AMAZON RATING: 4.1 out of 5 stars | GOODREADS RATING: 3.51 out of 5 stars | 4.3 out of 5 stars
So I had been waiting to read this book for months. I actually attended the launch party back in January and picked up my copy there, and then came home and attempted to read it while going about my life. Which, as we all know, means it took me forever to read it. My life is busy, guys…
So anyway, let’s talk a little about Odessa. There were times I felt like I was actually her because wait, other people are that snarky too? Who knew?? 🙂 She’s such a great protagonist to follow because she knows she’s very good at what she does, one of the best even, and feels very confident in what she does, but she at no point inflates with that information to start believing she’s better than anyone else, including the others who do the same work.
Oh yeah, her work is to raise people from the dead. Did I mention that?
It’s a hard line of work, but hey, someone’s gotta do it. Until people start questioning whether raising people from the dead is a good thing due to the number of them now turning into Shades, creatures who will stop at nothing to destroy everything in their path. And the worst part is, at times, Odessa wonders if everyone is right.
I love Odessa because she’s miraculous. After she loses someone close to her, she struggles with addiction and falls victim to it over and over, making plenty of mistakes along the way. But, over time, she figures out that she’s stronger than that, and that’s such a great narrative to be out in the world. She stands up for herself, she works hard for what she believes in, and she doesn’t care what anyone thinks about her. I want every teenage girl to see Odessa and know that being THAT girl is totally attainable.
What’s even MORE exciting is that there is a sequel coming out for this book! As far as I am aware the release date has not officially been announced but I, for one, will DEFINITELY be reading it as soon as it comes out! ❤