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Waking the Dead

(Soul Broker #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  34 reviews
The road to hell begins when the reaper darkens her door.

A chance encounter with a dying stranger opens an empathic connection between down-on-her-luck caregiver Vivian Bedford and the world of spirits. Lazarus Darkmore, a grim reaper in a charming and seductive package, seeks to recruit her as a soul broker. Guardian spirit Ezra and his new apprentice Zeke offer
Kindle Edition, 285 pages
Published April 19th 2018 by City Owl Press
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Nov 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was not just interesting and fantastic it was deep and soulful as well. Good vs Evil, light vs dark, right and wrong. Everything is put in perspective. A big grey perspective. I found Vivian to be realistic. She is not perfect. She has dark thoughts and even loses herself sometimes. And everyone does. No one is perfect. She is not always strong and not always right. I love that.

I love Zeke as a side character. I find him very noble. I know he isn't perfect either but I think he is a
I was tempted to give this 2 stars, but I felt it wasn't fair because D.B. Sieders is a talented author, just not my typical style in the fantasy genre. I read this because I was given an advanced copy of Chasing the Dead, a short story based in this world. I felt giving a critique to the short story wasn't appropriate unless I knew more about the series because it was clearly targeted to those who already experienced Soul Brokers. Any books that focus on romance bits are not my cup of tea, thus ...more
Debbie Herbert
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with this book pretty quickly. There is an emotional, raw honesty in Vivian and her struggles to care for her sister, Mae. It's so rare to find a heroine, one we root for, who is not a saint but is desperately trying to do the right thing and is not always perfect.

The mystery and suspense are so well done, too!

Highly recommend.
Kaili Taghon (Entertainingly Nerdy)
So, this book has a little more romance than I typically like but it's really good. The main character is pretty realistic and I'm glad D. B. put a different perspective on caregiving. I know that's not the main focus but how the main character feels isn't something that a lot of people are willing to talk about. You put on a happy face even though you're dying a little inside and you truly hate how you feel. This book partly reminds me of the movie Ghost at least a little bit and I like the ...more
Lissa Rice
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Waking the Dead caught my attention by the cover and the synopsis. So I jumped in.

Vivian is involved in a really bad car accident/pile up. She stumbles upon a victim, that’s about to pass. But during that moment something happens to her, that forever changes everything.

I wanted to really love this. But it is written in the Third POV and it was really difficult for me to connect with the characters on an emotional way. On the other hand, I feel that it was a really cool concept.

I don’t think I
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Jeff Lee
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Caring for the seriously ill and dying isn’t always the selfless, romantic career choice we’ve all seen in countless movies made for TV. Just ask Vivian Bedford, who’s just about at the end of her rope trying to care for her disabled sister. Just when things look their bleakest, she’s approached by both the Grim Reaper -- with a deal she’s terrified to refuse, and a pair of Guardian Spirits offering protection from the Reaper. Protection that comes with a huge catch.

And stuck in the middle,
Michelle Casson
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Repost of my Amazon review. :D
By Michelle Casson (Chell Cass)
Format: Kindle Edition
First my disclaimer: I got this book as a ARC ( Advanced Read Copy) for my honest review.
My honest review is: I love this book. Once I started reading it, i just could not put it down. I am very eager to read the next in the series.
Vivian the main character, cares for her wheelchair-bound, dying sister. Its not easy. In fact, it is downright hard and things get out of hand at times. There are fears, regrets and
Laurie Beemer
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Different than what I usually read, and that is a good thing. I am glad that I have a new author that I can enjoy. Vivian has had a hard life and unfortunately for her things just seem to get more complicated. This just shows what happens when fate meets destiny. The turmoil that Viv has went through makes it easy for some to make her question if she is good or evil. This book was full of some very interesting new ideas that I enjoyed reading. Thank you NetGalley and D.B. Sieders for allowing me ...more
A.J. Scudiere
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great new look at urban fantasy. Mae offers a twist we don't usually see. This brings a lot of humanity to Vivian, our lead character, even though she's in an inhuman place.
The characters are fresh, the danger is real, and the ending will have you reaching for the next book!
Kay Smillie
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a very unusual book. It was emotive for me, particularly when it came to the character of Vivien and her relationship with her severely disabled sister, Mae.

Having lost her parents only a few months previously, Mae's care is left to Vivien. Sieders' writing is very descriptive. I felt Vivien's internal dilemma that would never EVER be spoken aloud. The "I love you and I will look after you forever" versus the "Why don't you just die and let me have a life" debate constantly
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.
This book grabbed my attention and would not let go. I had to keep reading to find out what everyone's story was, what really happened, and what was going to happen. Even though this book was heavy on action, the plot was easy to follow. But the story was very much about the characters. Vivian had anger issues about having to care for her disabled sister. That had damaged her relationships with her family, friends, and even ended her
Mandy Parmenter
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I voluntarily reviewed this advanced reader copy and I have not been compensated in any way.

Vivian Bedford had a chance encounter with a dying stranger and it opens an empathic connection between her and the world of spirits. She ends up caught between the grim reaper Lazarus Darkmore and a guardian spirit Ezra and his apprentice Zeke - plus both sides want her to work for them. However Vivian has the ability to channel energy from the living and if she can control it it will give her leverage
Katie Thompson
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a light hearted book. It is not sunshine and butterflies. It deals with very real issues that very few people could ever understand. It is heart wrenching and devastating at times. It deals with depression and care giver burnout in a brutally honest way.

The paranormal and fantasy story is excellent. After a near death experience, and watching someone die in front of her, Vivian is pulled into the world of Guardian Spirits and Reapers. She not only has to learn how to navigate this
Allyson Abu-hajar
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Vivian Bedford, is the sole caregiver to her younger disabled sister Mae, and after being involved in an accident, Vivian seeks out to offer comfort to a dying man. Little does she know, that the encounter leaves her with a gift. This gift allows her to see the dead, and also, to intervene on their behalf.

Along the way, Vivian learns the truth about the night, she offered comfort to Zeke, who is now her guardian, along with Ezra. The reaper,
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely story of Vivian who's having a really tough time in life until she meets the grim reaper and then the fun begins. Fantastic story that was a privilege to review. A not to be missed story
Bonnie Dale Keck
Not kindle unlimited, was originally supposed to have gotten it through librarything but ended up getting it through the writer/her publishing house when didn't get it through lt. This one of the 4 1/2 I talk about here and there, where have to figure out whether it's closer to a 4 or a 5, but since didn't see any major issues, and it's something haven't really read before {the subject matter or more to this story way} will go with 5. There was a quick start but then going back to fill in ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having grown up with a parent with special needs, this book really resonated with me. The caregiver role is often romanticized, frequently by those who have never had the responsibility themselves. Caregivers of family members most often never planned to be round-the-clock nurses; life and circumstance, and their own sense of love and familial duty has forced their hand. Many caregivers of family members experience bouts of anger, frustration, and from time to time, soul-crushing anguish. It's ...more
Helen Wawrejko
Feb 05, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Depressing paranormal with trigger warnings for long term caregivers of severely disabled people. Harmful or suicidal depression mentioned several times. Uncomfortable romance with no lead up to engage me with the characters, therefore felt gratuitous sex was unwarranted and added little to the story for me. There was absolutely no "comic relief" in this grindingly morbid, sad novel. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book for Netgalley.
InD'tale Magazine

A unique cast of characters drives this beautifully crafted tale that demands you keep a box of tissue on hand.

Read full review in the 2017 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Mary Brannian
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Waking The Dead

Loved it! An amazing story with well developed characters, complex plot lines and amazing imagery. Trusts betrayed, overwhelming obstacles, but the sheer determination of the heroine to do it her way and no compromising of her values; it flowed like a river; deceptively slow at times, then white water rapids fast!
Sydney Ashcroft
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
D. B. Sieders writes an amazing supernatural tale involving Vivan Bedford and her struggles to balance taking care of her disabled sister and becoming a soul broker. The characters are well developed and you can't help but to get emotionally involved. You'll be cheering for Vivian as she navigates the pitfalls springing up before her.
*I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book*

I am having a hard time reviewing this book. For the most part it is well written but sometimes a bit confusing here and there. It is also a bit depressing and I felt bad for both Vivian and Mae. Overall, it was an ok book.
Angel Hatfield
Vivian /Viv is almost at the end of her rope taking care of her severely disabled sister Mae. Vivian has had a hard life. Vivian is a loan officer. According to the doctors Mae’s condition is deteriorating quickly Vivian is driving and ends up in a car accident. Vivian manages to get out of her car and wonders why the car didn’t completely go in the ditch and she may have died. Viv noticed there was some commotion ahead of her and she walks slowly there and sees a man she believes in dying in ...more
B. Hughes-Millman
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I truly enjoyed this book with all it's charm and dark moments. Vivian is a 3-dimensional character who has a sincere kindness that overshadows the darkness in her soul that she would rather not face. She has inherited the soul withering responsibility of caring for her sister with Cerebral Palsy without the finances to making her chore less of a burden. An incident on her way home from work one evening was not merely an inconvenience, it was life-changing, in that she has suddenly become the ...more
Decent story - interesting ideas - a few things I’m not sure about.

Liked Vivian as a MC - she was in a hard place in her life it appeared as though it was all caving in on her - responsibilities of caring for her sister - trying to make all the ends meet. She show good qualities and real frustrations and dilemmas.

Also liked how the story showed us that all of us hold a bit of good and a bit of bad within us. Not sure how
I stand on all the faith references - I’ll put this down to the author
Gayle Noble
Disappointed in this. It started off really well, good concept, engaging writing.....but then it all went wrong. Vivian, at some point, turned into a really unlikable character. (view spoiler) DNF @ 40%.

I received a free ARC via Team Ninja, and I am voluntarily giving an honest review.
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good read

This was a good book. The story and characters were well developed.

Vivian Bedford nearly avoided a tragic end. But her survival has it's consequences. Now she can see spirits and auras.

*I received a copy of this book for free. The review is my own, honest and unsolicited.
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