Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Life of Death by Weston Kincade [Review]
A Life of Death (A Life of Death #1) by Weston Kincade
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: December 28, 2013

A Life of Death
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Weston Kincade
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Alex Drummond is a troubled high school senior with a checkered past, a broken home, and a surprising ability. When he touches items that murder victims held in their final moments, Alex relives the events in gruesome detail, seeing what they saw, thinking their thoughts, and even feeling what they felt. But who will believe a troubled teen, especially when the murders are so close to home and might reveal skeletons hidden for hundreds of years?

Join Alex as he struggles to find his destiny, understand love, solve the mysterious murders within his small home town, and speak for victims who can no longer speak for themselves.
Thoughts on A Life of Death: I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Alex has a whole lot to deal with and while he sometimes acts without thinking (as most teenagers do), he was well-rounded and unwilling to give up when it came down to it. Frankly, the fact that he pushed through the beatings and abuse doled out to him -- not to mention the whole reliving death thing -- and came out as normal and non-psychopathic as he did was outstanding.

If anyone had an excuse to lose his marbles, Alex would be the one.

Alex's gift is something of a double-edged sword. The people he sees are dead and gone. There's no chance for him to help them in a physical sense. At the same time, his ability helps shed light on things that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. He becomes the voice of the dead. While he doesn't always know what to do with that voice, he isn't willing to sit idly back and ignore it. Which, again, kinda awesome.

Dark and sometimes violent, Alex's journey is captivating. Frankly, I'm intrigued by what he'll be able to do with his gift down the road.

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