Sunday, March 8, 2009

REVIEW Death's daughter

I just read Death's Daughter, Amber Benson's new book, and I can't wait for the other books in the series. Not to spoil you too much, but the main character, Callie, is forced to leave her life on Manhattan and return to her old life to save her family. You could find amazon's description in the link above, so no more plot details is needed. I just want to point out that in this book we see how Callie struggles to finish tasks, gains both enemies and friends, while trying to deal with being around her family again. As a matter of fact, she has to deal with simply remembering her family again.

She put a memory spell on herself (I don't know how exactly how it worked, but I think she must have lost all memory of her family, since in the end she mentions how she now will come home for Christmas, like she didn't do that before) and during her adventures on earth and in hell, she must deal with repressed memories and low self esteem, combined with disgust for her father's job.This isn't the "heaviest" book I've read, it's light and fun and has a happy ending, but you do feel for the characters and their lives.

The book does leave me wondering about many things, both about the characters and about how magic works in Callie's world and many questions are unanswered, but hey, it's the first book in a series, it's not suppose to spell everything out to the reader. I can already say that I will be very sad when the third and final book is released.

It's well written, easy to read, not to descriptive but with enough details to let the reader "see" clearly what they're reading about. We read from Callie's perspective, our heroin, who is a bit of a clutz(?) and whiner, but definitely champion material. Through the whole book she's complaining about how she wants to return to her normal life on Manhattan, but she never gives up. True, she breaks down and cries several times in the book and once she actually lied down, not even getting up when her little sister begged her, but considering what the girl had to go through, it's no wonder. I really hope that in the next book some loose ends will be tied(you know, questions answered), because there is some serious family issues that needs to be dealt with, grief-wise. You will know what I mean after you've read the book.

In case you want a signed and/or personalized copy, read Amber's blog.

I would get a signed copy if I didn't live on student loans and already bought the book.

Interviews with Amber(btw, she's adorable), where she talks about Death's daughter and other projects:

Part 1

Part 2

If you've read the book, write a review on amazon and we might see Amber doing the Macarena.

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