The Life and Death Parade: Book Review

Book Details (5).pngSynopsis:

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.

My review:

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.

Everyone needs closure. Obviously this book won’t offer it to you, but you might connect to it in a way you didn’t even know you needed.

Also, I had no idea that there were LGBTQ+ characters in this, but I am glad to see this book following along with my theme of reviews for this month!!!



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