by: Sharon Sant
Genre: Crime, Suspense, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Review: The doctors can’t explain why Cassie Brown is alive. She died along with her family in the crash and no one expected to see her standing in the morgue eight hours after being dead. But this miracle doesn’t come without a curse. After touching the bodies of her family, she learns that she can see the last moments of their lives and relives those moments in sudden and extreme flashbacks.
This is a story of two broken and lost souls finding love. Cassie has built a wall around herself. She’s always been a little mean spirited, but it becomes her defense mechanism to avoid the pain of her loss and guilt for being the only one to come back. She is tormented by her flashbacks and longs for some sort of purpose for her second chance and the curse that comes with it. Dante is mysterious and kind, but is cursed with nightmares of his own death.
There are two different ways that you could analyze Cassie and Dante’s relationship:
- Cassie and Dante find each other during the darkest time of their lives and they find that they can provide strength to each other even in their own weaknesses. Dante sees through Cassie’s tough exterior and sees what’s deeper. They understand each other on a level that others don’t see in them because of their common “screwed-upidness”. (Hey, it’s my blog, I can make up words if I want to :p)
- Cassie and Dante are two young adults struggling with depression who quickly become involved in a sort of codependency relationship. Cassie has major issues with intimacy and keeps Dante at arms reach with her harsh tongue and easy sex. Dante is weak and insecure and convinced that his dream is his destiny and will pursue her even if he is verbally abused by her.
I chose to believe choice one and enjoy the book. If this were real life… well I’d say they need to see Helen more frequently.
Favourite quote: “The words in Gran’s diary burn through my head; they mingle with the memories of others that are now part of my own, of rocks and glass tearing into my back, fighting for breath with hands at my throat as a cold moon looks on. ”
I received a copy of Dead Girl Walking as an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review.
About the Author:
Sharon Sant was born on the beautiful South coast of England but now lives in Staffordshire, which is more or less in the middle and gets far less sun. Aged eight she wrote a poem about ET, which received the ultimate praise of being pinned onto the classroom wall, and from that moment on she knew she’d never stop writing. She graduated from Staffordshire University in 2009 with a degree in English and creative writing. She currently works part time as a freelance editor and continues to write her own stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes across many genres, when not busy trying in vain to be a domestic goddess, she can often be found lurking in local coffee shops with her head in a book. Sometimes she pretends to be clever but really loves nothing more than watching geeky TV and eating Pringles.
Young adult novels Sky Song, The Young Moon and Not of Our Sky (the Sky Song trilogy), The Memory Game and Runners were all released in 2013 to glowing reviews. Dead Girl Walking, the first book of the Dead Girl Walking series, is due for release summer 2015. She is working feverishly on the second.
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