Requiem for the Living (book review)

banner Requiem for the Living was written by A.J. Locke.  It is the 2nd book in a series. (I previously read book 1.) This post was organized by N K Author Services.  I was given a copy of the book in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

RequiemForTheLiving_ByAJocke-Selene is slowly dying...too bad that’s the least of her problems.

You could say that Selene Vanream has a lot of problems. First there’s the Rot that’s slowly killing her, despite everything Ilyse and Micah are doing to find a way to save her.

Then there’s Andrew, the ghost of her boss who is anchored to the living world. Selene would like to ignore him, but anchored ghosts with unsettled business turn into anchored beasties, so she can’t write him off. The government has sent a team to post up at Affairs of the Dead and keep an eye on her, which includes making sure she plays up to Andrew to keep him from turning.

On top of that, someone is using Selene’s new power to create anchored ghosts for their loved ones to keep around. Not good since the culprit doesn’t have a clue about that whole anchored beastie angle. Now Selene has a criminal to catch while trying to stay out of the hands of government goons who have stripping her reanimation power on their agenda.

When Micah and Ilyse finally find a way to save her, Selene thinks she can cross one bad thing off her list--until she learns the terrible price that must be paid to keep her alive. Full plate doesn’t cover it. Overflowing plate doesn’t cover it. Selene’s plate has damn near exploded.

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My review:

Requiem for the Living is definitely NOT a stand-alone novel.  If you try to read it without reading Affairs of the Dead you will be totally lost.  As it is... I read the first book and I still had to remind myself quite a few times about who the characters were, and what was happening to Selene.  I would actually recommend reading them one right after the other.

I really enjoyed Selene's character.  The idea of people who are essentially chosen to help the dead pass on to the other side is intriguing.  And that having this "job" could have the horrible side effects that Selene is experiencing adds this dark twist.  The story actually reminded me of a (brief) TV series,Dead Like Me), that I LOVED.

The ending of Requiem for the Living was not what I was expecting.  After finishing I actually had to take a moment to let it settle... because I was convinced I knew the ending before getting to it.  All I can say is that Selene's character surprised me more than once.

About the author:

A.J. Locke is originally from Trinidad and Tobago but has resided in New York City for over ten years. She knew early on that she wanted to be a writer, penned her first novel at fourteen, and hasn’t stopped since. Creating is her passion, and other than writing she enjoys drawing, painting, graphic design, and any other creative whim that may take her.

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