I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass
Published by Disney-Hyperion on June 26, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, magical realism, contemporary, Thriller, tough issues
Source: the publisher
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One year ago, Kitty's boyfriend Nikki Bramley visited a psychic who told him he had no future. Now, he's dead.
With the Bramley family grieving in separate corners of their home, Kitty sets out to find the psychic who read Nikki his fate. Instead she finds Roan, an enigmatic boy posing as a medium who belongs to the Life and Death Parade--a group of supposed charlatans that explore, and exploit, the thin veil between this world and the next. A group whose members include the psychic... and Kitty's late mother.
Desperate to learn more about the group and their connection to Nikki, Kitty convinces Roan to return to the Bramley house with her and secures a position for him within the household. Roan quickly ingratiates himself with the Bramleys, and soon enough it seems like everyone is ready to move on. Kitty, however, increasingly suspects Roan knows more about Nikki than he's letting on. And when they finally locate the Life and Death Parade, and the psychic who made that fateful prophecy to Nikki, Kitty uncovers a secret about Roan that changes everything.
From rising star Eliza Wass comes a sophisticated, mesmerizing meditation on the depths of grief and the magic of faith. After all, it only works if you believe it.
As soon as I read this book’s synopsis, I knew I had to get my hands on it. It just sounded so magical, even if there was lots of death and destruction of many characters’ psyche. I also have been watching a show about racketeering mediums, so that just added an element of piqued interest.
We start the book right in the thick of our characters’ critical point – when Nikki is about to meet the psychic. It takes a few minutes, but in that first section, you learn 1. Nikki and Kitty are dating 2. The book is set in England 3. Our characters live in a castle (ugh, so cool) 4. Kitty is an orphan. This book had a Raven Boys quality and you get an immediate sense of the grandeur and privilege this family is leading. The mom and dad are Lord and Lady for goodness sake!
Once we move into part two, the book becomes a bit more chaotic. You know Nikki is dead and the family is in shambles, but you have no idea what happens. The setting of the old castle definitely helped propel you into the right frame of mind to feel haunted by the ghosts the family was dealing with – real and imagined.
I loved the fact that even though Nikki is dead all but a few pages, he’s still very much alive in the sense that he is a main character who takes up a lot of space. The mix of realism and spiritualism and supernatural was done just right – Wass made me feel like this could really be happening, but there was still that fantastical element of surprise.
I feel like this isn’t going to be a book for everyone – you’re either really going to love it or probably not like it that much. For me, the dreamy quality mixed with gotta-know-what-is-happening themes of a thriller combined to form something really magical. I definitely felt the Gothic themes resonated throughout the book and that the tough issues that the characters went through could really speak to readers going through the same emotions.
This was a quick, breeze of a read that I won’t forget about anytime soon!
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