Title: Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things
Author: Martina McAtee
Publisher: Martina McAtee
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
17 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. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together.
I wasn't sure what this book was going to be about and I hoped and prayed it wouldn't be something like that Children of the Corn type of book, because it just gives me the heebie jeebies when I read stories or see movies like that! Thank Goodness this was an honest to goodness YA Fantasy type romance story between all kinds of supernatural creatures, some I have heard about and some are newly discovered.
Ember really has had a rough life and she really never has understood who she is or where she comes from until her 2 cousins come a calling and save her life from a soul eating monster. Her life suddenly goes from being dull and lonely to full on noisy and nosey with all kinds of things she didn't even know was possible and it started with her parents and their sad little story.
And to make matters even more interesting, she has a love interest that neither she nor the soul eater are willing to admit really exists and that they really do like each other. There will come a time when that will be tested and Ember fails miserably while surprisingly, the soul eater rises to the occasion.
I will warn you though, that there will be another book, so the story isn't finished just yet, but I am very glad it's not, because I can't wait to see how Ember and Mace somehow manage to get their act together and find their way back to each other! That will be one book I definitely won't be missing!
About the Author:
Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughter, her best friend, two attack Chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. By day she is a registered nurse but by night she writes young adult books about reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. When she isn’t working, teaching or writing she’s reading or watching shows that involve reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures.
Her debut novel Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things is set to release on August 31st, 2015. She is currently working on the second book in the series, Your Soul to Take, due to release in 2016.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.