Warning: Cliffhanger (You come back right now, the story isn’t over!)
I died on a Thursday—killed by a monster intent on stealing my soul.
The good news? He didn’t get it.
The bad news? Turns out not even death will get you out of high school…
Covering up her own murder was one thing, but faking life is much harder than Kaylee Cavanaugh expected. After weeks spent “recovering,” she’s back in school, fighting to stay visible to the human world, struggling to fit in with her friends and planning time alone with her new reaper boyfriend.
But to earn her keep in the human world, Kaylee must reclaim stolen souls, and when her first assignment brings her face-to-face with an old foe, she knows the game has changed. Her immortal status won’t keep her safe. And this time Kaylee isn’t just gambling with her own life….
Tod rolled onto his side facing me, and that one stubborn curl fell over his forehead. “I always knew my sexual prowess has the power to save lives.”
“You can turn anything into an ego boost, can’t you?”
“I have a healthy sense of my own worth. But I have an even better sense of yours.”
Ugh, so good. Why couldn’t the whole series have been this good? As it may come to no surprise to anyone here, Kaylee did not, in fact, stay dead. Before I wake is mostly Kaylee adjusting to being dead, even. She is a special type of reaper now, which means unless she runs afoul of something real big, she is going to live forever. There is just…let us say there is quite the training curve to being dead.
I really, really like Kaylee’s dad. I wish I could remember his name, but because Kaylee is my sister’s name, I just keep wanting to put my dad’s name in for him, and this whole scenario creeps me out a lot. Kaylee’s dad is super awesome though. He is still her dad, even though she is dead. He is trying to be supportive, but you know this entire situation is hurting him deep inside. I really like him, and I like reading about good parents in young adult series.
Kaylee and Tod are so freaking adorable together it hurts. After all the bullshit she went through with Nash, I hated Nash and got aboard Team Tod completely. I’m not disappointed in the switch. Tod was fun and just had a life to him despite being dead that was great to be around. Nash and Kaylee just didn’t work, and I can see that now. Earlier in this series, I said Tod and Kaylee shouldn’t be left alone for each other, because they are dangerous when paired up together. They are completely dangerous for each other still, but, they have grown. Tod is now everything Kaylee needs, and Kaylee is everything Tod needs. They work together. And, like I said: adooooorable.
I don’t think I have brought it up before now, but the villain for this series is just so delectably evil. I totally buy Avari as an evil demon bent on nothing more than gathering souls. I appreciate him as a villain, and sometimes that can really take some doing. I don’t know what Avari is working up towards in this book, but it is big. Really big. He breaks all the rules just to make Kaylee’s life an unholy hell. It is really fun. I can’t wait to see what he doesn’t accomplish.
Penultimate book in the series, one more to go, and a massive cliffhanger to boot. Gotta start the next book now.
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