Dying for a Living (Jesse Sullivan #1) by Kory M. Shrum


So here’s the thing. If you like urban fantasy, you will probably like this book. Very unique plot, modern characters, and just a touch of fantasy.

The premise is Jesse comes back to life after dying (unless it’s decapitation), and when someone dies she can ‘replace’ them. Even though it doesn’t heal the body of said person, but I guess death only comes once? Not really sure how that worked but oh well.

There are lots of scientific explanations for it all, and it makes the book seem very sophisticated in that sense. And then we see angels and it all goes to hell (pun not intended). The book has a lot of crazy stuff happening, and you really just have to go with it.

I liked the main character’s narration. It was quirky and fun, making the book easy to read.

I also liked the bisexual love triangle. It felt real, with actual issues instead of the usual whining and pining.

The thing that bothered me most is that death replacement agents actually feel the pain of dying. There is no amount of money that can make up for jumping in front of a bus or getting shot. So what if you come back? I just can’t imagine anyone doing it of their own free will. But then again, it’s one of those ‘can’t read too much into it or your head will explode’ type of books.

If you’re willing to take this book as is, no questions asked, it’s worth the read. It’s fun and unique. But for me, I just can’t, and even though I didn’t dislike the book I won’t be continuing. My brains just can’t take it!


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