I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum
Published by Timberlane Press on 2014-03-04
Genres: Adult, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Source: the author
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On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory.
Jesse dies for a living, literally.
As a Necronite, she is one of the population’s rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don’t have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory.
But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself—or die trying.
Today we are SO excited to be a stop today for the official blog tour of Dying for a Living, organized by Book Nerd Tours. Dying for a Living by Kory M. Shrum is an urban fantasy that was released March 4, 2014 by Timberlane Press. See what we thought, find out Kory’s dream cast, and watch the book trailer. You can also enter to win a $25 gift card or e-book copies and signed book marks.
This book, from the moment it opened had me laughing my butt off. Jesse is snarky, sarcastic, and downright a pleasure to read about. Have you ever seen the old HBO show Dead Like Me? This was the first thing that came to mind when I started reading — Jesse was very reminiscent of George and I think that put me in the right mindset for the book.
This story is one that keeps coming up a lot — La Revenants, The Returned (both book and show), Reboot, etc… This idea of people coming back to life, but still being alive. It’s the 21st century zombie and it is both thrilling and terrifying.
I loved that while there were people dying and reanimating, this book stood apart from the others. It brought something new and refreshing to the conversation. It also managed to stay well within the urban fantasy genre, even though it could have been classified a paranormal book. And even with a ‘fantasy’ label, I felt like Shrum kept this close enough to reality that I could both play along with the scenario that led to Necronites reanimating (and being able to die for other people) as well as see it happening.
The world building was great — I always have a lot of questions with ideas like this and Shrum did a good job of answering my questions without giving too much away all at once. The pacing was great and the who-dun-it mystery kept me pushing forward to the end. There was a romance and love triangle, but honestly that felt more like a side-story that I didn’t have to tell the story. What was integral was finding out who was trying to kill the Necronites. This book is complex and the plot lines are complicated. Some may not like that in a book, but I thought it worked really well. Also, this is an adult fiction book, so there are mature things in it (like s-e-x) and readers should be mindful of that going into the book (it’s NOT YA, but it IS great!)
In the end I found myself thanking my lucky stars that I decided to sign up for this tour — had I not, I never would have had this book on my radar. It’s an adult book and I don’t read many adult books these days. It’s indie and wasn’t on Netgalley or Edelweiss. So, without this tour, I probably wouldn’t have found my way to it. I love when that happens, because it definitely feels like I was meant to find it. This book captured me from the very first paragraph and didn’t let go until the very end. With well developed characters and plot, twists and turns I wasn’t able to predictably guess, and a great mystery left me thrilled to have read this one.
I’ve been asked this a few times already, but I’m a fickle creature. This time let’s go with:
Jesse Sullivan—Ksenia Solo
Ally Gallagher—Jennifer Lawrence
Lane Handel—Theo James
Gabriel—Ian Somerhalder (this one never changes!)
James Brinkley—Robert Downey Jr
Gloria Jackson—Viola Davis
Kirk Randall—Morgan Freeman
-Kory M. Shrum
See the Book Trailer
There is a tour-wide giveaway going on as well!
4 Winners will receive an E-Copy of Dying For a Living +Signed Bookmarks by Kory M. Shrum.
1 Winner will receive a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.
Must be 13+ To Enter | Open to US Only
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