Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: Death is but a Dream by Erin Hayes

Release Date: September 29, 2013
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website | Twitter

Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.
Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it's the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.
So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.
With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead.

So Callie is a detective on the police force. Evidently, she was on the trail of a powerful bad guy, and because of all of his connections he managed to not only escape justice, but get her suspended for trying to take him down. This becomes an important plot point later, so pay attention to it.

Ok. Full disclosure time.
I don't find cops sexy. At all.
In fact, my kids all knew their Miranda rights by the time they were in the second grade.
Because I don't think that the creme of the crop goes into law enforcement.
Potentially, this is because I've lived the majority of my life in places where the Good Old Boy system is firmly in place.
Or possibly it's because  every doofus I ever went to high school with became a cop.
Either way, I know my perception is skewed and jaded.
And before you I've never been arrested.
Are there good police officers out there who care, and do their job?
Like the mythical unicorn, I believe that they exist... 

Callie jumps in front of a bus to save a kid, and ends up getting squished in the process. When she wakes up in the Underworld, she's informed that there's been a mistake.
The kid was supposed to die.
Not only that, but she isn't really dead yet. Just in a coma.
So Hades offers her a deal. If she can act like a bodyguard to his son, Plutus, and find out who is trying to kill him, Hades will restore her to life. Otherwise, she's stuck.

Now, the first part of the book is set in the Underworld, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. The different gods and mythological creatures were interesting, and Callie's reaction to being there was entertaining.
The last bit of the book was set in our world, and that part of the story was where the author sort of lost me. It wasn't bad, it just didn't have the same cool flavor.

As I mentioned above, I may have some prejudices that kept me from believing that Callie was a bad-ass. However, if CSI and David Caruso turn your crank, you might enjoy the tough-girl cop aspect of the story more than I did.
The ending gives you a HEA of sorts, but it leaves enough wiggle room for another book.
All in all, this was not a bad way to spend my afternoon.


Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

I probably wouldn't have picked this one up if I hadn't read your review. PS I don't find cops sexy either; they are always giving me tickets the a-holes! Thanks for the recommendation.


LOL! I hope you enjoy it! Sorry about the tickets. Ouch! That cuts into money for books!

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