Friday 5 July 2019

Book Review | The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass

Title: The Life and Death Parade
Author: Eliza Wass
Publication Date: 12th July 2018 by Quercus
Format: Paperback
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
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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.


My Thoughts

"There is no right and wrong. There's only life and death."

I picked this book up in my local library as I thought the cover was interesting, I liked that it had supernatural elements away from the usual vampires and fae, and it was also super short so I thought it would do for a quick read. Unfortunately, this book was incredibly underwhelming and a slog to get through. I did think about DNF'ing it about halfway in, but I decided to keep reading on to see if it improved.

This book follows Kitty who is living with the Bramley's, a very wealthy family who live in some kind of old English mansion and are those snobbish aristocrat types, and her relationship with their son, Nikki, who after being told by a psychic that he has no future commits suicide. Kitty then starts going to great lengths to discover the reasons behind Nikki's death and recruits Roan who specialises in resurrections to help her.

I did not like any of the characters in this book whatsoever. I have no idea if it was intentional or not to really drive home the fact that most of the characters are very wealthy and arrogant but I just did not care about them at all. Kitty was just infuriating as a MC, most of what she did was stupid and reckless and she didn't really think about how her actions were going to affect other people. I couldn't get past how protentious the Bramley's were, some of them (cough, the little sister) were just incredibly annoying.

The writing also didn't do anything for me. I think I read the entire book with a frown on my face cause I just didn't get it, it was rushed but at the same time nothing was happening. Coming up to the last third of the book and I was just bored by this point, the plot was all over the place and the characters were getting on my nerves and yet somehow I still managed to finish it. The ending had a lot of potential and it did pique my interest but the aftermath and last couple of pages fell flat and overall this book just wasn't the gothic, atmospheric book that I wanted it to be.     

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