensate for her extreme physical laziness with her overactive imagination. She's an active member of SFWA, HWA, and the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse, where she's known as Conquest. She's the author of Dying for a Living fantasy series.
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When I started this book, I was a little nervous I would have no idea what was going on. I’ve read the first book, Dying for a Living, but I haven’t had a chance to check the others out yet. I can honestly say, though, that I immensely enjoyed this book and didn’t feel lost at all. Kory does an amazing job making sure the reader is up to speed without ever slowing the story’s pace down to fill out the back story. Particularly after reading this book, I’m excited to go back and read the others. I also can’t wait for the next book!
I just finished, "Worth Dying For," the fifth and most recent novel in the Jesse Sullivan series. I have been a fan of this series since the first chapter of book one and it seems like each book is better than the last. This one is no exception.
Worth Dying for opens on a happy note. Jesse, Ally, Maisie, Gideon and Rachel enjoying a normal New Years Eve celebration in New York. It's almost a relief to see this temporary respite from the chaos the group had endured, but as any fan of the series can attest, chaos always revisits our heroine and her friends.
I don't want to spoil it, but this book is chalk full of action, tense moments and suspense. I finished it in one sitting, I couldn't bear to put it down. Despite how action focused this novel is, or maybe because of it, the character development is impressive. I think one of the reason this series resonates with me (and other readers, no doubt) is that the heroine, Jesse, is flawed, complicated, messy and human. In this novel we see moments of jealousy, doubt and undeniable tenderness. It's easy to root for Jesse because she's perfect in her imperfection.
In this book, we get to see Rachel's perspective as well as Jesse's. One of the things I like best about this series is the authors ability to flesh out story lines by giving readers a point of view from multiple characters. Each character is unique and complex in their own right, but give new insights into Jesse's background and motivation as well. Rachel is an amazing conduit in this story.
The fifth installment is worth the wait, the pace is breakneck and you won't be able to put it down! There is a huge twist I didn't see coming and the novel ends with yet another cliff hanger. I'm torn between wanting to know how this all ends for Jesse and her friends and wanting this series to go on forever. That, to me, is the mark of a truly gifted author. If you're already a fan of this series, this book will not disappoint. If you haven't given it a shot, what are you waiting for?
What if you had the power to save a persons life with just a touch? Now make it your job. For fun throw in a madman who may or may not be related to you. All of these things come together in the most mentally challenging way for our favorite heroine Jesse Sullivan.
What’s real and what’s fantasy blurs as her powers grow. She not only has to question the ever present angels, but the motives of the more mundane around her. Winston (her pug) stole my heart once again and of course even the love of a beloved pet isn’t sacred in Jesse’s hellscape. I would give more than five stars if it was available due to the excellent writing and “hey I’ve met that person” character building. This book along with the three before it build a narrative that draws the reader in. I couldn’t stop reading while alternately cussing one character while praying another was safe. Ms. Shrum has outdone herself and the sneak peak at the next novel just made the anticipation for the next novel that much harder.
If you aren’t aware I am sticking to a spoiler free review and that limits my nerdgasm to banal oversimplifications. If you haven’t read the first three books, please start with the first book. It is free on kindle so it is hard to turn down such an amazing first move in this chess game for such a price. You will thank yourself later for being introduced to this new world and what would become of such an existence. I hear the beating of an angel’s wings calling me to reread it again so I will leave you with the knowledge of purpose and place. Every character, scene, scenario, and plotline has a place and they will leave you wanting more
This chapter of the Jesse Sullivan series we find Jesse and her crew (Ally, Maisie, Gloria and the rest) in NYC planning on heading to Arizona to hopefully kill Caldwell . There is tension between Ally and Jesse on the entire trip. For many different factors I struggled to get through this book normally it takes me around 2 weeks to complete a Jesse Sullivan novel this one took me a month. It was not so much the content of the book but outside factors distracting me. I did like the many references to NYC places and I especially liked the mention of the NJTP (New Jersey Turnpike) that runs 5 blocks past my house. For 4 previous books in the series I have been rooting for a happy ending for Jesse and at the final chapter of “Worth Dying For” we were so close I thought we were going to get it but what we got was more questions than answers and Jesse’s happy future was still left hanging.