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Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things

Dead Things Series, Book 1
Written by: Martina McAtee
Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins

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Seventeen-year-old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns her whole life is a lie.

Standing in the cemetery that's been her sanctuary, she's threatened by the most beautiful boy she's ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she's special, that she has a supernatural gift like them...they just don't know exactly what it is.

They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember's life takes a turn for the weird. She's living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember's powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death.

As Ember's talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her.

©2015 Martina McAtee (P)2018 Tantor

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  • 23-06-18

Oh my holy crispy crap!

This book was so much more than I was expecting. I adored it. The characters are engaging and the world building is amazing and very fresh. Highly recommended. I can't wait for the next one.

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  • Drax17
  • 14-09-19

But you should read about them !

Not really in YA but really enjoyed the premise & cover so decided to give it a listen. Really enjoyed the story & pacing. (Nov)Ember is more comfortable hanging withe the dead in cemeteries than being around the living, this doesn't change when her father passes away. While dealing with this in the cemetery a boy she has noticed following her approaches & seems like he is going to kill her. But family she never knew existed thwart this attempt & take her back to the town she really grew up despite Ember not remembering any of it or them. This begins a slow unraveling of what happened to Ember & the whole town when she was little, who / what she really is & why she can't remember any of it & what may lay ahead for her & her cousins. Bunch of great characters & intriguing story.
The only things I didn't like was at many times there was so many characters in the scene I was getting a little confused who was speaking or who they were speaking too. Also even though you may be reading about teenagers doesn't mean you have to read with that whiny teen voice most of the time. But I can't wait to get my hands on the next in this series.