Author: Meg Cabot
Rated T for tense, teen drama, and defiance against a broody grim reaper.
She knows what it’s like to die…
Now Death wants her back.
Pierce knows what it’s like to die because she’s died before. That doesn’t mean she’s over it or that talking about it is easy. More so, she’s being followed by Death, the Grim Reaper himself. He doesn’t like that she’s gotten away. The two share a strange, complicated bond.
For some reason, he has her afraid. Yet, she’d drawn to him. It doesn’t help that he shows up in the unlikeliest places at the unlikeliest times. She begins to worry that he may have come back not because he’s angry but to take her back to the Underworld.
Pierce is recovering from her death. Her parents have divorced. Her Dad turns out to be a real jerk that can’t take any kind of responsibility. She’s in a new town, going to a new school after getting kicked out of her last school. To make things a little more complicated, Death is following her, though he insists he isn’t. And, what he wants is her.
This book…huh…yeah. You ever read those types of books? That’s just the feeling I got from it, or rather, I didn’t get much of any feeling about it. In fact, I couldn’t even get sucked in. I was so hopeful, but nothing about this book pulled me in. I was really intrigued because it was about a girl that came back from the dead with a broody stalker-crush of a grim reaper, but that wasn’t really the case.
It was a struggle to keep tabs on what was happening. There were times that I had no idea what Pierce was going on about because she waited too long to reveal whatever it was she was going on about, like the special necklace she wears for example. More so, she bounced around so much that keeping track of the story took too much work to get enjoyment. It also didn’t help that there wasn’t much storytelling versus description. There was no advancement, no progression. Just loads of telling all of this stuff that previously happened and currently happened, but not with any real substance. It was a real bummer.
It’s never fun to be let down by a book, but it does happen on occasion. That was the case here. I’ve read Meg Cabot before—Pants on Fire, Avalon High—and I enjoy her work, but this one wasn’t one of them. It’s unfortunate. I love a great paranormal YA. They’re my jam. This one didn’t make the cut and will be donated.
“Check yourself before you wreck yourself.” (p. 153)
More to come soon…
P.S. Song today? Lullaby by Nickelback.
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