Book Review: Prayer for the Dead by Nicki Scalise

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This is the story about a girl who lived, died, and met a guy… in that order.

Is it possible to find true love and happiness, while condemned to purgatory until the ends of days?

Olivia Brennan wasn’t eager to find out. Working for a division of Purgatory and Associates, her job consisted of one headache after another, caused by the impatient souls waiting to move onto eternal paradise. After a hard day at work, she was most content to stay home, watching reruns or reading a book. Aside from a few friends occasionally
forcing socialization, her afterlife was nothing special.

That all changed the moment Drake walked into her life. He was handsome, charming, and had a sadness behind his eyes she could relate to. It seemed that Fate had finally brought her a kindred spirit…

But could Olivia move past her own dark regrets of the life she left behind or would falling for him demand the ultimate sacrifice herself?

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Nicki Scalise lives in Colorado with her husband. They share their home with four dogs and a chinchilla. The animals run the joint, the humans just pay the bills. Prayer for the Dead is her debut novel.

My Review:

Prayer for the Dead is a really funny read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It certainly isn’t your normal urban fantasy/ paranormal romance book though, and the action is a bit few and far between – it actually reads more like a supernatural Bridget Jones.

The characters were great and the back story of how the Reaper world worked was brilliant – a great idea that souls only move on when they get enough prayers.

It kind of reminded me of the Mary-Janice Davidson Undead series – before it got onto like the tenth book and half of it was pure catch up on the previous story lines!

From a writer’s perspective I think that the book really has to get across that its more chick-lit with a supernatural lean – rather than an urban fantasy style book – that way readers won’t be so surprised by the humour and heavy romance aspects.

The front cover is great – although again I think that it gives the impression of an urban fantasy novel so perhaps should be a touch more cartoon-like – similar to teh Mary Janice Davidson books.

Overall I’d give Prayers for the Dead 4 out of 5 stars – a funny romantic paranormal read, and a promising start for a new author in the genre.

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2 comments on “Book Review: Prayer for the Dead by Nicki Scalise

  1. Pingback: Literati Author Services, Inc. » Book Tour Schedule: Prayer for the Dead (Revenants in Purgatory, #1) by Nicki Scalise Oct 23 – 29, 2013

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