*I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
I actually, unfortunately, had some issues with this book up until about the 65% mark.
The story itself was good, and the book was never a struggle to get through—my issue was mostly that Lucy’s POV read exactly the way I imagine a grown man would imagine a teenage girl to be like. Her thoughts were filled with lots of jealousy/judginess/pettiness toward her best friends, a constant preoccupation with her hair and makeup and clothing and body even while in life-or-death situations, ridiculous scheming just to talk to guys, lots of snark, etc. Maybe other people had different teenage experiences, and Lucy wasn’t a bad person, but my teen self just didn’t find her very likeable or relatable, and it made the book feel a little too cliche-high-school for my taste. There’s a reason I stick to sci-fi/fantasy—high school drama just isn’t what I like to read about.
But then, around 65%, something happened that suddenly made things a lot more interesting and took the focus off the high school drama and into the paranormal. Lucy’s character also got a little less preoccupied with superficial things which made her more likeable to read about. And, to be fair, she was funny sometimes, and I can see some people liking her sense of humor/snark (though I found Zack’s jokes to be the best).
I also liked the gray area of Lucy vs. the antagonist because, you see, that’s exactly what he was—an antagonist, not a villain. He was trying to kill the main character of the book… yet I completely understood his reasons and somewhat agreed with them myself, though of course I also understood Lucy’s side because I wouldn’t want to die either if I were in her shoes.
Another thing I liked was how the book ended. It was unexpected but realistic, and I was glad that the ending actually took the events of the book and the effects they had into account.
So overall, even though Lucy’s character wasn’t relatable to me, the story was good, the supernatural aspect was different from the usual, and the book was an enjoyable read that drew me in enough to keep reading the series!
More Books in the Series:
Dead is such a strong word . . .
Lucy Day, 15 years old, is murdered on her very first date. Not one to take that kind of thing lying down, she awakens a day later with a seemingly human body and more than a little confusion. Lucy tries to return to her normal life, but the afterlife keeps getting in the way.
Zack, her crush-maybe-boyfriend, isn’t exactly excited that she ditched him on their first date. Oh, and Abraham, Lucy’s personal Grim Reaper, begins hunting her, dead-set on righting the error that dropped her back into the spongy flesh of a living girl. Lucy must put her mangled life back together, escape re-death, and learn to control her burgeoning powers while staying one step ahead of Abraham.
But when she learns the devastating price of coming back from the dead, Lucy is forced to make the hardest decision of her re-life — can she really sacrifice her loved ones to stay out of the grave?
Book Author: B.C. Johnson
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Series: The Deadgirl Saga
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
My Book Rating: 3.5
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: California, USA