The Life and Death Parade
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I think the reason I wasn't in love with this book is it ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
“Death was the worst kind of magic. It took something that was there and made it disappear.”
“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 ...more
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 ...more
You flip between the past and the present and learn about how Nikki deteriorated over time. Meanwhile, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more