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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 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 explore, and exploit, the thin veil between this world and the next. A group whose members include the psychic... and Kitty's late mother. Desperate to learn more about the group and their connection to Nikki, Kitty convinces Roan to return to the Bramley house with her and secures a position for him within the household. Roan quickly ingratiates himself with the Bramleys, and soon enough it seems like everyone is ready to move on. Kitty, however, increasingly suspects Roan knows more about Nikki than he's letting on. And when they finally locate the Life and Death Parade, and the psychic who made that fateful prophecy to Nikki, Kitty uncovers a secret about Roan that changes everything. From rising star Eliza Wass comes a sophisticated, mesmerizing meditation on the depths of grief and the magic of faith. After all, it only works if you believe it.


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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 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 explore, and exploit, the thin veil between this world and the next. A group whose members include the psychic... and Kitty's late mother. Desperate to learn more about the group and their connection to Nikki, Kitty convinces Roan to return to the Bramley house with her and secures a position for him within the household. Roan quickly ingratiates himself with the Bramleys, and soon enough it seems like everyone is ready to move on. Kitty, however, increasingly suspects Roan knows more about Nikki than he's letting on. And when they finally locate the Life and Death Parade, and the psychic who made that fateful prophecy to Nikki, Kitty uncovers a secret about Roan that changes everything. From rising star Eliza Wass comes a sophisticated, mesmerizing meditation on the depths of grief and the magic of faith. After all, it only works if you believe it.

30 review for The Life and Death Parade

  1. 5 out of 5

    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 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 good clues, some were dead ends in a way, because they got you off track for what was really happening or had happened.  I don't feel like I can talk too much about the actual story, as I don't want to give away anything that actually happened, because I feel like you need to read it all in order and let the plot unfold.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    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

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    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 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 outrageously high score.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. DNF @ 30% This story sounded like it had a lot of potential as a YA gothic horror, but unfortunately it just didn't work out for me. This was very not good. The writing and the characters are both very flat and one dimensional. I couldn't connect to any of the cast of characters and everything seemed to move too quickly but very little seemed to actually happen. You know, I wasn't even sure if the main character was really dead or I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. DNF @ 30% This story sounded like it had a lot of potential as a YA gothic horror, but unfortunately it just didn't work out for me. This was very not good. The writing and the characters are both very flat and one dimensional. I couldn't connect to any of the cast of characters and everything seemed to move too quickly but very little seemed to actually happen. You know, I wasn't even sure if the main character was really dead or not. Thanks anyway, NetGalley.

  5. 3 out of 5

    Kim

    Thanks to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the author’s previous book, The Cresswell Plot so I was truly looking forward to reading this, especially with the exciting premise, but unfortunately it took me almost two weeks to read it and I had to force myself to finish. The characters were completely one-dimensional and unrelatable, and I found the plot extremely confusing. There were a couple of interesting twists near the end, but by Thanks to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed the author’s previous book, The Cresswell Plot so I was truly looking forward to reading this, especially with the exciting premise, but unfortunately it took me almost two weeks to read it and I had to force myself to finish. The characters were completely one-dimensional and unrelatable, and I found the plot extremely confusing. There were a couple of interesting twists near the end, but by then it was too little too late. Also reviewed at https://cadburypom.wordpress.com

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    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 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 was infected and didn’t care about this at all????? I didn’t understand the time frame we were supposed to be in. I didn’t understand what happened with the family (were they all infected with something? Were they just emotionally affected? Is there some sort of curse?) I didn’t get the main character’s motivations or her true involvement with Nikki. IS NIKKI EVEN ACTUALLY DEAD? idk, I got nothing. And after almost 30% of the novel, I feel like I should at least know what time frame we are in and if one of the main characters is actually alive. What sounded so promising, just left me very confused by the end. And when I’m that confused, the DNFs begin (ugh, I was doing so well too). It seems like it could be a cool book and maybe by the finished copy, it might make a bit more sense to someone that is not me XD no crowns since I DNFed and a Snow White rating!

  7. 4 out of 5

    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.

  8. 3 out of 5

    Julianne

    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 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 clear where her inspiration for The Cresswell Plot (here titled In the Dark, In the Woods) came from. Her bio claims “she has thousands of friends, all of whom either arrive inside dust jackets or post obsessively on Twitter”, and following her on Twitter gave me a deeper look into her writing, her whimsical personality, and her devotion to her late husband, Alan Wass of Alan Wass and the Tourniquet. So, when I spotted the beautiful cover of The Life and Death Parade while I was at PLA, I had to snatch it up. It became one of my first must-read ARCs in a massive book haul, and it delivered the type of hauntingly eerie story that I’ve come to expect from Eliza Wass. What I Liked: Eliza Wass has a beautiful and delicate way of tackling topics like death and grief. She has a way with words, particularly her rich imagery that paints her settings. I longed to know more about the characters, Nikki especially, because he has such a fun persona that steals every scene. At the beginning of each chapter are featured lines from the author’s late husband, which help to set the tragic tone as Kitty searches for answers to what happened to her boyfriend and how the psychic’s prediction of his death came to pass. A variety of different relationships are explored, each shedding a little more light on how each character grieves, and I was glad that the romantic elements weren’t your typical sugar-coated YA romance tropes. The loss of Nikki haunts the entire story, and in turn the reader aches along with each of the characters in the family. It’s a quick, enjoyable read that you can finish in just a few short hours, but it can be said that the story will end well before you want it to. What I Didn’t Like: About halfway through, I started feeling like I was missing something. Specifically, I felt as if this book had been over-edited and scenes that would have helped me to better connect with the characters and their stories had been cut. Looking back at my review of The Cresswell Plot, I wasn’t surprised to see that I’d felt similarly about that title. The Life and Death Parade is a very short, quick read, but the fast pacing will have you wishing there were slower moments to help the story build. I’m beginning to wonder if this is just Wass’s writing style or if she has an editor that prefers it this way. Either way, I wish we got to know the characters a little bit better because they seem so quirky, unique, and mysterious. Overall Rating: I was torn on how to rate this book, but I ultimately decided on 3.5/5 stars. The premise has so much potential and the cast of characters were eccentric and wonderful, but the plot falls victim to an overly fast pace. I still have so many questions and things that I want to know, which makes me wish there were at least another fifty pages or so to tell the full story. Eliza Wass continues to be an author to watch for me, and I look forward to seeing what comes next from her.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    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 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 that her husband only passed away 3 years ago. I can only imagine the strength it took to, first of all, even finish The Cresswell Plot in the midst of his death and, second, write such an intimate look at grief as she has done in this book. I’ve said this before: it seems to me that many authors have “the book of their heart,” the one that is for whatever reason more special than all the others. It feels to me like this is that book for Ms. Wass. Although this is a short novel - certainly the shortest I’ve read in a while - it’s incredible to me how Ms. Wass is able to pack so much emotion in here. I used the same amount of page flags for this 246-page book as I normally use for books with 400 pages! As someone who has...let’s say, “issues”...with economy of words, I greatly admire someone who can so beautifully tell a whole, satisfying story with such spare prose. It’s not like, oh, Ernest Hemingway and his ridiculously short sentences; rather, Ms. Wass has an ability to make darn near *every single word* count. Long story short, I have a tendency to ramble, especially in writing (if you’ve read my reviews, you know this, ha!), so I admire packing the same intensity of a 400-page book in a mere 246 pages.The reason I wanted to read this book is that I often seek out books that explore loss and grief, because I lost my sister to domestic violence ten and a half years ago and I still struggle with it, every single day. I tend to gravitate toward novels that explore the variety of ways we humans grieve, how we each handle devastating loss in our own way. I will admit - and this is not something I’ve said “out loud” before - that I often feel I must be doing the grieving process incorrectly, because I remain so affected by my sister’s loss more than ten years later. Maybe I am searching for the “right” way to do it, which is why I seek out books like this one? For whatever reason, I’m glad I did read this one, because it really is a beautiful examination of loss, grief, and faith. Kitty’s struggle with the death of her boyfriend, Nikki, at far too young an age is presented with respect. Her desire to find some way to reach Nikki, to talk to him, her intense need to just have him back -- these are all things I have felt in the past ten-plus years. If I heard of something like the Life and Death Parade? I would be all over it just as eagerly as was Kitty, you better believe that. There were so many sentences, paragraphs, and sections of this book that I just felt so connected to. I teared up a fair amount, because I’d read something that sounded like it could have come from my own mouth, and because I really felt Kitty’s pain (not to mention that of his brother, Macklin, and his little sister, Holly). At one point, Nikki’s dad, Kitty’s guardian, tells her she seems to be “drifting.” She tells the reader: I didn’t say anything--what could I say? Of course I was drifting. What else could I do? Only a cold person could say, The boy I loved is dead, so let’s make lemonade out of corpses! To do anything else but drift would be to corroborate with the world, to agree to all this madness. To say it was okay that people died. To say something good could come out of it. (p. 135-136) And, when he tells her she needs to decide “what it is that you want,” she tells us: I thought my answer so intensely I almost believed he would read my mind: But what if I can’t have what I want? Because what I wanted was impossible. What I wanted was the world to right itself and start over. I could be generous; I could give the world another chance, if it would just give me Nikki back. (p. 136) I include those two passages as just two examples of many that, as I said, could have come straight from my own mouth, head, heart. I truly hope that writing this book helped Ms. Wass to work through the fact that, I’m sure, she continues to struggle with the loss of her husband. Also, the inclusion of Alan Wass’ lyrics before each of the four parts of the book made it feel even more special for the reader, like Ms. Wass was sharing a piece of him with each of us. They are beautiful lyrics in their own right, honestly, but knowing that they are the words of the man she loved most in the world and lost too soon, well ... I want to thank her for sharing that with us. Thanks so much to Rockstar for letting me take part in this tour, and to Disney-Hyperion for the beautiful copy of the book. Thanks especially to Ms. Wass for such a heartfelt story that connected, and resonated, with me deeply. If you are drawn to books that explore the human condition, the loss and grief we all must go through at some point in our lives, I encourage you to pick up The Life and Death Parade. These are words that will stay with me for a long time. Rating: 5 bright, beautiful stars **Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for purposes of this blog tour. This review is voluntary on my part, and reflects my honest rating of and thoughts on the book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    empirestatebookshelf

    This review originally appeared on: https://empirestatebookshe.wixsite.co... 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 This review originally appeared on: https://empirestatebookshe.wixsite.co... 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 next! One night Nikki, Kitty's boyfriend, went to visit a psychic after a party, in order to learn about his future. The psychic doesn't tell him about his future, however--she can't, because he doesn't have one. Now, following a period of increasingly strange and erratic behavior, he's dead. When Kitty learns about the Life and Death Parade, a group that her deceased mother used to belong to, she sets out to learn more about the circumstances surrounding Nikki's death. Along the way, she meets several different characters, including Roan, a supposed medium, whom she is convinced can take her to meet with those whom she desperately seeks. But when a web of mystery, lies, and intrigue begins to surface, Kitty realizes that people know more about Nikki than they are willing to reveal... and it will be up to her to uncover the truth. The premise of this book attracted me immediately, because although I will readily admit that reading about the spirit world, mediums, and psychics freak me out, I apparently have an intense desire to never sleep again and love to read about them anyway. I was under the impression that this was more of a realistic/contemporary type from the Goodreads blurb, but I was so wrong. This belongs to one of my favorite genres (fantasy!) and when the fantasy twist hits, it hits HARD. I was completely blindsided by the big reveal at the end, which is pretty rare nowadays because I've read too many books and can predict all of the plot twists. Not this one though! As someone who doesn't really believe in the idea of mediums and psychics, it was pretty easy for me to connect with Kitty on this front. She shared a lot of the same uncertainties that I do, and this offset the difficulties I had with her more strident personality. I was also a huge fan of the way that she really did try to make her family feel better, even though she did it in an...interesting way, and I'm really not sure that that is how I would have done it. I really liked the characters in this book a lot, actually. All of them were interesting, had a purpose, and really helped flesh out the book. With the exception of one or two characters, there wasn't really anybody just thrown in there for the heck of it. Every character contributed to the story, and their placement made sense. As someone who almost always has troubles with characters in books and their personalities, this was a really nice break for me. I also just want to briefly mention how much I loved the originality of this book as well. At some point you read so many books that every new book you read just seems to be a rehash of the one you read before. The plot twists are insanely obvious, the characters are boring, and Joe Kenda's Homicide Hunter becomes even more attractive than it already is, even when it's late at night and dark and then you can't sleep. I generally judge how much I love a book by how eager I am to pick it up. If I start reaching for my phone more than my book/Kindle, I know that it's bad. And this was never the case with this book. Whenever I did have the chance to read (which this week was minimal), I went for this over my phone. I have never read a book with a plot even somewhat similar to this, and I loved it. And that plot twist! (This wasn't brief. I apologize. Now you know why my paper was 41 pages.) The reason this book made me question my reviewing criteria is because there were a few inconsistencies in this book, as well as some choppier plot jumps/rushes, that would normally knock this book way down on the star list. I am very, very picky about those sorts of things. But with this book, I just didn't care. The part of me that hates these things tried to stand up and just got flat out bulldozed by my love of the characters and the story. I loved the book so much that I just couldn't bring myself to care about the inconsistencies, or the plot holes. And the thought of knocking it down star-wise made me cringe. I loved this book, I really did. I'm so happy that I got the chance to read it, because I'm still in shock over that plot twist, and I loved the experience. I am a puddle of happiness right now. 5/5 Stars Disclaimer: I received an eArc of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way altered my view, review, or opinion of the book.

  11. 3 out of 5

    Karen Barber

    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 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 illusion. Encountering Roan, Kitty comes up with a plan to help the family move on. What she gets is far odder. A little like The Cresswell Plot I spent large amounts of time thinking I’d missed something. The way this is edited makes it feel rather disjointed and this is quite an unsettling experience. Things do get resolved by the end, but not quite in the way I expected. Thank you to NetGalley for granting me access to this in exchange for my thoughts.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)

    Fun at the start, but then it descended into ehhhhh. No real sense of time or place; I know it's in the UK and there are cell phones, but the setting is otherwise negligibly established. Plus I'm not sure if Kitty is black or white? There are small cues here or there that make me think she's black, but nothing is ever definitively stated--and things are very different when an aristocratic white family takes in a black girl after mom (one of their employees) dies vs. an aristocratic white family Fun at the start, but then it descended into ehhhhh. No real sense of time or place; I know it's in the UK and there are cell phones, but the setting is otherwise negligibly established. Plus I'm not sure if Kitty is black or white? There are small cues here or there that make me think she's black, but nothing is ever definitively stated--and things are very different when an aristocratic white family takes in a black girl after mom (one of their employees) dies vs. an aristocratic white family taking in a white girl in the same situation. But I'll give it this: revelations toward the end sure made me want to reread all the flashbacks of Nikki post-psychic reading.

  13. 5 out of 5

    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 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's not my kind of book. It is also difficult to really put this in a genre. I couldn't tell if there was magic in it for a long time and that really disoriented me. The way it was written was also hard for me to get into. However, I really liked how the story came together at the end, so it was worth it to get there. Overall, a tough story for me to get into because I'm not really into magical realism, but the ending makes the read worth it. Thank you to Disney for providing this book for review. This fact does not change my rating or review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I am sort of just...confused a little. review to come.

  15. 3 out of 5

    Just Another Bookish Blog

    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 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 under mysterious circumstances. This death really affects the family, so Kitty does what she can to make them feel better, including hiring Roan, a member of the Life and Death Parade who can talk to ghosts. Through this, she gets more accustomed to the Life and Death Parade, a group of individuals who perform dark magic tricks for tourists, and who can also perform real dark magic, such as fortune telling and raising the dead. Of course, one runs into problems when meddling with dark magic... This book is set to be very hyped as soon as it's published. The writing was dark yet elegant and graceful, with intricately woven ideas and metaphors about life and death. The ending was explosive and something I could not have seen coming if I tried. I really liked the characters! They were each peculiar in their own way, and made for an odd harmonious cast. Holiday was creepy, Macklin was elegant, Kitty is spirited and Nikki was unusual. They have a strong yet eerie relationship. The characters from the Parade were very original, with just the right dose of creepiness to feel the unsettled atmosphere of the Parade (which was more of a carnival). I was amazed by the author's ability to simply use word choice and sentence structure to create an atmosphere of any kind. This book was not about young love, it was about how people react to death, which made for a fascinating read, unlike any YA I have read so far. I don't want to give away too much about this book, as I really think that it is something you should fully discover for yourself once it is released, in July of this year! I'm giving this a 4.5 / 5 feathers! Stay bookish, Caroline

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    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 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 couldn’t hold that part against it. ‘The Life and Death Parade’ follows a family after the death of Nikki, a son, brother and first love, as they try and fail to navigate with a hole in their life where he once was, until an unlikely character shows up offering to play his part in order to ease their suffering, only to eventually find that he has more to offer them than just parlor tricks. The entire concept of the Life and Death parade is something that seems so unreal and almost ancient in a way that you shouldn’t be there but at the same time you can’t look away and I wish I could see it in person I loved every second we spent there as it helped develop this belief system and the consequences that comes when you push things too far and take more than you should and the ripple affect it has on those closest to you. The twist at the end only solidified the entirety of the message and it’s so powerful that it completely transcends this novel from a simple paranormal book to something far more meaningful in that things happen for a reason and it’s not our job to know what that reasoning is. I love this book and I absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for something new to read that offers great twists and turns, a descent into madness and the power of belief. **thank you to netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**

  17. 5 out of 5

    Malanie

    Synopsis: Kitty's amazing, eccentric boyfriend actually dies after a psychic tells him he's going to die. Kitty meets a teenage medium who might be able to help her. But what is this new boy hiding??? I was in a really happy, positive, zen place, and then I read this book, and I'm still happy, but also scared of spirits and on the verge of sobbing This book has a DARK undertone. The title is not a joke: The Life and Death Parade is philosophically and emotionally deep. I'm going to admit outright Synopsis: Kitty's amazing, eccentric boyfriend actually dies after a psychic tells him he's going to die. Kitty meets a teenage medium who might be able to help her. But what is this new boy hiding??? I was in a really happy, positive, zen place, and then I read this book, and I'm still happy, but also scared of spirits and on the verge of sobbing This book has a DARK undertone. The title is not a joke: The Life and Death Parade is philosophically and emotionally deep. I'm going to admit outright that the prose itself wasn't extraordinarily artistic (though Eliza Wass never fails to give lovely imagery describing the sky), but the plot was written very well; you make guesses, and you KNOW things will be OK, and then you're entirely unsure. At the beginning of each chapter, the author features lines by her late husband (and if you want to set a dark tone, that's a rather good thing to do.) But then the tone is more tragic because the verses are gorgeously written???? Just going into this knowing that someone so close to the author died, and his poetry is featured the book, is unnerving. There are so much heavy themes tackled through the lens of magic, seances, and ghosts. Is our future predestined? Is our character our fate? What is the function of religion? How many tourist traps like the Life and Death Parade are actually semi-cults? The Characters Kitty: Kitty and I got off to a rough start. Nikki is obviously the love of her life, but she mentions not wanting to be with him because he's rich and always gets what she wants, and she doesn't want to corroborate with a world that lets that happen. KITTY STOP. He's the sweetest boy in the whole world, can we get over social justice for him????? Think of him as a person, don't let him be objectified by money. But I love that you fearlessly shaved your head in grieving for him. Roan: The teenage psychic saint. I really liked his unwavering devotion to his boyfriend. He will, without question, always love Emmanuel. That sort of conviction makes him saint material. He may be the saint of "obsession," but why does obsession have such a negative connotation??? Also, I loved how he was gay and therefore the story didn't turn out to be a love triangle featuring Kitty's dead soulmate. Roan also loosely reminds me of one of my heroes, Sherlock Holmes; he can read people just by rearranging what they’ve said. For instance, if you say you can’t cry at home, then you might be a people pleaser. I geeked out over his conning (but relatively honest) ways. But side note: Why was in mom's coffee the day we decided to hire this guy to be the child's nanny??????? Lesson of the day**what happened????? Always background check. Nikki!!!!: He's described as the Joker's angelic little brother. Which translates to the love of my life <3 For me, the plot is only good so far as it follows him. I read this book until the end because i needed to see what would become of him??? He's so lovely. He goes and asks a psychic about his future, and Kitty says NO NIKKI because he’ll believe whatever she tells him. And it's true. He's so trusting and good. Nikki has tea parties, always tries to make other people happy, randomly hugs unhuggable people, and freely vulnerable about when he’s scared. AND HE LOVES KITTY SO MUCH. Nikki trampled on my heart just by existing. In the end, I'm not sure what the author believes concerning fate v. free will. I think the point is, it's whatever you believe. You get to decide whether you leave or stay at the party. The mediums are literally never wrong in this book, but then again people have a weird habit of making what they think become reality. Usually if the prose is bad, I abandon the book because my book relationship standards are ridiculously high, but Life and Death Parade is worthy because of its plot and its Nikki. Fin. ***and thank you to the Disney Book Group (Disney-Hyperion) for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review. (post being published on my blog, malanielovesfiction.wordpress.com on 2/1/2018

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.com 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 I received a copy of this book from Netgalley.com 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 loss, and the sometimes callous senselessness of death. I found the opening a little jarring, perhaps jumping in too quickly and not taking enough time to establish setting and characters. I know the age old advice is to start 3 chapters in from where you think you should and normally I like it when a book gets right down to business but in this case I think a little more setup was needed. I am not sure why, but from the opening paragraphs I thought the book was set in the Southern US- imagine my surprise when I realized it was actually set in Britain! For the most part, Kitty frustrated me. I think mostly it is because she and I are opposites- I'm a natural believer, she is more of a skeptic. I grew annoyed very quickly of her reluctance to admit her love for Nikki, especially since it was based in her dislike of wealth and class, when Nikki was a good person. People cannot help the circumstances they are born into, and Kitty was too focused on social appearances to be willing to give in to the love she felt for a boy with a good heart who truly loved her. He saw past that she was the daughter of the help, but she could not see past his father's title and money. My heart ached for Nikki, because I really felt he truly loved her and would wait forever for her to love him back. Roan was a very interesting character. I really enjoyed him, and was pleased with his arc and back story. I won't go into details, because some of his story actually had a twist or two that surprised me, and that is a rare find for me these days. I liked that he was complex, and you never truly knew with him what was real and what was show. The Lord and Lady Bramley I found predictable and standard. They were a bit of a let down for me because of their stock characterness. I wish they had a little more depth to them. Same goes for the sister Holiday, and to some extent Macklin. By the end I was more impressed with Macklin's arc, but I felt like a little more could have been done with him. Perhaps if we had more of a lead up before the book took off, that would have made a difference. I wish there had been more with the Life and Death Parade, that the book had introduced more characters from it and developed that aspect a bit more. I was left a little wanting by ending, and some other plot choices, but I get what the author was trying to say with this book, and she well accomplished it. Some stories end before we want them to, some people leave us and the hole never fills in. Not all people get a happy ending, and just because you want something badly enough to will it into existence, does not mean that it will make you happy in the way you thought it would. Life isn't fair, and neither is death.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    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 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 understand who was speaking because the dialogue was written all together. It was not broken up in a way that made it easy to decipher who was talking. The writing itself did fit the whimsical and creepy vibe of the story itself and the author knows how to write so that was not a problem. The basis of the story was that Kitty’s boyfriend Nikki Bramley went to visit a psychic who basically told him he was going to die. Kitty doesn’t believe it and tells him to forget it. Eventually, Nikki dies and Kitty and the Bramley’s all grieve him in their own ways. A year later Kitty can’t let go what happened and want’s to understand what happened that fateful night he died and especially the night at the canal. She discover’s The Life and Death Parade and a boy named Roan. He claims all his antics are for a show for the tourists but he knows more about Nikki then he lets on. Kitty eventually learns things about Roan that changes her views on him and it’s a big twist that I have to admit I did not see coming. The last 30% or 40% is when the story got REALLY good and what made it worth the read. I thought about DNF’ing it a lot but it kept my interest enough because I to wanted to solve the mystery of what really happened to Nikki. It had flaws but it was good enough to keep me to the end. 2) Characters To be honest the characters were neither good or bad. I just didn’t care about them or connect with them but, I was interested in them. Which again kept me interested in the book. Kitty became obsessed with solving what happened to Nikki and it was admirable because I thought she would go down the path he went but she prevailed. Nikki was a precious boy. He didn’t become one of my favorites but you can’t help but love him when you learn all about him. Roan was surprising because I was not expecting to learn what we did learn about him. The Bramley’s were interesting people and an odd family when I really think about it but they were good people just working out their grievances. 3) Relationships The relationship between Kitty and Nikki was weird. I didn’t get the vibe that they were together when he was alive like the synopsis says. I knew he loved her but it felt one-sided of course until he died. I didn’t get that romantic feeling or anything really. Her relationship with the Bramley’s was sweet and I really liked how Nikki’s parents took her in after her mom dad and cared for her like one of their own. “He really loved you, you know,” he allowed. “He used to tell me all the time. You were like a god to him.”

  20. 3 out of 5

    Siobhan

    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 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 who told Nikki his fate, but instead finds a strange medium, Roan. Roan seems like he could be the answer Kitty is looking for, with powers to talk to and maybe even bring back the dead, but she's not sure he's not a charlatan, even when the strange rituals and mysterious group lead her towards memories of her mother. This is a novel filled with eerie and dark elements: the old castle that the rich Bramleys live in, the rituals and occult, intense obsession, and a strange group called the Life and Death Parade that Kitty decides she must track down for answers about Nikki and about her mother. Wass weaves a narrative that combines these with far more down to earth elements such as grief, love, and uncertainty. This makes The Life and Death Parade a book that feels far more real than its occult parts might suggest: something more like the fleeting magic of urban fantasy or the unnerving mysticism of the Bacchanalia from The Secret History. Kitty is an interesting and unusual protagonist, who has lost almost everyone and needs to find something to fight for and a reason to keep fighting. Trying to work out what happened to Nikki and if there's anything she can do about it may serve that purpose, but the novel—for all its occultism—ultimately shows that people need to find ways to move on. Nikki's siblings Macklin and Holiday are also engaging, with Macklin's struggle with guilt and Holiday's extreme reactions helping to create the image of a messed up family in a moody old castle. And crucially, Roan works well as a mysterious and possibly dangerous figure, brooding over the death of his boyfriend and seeming to be a rock star medium who could solve the Bramleys' problems. The Life and Death Parade is a gripping novel, part story about grief with hints of magic and part thriller featuring a mysterious stranger. It will appeal to people who like their books with eccentric characters, complex love and obsession, and a dash of something otherworldly, whether young adult or otherwise. This is a book to read for the story, which becomes difficult to put down, and for the creation of an eccentric and intriguing cast and atmosphere.

  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    3.5 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 3.5 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 false but to tell this story, it was the perfect choice. The Life and Death Parade is unsettling. It will make you question what is real and what is cleverly promoted through lies, smoke, and mirrors. There are many times when it seems you’re on the verge of answers but when they come, they’re to a different question or not all what you expected. And some things are started and left unfinished. Whether it was an intentional decision or not, it’s as much of a mystery as the truth itself. There’s a kind of lazy, upper-class entitlement that threads through the book. Like Holly Golightly in male form. The characters are…eclectic and not exactly likeable. They did have unique, if odd, personalities. I wish I would have liked them enough to become invested in their future, but really, I just cared about the story itself. The plot was intriguing. It sucks you in and holds you prisoner. You need to know what happened and there are so many possibilities. I loved the blend of magical, traveling performers, and praying to specific saints for favors. The Life and Death Parade is a culture in itself and so cool. There’s a New Orleans vibe set in the English countryside. The crafting of altars, psychic readings, and sensationalization drags the reader right into that world, and begs them to question whether they believe and how much it matters. Read more here: https://youngadultbookmadness.wordpre...

  23. 3 out of 5

    Stephanie Ward

    '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 '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 of their own. It created a haunted and somewhat creepy feel and I just think it was a great place for the story to take place. The characters were all well rounded and made the story come to life for me. I loved getting to know Kitty as the story unfolded, as well as the members of the Bramley family, and Roan. They each had unique personalities and traits that made them realistic and easy to identify with. Strangely enough, Nikki - the "ghost" that is haunting everyone throughout the novel, was also a major character and I liked getting to know him too. I liked watching them each change in different ways during the book, especially concerning one another and Nikki. As I mentioned, the plot mixes both the supernatural with realistic issues. I thought it was an interesting blend of topics and created a wonderful story magical in so many ways - not just the ones expected. It's a story of grief, forgiveness, love, friendship, loss, family, and so many other rough and relevant topics that it'll speak to readers of all ages. I highly recommend this book for fans of fantasy, paranormal/supernatural, contemporary, romance, and even mysteries. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Lamb

    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 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 even if it is, I'm glad I got the opportunity to check it out.  I am not usually a big magical realism fan. Like, at all. I tend to find these stories harder to follow and to really get in to. But I adored this! I finished it so fast. This book honestly just tells a story about love and loss, pain, death, hope, faith, magic, etc etc. I could go on and on. We all know that we can't bring a deceased loved one back but this is all about the what ifs. What if we could bring them back? What if we never really lost them in the first place?  While I enjoyed the plot in this story a ton, I think that the character's did need a little more work. I noticed in other reviews that some readers found them to be very two dimensional and I have to agree. The book also has a kind of slow, confusing start. Like, super confusing. I wasn't sure I was prepared to put myself in the mindset for interpreting what was going on. But it kind of all just flowed into something that made more sense, and that I personally really connected to. I think the ideas behind all of this was just really good. 

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    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 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 Parade predicted that he would die. Kitty finds the Parade and a mysterious boy named Roan, who may or may not have the power of resurrection. I blew through this book. Kitty's present search for Roan and how to bring Nikki back alternates with Nikki's last days before he died, and it wasn't until close to the end that I could understand what had happened - it certainly wasn't what I had guessed! The Bramleys and their lifestyle intrigued me, though Nikki remained elusive. I do wish there had been more of the Life and Death Parade as it was really cool! My favorite character was probably Roan, just because he was so interesting, although I really would have loved to know Kitty's mum. Overall this story came together in so many unexpected ways. It had a bit of the feel I got from Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys. The Life and Death Parade will be released on July 12, 2018.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jill Elizabeth

    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 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 odd agelessness to the character that I found endearing and exasperating in equal measure. She is a great focal point for this unusual story - even though nearly every scene is stolen by Nikki (even when he's not appearing in said scene). Nikki haunts the book, because of his flamboyant nature as much as his role in the plot. Even though he is not present for much of the novel, he is the linchpin upon which it all hangs - and the pinpoint upon which all the secrets ultimately unravel. I know my review is cryptic. I DID start things by saying this was an unusual book... That was a feeling that crept up behind me early on in the story and lingered throughout the reading - a presence as surely felt as Nikki himself. That feeling was amplified as I finished the book and then sat down to capture my thoughts about it. There's a lot to think about within these pages - it's a journey of acceptance as much as anything else, and that's a lesson we can all stand to learn and relearn - and those thinks are worked into the story with a touch that shuffles between delicate and heavy-handed, balancing the two in a way that leaves no doubt that you're being schooled but (oddly) without any sense of lessons or eye-rolling. As I said, unusual. But rest assured, I enjoyed the ride, even if I can't tell you precisely why... My review copy was provided by NetGalley.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    *I received this Arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass combines quite a few serious elements : grief, magic and faith. All of these elements are not easy to navigate, especially in one book. Overall I think Wass wrote a really interesting story that explores these elements in a very real way. The book follows Kitty, a young girl reeling from the death of Nikki, her almost boyfriend. The story begins with the pair seeing a psychic who tells Ni *I received this Arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review* The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass combines quite a few serious elements : grief, magic and faith. All of these elements are not easy to navigate, especially in one book. Overall I think Wass wrote a really interesting story that explores these elements in a very real way. The book follows Kitty, a young girl reeling from the death of Nikki, her almost boyfriend. The story begins with the pair seeing a psychic who tells Nikki he has no future. After the experience Nikki is not himself and eventually does die. Kitty is left to grieve not only Nikki’s death but her mother's passing years before. Nikki also left behind his parents and siblings Macklin and Holliday. In an attempt to find some answers Kitty seeks out the psychic who predicted Nikki's death, only to find Roan, a psychic who may have some answers. I quite enjoyed this book. The fact that Roan did not become Kitty’s new love interest was surprising to me. A good surprise though, it would have been a really easy plot in the story. It was an easy read and the twist near the end was unexpected.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    I must admit I did not like this book, but I really wanted too! It reminded me of The Diviners and The Raven Boys, but it was much darker. I can see the author was writing through pain and it is full of emotions. This is a heavy book dealing with grief and death, and not a fun fantasy. I think my problem with this book were my expectations. I was expecting a 1920s era flapper chasing down a traveling carnival to uncover secrets and magic in hopes of bringing back her love only to find out it is I must admit I did not like this book, but I really wanted too! It reminded me of The Diviners and The Raven Boys, but it was much darker. I can see the author was writing through pain and it is full of emotions. This is a heavy book dealing with grief and death, and not a fun fantasy. I think my problem with this book were my expectations. I was expecting a 1920s era flapper chasing down a traveling carnival to uncover secrets and magic in hopes of bringing back her love only to find out it is impossible but falls in love with a dashing magical psychic who teaches her about faith and true love all the while she is finding power and strength in herself. I was wrong! I was way way off in my expectations. It has a good plot, minus the feeling the reader is missing the first 5 chapters and some character development, and it is full of surprises. I was not hooked at first, but I became more curious as to what was going on so I kept reading. I have no doubt this will find an audience, but it was not for me. Thank you netgalley for providing this copy for an unbiased review!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cg Marinelli

    It's never a good thing when you feel like you're having to force yourself to finish a book, and sadly that's how I felt the entire time I was reading The Life and Death Parade. I feel like this book had so much potential to be a fantastic YA horror novel, but it just fell flat for me. The overall concept was really interesting and unique, but poorly execute. It took me over a month to read the novel in its entirety because I kept getting bored and putting it down. The characters read as very on It's never a good thing when you feel like you're having to force yourself to finish a book, and sadly that's how I felt the entire time I was reading The Life and Death Parade. I feel like this book had so much potential to be a fantastic YA horror novel, but it just fell flat for me. The overall concept was really interesting and unique, but poorly execute. It took me over a month to read the novel in its entirety because I kept getting bored and putting it down. The characters read as very one dimensional, and I could not connect to them in any way. Kitty and Nikki's relationship didn't read as very romantic, and it just annoyed me. I will say that a few of the twists at the end did redeem this book ever so slightly, but not enough to make me like it. Overall, I give The Life and Death Parade two out of five stars for leaving me confused and disappointed.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Foil

    Ever since her mother died, Kitty has felt like a guest with her foster family, the wealthy Bramleys that live in the castle on the hill. Luckily she has her long-term best friend Nikki by her side. But when Nikki, his brother and Kitty go to a party and meet a psychic who tells Nikki he's going to die, the world turns upside down. As Kitty pieces together what is going on, she begins learning about a mysterious organization, the Life and Death Parade. I received this book in exchange for an hon Ever since her mother died, Kitty has felt like a guest with her foster family, the wealthy Bramleys that live in the castle on the hill. Luckily she has her long-term best friend Nikki by her side. But when Nikki, his brother and Kitty go to a party and meet a psychic who tells Nikki he's going to die, the world turns upside down. As Kitty pieces together what is going on, she begins learning about a mysterious organization, the Life and Death Parade. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley. The name of the book really drew me in, if you'd ever watched Gilmore Girls, you know why. The plot also had a hint of magic to it, but I couldn't figure out what was real or what wasn't. Those are some of my favorite stories, so I was excited to get the chance to read this book. READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE: sarahfoil.com/blog/a-review-of-the-li...

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