Thursday, 3 October 2013

Review: Death & Co. by D.J. McCune


Title: Death & Co.
Author: D.J. McCune
Author Info: Website/Blog|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Publisher at blogger event
Publication Date: 2nd May 2013

Tell Me About It
Adam is a Luman, and it runs in the family. Escorting the dead from life into light, Adam must act as guide to those taken before their time. As his older brothers fall into their fate however, Adam clings to his life as a normal kid - one who likes girls, hates the Head and has a pile of homework to get through by Monday morning. When Adam gets a terrible premonition he realises that he must make a devastating choice, risking his life, his family and his destiny.

My Thoughts
I feel so guilty for not reading this book sooner, I got this at a blogger event but I just never got around to reading it until now.  From the synopsis alone I was intrigued and wanted to know what a Luman was, and how this worked when one of them is pretending to be human.
Adam works with Father and brothers as a Luman. They have the ability to collect souls, like Grim Reapers, and lead them to the light. Adam however has an additional ability, one that goes against everything his family, and being a Luman is all about.

Luman have to follow rules set by council. They are not permitted to stop a life ending when it is time, but also are not permitted to end a life sooner than planned.  Adam has an ability that can help him do one of these things, and his decision not only affects himself, but his family and the life.
Adam certainly doesn't have an easy life.  Most Luman don't attend a high school but Adam insisted he attend one, so he has to balance being a 'normal' teenager with his hidden life of being a Luman.

Death & Co. Was a a surprising read. I expected it to be focused solely on paranormal, and was pleasantly surprised to find out that the paranormal aspect, of being a Luman, wasn't as big a focus as I thought. We get to see Adam as a teenager, going to school, having fun with friends, and trying to get the attentions of a girl, Melissa. It felt like his 'job' took a back seat to his attempt at a normal life, but when needed was the focal point at that moment in time. Both sides of Adam's life worked well together, blending seamlessly and complementing each other.

The world D.J. McCune has created was easy to fall into.  The human part felt like home, like a familiar place, and the added twist of paranormal jobs made it that much more interesting.  I was constantly wondering if Adam's two worlds would collide, and while there were some close calls that were easily explained away, he somehow manages to keep them separate.
Death & Co. was a quick read that I enjoyed, and wish I had read sooner. D.J. McCune has written a great novel that takes on paranormal beings but makes them more human.  I love how she has updated the version of a Grim Reaper that we know, and added her own spin on it to make a unique story work really well.

1 comment:

  1. Great review. This is new to me but like the title and description. It does sound like an interesting story.

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