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Leonardo Cantrell is a painfully shy sixteen-year-old who cannot look people in the eye. One night while hes volunteering at a homeless shelter, an old man forces eye contact and gives Leo the power to see Death.
His best, and only, friendJ.C. Riverathinks this new power is cool until Leo accidentally looks into J.C.s eyes and sees his murder, a murder that will occur in
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Published February 25th 2020 by Michael J. Bowler, Author
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Sue Plant
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
would like to thank netgalley and the publishers for letting me read this book

this is about a gift being passed to someone deserving or not...depending on how you view the gift of being able to see when someone dies and how they die...

leo is just any ordinary young adult, still attending school but in his spare time he helps the homeless and he gives to the poor, so when one of the down and outs asks for him, he stops what he is doing and goes in search of this man...and what follows is the most
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Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
What if you were given the ability to see how and when people were going to die, and you had the chance to stop it from happening to your best friend? This is exclty that case of what happens to Leo and his friend J.C. Leo is one of the quiet shy kids at Costa High who is a kind soul and spends his time volunteering at soups kitchens, it is here that he encounters a homeless man who bestow onto Leo his ability allowing him to pass on and die safe in the knowledge that someone worthy of it is ...more
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Such a unique and fascinating book! Fantastically written full of mystery, suspense, friendship, and murder, it's a 'who-done-it' before it's done! I thoroughly enjoyed the first-person point of view from Leo. It helped me understand what was going through his mind and how he was really dealing with the whole concept of knowing when people are going to die. You usually see multiple POV's these days so it was unique and refreshing. I loved that he visited the homeless shelters and those in great ...more
Jennifer Pierson
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OH MY HELL! Michael J. Bowler is a new to me author, and despite this possibly sounding weird, I'm in love! AND I make no apologies because male authors need love too! I Know When You're Going to Die was completely original, uniquely compelling story that I couldn't get enough of. If you want to know a lot of details, then you'll have to read the Blurb, as it was full of suspense, and I'm not about spoilers. Leo is a boy who gets a new gift to see things surrounding death. Unfortunately, this ...more
Kathy Rouchelle
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding read that captures you attention with it's mystery, intrigue and erie undertone. The characters are wonderfully written and quite complex in their own way. Based on a gift or a curse, young Leo's life has changed, but is it for the better or for the worse? These characters are high school students at a school for the wealthy, where prestige is everything and the weak are targets for the bully and his cronies. Where image is everything and not everyone is what they appear to be.

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Lu
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: earc, fantasy, in-english
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

I know where you're going to die is a very peculiar and unique book. Leo, the main character, is terribly shy, he suffers from social anxiety. He's rich, lives in a beautiful house, his mother is a movie bigwig and he's surrounded by superficial and spoiled people, like his classmates. The only one who gets him, they really get and understand each other, is J.C., his best friend, more outgoing and fan of stylish and designed
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Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Michael J. Bowlers I Know When Youre Going To Die follows sixteen-year-old Leonardo Cantrell. One night, while volunteering at a local homeless shelter, Leo has a mysterious encounter with one of the shelters residents that will change his life forever. The strange old man gifts Leo with a magic power that will allow him to see when another person is going to die just by making eye contact. At first, Leo isnt sure what hes supposed to do with this newfound superpower, but then the unthinkable ...more
Teresa
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Title: I Know When Youre Going to Die
Author: Michael J. Bowler
Publisher: Michael J. Bowler
ISBN: B07Z48BHH4
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07...
Reviewer: Teresa Fallen Angel
Blurb:
Leonardo Cantrell is a painfully shy sixteen-year-old who cannot look people in the eye. One night while hes volunteering at a homeless shelter, an old man forces eye contact and gives Leo the power to see Death.
His best, and only, friendJ.C. Riverathinks this new power is cool until Leo accidentally looks
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Sherrie Cronin
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the cleverly titled I know When Youre Going to Die, Michael J Bowler begins with a fascinating premise and delivers a taut and unpredictable tale. I raced through it.

The concept of needing to solve a murder before it happens is an interesting one. Ive seen it elsewhere in science fiction, but the idea of having a superpower to know when others will die is unique, as far as I know, and the whole idea of solving a crime to prevent it is well executed here.
The pacing is perfect. The suspense
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Literary
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I Know When Youre Going to Die by Michael J. Bowler is a Young Adult fiction novel about a sixteen-year-old boy named Leonardo Cantrell. While working at a homeless shelter in Los Angeles, Leo meets a man who passes on a giftor a cursethe ability to look into a persons eyes and see their Death. He knows when it will occur, but the details of how it will happen are hazy. When Leo sees his friend, J.C.s murder, he cant stand by and do nothing. Can Leo and J.C. discover the killers identity and ...more
Andrea
Rate: ⭐ ⭐
Author: Michael J. Bowler
Publish Date: February 25, 2020
Series: N/A

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Thank you so much to Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) and Michae J. Bowler for giving me an ARC of the authors I Know When Youre Going To Die via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

What if you are given the power to know when people are going to die? What would you do? Leo is a shy, rich kid. Unlike his peers, he does not live a lavish life, and instead focuses on helping the poor and needy.
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Tynea Lewis
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I Know When You're Going to Die follows Leonard Cantrell (Leo), who has a mysterious power that allows him to know exactly when a person is going to die by looking into their eyes. Leo drives a beat-up Prius and spends every weekend volunteering at homeless shelters. While working his usual shift, a homeless man requests to talk to Leo. The homeless man persuades Leo to look into his eyes and forces the magical power on Leo. Leo's friend J.C. thinks it's a really cool power, but Leo perceives ...more
E.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark, fantasy, young-adult
4.25 stars

I Know When Youre Going to Die by Michael J. Bowler follows sixteen-year-old Leonardo (Leo) Cantrell as he navigates life more interested in serving the less fortunate than keeping up with the latest fashion trends. An unexpected gift results in his being able to foretell a persons death after looking into their eyes. Facing bullies at school and trying to come to terms with his newfound power, Leo must discover a way to change the outcome of his visions or risk losing his best friend
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LitPick Book Reviews
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can you imagine knowing when people will die? Would it be a curse or a blessing? Would you help people or let them die? Well, that is exactly what Leo was challenged with. Hes usually shy anyway, but now he has a real reason to not look people in the eye. When an enemy causes Leo to accidentally look into his best friend's eyes, he sees the worst of all! His friend is going to die in a week by MURDER! The only detail he sees is a jacket with a cobra and his friend with a knife in him. After some ...more
Anthony
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Review

A brilliant read, the author does an amazing job of capturing the raw nature of fear that grips us all when staring into the face of death while also delving into the hardships and struggles modern day teens face from peers and adults alike.

The story weaves together a tale of suspense and horror into a modern day high school drama setting, bringing together the problems teens face all too often, including the process of finding ones place in the world. As protagonist Leo sets out to
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Sandra Lopez
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
17-year old Leo has been volunteering at a homeless shelter for the last three years. One night, he comes across a homeless man whos been watching him, saying that hes the one. Leo took his hand and stared into the vagrants eyes andsuddenly everything changed. The man gave him a giftor a curse. He couldnt be sure, but he couldnt die until he passed it along.

Now, every time Leo looks into someones eyes, he knows when that person is going to die. Ooh, chilling! Imagine knowing the exact date that
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M.T. DeSantis
I received this book for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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This books premise grabbed my attention, and Im very glad I chose to review it. This is a great read about friendship and the power of hatred. It also packs a mind-blowing mystery and just a hint of the supernatural. In short, its got bunches of things I love, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Leo and J.C.s relationship is fantastic. Fiction needs more guy best
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Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Shy sixteen-year-old Leonardo Cantrell is a rich kid whose mom wants to buy him everything he wants and then some. His mom works in Hollywood on movies. Being a shy kid Leo doesnt have any friends well except for his one and only friend J.C. Rivera. J.C. and Leo have been friends since elementary school when J.C. was taken for a swirl by a bully.

Leo likes to keep to himself as he is too shy to look people in the eye. None of the kids at school seem to like Leo but that is probably because they
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Becky Baldridge
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Gift or curse? Either way, Leo is stuck with the power to see when people are going to die. The big question is what should he do about it? Until he sees his best friend's death. Figuring out the whodunit before they do it is an interesting concept, and it does a fair job of keeping the pages turning. In addition to the mystery, this story touches on friendship, diversity, and acceptance. The pacing is steady, the characters are interesting, and I did want to finish to see how it would all play ...more
Nimra Saeed
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I know you're going to die review:
This book is about a guy named Leonardo, who is the chosen one and has this power of seeing how someone would die by looking in thier eyes.
Now, the plot seemed something interesting but the writer didn't quite pick up the opportunities to take this book from a 3 to 5 star i feel like.
The writing here is very simple but I'd say it's even more simple than needed. Also, too much of telling instead of showing.

The characters were bland and it was hard to
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Christine Woinich
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
At first, I thought this was going to be a bit dry and slow, though I loved the entire concept of Leo's gift. All of a sudden, it became a real page turner as Leo, JC, and Laura race to prevent JC's murder. I loved Leo's innocence and determination. JC was a strong supportive friend, though he had his secrets. Laura added a more level-headed dimension to this trio, and I enjoyed their journey through growth, change, and danger. The ending was a surprise which gave a satisfactory conclusion to ...more
Sdmt
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Leo and J.C. are best friends--J.C. is Leo's only friend. While volunteering in a shelter, Leo encounters a homeless man that gives him a "gift" and immediately the old man dies. The terrifying gift given is the knowledge of the death date of any individual when Leo looks deeply into their eyes. What he see's in the eyes of his best friend strikes terror in his heart.
Michael Bowler
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Since I've spent so much time with these characters and crafting the plot surrounding them, how can I not love the story? Seriously, though, this is a fun book from the mystery/thriller perspective. But it also contains important themes about the value of friendship, selflessness, and the need to accept differences in others.
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Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author who grew up in Northern California. He majored in English/Theatre at Santa Clara University, earned a masters in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and a masters in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Michael taught high school in Hawthorne, California for many years, ...more

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