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Working Stiff by Rachel Caine
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Apr 01, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: reviewed-by-julia, earc
Read in August, 2011

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From page one, WORKING STIFF was a wonderful surprise. I did not expect to fall in love with the heroine so quickly; Bryn's careful, quiet personality is so winning and fierce I was captivated. She has a life and a job history prior to working at the funeral home, and that made her all the more human and interesting. This rapport with Bryn is the gateway into her world, and gives emotional heft to the rest of the story.

And oh, what a story. So many familiar themes of immortality, loss and vulnerability are woven into this most delicate balancing act of rebirth. WORKING STIFF felt more like vampirism from a foot-soldier's perspective than a zombie story; Bryn's continued existence relies on an organization that is rotten to it's core. Anyone who has ever wondered if they could survive the collapse of society without access to life saving prescriptions will relate to this book, Bryn has a daily death sentence hovering over her. And yet, even as she lives, she's caught in the perfect stasis that is immortality. No going forward, but the fear of falling back into death and darkness hanging over every moment... her emotional journey is both heart-wrenching and riveting.

Bryn and her world were so interesting to me, it was easy for friendships and love interest to get lost in the shuffle. They were there, they were sweet and sexy and dangerous by turns, but I was more fascinated watching Bryn adapt to the changes in her life than anything else. As I close WORKING STIFF, I'm still emotionally invested enough to worry about these characters. At odd moments I find myself planning strategies to keep Bryn safe, and I can’t wait for Book Two to set my mind at ease.

Sexual Content:
Kissing; references to sex, necrophilia, and sexual assault.
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Kimberly Aw man! I can't wait to read this!!!

Christen (GoldiloxReads and Whimsify) This sounds so amazing! Everyone's review of this book depicts Bryn as a tremendously likable main character. I cannot wait to read this! You write wonderful reviews by the way! :)

All Things Urban Fantasy This was one of the rare titles that Julia and I (the reviewers for ATUF) had drastically different opinions on. My review was posted on and would be a 2 or at most 3/5 rating


Sue-Anne Silkes As always, your reviews never let me down! I can guarantee that if you've rated a book with 5 bats (stars), I'm going to love it!!

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