I’m a little late with things this week but here is “Living with the Dead”‘s review:
This was a weird turn of events.
Robyn Peltier, the lead of the book, is human.
Obviously I’m used to reading a K.A. book where the lead is a supernatural, but this was an interesting twist as you try to see how a human is seeing what is happening and how they write things off not as being supernatural, but that they must (they must) have a logical explanation for what just happened.
Robyn Peltier is accidentally involved in the murder investigation of a C-List celebrity who she is the PR rep for. “Accidentally” in that the cops think she did it.
However, there is more at play here, and I’ll be completely honest, this is my least favourite of the series but not because it wasn’t fantastic writing, great characters, or a great plot.
There is an “ick” factor to this one that you’ll see when you read it and I just can’t get over it.
Hope is back to help out her friend, as well as a begrudging Karl Marsten, there are clairvoyants, werewolves, chaos demons, necromancers, and ghooooOooosts involved in this one. And it was wonderful.
Hope Adams is a chaos half-demon.
She loves a good thrill, loves a good fight, and loves it when chaos vibes roll through her whenever hunky suave Karl Marsten, werewolf, is around.
I understand that I can make these book sounds incredibly insane and cheesy, but you don’t have to trust my writing, you have to trust Kelley Armstrongs.
Here is another example of exemplary writing and story telling.
We’ve met Hope before, we know what she’s like, and now we are getting a great adventure involving my favourite Cabal leader, Benecio ‘Kill You With A Thunder Bolt” Cortez, a gang of supernaturals looking to take down the Cabals, and the ever angry: Karl Marsten. With Hope at the forefront and trying to get a hold of her powers as they grow and sometimes debilitate her, we end up with a really fun book.
Great plot, great ending, just great, great, great.
Plus Hope continually puts Karl in his place whenever he gets out of line and I love that she’s always ribbing him.
This might actually be my favourite of the series.
I like that Jaime Vegas is the lead of this and she’s trying to rally more interest in a tv show of her own.
More importantly, I dig that while she has a super power she is the first person to admit that she is not built for the front lines of battle. Not because she’s scared, but because she knows she will be a liability to the other supernaturals with superior fighting powers. They will be forced to protect her and that just doesn’t do.
The most she can do is take off her shoe and try to stab someone with the heel.
She’s glamourous, hilarious, and knows she is super sexy. Which makes it even funnier that she acts like a tween with a schoolgirl crush whenever the Alpha of the wolf pack is around her.
As always, great book, clever writing, and amazing characters.