Monday, July 11, 2016

Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things by Martina McAtee

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Title: Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (Dead Things #1)
Author: Martina McAtee
Release Date: November 29th, 2015
Publisher: Self-published
Source: Author
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Purchase link: Book Depository


 17 year old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns her whole life is a lie. Standing in the cemetery that's been her sanctuary, she's threatened by the most beautiful boy she's ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she's special, that she has a supernatural gift like them...they just don't know exactly what it is. They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember's life takes a turn for the weird. She's living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember's powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death. As Ember's talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What's worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend's lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she's pieced together.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was first drawn to the story based on the blurb. The story opened its first scene at a funeral home and before the end of that first chapter, I was completely hooked.

In the world which McAtee has created, humans could be born into families of shifters, vampires and witches. There are four main characters in this book- Ember, Mace, Tristin and Kai- all of them have their own paranormal abilities. Ember, Tristin and Kai all had reaper abilities but of different varieties. Tristin is a banshee, which I find really cool. Ember, on the other hand, had only just found out that she came from a paranormal background and is learning to control her power.

I like that we get to read from the point of view of different characters. Firstly, this keeps me on the edge of my seat, eager to pry out more details of their backstory. Secondly, there's not a dull moment throughout the plot. Something is always happening and plot twists kept me very much invested in the story.

Reading Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things felt so much like watching a movie. I enjoyed every minute of it.

*Copy of the book is provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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