Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: Death is but a Dream by Erin Hayes Blog Tour and Giveaway

Title: Death is but a Dream
Author: Erin Hayes
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Mythology, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: September 29, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

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.

Death is but a Dream is a book about the Greek gods - yes, they're real - as Callie finds out when she sacrifices herself to save a little girl.  Hades instantly hires her to become his son's, Plutus, body guard and to try and find out who is trying to kill him.  Seems like quite a daunting task for a lowly mostly-dead mortal.  She jumps right in though, using the skills she picked up as a detective to try and find out who the assassin is.

I think the part I enjoyed most of this story was Callie's time in the underworld.  I loved getting to meet so many mythical characters - and Cerebrus was a big favorite.  Her "partner", a fury named Tisiphone, is also a lot of fun and amazingly resourseful when push comes to shove.

The story continually surprised me on every page.  So many times it seemed like it was about to wrap everything up, and it would all come apart - but each twist was done in a way that it never seemed to get old.  I felt like I had the storyline of three novels in one - and the character development didn't suffer for it either.  I think even the gods, goddesses, and various other immortal beings were even dynamic, which I imagine would be difficult since they have such big, set in stone, personalities.

Unfortunately, the only person that did disappoint me a little was Plutus himself.  He just didn't grow fast enough for my taste - others may love him though.  He needed to come out of his shell earlier for me to have really liked him.  But since he was a main character it lowered my rating of the story.

This was a great modern mythology book that I think even young adults would enjoy (even though it is about an adult).

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average. You can reach her at and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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1 comment:

  1. I love these kinds of twists - not seeing something come a mile away has become a rarity eh? I think I'd really like this one! Great review, Jasmyn!