Monday, 17 March 2014

Review: Death & Co. : The Mortal Knife by D.J Mc Cune

Release Date: Feb 6 2014 | Series: Death & Co series | 
Publisher: Hot Key Books | 

Plot- After breaking all the Lumen laws trying to stop a terrorist attack in London, Adam is looking forward to getting back to school and returning to normality. Unfortunately, fate is standing in his way, and she goes by the name of Morta.

When Adam, with the help of the sinister Luman Darian, discovers a plot to destroy his family it is up to him to intervene. Now Adam must weigh up what is most important: his friendships, school and being normal, or life as a Luman. There is only one place he can find the answers he needs. Adam must enter the Realm of the Fates and take control of a situation that is about to spiral dangerously out of control.

Review : 

Thank you very much to Hot Key Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review . If you're looking for my review of the first book in the series, Death & Co, click my review tab at the top of the page. 

I enjoyed the characters in this book. In Death & Co, I felt we didn't delve into the characters a lot which was understandable as it was the first book in the series. Seeing so much further into the characters of the story was something I really enjoyed. I really liked learning more about Elise's past and some of the family history. 

I really liked reading about Adam's school friends. Archie, Dan and Spike are all different and all a little weird! I thought their scenes were really good and added an element of fun and normality to the crazy life Adam lives. I really enjoyed their plans to set up The Bulber with an online girl. 

I liked that we learned more about Auntie Jo. After finishing Death & Co, I was really curious about her character as I felt she was not mentioned a lot in the first book. I really enjoyed her scenes and her character arc that is happening. Learning about her past was also interesting but I still feel there could have been a little more development or something extra shared at times. 

Chloe, Luc and Aaron are Adams siblings and I love reading about them, Luc especially because he is so rebellious and fun. Chloe was my favourite character of the novel I think. She really is stuck in a life she yearns to leave. Stuck in a culture that keeps women in the home while the men work and earn a living. She really resents her society but hasn't done anything about it, yet. Hopefully she will do something about it in the next novel. 

I enjoyed the plot of this book. I thought the plot surrounding the family secret and Adams anti-Lumen acts was really good. At times I was not captivated by the plot but the more I pushed myself onward the more I began to enjoy it. I enjoyed learning more about the Lumen world and the  Fates and loved the way it all flowed with the story and plot. I felt the plot was a little anti-climatic and just as I thought something really big was going to happen, it fizzled out. I found that really disappointing along with a rather dull ending. 

I liked DJ Mc Cunes writing style. I felt her characterisation was entertaining, as was her dialogue but a times her writing style fell flat for me. I felt like I was being told a story rather than living it with the characters . I would have preferred some more descriptive writing in places to convey character emotion and give the reader a feel for the world of the novel. 

Overall I enoyed the novel but I was not blown away by it. I will definitely be continuing with the series to see what is in store for the Mortson family next. 


Three Stars 

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