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Near Death

(Life and Death #1)

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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  14 reviews
So far the count is: Aya 2 - Death 0, but that’s a record that may be broken in the very near future.

The shy 16-year-old loner and her little brother narrowly escape being flattened by a bus when Gabriel, a classmate, is warned by a mysterious green-eyed boy of Aya’s impending demise. He races to her aid, not only saving her life but bringing with him new friends, his twin
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Paperback, 394 pages
Published December 2011
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Kris
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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From the moment I read the book description I knew I would like this book and I was not disappointed. While far from perfect, Near Death was one of those books that reminded me that perfect writing, beautifully developed characters, or a kickass storyline are not the only determinants of a great story. Another equally important component is the writer’s ability to connect with their readers on an emotional level and that’s where Near Death won me over.

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Marie
This review was originally posted on my blog, Ramblings of a Daydreamer. You can find it, and many more reviews at the blog.

Near Death was a story with a very unique concept. There were a varied range of characters, and I found it interesting - and a nice change from the norm - to have different ethnic groups represented.

Out of all the characters, oddly enough, I think my favorite was Sara. She was completely psychotic, and I kept wondering what insane thing she would do or say next. She made me
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Summary:
When Aya and her brother are almost hit by a bus, classmate Gabriel saves them from death. How did he know this would happen? Why...death of course. Christoph is a Death Angel sent to take Aya. The thing is, that Aya reminds Christoph of his lost love. So, he tells Gabriel to save her. With the help of new friends Jackson, Gabriel's sister Marisol, and Sara, the group sets out to discover why this chain of events is happening since this isn't the first time Aya has escaped death. When Ch
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Christen Watkins
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow - go M.B, what an awesome read!

What struck me about this book the most was that it has such an interesting concept. It's not the popular supernatural stuff going around right now so it feels fresh. As it was said before the teenagers were believable and wow - they had a lot to handle. No one handled everything perfectly, another believable aspect and made me feel as if this could have happened to anybody at high school. Another thing that made me think hard about this story was adult involve
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Martha
Feb 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The rating is more like 3.5 stars but I don't have that option. :) I also want to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read Near Death prior to release to the public.

Near Death is MB Mulhall's first publication and it is geared towards the YA audience. I found reading Near Death to be enjoyable and appreciated the fresh take on the current supernatural trends. The back stories of the characters were interesting (a little stereotypical but with a spin) and translated to a well-thoug
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Patricia Lynne
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I love vampires, it's always nice to change things up and Near Death was a nice, paranormal change. The characters were quite the typical teenagers. (Aya is an absolute sweetheart.) They all reacted to the situation they were in rawly, made mistakes, refused to discuss mistakes, and have their moody and/or impulsive teenage moments which often led to the mistakes. LOL Definitely reminded me of my teenage years... Minus the death Gods. ;) I was eager to turn the page and find out how it wou ...more
Charlotte
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Melissa Storm
I read the first chapter almost a year ago and loved the concept. I especially liked the twins; they were a dynamic character coupling to be sure. Can't wait until the book is officially released and hope that MB will send me a review copy. :-)

It's about time!
Bobby Mathews
Overall, I would say this is 3.5 stars, honestly, but goodreads won't let me give half a star! Full review pending, and should be up later this week. :-D
John Ashline
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I greatly enjoyed this first novel from my friend MB! I have an actual review you can look at here: http://devourerofwords-jwla.blogspot.... ...more
Amanda
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
I wanted more from this book. So much more.

I wanted a bit of history about the characters. I want to know if they were popular and why Gabe chose to befriend Aya There is so much to this book, and stuff is missing I feel.

I did enjoy the story although parts of it just made me shrug my shoulder. I am interested in the next book so I will see if I pick it up.
Adelheid
Apr 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I had problems getting past the writing style. The dialogue was too cliche. Added to that are the 'he said', 'she said', 'she walked over' phrases that told us rather than showed us action. I also had a problem with how one dimension and stereotypical the characters seemed. It is not a horrid book, but it is not a well written one, either.
Marilyn M
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great first book. A book that grabs you on the first couple of pages and pull you in.
M.B. Mulhall
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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I'm the author so, you know, I kind of really like it!

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MB Mulhall is a published author who typically has way too much on her plate. In between making vlogs and writing books, she tests her patience and pays the bills by helping to manage a home for developmentally disabled adults. She has a BA in Comparative Literature and Languages from Hofstra University as well as an Elementary Education degree from Georgian Court University.

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