*I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.*
I was very interested in this book when I read the synopsis. I love witches and magic, I’d rather read about them than any other supernatural thing. And I love books about ghosts, so hearing that this book featured a heroine who could raise the dead intrigued me. With all that said, I liked the magic that the author put into this book, as well as the world-building. I had some problems with the novel though, and I will elaborate on those below.
The heroine Judy was interesting. As an orphan, I was really hoping that she would eventually discover something about her family, and who she was meant to be. She did discover some things about her past, and I was happy at how much more confident she became as the story progressed. However, I had a bit of a problem with her quickness to trust, as well as how quickly she forgave one of the male characters. Plus, I didn’t quite understand where all the romantic subplots came from, and didn’t really see why she was attracted to one of the men in particular.
As for the side characters, I don’t know if I really liked any of them. I thought Purah was very enigmatic and mysterious, but he definitely was quick to seem to have feelings for Judy. I felt the same way about Glenn. I actually didn’t see anything at all that I liked about Glenn, especially when he was drunk. I just couldn’t believe that he had feelings for Judy as fast as he did. I did have a strong dislike for Boyce and his mother though, and I think that this shows the author’s talent at drawing various kinds of characters. !
The plot of the story was interesting. It was about Judy discovering who she was, and all about her powers. Then, there was a mystery of who was raising zombies to terrify the town where Judy lived. I liked the mystery aspect of the book, although I had it pretty much figured out, and wasn’t really surprised by it. I liked the world-building, but I never could tell if this was a fantasy world, or our world just set in the future.
Overall, I liked this story. It had some very good atmosphere, and quite a few creepy scenes that featured graveyards. I didn’t quite believe the romantic subplots, and thought that that part of the story moved too quickly. However, this was a good story for fans of ghost and zombie novels.
Kim writes urban fantasy for anyone who longs to discover they are extraordinary. She writes about hopefulness and determination, and about heroes who push through extraordinary situations and obstacles, one step at a time. Magical friends and gorgeous guys help, or hinder, in one adventure after another.
When not writing, revising, or thinking about writing, Kim gardens, plays with her dog, chats on social media, catches up with friends or cooks an Indian feast. She is a member of Writers Victoria, Romance Writers of Australia, The Alliance of Independent Authors, and a certified chocoholic.
Kim grew up in Birmingham, UK, studied medieval history and psychology at Adelaide University in South Australia and has worked all over Australia and in London. She now lives with her husband and an adorable Cocker Spaniel in Melbourne, Australia.
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