Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Dying for a Living (Review & Giveaway!)

Hi there!

Title: Dying for A Living
Author: Kory M. Shrum
Publisher: Timberlane Press
Published Date: 2nd March 2014
Rating: 5 stars

*Thank you to the author for sending me a copy for review*

On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population’s rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don’t have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory.

But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself—or die trying.
YOU GUYS THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING GO READ IT RIGHT NOW
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As I was going to say, I loved every single aspect of this book. Yes. It blew me away! It was something new for me because I have never read a book including zombies, so this was a new concept to me. But the way they were used here, and the whole idea of this book was just dripping originality. I have never read a book like this one before, which makes me love it all the more. On top of that, it was amazingly well written, funny and deserves a lot more publicity than it already has!

 My favourite character had to be Jesse – she was strong, determined and sassy as well. You’ve all heard of those amazingly strong female characters so I am going to move on and mention my second favourite character. Lane. He was someone who puts up with Jesse’s mood swings, stands by her and can be equally cheeky too. I loved him!


There was a love triangle in this story, but it wasn’t the main focus of this book and did a good job of adding something to the story. What was also a twist to this love story was that one competitor was male, and the other female. Which was something I didn’t expect. #TeamLane

 The plot was full of so many twists. Yes, some I was able to predict, but the general outcome of how those things worked in her favor or didn’t was something I was never able to guess ahead about. The plot had me so captivated I couldn’t put the book down!

Style and writing was perfect! Kory managed to build a new society with a few different laws and different clashes, and yet manages to explain them all without seeming info-dumpy or boring in any case. I just absolutely loved, loved, and LOVED this book.

I recommend this to all mature readers! There is some language in this book and brief sex scenes/mentions. It gets the big five stars from me!
 
Kory M. Shrum lives in Michigan with her partner and a ferocious guard pug. She has dabbled in everything from fortune telling to martial arts and when not reading or writing, she can be found teaching, traveling, and wearing a gi. She is author of the urban fantasy novels Dying for a Living and Dying by the Hour. She'd love to hear from you on Facebook, Twitter, or her blog: www.korymshrum.com
 
Giveaway: Open internationally.
 
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Olivia’s Question: Zombies, ninjas or pirates? Which would you be?

Olivia-Savannah x

33 comments:

  1. I'm not a big fan of books involving zombies but I'm glad you have enjoyed this story so much.

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    1. I usually am not too, but this one was exceptionally well done!

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  2. Hi Olivia - since this is not your preferred genre, did you have misgivings before you read it? It is certainly original! Thanks for the review. :)

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    1. I did have a few misgivings, especially as I knew zombie books often go wrong. But I think books like this prove that it is good to try something out of your comfort zone every now and again.

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  3. I was very impressed with this book. And the sequel, that was released about a month ago. 8^>

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    1. Oh, I am pleased to have met someone who has read it! I have yet to read the sequel, but I am looking forward to when I get to ^.^

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  4. The summary scared the bejeezus out of me... and I'm not sure if my heart will bear it but it's sounds too amazing!! And your review made me want to read it even more. I need to check this one out. And also, thanks for the giveaway! =)

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    1. It really was! I hope you get the chance to read this :)

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  5. The synopsis for this book sounds amazing! Originality mixed in with scary as hell. Thank you for this review, I just added it to my TBR pile!
    http://ufbooks.blogspot.com

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  6. I LOVE zombies! I watch The Walking Dead all of the time! And I love horror stories and movies.

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    1. Then this book would be perfect for you!

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  7. That sounds really interesting! and love the cover page! :D

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  8. I'm not a big fan of zombie books, but this sounds pretty unique! :) And I'd totally be a kickass ninjaaa! Hiiyaaahhh! *does a backflip*
    –B

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    1. It was ^^ I can absolutely imagine you making an awesome ninja xD

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  9. I haven't read many zombie books either but this looks good and I might pick it up thanks to your great review! :)

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  10. Sounds like a really interesting sci-fi read. Thanks for the rec!

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  11. I'm not a big zombie or sci-fan but your description intrigued me. If you had not mentioned zombies I would not have guessed that they were part of the plot. Seems like it may be an interesting read.

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    1. I don't mind sci-fi but usually I am not for zombies either. This changed that though! It really is, and I highly recommend it!

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  12. Brilliant review! I haven't heard of this before but your review is definitely selling me on it!!! :) I will definitely be trying to get a copy of this to read, it sounds amazing! :)

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  13. Ninjas, definitely. Was the beginning part written in italics done by you or was it the blurb of the book, same for that part at the end? I think I much preferred when you labeled things like review, blurb, interview, etc. I loved your enthusiasm on the book and it definitely rubbed off on the readers. I'm also not the zombie type, but I still really want to read this!

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    1. I thought that putting it in red might make it clear, but to be sure I will label it. I hope you do get to read it at some point in the future!

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