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The Death Catchers

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  856 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Dear Person-Holding-This,

I guess you must've found my letter. Well, when you read it, keep in mind that passing Mrs. Tweedy's English class is hard enough. But when the fate of the world suddenly rests on your shoulders, it's difficult to focus on school. I wish I'd handled things better, but when I saw my first death-specter foretelling my best friend's death, I freaked o
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Walker Publishing Company, Inc.
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Jan 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Please please please let this not be the start of a series - it's so enjoyable just the way it is! Whoda thunk that using all those terms one learns in English class (trope, allegory, metaphor, aphorism, etc.) could be strung together to make for an interesting Arthurian story? Sometimes it's a slightly strained use of the term, and sometimes the chapter veers a little further from the description than it should, but more often the device succeeds than fails.

In short, on her 14th Hallowe'en, Liz
Feb 01, 2016 marked it as books-i-never-finished  ·  review of another edition
I abandoned this book quite a while ago and the fact that I didn't bother to update it's status up till this point is a testament to how much I don't care about this book.
And why don't I care? I find this book to be cheap and insultingly stupid. The main premise is that it's written by the main character of the story, a young girl, as a school essay that's meant to keep her from failing the class. She uses literally terms to introduce reach chapter but that's about the only thing that connects
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
A few things felt odd. The setting was one of them. The author put a lot of effort into describing the setting, but to me it just presented too many difficulties. Most of those would have gone away had the setting been New England instead of northern California.
Example: there are very old tombstones in the local cemetery, ones which locals assume were from the 17th century, early in the town's existence. That's great, but there are NO towns in California which are that old. Really. The Spaniard
Hannah Woupio
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, books-i-own
This book was a pleasant surprise for me, I thought it was going to be pretty much like all of the other ya fantasy I'd read recently; stilted dialogue, shallow characters, and teenage drama used as a crutch for a story that couldn't stand on it's own. I'll be the first to admit I was wrong. The story is based on Arthurian legend, and I thought it was done very well. It was original, and the characters had different personalities! *applause* (Lizzy's mom was my favorite.)
I may have to read it a
Siew Ee
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a teacher, I certainly wouldn’t mind receiving such voluminous excuse letters, especially if the letter is as interesting as Lizzy Mortimer’s! This unique narrative style, coupled with Kogler’s ability to take the overtold story of King Arthur and present it into something imaginatively different made it easy for me to dive into this story right from the start.

Cleverly told, thoroughly entertaining. Will not reveal more for fear of spoilers.

The story wraps up nicely but leaves it open for a
Lisa Mandina
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, I don't know if I can say just how much I loved this book! The story was really good, but besides that, with it being my first year teaching 7th grade English, specifically about plots and narrative writing, I loved the titles of the chapters, and how the protagonist or main character explained what they meant and how she was doing that with that part of the story. I could totally see using this with my class some year when I'm teaching this in the future.

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Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book turned out to be a lot more suspenseful and fun than I thought it was going to be! I was worried it was going to be a bit young for me, but I was hooked once I got into it a bit. I also liked how the book reads as a letter from the main character to her teacher.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this down finished it in two days flat
Josie Funk
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Emily Craven
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
While the book does follow your standard protagonist-discovers-special-ability-must-use-to-save-village formula, it was delightfully fun. Clearly an English teacher (or english major) wrote it, for it follows the conceit of being an assignment of English in which the cornerstones of literacy are broken down and used to from each chapter (tension, alliteration etc etc). It was a bit of fun actually, and probably a great instruction manual for beginner writers and teens.

My favourite part about th
Lucy King
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing middle grade fantasy. The first scene reminded me of the School for Good and Evil :D cemetery, Agatha, it gave me some really positive feelings because of that and yes, it was really amazing, nothing to do with that retelling but a retelling on its own of King Arthur, Avalon, Lady of the Lake, in a modern world where a 14 years old Lizzy can see that someone is about to die and she can stop it, all that connected to a profecy of old times of King Arhur...I loved it! It was fun ...more
Andrea Wall
Despite that I am now an adult (I guess) I still really enjoy young adult novels. However this one didn't really stand out to me. The idea was original and fun but it was also predictable and anti-climatic. For example, on the back of the book we are told that Drake is the last descendant -- but this is supposed to be a big reveal about 3/4s through the book. I just always felt like I knew what was coming.
I did like the characters. They were exciting and fun. Lizzy's mum was my favourite and de
First Look: Arthurian legend?  I'm all in.  Not many YA/MG books feature it, so I was curious to see how this turned out.

Setting: There wasn't anything particularly memorable about it.  I got a good sense of the small-town feeling the author was trying to convey.  Other than that, the setting doesn't play a huge role in the story, and it's a bit generic.

Characters: Lizzy was likable enough.  Maybe a bit on the generic side, again, but I still cheered for her.  She had the typical unnoticed-girl-
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was assigned in my language arts class because of all the literary terms, and I'm so glad it was. The setting, Crabapple, California, was friendly and quirky, with just the right amount of creepy. It was a perfect place for Lizzy Mortimer, who has the power to predict, and prevent, the deaths of people she cares about. I was captivated by the Hands of Fate in the beginning, but I had so much fun with the Arthurian twist. Overall, I thought this book was interesting, mysteri ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I was hooked from the first page and I couldn't wait to see how Fate would play out.

Lizzy and Bizzy are two perfect characters destined to help save mankind from Doomsday, as well as give us some pearls of wisdom along the way. I also loved the titles of each chapter and how they would foreshadow what was to come.

This was a great read and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a little escape from the troubles they think are around them.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
this was doodoo
Stefan Jokic
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Cheif this is it
Sinéad O'Neill
Quick fantasy, underrated for sure, it was fantastic.
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved it. Now I seriously want a prequel with Buzzy stories.
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
l love this book
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and exciting book. Would recommend.
Rhonda Cooper
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took we a little while to get into the book but once it hooked me, I'd couldn't put it down. A modern novel about King Arthur's Legacy.
Feb 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Anne Kogler is a really great author - her books have life! I've read a few books of hers, now, and I think I'm officially her fan now. This book is what convinced me, I think - more so than her Otherworldlies book.
A quick summary of the book itself: Everything changes on Halloween for Lizzie, when she sees a message about her best friend’s death magically appear in the newspaper. Later, her grandmother explains to her to truth - she is descended from Morgan le Faye, one of the sisters
Patricia - Lady with Books
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arthurian
The Death Catchers by Jennifer Anne Kogler was a surprise find that I stumbled across when I was forced to walk down a different isle because of a mother and her crying demon offspring at the library. Thanks demon offspring! Then I discovered it had Arthurian legend as its basis and counted it as a double win. It also has grim reapers, magical sisters, and one very confused teenager. You can’t lose with that team!

I loved this book. I disliked this book. I am of two minds about this book. First o
Lisa Schensted
in a sentence or so: after Lizzie has an omen of her best friend's death, her grandma (better known as Bizzie) tells her she's part of the Hands of Fate. which means that for the rest of her life, Lizzie will have death-specters and her goal is to try and stop Vivienne le Mort from ending any lives before their time.

Lizzie and her best friend Jodi know their little town of Crabapple isn't usual. they realize that the guardian of the cemetery is a little off her rocker. they're even well aware th
Feb 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Lizzy Mortimer's life is about to be turned upside down. She sees news about her best friends the future. Before she has time to panic though, her grandmother sweeps in to impart some wisdom. She informs Lizzy that they are descendants of Morgan le Faye and see death specters that help them stop people they love from going with death too soon. Weirder thing keep happening though and the stress of all that is placed into Lizzy's lap may be too much. There's an evil sorceress trying to ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
For original review:

There are some authors where you really can’t mistake her or him for another because their writing style is so distinct. Jennifer Anne Kogler is a prime example of this. I recently read her other book, the Otherworldlies series, and her writing style and language is so similar that if it wasn’t for the fact that the plot is so different, I would have guessed that it was part of the same series.

However, unlike her other book, I actually
Lisa Nocita
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-2011, tag-2012-13
Lizzy Mortimer discovers on her fourteenth Halloween that she is descended from a long line of "hands of fate." It seems Morgan le Faye, of Arthurian legend, is her great great great (etc.) grandmother. All the women in the family line are receptors for the death-spectre, a chilling revelation that foretells the untimely death of someone they care about. In exchange, they can forestall the death by clever outwitting. Not only is Lizzy a hand of fate, but, as it turns out, the protector of King A ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: tla-2011, 3-stars
The first good thing I have to say about this book concerns the setting. Small towns are nearly a cliche in paranormal YA, but I think Crabapple stood out. Sitting on the edge of the gloomy Pacific, it was an eeire and quaint little town, almost a little European in some ways.

Even though Lizzy, the protagonist, admits that she's "not reading's biggest fan", there's a literary building block discussed at the beginning of each chapter, since the book is a letter Lizzy wrote to her English teacher
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Jennifer Anne Kogler lives in California, where she was born and raised. She graduated with a degree in English literature from Princeton University in 2003. Her first novel, RUBY TUESDAY began as her senior thesis in college. Her most recent novel, THE OTHERWORLDLIES, is a 2011 Truman Award Nominee. Jennie has two books coming out in 2011: a sequel to The Otherworldlies, THE SIREN’S CRY (due in J ...more
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