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Recalled (Death Escorts #1)

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Love or Death? A simple question really. The choice seems obvious. But. What if you never knew love, what if your life was spent just trying to survive? What if you knew your fate before you were fully grown?

And then you died.

And you were given another chance. A better chance.

This new life depended upon one thing: your job. And so you agreed. You thought it would be simple
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Paperback, 306 pages
Published February 15th 2013 by Cambria Hebert
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Based on the cover and the (admittedly vague) synopsis, it would be easy enough to assume that Recalled is just another formulaic paranormal book told from alternating POVs, but dismissing it as such would be a grave error. When I signed up for this tour, I had no idea what to expect. I’ve heard great many things about Cambria Hebert’s work, almost all of them positive, but I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy her style. I do.

Right now, off the top of my head, I could probably name about seven YA books that
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Aa'Ishah
Ladies and gentleman (though I think generally ladies?), friends and followers, I present to you...my first successful reaper book.

What do I mean by that, you ask? Basically...no reaper book that I've read has been particularly enjoyable. Until now. Cambria Hebert brings to the readership something new, a world in which Death Escorts and Ghost Escorts exist, all working under the formidable rule of the Grim Reaper - or, as he prefers to be known, G.R. Dex is a guy living on the streets until one
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Heather
Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Upon first glance at the cover and description, Recalled seems like a knockoff of Rachel Vincent's Soul Screamers series. I only read it because it had a pretty high rating on GR, but boy, was I disappointed. After reading it, I can tell you it does read like a very poor copycat of that series, and I wish I hadn't wasted my time on this book.

The length could've been cut in half and still told the same story. It was long-winded, even though the book itself wasn't that long; it was just repetitive
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Hershey
"Dying - ceasing to live; approaching death; expiring: a dying man."

This book was really good. I expected a lot more from it though.

Dex was once a poor boy on the streets who lived his life by stealing money. One day, he stole from a waitress and as he goes inside a diner for some food, a bus swerving crazily on the ice almost killed the waitress if it weren't for him. He pushed her out of the way and died instead.

He died. And he made a deal with the Grim Reaper and became a Death Escort. He
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: Very Pretty
Rating: PG-13
Thumbs Up: 4
Overall: Interesting
Characters: Solid
Plot: Are you willing to die for someone?
Page Turner: Sure
Series Cont.? Most likely
Recommend: Sure
Book Boyfriend: Dex

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

In life you have to make a choice, and sometimes you might surprise yourself. Dex is our reluctant hero, who doesn’t at all feel worthy of hero status. And there are times in the book where we as readers question it to. Imagine what Piper felt. Interesting
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Veronica Morfi
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cambria's new book didn't disappoint. This is set in a completely different world from the Heven and Hell Series.

Recalled is the story of Dex and Piper. The moment they met cost Dex his life in order to save hers, but then something unexpected happened. Dex didn't really die. Instead he got a new job, a new house, a new car...oh, and a new body. He is Death's latest Escort, which only means he has to kill people so that Death can collect their souls. His first target is Piper the girl that cost
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Sarah
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Cambria Hebert and Xpresso Book Tours.)
Dex thinks he’s going to hell. He killed his mom’s abusive boyfriend when he was only 10, and not long after that he left home to live on the streets.
Now Dex gets by by robbing people, and Piper is his next target.

Piper is training to be a doctor, and working at a café while she does. Dex bumps into her and robs her, and then the next thing she knows, he’s pushing
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Kendall {Book Crazy}
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This review was so hard for me to write and it took me weeks after I had read the book to actually figure out what I wanted to say about it which I don't think has ever happened to me before with a review! I really enjoyed this book but I do have to be honest and say that I was between 4 and 5 stars but the ending secured it with it's fifth star! The synopsis is also very vague for this book but it is the kind of vague that draws you in and makes you want to read more! It also doesn't tell you a ...more
Amy
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW this book is absolutely amazing it's got a strong start and a very beautiful ending that will bring tears to your eyes.. every moment brings you closer and closer to the characters.. you'll find yourself falling in love with piper and dex i know i sure did! There's so much
anticipation and emotion throughout this book that it makes it hard to put it down for even a moment! I can't wait to see what else this author has in store for us with this series!
Mira
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebooks
If I'm going to rate the Death Escorts story line, this would probably get four to five stars. But I'm not doing that, so...
Bree
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: anyone who likes what they read in the 4 and 5 star reviews
I have two weaknesses when it comes to YA: books including a dream world and books about death, the grim reaper/reapers, or any other aspect of an afterlife. So, naturally, I was drawn to this book about death escorts. And don't even get me started on that cover! I could stare at it all day.


***I want to apologize to those of you who loved the book. I don't mean this to be a rant, but it may come off like one


MY SUMMARY
Unnamed boy saves a girl named Piper from a bus crashing into her, killing hi
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Candice Terry
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Can't wait to read !! I could stare at this cover all day long !
Jenny - Book Sojourner
My initial reaction after finishing this book was...Wow, that was beautiful. Now, two weeks after finishing and looking back at the book, I'm still really moved, by both the characters and the storyline. I can still say I loved it. Honestly, I'm having a difficult time finding the words to express my feelings about this book. When I received my copy, I hardly knew anything about what this book was about. I may have read the synopsis but that was it, and even the synopsis wasn't enough to fully p ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Cambria has blown me away with her writing in the past, her Heven and Hell series is one of my favorites. So really, I shouldn't have been so surprised that I loved this one as much as I did.

Really what was I thinking? I should have know Cambria wouldn't give us anything less than her best and her best, well, it is pretty darn fabulous.



Maybe I was just apprehensive about trying something new from her since I love Heven and Sam so much, but really, again, I shouldn't have been.



Dex and Piper? They
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Nikki Archer
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
RECALLED ROCK MY FACE OFF I ASK CAMBRIA HOW SHE CAME UP WITH STORY THIS IS WHAT SHE SAID.
I was inspired by a photograph that my cover designer took. O bought the photo but ended up using a diff image for the cover. I had actually written the first scene of Recalled a few years ago when I started Masquerade. Back then I thought it was angel book but then i got this idea for the grim reaper and his "escorts". :) Wonderful, I could not put my kindle down, I was lost in this world of recalled,
I lov
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Pam
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
There is a hard, thin line between good and evil, right and wrong. Dex had been walking that line his entire life thinking only of himself and trying to survive in the hostile, cold world of Alaska. He was a skilled thief and had even committed murder once. He was never quite able to find any warmth in his life but he was always searching for it.
One night he waited outside a diner waiting for just the right mark. A young waitress named Piper walked out the door and Dex went to work. He managed t
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Melissa Stickney
Jan 05, 2013 marked it as to-read
This is the first book in Cambria Hebert's brand new series. If you love her Heven and Hell series then you will enjoy this book.

The story centers around a guy who has not had the best luck in life. Life on the streets can be brutal. It can strip away all the good you have ever seen in yourself. It can make you do things that you never would have dreamed of doing if you life had turned out otherwise.

An encounter with a young woman and a quick decision will change this young man's life forever.
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Crystal
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just when I thought that I couldn't love Cambria anymore with her Heven and Hell SeriesHeven & Hell Anthology (Heven and Hell), she goes and blows me away with Recalled.

This story doesn't start out with boy meets girl, they fall in love, run into some problems and live happily ever after. NOPE! More like boy spots target, closes in and makes his move. What said boy doesn't expect is the kindness from his intended target or saving her life.

I love Cambria's creativity with this storyline. I lo
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Airicka Phoenix
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved Recalled. I guess I honestly shouldn't be surprised. Ms. Hebert has a gift, a special touch that brings characters and stories to life. The first chapter had me and I couldn't put it down. It was fast paced with just enough romance to make any romance nut (like me) happy. I highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys suspense, new plot twists and a brilliant new couple.
Denice
I so love the cover!!! I love the color... I love the font style... And I love its simplicity... Want this one!!!
Rachel
Jan 06, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: covers-i-heart
First thought: Beautiful cover, the author is a sweetheart :)
Becca
Fantastic: so extreme as to challenge belief; exceedingly large or great

Song Choice: Well first to explain the song choice i have been lacking on explaining because i am lazy and slightly egoistical ;), anyways these are songs that I (me, the reviewer) has picked from my awesome itunes collection or otherwise. It is just another way to understand the book, in a way...sometimes the song is general, sometimes its specific. Kay? Kay! LETSS DO THIS! "I Know You Care" by Ellie Goulding. "Bring M
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Heidi
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Four stars: A unique and fun take on reapers!

Dex huddles in his jacket hoping for a bit of warmth. His ears perk as he hears boots pounding the pavement, and something else catches his attention. The sound of coins jangling. That noise means a hot meal at the diner. He knows that he has found his mark. A tired young lady is heading to the bus stop, then her heel slips on the ice, but before she falls a hand steadies her. A young man is there to prevent her from hitting the cold, hard pavement. A
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Lola
I got a copy for review in exchange for an honest review.

When I first heard about this book I was really intrigued by the blurb and the awesome cover and I knew I had to read it. The concept is good, but I think the book could’ve been better. My main problem with this book is that it lacks feeling, whatever happened I couldn’t feel it and I didn’t care about what was going to happen.

I really liked the idea behind the story and even though the blurb was vague it did sound awesome. So as mentioned
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Kristen
GENRE: YA Paranormal
THEME: Death, Romance, Ghost
RECEIVED: Author
BLOG: http://seeingnight.blogspot.com/

REVIEW:
Oh man this story is a tearjerker but in a good way, it has a lot of sad bits that will really get you rooting for the lead character. Recalled is very original and will keep you guessing on what the lead will do next, and have the readers at the edge of their seats until the last page.

Recalled follows Dex, well that’s the name he is given by his new employer after he was recently killed.
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Tracey (Life and Literature)
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’m going to hell. I’ve known this since I was ten years old. The year I murdered someone. Knowing my fate made it a lot easier to determine how I was going to live my life and what kind of person I was going to be. Since I wasn’t going to heaven, why bother living like it?

Wow!! Just wow!!! This seems to be a word that comes to mind quite often after I've finished a book written by Cambria Hebert. But in all honesty it does nothing to describe exactly how much I love her writing. If you've
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Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
(This review was originally posted at My Library in the Making.)

Dex had been a homeless young man for years, doing whatever means necessary to survive - like he did the night he stole from Piper. But survival certainly wasn't in his head when, just moments after that, he pushed her out of the way of an oncoming bus and died for her. He expected to wake up in hell but instead came to in an office, in front of a man who offered him another shot at life - a better one, too - in exchange of killing.
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Tanja Brewer
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am super excited and honored to have had the opportunity to read and review Cambria Heberts new book Recalled. This book is like none other that I have read in the past its not based around vampires or werewolves or any other common creature you would think of. Instead she incorporated someone that has always been in the back of everyone's mind at one point or another. Mr. Grim Reaper himself and his minions, well in this case his Escorts of death. I have read about black angels and hell hound ...more
Atmika
I haven't read any story about Death Escorts or Grim reaper before. The synopsis is really intriguing and made me pick up the book right away.

Dexter and Piper meet in a dark street. He saves her that night from an accident and dies in the process. He meets a dealer who gives him a choice between hell or a life of service to death. He chooses to be a "death escort" but the irony is that if wants this life he has to kill and his first target is Piper.

I could understand why Dex chose to be a death
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Bèbè ✦ RANT  ✦
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-copies
He knew that he was going to hell since he was 10. Murdering a person definitely wouldn’t look good on his life application. But when an unexpected turns of events happens and he dies, he is faced with a decision of life and death with no other but the Grim Reaper.

Agreeing on working for G. R., Dex will have everything. Money, power, and eternity to live. All he needs to do is take someone’s life. But when he meets his Target, he doesn’t know if he can do it. Piper is beautiful, smart, and she
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Cambria Hebert is a latte sipping author of the Heven & Hell series, the Death Escorts series, and the Take It Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in
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“I am a lot of things, young lady… Grim Reaper, Death dealer, fate sealer… but I am no liar.” 1 likes
“The man smiled. Unfortunately, it didn’t make him look friendly. “I don’t deal drugs. I deal life and death.” As if on cue, behind him the doors sprang open. Most people kept clothes and shoes in their closets. Some people used them to hide their junk. But this… this wasn’t normal. This man kept bodies in his closet. They weren’t piled on one another. They weren’t crammed in at odd angles. If they were, it might be less creepy. These bodies were organized. They were hanging—on hangers—and in rows like suits. I had a sudden, vivid image of this man opening his closet every morning and pondering which body to wear.” 1 likes
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