Goodreads rating: 4.35
Kindle edition, 306 pages
Publication date: February 15th, 2013 by Cambria Hebert
Genre: New Adult Romance with paranormal, thriller and mystery elements
Source: From tour host for review
Love or Death? A simple question really. The choice seems obvious. But. What if you never knew love, what if your life was spent just trying to survive? What if you knew your fate before you were fully grown?
And then you died.
And you were given another chance. A better chance.
This new life depended upon one thing: your job. And so you agreed. You thought it would be simple. You thought it would be cut and dry.
It never is.
And now you are left holding the fate of someone else in the palm of your hand and you have to make the ultimate choice.
Love or Death?
This is my first New Adult that I've read and reviewed on the blog. I know, where have I been? But in the words of Tahereh Mafi, "that's a thing now?" I had no idea going into this book that it was New Adult, so it threw me a little when one of our main characters, Piper, was living alone. But besides that, there was nothing really all that scandalous about this book. In fact, I wish there had been more kissing. I get that neither of them really knew how they felt about each other (and Dex was fighting his feelings for Piper completely), but I felt like there should have been a moment of passion that involved a little more than a kiss. Okay, so we start out following Dex. Let me just say that I don't get why we called him Dex, even when he was someone else in the very first chapter. I get this guy has an identity crisis, but I feel like he should care a little about his name. Anyway, Dex is pick-pocketing Piper (say that three times fast!), but when he sees a bus slipping on the snow and coming straight for her, he pushes her out of the way. So, he dies. Well, not really. He ends up in an office as a purple smoke blob thing (it's cooler than I'm making it sound), with some guy telling him that he has a chance to live again, but instead of stealing on the streets, he's going to have a house, a huge allowance, and anything he's ever wanted. The only catch: he has to kill Piper and he only has two month to do it. Sadly, from this point on the story is pretty predictable.
The romance was the most predictable part, mostly because it was the main focus of the book. Dex knows that he has to kill Piper in order to not only keep all the clothes and money and new car, but also to get his actual body back. See, he can't be sent back with the body he had because Piper knows he's dead. But she can't help seeing a connection between this new guy and the one that saved her from getting run over by a bus. Piper also has a secret though; she has visions. Sometimes, when she touches someone, she can see into their future for a moment. But when she touches Dex, she only sees the smiling face of the man that saved her from being killed. Their relationship was rocky to say the least. Piper thinks that Dex has a real interest in her, and he does in both the romantic way and the I-need-to-kill-you way. The entire book, Dex is fighting his growing attraction for the girl he's supposed to kill, but that's doesn't keep him from trying. Either he stops himself by accident, or help comes in time for Piper, but the guy that hired Dex is starting to notice, so another Death Escort is sent to make sure it gets done. The big problem is that, if Dex fails one way or another, he will be Recalled, which means his soul will go into a terrible empty void. No heaven, no hell, just... nothingness. But he's also falling in love with Piper, so he has to decide what's worth more to him: the life he's always wanted or the girl he's not supposed to love but does.
The best thing about this book is the cover. Not only is it super gorgeous, but it also actually fits with the book. Dex's soul (or essence, I'm not sure exactly what it is) is purple when he first meets with the man who offers him this new glamorous life. The second best thing about this story was Frankie, Piper's best friend. I loved how the author put in a character that had curves, but loved them and wasn't afraid to eat like it. But, like I said, the story was pretty predictable. By what I've told you above, you can probably figure out what happens in the end. There are a couple characters that are at first a mystery, but after the first time meeting them, I could tell what they were in relation to the end of the book. I mean, I liked seeing the ending played out (and it wasn't exactly what I was expecting), but I wish there had been more of a mystery, or maybe more heartbreak or something. I really wanted to love this book. It's a fresh idea and very unique, but I felt like the story could have gone down a different path. This is just one of those times where you can tell the book is self-published. Normally I don't read self-published books because of some of the drama from those kinds of authors, but I knew I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw the cover and the synopsis. Definitely worth a read if you're looking for new ideas.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Author. Blogger. Latte Sipper.
Cambria Hebert is an author who wrote her first book at the age of fifteen. It was terrible. But the passion for writing never went away so years later when she opened her laptop and started typing she worked until she wrote a book that she hopes everyone will be as excited about as she is.
Cambria is obsessed with werewolves and is terrified of chickens (they are creepy!)She is an animal lover that would choose coffee over food and her favorite TV show is the Vampire Diaries (Hell-O Damon!)
Now, what can you win on this tour you may ask? Well, what I would say to that is an awesome Kindle Fire!
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