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Dying for a Living

(Dying for a Living #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  3,872 ratings  ·  590 reviews
And you thought dying once would be hard...

On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for agent Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. Because of a neurological disorder, she is one of the population's rare 2% who can serve
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Timberlane Press (first published March 1st 2014)
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Robin (Bridge Four)
3.75 Necronite Stars

This was an unexpected surprise. I almost never get freebees from Amazon becausewell Im snobby and my reading time I usually spend with books I know Ill probably like and Ive been burned by doing that before. But I had a free spot to fill with a buddy read and so I picked it up.

The good thing was I REALLY LIKED IT. I read quite a bit of fantasy. It is my go to and so I also read a lot of Urban Fantasy. What I enjoyed about this is that it is different. SO DIFFERENT from
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Should we laugh? Should we cry? We ARE talking about a story of death, over and over and over for one necronite who dies so others may live when their time is up. Yep, theres a new paranormal being in town and they are dying to be read about! Kory M. Shrums DYING FOR A LIVING is about humans born with a special gift, the ability to rise from the dead, kind of like zombies, but with all of their parts intact and no human body parts on the menu. But wait, theres more, they make a living dying, a ...more
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Somehow this lovely book fell from library heaven into my lap. I cannot even remember how, but I believe it was the author looking for people who read her genre. Suffice it to say I lost my mind into the happy zone of awesomeness which is the book.

I love Urban Fantasy reads and like other people have said the one thing which has happened, just like with zombie reads (yes this is an important thing to mention in conjunction with this book), the fact is the genre has reached the been there done
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-authors, zombies
Yes Yoda time:
What a fresh take on the zombie experience. These zombies don't crave brains they take your death, for a price.
So there you are at you favorite psychic and she tells yo that you are going to die on blah blah day. What is a living breathing person to do ? Call for a zombie replacement to take your death, (DUH) pain and all while you walk away a little broke but warm and alive.
It's so easy, except it's not.There are church groups that believe this is against god. Radicals who really
Tara Smith
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dear Random Person Casually Perusing Reviews To Determine What To Read Next:

Don't skip this book. Seriously. I'd say you'd regret it, except the tragedy is you'd never know how much there is to regret in not reading this. It's a delight, a lark, a profundity, a mystery, a muse. You've never read a story like this, but when you finish you'll wonder why you didn't ALWAYS know this story was out there to be told. From pacing to voice to plot, Shrum *gets* story.

Trust me. Read it.
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zombie... nope, sorry, Necronite!, 'replacing' dying people, saving their lives. Unusual premise. New ideas are rare in UF, so this was welcome, despite being a Kindle freebie. I haven't had a lot of luck with those and therefore had low expectations.

It wasn't spectacular writing, but pretty entertaining. Different from my usual fare. Surprisingly serious tone at times, although it started off pretty snarky. It took some unexpected turns as well.

A few well done info dumps. The science was a bit
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I had never heard of this book or author until the crazy Cabin Goddess Kriss Morton came banging on my Facebook wall about an urban fantasy I had to read. Based on the cover I probably wouldnt have given it much thought, but Kriss was so insistent and the blurb sounded interesting enough I thought why not?! Talk about a gem in the rough! The rough is the cover and the inside is pure magic. I devoured this story.

When reading a first person it's the voice of the character that has to grab you and
May 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Without all the bi sexual relationship crap this book would have been so much better. Their screwed up love triangle was just frustrating and made me not like this story as much.

I think what pissed me off most about their love triangle was that it didn't even add to the story at all. This book would have been much better off without that crap. Why couldn't Ally just be her childhood friend and Lane be her friend as well? Or just make Lane the love interest. The whole childhood friends but now
Very imaginative and fun plot. I love paranormal plots and smart ass main characters. Smart writing , intriguing story that i want to read more of... But the direction this went with lane and ally really pissed me off. It seemed clear who she loved and who she should pick... but she's supposedly scared of relationships. well that excuse didn't last. So is the mc scared to have a relationship with a woman, or is the author scared to write it. It would have been better without any romance at all. ...more
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
Rep: bi mc, lesbian side character

CWs: gore, violence, past child sexual abuse and child abuse
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Haven't been this excited about a new author since Cherie Priest.

Instantly loved the writing style. I think what I liked most about it is how authentic she writes. So many times I thought, that's the type phrase I've heard people say in that situation before. Or I have said.

Look forward to listening to Kory tell me more stories.

The characters make you care about them. Interesting worldview and storyline.

Wanted to add, what's so exciting for me about finding a new author like Kory or Cherie
The first of a whole seres of books starring necronite Jesse Sullivan. Book Club buddy D. and I enjoyed the first installment. We get to know Jesse, the unusual work that she does and the people close to her. The mystery was interesting although we both found the story a bit slow at times. I hope that it will pick up the pace in the next book.
Nov 29, 2014 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
***DNF at 46%***

Liked the first 20% then I started to lose interest so I'm moving on.
Edlira Dibrani
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very interesting and thoughtful story by Kory M. Shrum. Enjoyed every moment of reading it.
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I didn't read the back of this book so I had no idea what I was getting myself into when Kory sent it to me, but right after a couple of pages I was hooked.

A zombie, excuse me, necronite, as the main character? How unique!

And our protagonist Jessi, is altogether likeable. Her two love interests, although forming the proverbial love triangle which I often shy away from, were also likeable and interesting in their own ways. And they both mattered to the movement of the plot.

Mystery, sex, murder,
Jun 14, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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Memorable Reading
Nov 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebooks
My impression is that this book is a work in progress. It's an interesting premise, definitely a creative concept. It was well-paced in the first few chapters, offering an interesting, suspenseful mystery that I was expecting to be pulled into but then it just fell apart. New characters were introduced only to disappear for chapters at a time, and each chapter seemed to introduce a new plot or worse, offered details that were not even relevant to the plot (only further details about the world). ...more
May 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
I liked the concept, but would have liked a bit more background on the Necronite phenomenon. Of course the pov character, Jesse, isn't exactly the type to have that knowledge at her fingertips, either. I'd also have liked more background on the Church - personally I only have a basic understanding of the history of the various (major) christian schisms, but I honestly can't conceive of this reunion of sects ever happening - the zombies were more realistic. And what about the other major faiths ...more
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned, reviews
Abandoned -DNF - 55%

There were some good parts, but the book is too long and a lot of the scenes felt unnecessary.

The "love triangle" was annoying. The Main Characters reluctance to be in any type of relationship was constantly brought up and it was constantly mentioned that she was only in it "for the sex" anyways. Why the 2 love interests would stay and let themselves be constantly hurt is mind-boggling.

I like the concept of the book, but I felt it was poorly handled. You barely experience
Anniken Haga
So, that happened.

It happens surprisingly often that I am unsure if a book was actually good or if I just flew through it because of life, but it's not often I'm as unsure about this as with this book!
While the general idea of this world is interesting, and it is played out in a good way, there were so many little problems! Or maybe not even little. I honestly don't know.

There was the writing. It wasn't bad, but it was very choppy, and the author wasn't good at specifying who said what, or
Chris Jones
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
So, Dying for a Living. The basic idea - people who can return from the grave acting as substitute corpses to help the living avoid death - is a pretty neat hook, and it's impressive that the book manages to pull off some dramatic stakes despite the fact that the heroine is nigh-unkillable. There's a complex plot afoot involving a conspiracy that reaches some high places, there's relationship drama, there's some snarky dialogue, there are people in peril, there are mysterious visits from what ...more
Sadie Forsythe
This was OK. Thats the best I can say for it. It wasnt bad, but nothing in it lit me up either. It's an interesting world Shrum created and I appreciated the bi-sexual lead, but I also found Jesse's constant sarcasm annoying and I often found her responses to things stupid. Heres an example, someone is trying to kill you, you know this. Theyve almost succeeded once already, in fact. A friend calls and frantically tells you that people are coming for you and you have to get out of the house fast. ...more
Kendall Grey
I enjoyed this one. It had an interesting premise I'd never heard of in a book before: a person who dies so others don't have to. I found that pretty neat. The main character had a snarky personality, which I appreciate. There's a bit of a love triangle, and I'm curious where that's heading. No major surprises in the end, but lots of questions dangle over readers' heads for future books in the series. If you like urban fantasy that goes slightly off the beaten trek, you might enjoy DYING FOR A ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I found this book a couple of days ago and it was so different and readable that I could not put the book down. When the premise of a book causes me to ignore my huge to be read pile, you have to know I loved it.
Jesse Sullivan is a rarity in this world that the author has created. She is what is known as a Necronite, or as some people call her-Zombie(just dont let her hear you call her that!). Jesse works for an agency that does death replacement. In other words, she takes the place of the
Full review to come soon, but KINDLE.BRUISER. Loved this! So unique!
This book doesn't even come out until March! I've been frustrated with amazon for no reason because I wanted to gift a copy to a friend of mine! Hahaha, I feel like a fool. I had requested a copy from the author for a Read & Review and I loved it! Obviously, right, since I was trying to find a copy for my friend whose birthday is today.

While this does have "Zombies" in it, don't you dare use that
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Why, oh why did I leave this novel sitting in my Kindle for so long? This was Awesome!!

Fabulously written with sassy wit and an entirely fresh premise in the urban fantasy genre. It literally had a bit of everything in it.

There was the zombie component. (Necronites, necronites! How very un-PC of me.) Although they're not really zombies in the normal sense, but they are undead .... or should that be multiple dead?
There was the cloak and dagger-ness of the FBRD (which is the governing body of the
Taylor Knight
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd never heard of this book before but when I seen a friend had read it and loved it, I wanted to check it out right away. I wasn't sure what to expect but I had fairly high hopes. Dying for a Living definitely surpassed expectations.

Right from the being, this book caught my attention. The main character, Jesse, is so funny and sarcastic. She's
independent and kicks a lot of butt. I've never read a book with a character like Jesse. I really enjoyed her as a character.

The concept of this book
E.G. Manetti
I'm not a fan of zombies, but - as Jesse insists - necronites aren't zombies. In a near future a genetic quirk has 1 in a million people born with the ability to regenerate after death. It's brain driven, so serious head trauma can't be reversed. Even more importantly, necronites can use their abilities to save someone dying. They die in the process, but then regenerate. In this brave new world, the government oversees the business of 'death replacement', where psychics foresee a death and ...more
Aure, The Bored of the Quarantine
Actually not a bad start for a new series. There was lots going on, so many things to be explained because of the uniqueness of the story, but I think the Author managed quite well. However I felt that there was something missing, some spark. Maybe just for me, but I was expecting much more. All and all this was a pleasant read. I didn't loved it, but I liked it.
Usually if I start a new series with more than one book already published I'd go and read the next one.. but.. I think I'll take a
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