I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Death is but a Dream by Erin Hayes
on Fall 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
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Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.
Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it's the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.
So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.
With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead.
This is only the second book I have read with a modern take on mythology, so it’s impossible for me to compare it within its genre. Likewise, I don’t know much about Greek Gods, so I can’t tell you how accurate the myths are. I can, however, tell you that I really enjoyed it, and that’s what really counts, right? It’s mythology mixed with a modern day detective story, with a dash of romance, so it will definitely appeal to a broad audience.
The characters were super fun! Quirky and unique! Callie is a police officer who has died trying to save a life. Now she’s stuck in purgatory, having to place her future in Hades’ hands. But is he really the kind of guy you want to put your trust in? He needs something from Callie and isn’t against blackmailing her to get it. Enter Plutus. This is one god I had NEVER heard of, but I feel inclined to do some research now! He really is an intriguing character! As the God of Wealth, you would think he could potentially be corrupted, but he is totally down to earth (or… down to underworld… you know what I mean). To round out the detective team, Callie is assigned a partner, Tisiphone, one of the Furies. She’s tiny and ferocious, and I absolutely love her! While Callie is reluctant to accept help from people she can’t trust, before the end, they will prove themselves invaluable.
While this book is labelled as Adult, I don’t see any reason why mature teens wouldn’t be able to read it. There isn’t any outrageous amounts of language or sexuality. There’s a little bit of sensuality, but it certainly isn’t vulgar in any way. In fact, I could have used a little more heat. I didn’t feel a lot of chemistry and sexual tension between the characters. If you’re going to sell me on love, especially beyond life and into death, then it has to be intense. A lot of the time where Callie and Plutus were bonding was spent in fast forward, skipping over what would have been essential dialogue and character growth. I kinda feel like I missed out on something.
So if you’re looking for an exciting read, that can also teach you a thing or two about Greek Mythology, this is definitely the book for you! Life or death battles, beyond evil villains, intrigue and mystery; how can you possibly go wrong?
I loved this book by Erin Hayes, it was fun. Quirky and had romance. I love anything that takes and twists mythos. Erin’s writing is good, the pacing was fast (I procrastinated but luckily was able to zip right through). I loved Callie. She was my favorite kind of heroine, and her story was great.
Overall I’d rate this book a 4. I can’t wait to see what Erin comes up with next.
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