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The Life and Death Parade

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  201 ratings  ·  74 reviews
One year ago, Kitty's boyfriend Nikki Bramley visited a psychic who told him he had no future. Now, he's dead.

With the Bramley family grieving in separate corners of their home, Kitty sets out to find the psychic who read Nikki his fate. Instead she finds Roan, an enigmatic boy posing as a medium who belongs to the Life and Death Parade--a group of supposed charlatans that
Paperback, 247 pages
Published July 12th 2018 by Quercus Children's Books
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Feb 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
How the hell are people raving about this book? I was going to give it two stars but now I feel I need to offer the rating average a dose of sanity.

Everything here is bad. The characters are annoying and one dimensional, the plot is asinine, things are predictable as jeep and when I was finished reading I wanted all non dead characters to die. It is a quick read, but honestly your time is better spent replaying the first five levels of candy crush over and over to try and beat your already outra
Lisa Mandina
3.5 stars actually. The book was a little different from what I expected.  While it was set in a current time period, so much about it made it seem like it was actually in the past.  That messed me up a bit at times.  The magic was definitely interesting, and there were some very unique characters.  I wanted a bit more with Nikki, but it was kind of filled in more towards the end, so that helped.  There were lots of clues sprinkled throughout the story as to what really happened, and some were g ...more
this was, as the critics say, bad.

I thought this would be amazing, but I literally started reading about an hour ago and I’m already far enough through to know that it’s time to nope my way out of here

The writing moved too quickly, I couldn’t picture anything in my head, and the love interest was already super cringe-y.

I’m too tired of pushing through bad beginnings to continue this book,,, so,,, goodbye

Lauren Stoolfire
Jun 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, horror
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linnea h.
There's like, a TON of ideas going on in this book and it's far too short for all of them to come to their full fruition. However, 3star ending almost. ...more

I haven’t (yet) read The Cresswell Plot, but I remember when it came out and I first heard the name Eliza Wass. I didn’t know the work of her late husband, the musician Alan Wass, but I knew that he had passed because she made reference to it in her author biography. So when I saw the concept of this book, The Life and Death Parade, I was eager to read it and find out how she described the loss of a loved one and the grieving process. What I didn’t realize, however, until I just looked it up, is

Feb 16, 2019 marked it as didn-t-finish
Yeah, whoo.... a definite DNF.
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Full review posted at Among the Authors

Two years ago, I discovered Eliza Wass through her debut YA novel, The Cresswell Plot. While the book didn’t necessarily hit one out of the park for me, its author did, and I became somewhat entranced by Eliza and her story. She grew up in a strict, religious community and didn’t meet anyone outside of that religion until she interned at Disney at the age of 22. She talks more about that part of her background in this article from the Guardian, and it’s c
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This book made me question all of the criteria that I normally use for rating and enjoying books. In theory I have been reading this for 5 days, but in reality it was only 2 (I took a large hiatus due to a 41 page paper I had to write) and I zoomed through it. I finished the 60% that I had remaining today in probably about an hour? I kept turning the pages quicker and quicker because I just needed to know what happened n
Yolanda Sfetsos
A few years ago I read In the Dark, In the Woods and loved it so much that when I found out Eliza Wass had a new book available, I was definitely interested in checking it out.

Plus, the cover is super cool.

Kitty lives in a big castle with the Bramley family, but she's not related to them. And since Nikki died, she pretty much haunts the corridors of the old place.

It's not until she decides to track down the psychic who told the boy she loved he didn't have a future, that she discovers something
Karen Barber
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A castle, wealthy family (who are all a little strange) and a young girl who has been taken in by them but doesn’t fit in. Ingredients for a rather unusual read.
When Nikki visits a carnival he sees a psychic who predicts his death. A year on he is, indeed, dead and those left behind are struggling to accept their changed circumstances.
Kitty is determined to find this mysterious psychic and work out what happened. She finds The Life and Death Parade, a strange carnival where everyone deals with i
Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)
I received a free copy of this book for review. Opinions shared are mine.

This is the kind of book that made me think, "HUH?" I re-read several pages to make sure I hadn't somehow skipped one. The author has a very unique style, creates unusual characters, and her imagination must run like the Energizer bunny. Throughout the story, I felt like I was on the outside of an inside joke. So many “identity” driven themes are present in The Life and Death Parade. There are romantic elements that set it
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass stars Kitty, whose boyfriend, Nikki Bramley was predicted to not have a future by a psychic. We know he's dead in the first few pages, but it's unclear how he got there. Enter a charismatic boy, Roan, who enchants Kitty and the rest of the Bramley family, but whose motivations are unknown. Kitty is determined to find answers and it seems to be hidden in the Life and Death Parade, a group of psychics.

I think the reason I wasn't in love with this book is it
Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I am sort of just...confused a little. review to come.
I have mixed feelings about this book. I’m debating on rating it lower, but there were some things I liked about it. I like Eliza Wass’s writing style and the overall spooky atmosphere of the setting. But the characters were flat and the plot made no sense. Overall, not a great reading experience for me.
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! I got an ARC and then a hardcover of this book from the publisher for review.

You ever feel like more and more books are falling under your radar despite your efforts? That’s me. I used to be super on top of upcoming releases and cruising new seasonal catalogs from publishers like nobody’s business, but I haven’t had time to for a while. It’s so weird to find out about a total ME book just before it comes out instead of months beforehand! The Life and Deat
Just Another Bookish Blog
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hey all!

I just finished reading an ARC of The Lives and Death Parade, by Eliza Wass! I received this from Disney Hyperion through Netgalley, thank you! This does not change my opinion of the book in any way.

This book was incredible, in a way that I did not expect. I knew it was a magical realism story, but that was it. This book felt like a My Chemical Romance song - dark, twisted and surprising.

Kitty is a girl who lives with a somewhat foster family in a castle. Her boyfriend, Nikki, died un
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads, arcs
This book manages to combine the elements of magic, faith, grief and the power all of those things can have over you if you choose to believe.

Beginning this book I was a bit skeptical as to how it was going to play out and the beginning was a bit right on the nose for me in terms of trying to foreshadow what was to come in a way that’s been done countless times in fiction whether it be books/tv or film but once we moved pass that brief section everything else was absolutely spectacular that I c
May 09, 2018 added it
Shelves: netgalley, dnf
DNF @ 27%

I was super excited when I got a chance to read an early copy of this (thank you so much to my idol, Disney) and I immediately snatched it up on Netgalley. I’m all about the spooks. Give me ghostie goodness, a cool medievalish castle setting, and an epic title, and I’m in deeeeeeeep. That’s what I thought I was getting with this and instead I was just epically confused? I mean I honestly didn’t get one thing that was going on in this book besides the main character had a lip ring that w
MK Hanegan
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-disliked
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Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review.

I was torn about what star rating I should give this book, whether it was a high 3, a middle ranged 4, or if I should give it a 5. I decided to go in the middle and give it a four. It was an enjoyable read. The characters and story hooked me, and while the twists didn't always go in the direction I wanted them too, in the end I was happy I read it- if a little melancholy because it is a heavy study in grief and lo
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you, NetGalley, the publishers, and authors for providing this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

“Death was the worst kind of magic. It took something that was there and made it disappear.”

1) Plot/Writing

“There is no right and wrong.” His teeth flashed. “There’s only life and death.”

This was interesting. I liked and didn’t like this book. Plot and concept wise this was excellent. The execution, however, needs a lot of work. This was a bit all over the place and at times I didn’t unders
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Life and Death Parade is an atmospheric YA novel that combines an eerie secret travelling occult group with a depiction of grief across a family. Kitty had a complicated relationship with her sort-of boyfriend Nikki Bramley, who she grew up alongside and whose family home she now lives in following the death of her mother. However, now he's dead, after a psychic told him he was going to die, and the Bramleys are all dealing with his death in different ways. Kitty tries to find the psychic wh ...more
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Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it

When I first started reading this book, I was struck by the style-it’s like The Great Gatsby meets Rebecca and has dinner with The Diviners. There’s something whimsical, yet dark and Gothic about the word choice and overall atmosphere of the book-because that’s what was created here, an extensive and powerful atmosphere of mystery, magic, and yearning.

Here’s the thing, while I have an English degree and love the classics, I’ve never been one for magical realism. Something about it feels fals
Stephanie Ward
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
'The Life and Death Parade' is a fantastic novel that blends fantasy, magic, and the supernatural with hard life topics like death, grief, and love. I wasn't quite sure what to expect going in to this book, but it seemed like something I would enjoy. I'm so glad that I gave it a chance because I ended up liking it much more than I thought I would. I loved the setting and backdrop of the story - an old English castle inhabited by a very wealthy family that has fallen apart due to the death of one ...more
Sophie Jones
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a weird story. From the get go you are sucked into a world so unfamiliar. It's set in a contemporary time and location so it seems fairly normal but the characters and setting are striking. The MC, Kitty, lives in a castle and is adopted. She's in love with one of the brothers, Nikki. During a parade Nikki steps onto a boat and hears he has no future. He then goes crazy and later dies.

You flip between the past and the present and learn about how Nikki deteriorated over time. Meanwhile,
Brittany Lamb
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for sending me an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.25 stars

I honestly really loved this book. There is something about the way that it tells the story with all of the questions about life and (possibly more importantly, at least pertaining to this tale) death weaving through it that just really... intrigued me. 

I'm not sure if part of this is because I lost a loved one recently and it just really hit home for me, but
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from my library director, who attended BEA.

Kitty lives in an in-between place. Her mother was the nanny to the Bramley children, who live in a crumbling castle. After her mother died, she still lives there, even though she doesn't work for the Bramleys. And after Nikki, who Kitty loved, died, Kitty doesn't quite know why she's staying there, except that she feel Nikki still there. See, Kitty's mother practiced magick, and before Nikki died, a psychic of the Life and Death Pa
Jill Elizabeth
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an unusual book. I wasn't sure what to expect - it is a Disney book, but from the first pages did NOT have a Disney feel at all... It was much more complicated than I thought it would be, but also startlingly simple in its tale of life and death, love and missed opportunities. Kitty is tough to pin down as a character - she's vulnerable and tough and petty and older than her years all at once. Wass captures the plight of teenage girl-dom quite well in this regard. But there's also an od ...more
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