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Death Rejoices

(The Marnie Baranuik Files #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,499 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Marnie Baranuik is back, and this time, the Great White Shark of psychic investigations has “people skills” and a new assistant who seems to harbor an unhealthy curiosity about Harry, her revenant companion. Together, they’ve got a whole lot of questions that need answering. Is an ancient vampire hunting in Denver? Who is stalking Lord Dreppenstedt? How do you cure a slipp ...more
Kindle Edition, 574 pages
Published April 28th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. (first published April 24th 2013)
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Football sized zombie spiders! There. Have I got your attention yet?

Strange and hilarious situations, a snarky sense of humor, and some scary paranormal adversaries including and not limited to zombies in furry costumes makes Death Rejoices one of my favorite urban fantasy reads so far this year. In fact, as I was reading this book, I couldn’t help but read parts out loud to my husband and other assorted family members and bursting out in laughter. Honestly, the situations Marnie finds herself i
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015, favorites
Marnie Baranuik is back with all of her excellent one liners and highlighter worthy curse words that I can't wait to try out on my mother. She hates that shit, but tolerates it because I'm the favourite.

Speaking of favourites. Marnie, AKA Snickerdoodle AKA Doom Chasm. LOVE HER.

Then there is Harry, Marnie's Cold Company and at on occasion hot, sexy revenant lover. Seriously hot. LOVE HIM. Relationship goals right there.


1. The love triangle thing is weird, but only moderately annoyi
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMG! OMG! OMG! So, I was kinda already obsessed with Marnie and Harry and Mark Batten, but now, I am totally and utterly enraptured by this snarky, witty, and at times completely obscene threesome! They all drive me insane, yet I can never seem to pull myself away from them, and DEATH REJOICES was consuming.

At times, Marnie's responses to events left me belly laughing so hard I was nearly in tears. You just cannot find her humor anywhere else. AJ Aalto has produced such an amazing character in
ᴥ Irena ᴥ
I have no idea how to rate this. On the one hand you have an interesting take on vampires and other various magical themes.
On the other hand, I have a love-hate relationship with the main character.
Marnie is different. I can't really write about her without spoiling things, so I'll just leave it at that. The fact it took me a couple of days to read it isn't a point in the book's favour.
Jun 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It's official, I'm in love. In fact, I'm ready to start this book back from the beginning because I'm not ready to leave Marnie's world yet.

I love Marnie's sassy, snarky, and sometimes downright hilarious narration. Marnie might be a klutz, but you'd never mistake her for a damsel in distress. It's so refreshing to have a character that confronts her problems head on. There are no long, drawn out periods of angst waiting for Marnie to draw an obvious conclusion. She might not act on all her feel
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
This is a crazy series and this second book is even crazier than the first. The dialogue is so ridiculously inappropriate at times, and the characters are pretty out there. But I really enjoy this series and this book. There is some really disturbing content, so be warned.

Overall rating: 4.5/5.0 stars.

Reviewed for Bitten by Books.
This series just keeps getting better and better. Death Rejoices is, simply put, 574 pages of toe-curling goodness as we revisit foul-mouthed Marnie Baranuik, day sitter to Harry, the charming revenant and her hot-bodied men (and otherwise), with whom she shares her hilarious adventures. You know you’re in for the ride of your life when a book starts off with an oversexed undercover agent in a fursuit, at a sex party, WITHOUT a slit... Think YOUR life is complicated? It’s got nothing – NOTHING o ...more
Angela Verdenius
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another intriguing and fun addition to this series. Little by little we're drawn into the mystery surrounding Marnie, the heroine. There is something there that Harry, her Cold Companion, knows but isn't yet revealing. Not to mention, she's now facing zombies and an old Revanent, and her brother has turned into a bat that freaks her out. The mystery, fun and a little heat dials up for a great read! ...more
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-library-2-0
I loved this book as much as the first. I am so impressed with this local talent! Marnie is an inspiration to us all, and in a weird way she is proof that we can all accomplish so much more than we believe is possible.

My only complaint is the length of the book. We could have lost about 150 pages and still accomplished the same goal.

I'm glad I found this series. I'm just so enamored of Harry, Marnie just tires me the hell out with her raging libido and makes me burst into laughter like a crazy person-thankfully where people don't look at me funny-with her crude mouth and accident prone ways. I love that even the minor characters are layered with personality, that this world that Marnie inhabits makes me more curious to explore it and learn more of it. The biology and the magical aspects of both the beings and their talen
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
For those of you who don’t know me personally, I do not like scary movies, books or haunted houses. I just don’t do well with suspense or surprise situations. It’s to an unreasonable degree that I am startled when people walk up behind me at work resulting in unprofessional squawks at times. Yet despite these books being heavy on the horror, AJ Aalto has me gleefully looking forward to what’s next. She manages to take genuinely horrifying circumstances, adds cynicism, wit, sexual innuendos and s ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
2.5 stars. This was a disappointment to me after enjoying Touched so much. First off, it was far too long. At 573 pages, the plot ambled along too slowly without getting to the meat of the story soon enough. And then when it did, I had mostly lost interest along the way. I'm not sure I'll continue with this author. ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm having great difficulty reviewing "Death Rejoices," book two in the Marnie Barsnuik series. On one hand the plot and humor is quite entertaining; however, on the other hand the book was too long, overly verbose and the author had a ridiculous fascination with alliteration in the first five chapters. So, many times I thought of giving up on reading this book but what kept me coming back was the characters and the humor.

In this episode Marnie is working with the FBI undercover. She is dressed
Marnie, oh Marnie. You made me bust a gut again. There are some great new characters in this book, Declan and Golden. Fun danger ensued all around. It was an easy fun read.

BUT, the first book introduced Marnie with her empathic psychic powers as one of her major features. She's still wearing a lot of gloves in this one, but her proximity empathy is hardly present in this book. It's almost like the author decided that wasn't a fun character device and dropped it except for token mentions. This ki
Renee J.
Jun 10, 2013 rated it liked it
I broke down and bought this book, I still really like the old characters, and the new ones as well. but basically feel the same way about the first book as I did the second. in all realty this one really didn't answer any questions I had from the first one, it was just another story about a case. again though something about these books make me want to read them, and then be irritated during and after :) ...more
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
***4.5 stars***

What a great book. I really hope there will be another one....I am still cheering on Batten, lol.....Marnie is crazy but you got to love her spirit, haha....only thing that drives me crazy is her procrastination want to just yell at her to get on with it...overall, was a fun read and had me continuously laughing!!
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
LOL where do i start... Again A.J. Aalto had me laughing out loud at random times of the day. The quick wit & AMAZINGLY AWESOME foul language made me snicker & hope that i can use a fuckanut or nutty squirrel to purple pussy or stop arsing about in my real life...
Hope there will be a #3 soon
Carol Ann
I'm so in love with this series and the characters. It's slightly pathetic. It's so different and wonderful and ugh there are not enough words. I'm starting the 3rd one asap. This is madness. ...more
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book even better than the first in the series. I am still confused about Marnie's relationship with Harry and how it effects her love life. ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it
3-1/2 stars: I would have given this book an extra star but I had the same complaints as I did with the previous book, only this time I found it more annoying since the book was even longer. This book could have been a good deal shorter if Aalto had focused on the actual story (which was quite good) and dropped a lot of Marnie’s sex obsessed fantasies. Some sexual innuendos and fantasies are fine but oh my goodness, this book had way too many for my personal taste. They didn’t do anything to mov ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I enjoyed this as much as the first book in the series, probably more.
Love it when that happens :)

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Tami Garcia
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If you've already met Marnie, this is just much more of her shenanigans! So much more of everything that makes this series great-snarky klutziness with a side of magic, lust and laughter.
If you haven't met Marnie, you need to!
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)
Apr 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
I LOVED Touched, the first book of the series. I gave it 5 freaking stars. How the second book, Death Rejoices could be a DNF is mind-boggling. So let me break this down for you.

It started out great! Fun, snarky Marnie was the best. I was laughing my ass off. She has that stupid hilarious sense of humor. And that lasted for the 35% of the book I read. I am not talking about spaced throughout, I'm saying that Marnie used childish and sexual humor the whole fucking time. Every sentence o
Sarah Leenart
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say that I don't think I have ever laughed so loud or so long about a scene in a book ever! Without giving up a major plot point the whole blowing up of a certain zombie had me in hysterics. I could see the whole scene in this book playing out in my head and Marnie's voice is such a unique one, it had me laughing frequently. Honestly I don't think I've read an urbane fantasy with such unique belly laugh out loud humour anywhere. And yet it is so dark and bleak at times I feel like ...more
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one just as much as the first maybe more. And I definately have some more swears to add to my list to find reasons to use in the future. I love Marnie. Love love love love her. I almost wish she were real so we could be besties! I cannot wait to start the next book. Man I hope Irish comes back. I like him and Marnie needs some dude friends who she won't (hopefully?) try to bone. Also needs more chick friends. And more "people skills". I know its dumb but I'm practically praying noth ...more
Dr susan
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Warning: This book contains sex, truly inventive foul language (even if we do not always know what Harry is saying), and even more horrific violence than Touched, but I absolutely loved every page of Death Rejoices. The new characters became just as important to the story, and me, as the original cast. The ogre, bat, Golden, and Declan are absolutely hysterical. Drunken Riverdancing should not be performed without a spotter. I had no trouble sleeping without nightmares, once I gave up finishing ...more
Nocturnal  Bookworm
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This series must be read in order. This is the second book in the series.

While her Cold Company is across the pond, Dr. Marnie Baranuik decides to take SSA Chapel up on his offer and starts working full time at the FBI's PCU headquarters in Denver. Little does she know that she will end up in a squirrel suit looking for a pervy unicorn at a furry convention who may have something to do with the disappearance of three convention goers. Is this a mere mortal causing these abductions or is there s
Kelsey Jordan
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's been awhile since I've found a series that makes me laugh and truly enjoy the heroine as much as I do Marnie. Often I find females with meek mouths and "feminine" backbones. By feminine, i mean they are always less strong willed than their male counterparts, caving to his will and wishes rather than sticking to their guns. They are also less stand alone as characters the way that Marnie is. I love her sassy tongue and the fact that she isn't the backdrop for the men of the story. Marnie is ...more
Kat Lebo
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Death Rejoices, The Marnie Baranuik Files #2,
by A.J. Aalto

Another long, but great read. I have some real problems with what I believe to be the hard copy to digital copy transfer, which I normally wouldn't believe those are necessarily the problem of the author, but of the publisher who would have done the transfer. However, in this case, Pixiegrind Ink Publishing is owned by the author, so, back in her lap, perhaps. On her website, she does indicate that Pixiegrind has "hooked up" with a compa
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
OMG I love, love, love this series! I love Marnie and her sassy, snarky, and downright hilarious attitude. I love Harry and his pompous english. I love Mark and his arrogant "I can take on the world by myself" attitude! A.J Aalto is a literary genius! I am so happy I discovered this series thanks to Netgalley! I'm a fan for life! This is the second book in the Marnie Baranuik series, I was not disappointed! Zombies in fur suits, witchcraft and danger! I highly recommend this series! If I could g ...more
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