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Genre: Paranormal, YA Publication Date: December 16, 2014 Pages: 245 Published By: Author Website Where Dead Bodies Lie on Goodreads Kat Cazanav Website My review copy: Provided for honest review
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For as long as I can remember, I have been told to follow three important rules:
1. Always guard my ability
2. Never share my secret
3. And pretend to be normal.
However, those three little rules don’t make my life easier. I still find dead people and deal with strange visions. Not to mention, an attraction to a boy who doesn’t exist. Whenever we cross path’s he mists away like smoke on a mirror. He drives me crazy, that Kaff Cooper.
As a flock of dead crows fall from the blackened sky, Kaff becomes the only one who can see the truth straight to the dark underbelly of who I actually am.
My hands feel the pull to extract the forsaken, the lost, the forgotten. It comes as naturally as breathing and there is no stopping it.(Goodreads)
"Rules are the foundation of success. Without rules, there are no boundaries and we are just floating turds in a punchbowl." I stifled a smile thinking back to freshman year. Some kid had done that during orientation week freshman year.
"Gift? You think this is a gift?" The tone of my voice turned bitter. "I have this gift because it runs in my family, like schizophrenia or delusional disorder. I hate it."
They were blackmailing me. Get rid of whatever was cursing this town or the town would get rid of me. Translation: I might be the first body dowser to be burned at the stake in three centuries.
He had a point. The metal partition that separated us was probably a welcoming safety measure for both our sakes. He carried a gun and I carried the unknown.
This book was really something different. Dowsing is something I have never really thought about, let alone read a book on. This concept made the book unique and genuinely grabbed my interest. The synopsis also easily drew me in with the allure of secrets and attraction to a boy that does not exist. What I got was something that was original and exactly what I was expecting.
For me the book started with a bang, but the problem was that after that it came in spurts. There was no smooth pace, more of a series of lulls that were rescued by the action that this book carried. I wouldn't say that at any time I lost interest, just more that I was able to take a break before diving back in. However, there was a really good base for everything in this book. There was a story as to why Stella was in the situation that she was in and a reason for her return. This made the book easy to picture as you could clearly visualize everything, and the places the characters were. So, although it wasn't flawless there
I liked Stella. She's been pulling the short stick for most of her life. With a gift that is by her terms a curse, things have not been easy for her. However, I feel that her gift feels more like a curse because since she was young she has been told not to use her gift, and by doing that I feel that she never really gained control over it. I could never quite peg if she was also ashamed of it. This being said she also doesn't give a crap about what people think of her and though she did want to fit in, she wasn't going to sacrifice herself to do it. She was well done as a typical teenager, but also as someone that cares about others. Not a perfect character but someone I enjoyed.
Romance is definitely not a staple in this book. There is undoubtedly a spark between Stella and Kaff, but it is not like they are together often. In fact Kaff is somewhat of a mystery, and being drawn towards him is not something that Stella welcomes. Kaff himself does not divulge why he is so determined to be around her or help her when she needs it, but he never fails to be there to save her. I like him despite not really getting to know much about him. Yes, he comes off as your typical bad boy and a bit of an ass, but there is still something about him that is addictive. I believe what him and Stella have is something deeper and though their bond did grow it may take a little more time to flourish.
Where Dead Bodies Lie was a unique read that I am glad I had the chance to pick up. Even though I was not always fond of the pacing, I did like the characters and the general direction that the story went in. I do hope that the series continues as there are so many questions that I have, about so many different things. Pick this up if you are looking for something a little bit different, and that you can enjoy slowly.
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