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.For the Love of Death by Tamara Rose Blodgett
Series: Death #7
on Sept. 5, 2014
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The year is 2049 and in the new dystopian order, the Randoms have risen to the top like cream. Earth faces dire consequences because of the Helix Complex and their illicit use of mass-sterilization. Many who could have children, were made into mules from the virulent Zondorae concoction of 2030.
Now middle-aged, Death's children do their best to move forward in a world where technology and paranormal powers collide in a mix of tragedy and circumstance. Zombies have been raised for the slave trade by those Randoms in power.
Paxton Hart and Parker's twin girls are grown and on the radar for those that understand how critical they are for the future. The tight-knit circle of friends continues to network for solutions to the depravity that has taken hold.
Can the original group right a tremendous wrong? Will the new generation of Randoms find a solution for propagation, or will their power base cannibalize those who choose harmony instead of greed?
For the Love of Death is a follow up novel and series to the original Death series that Tamara wrapped up in 2012 with Unrequited Death. In some ways picking up FtLoD felt a lot like a reunion with old friends. We just sort of picked up right were we left off. Things have changed, important things, but the friendship, the bond is still there and still strong.
The story follows Caleb and Jade Hart’s children, Paxton and Deegan. Caleb’s mom the super awesome pizza making, cuss word frowning mom, Ali is dying of cancer. The family, including Gramps, are all coming to grips with the reality that she isn’t going to make it.
For years Tamara Rose Blodgett has thrilled me with her epic stories of dark fantasy, love, and mischief. For the Love of Death was certainly no disappointment. Like I keep thinking maybe I’ll fall out of love with her writing, or move on which sadly sometimes happens to authors especially when they write lengthy series. My time is limited and if I fall behind I might not pick it back up.
I’m happy to report that this has never happened with DEATH, Death 7 is a strong novel with strong characters and lots and lots and lots of STORY! It’s not mindless. At all. It’s a multi-POV awesome fest. The story zings from one character to the next. It’s like a well played football move, the ball is always in a forward motion. Each character gets there chance at carrying the ball, and they twist, turn, leap, back track, but still keep the ball moving forward. The story, the writing never fumbles. It’s complex, yet not hard to follow. You just kind of jump on and hang on for the ride.
Do you love, LOVE great characters? Is that something that you want in a book, because you must pick up the Death series. You could probably start with Death 7 and follow along decently, but seriously don’t do that. Go gobble up the first 6 books. They will make this story that much richer, and fulfilling to read. And they will give you all the background deets on some of the main players in FtLoD. I’ve made absolutely no effort to hide my LOVE of the character Gramps. He’s a freaking rockstar of a character. He steals the scene almost every time he comes on page. The two newest leads, Paxton, and Deegan are no less dynamic. These two have special pouring out of their skin. They just shine even when the are messing things up.
I LOVED this book. Like hardcore loved it. There is not one single second of it that I would change. Even the whopper of an ending… I shall say no more about that.
Tamara is a talented writer who sometimes challenges her readers to think outside of the box, and rewards them with amazing stories. I really, really, cannot wait for the next installment of Death!