Jesus Murphy! This stupid book will plague me forever. If this blog did awards I would give LYWTAC the award for Best Paranormal Romance of the Year…seriously. Once again, Mcatee has reached out to my jaded soul and soothed it with amazing storytelling and relatable characters.
When I got my copy of LYWTAC, I’m not going to lie. My fangirl mode was activated and I was giddy. I was unable to do anything but think about this book. I’m a fan of the Dead Things Series and this prequel has been anticipated for months!! It did not disappoint!
While this is a prequel to Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things, it can be read on its own. WARNING: Once you read it, you will want to read the other books in the series…you’ve been warned. (You can also check out my reviews for them here and here)
This book has it all. Snark, a smart heroine, heated encounters, mythology, witches, shifters, fae, reapers, and banshees all come together to create a well-written and addictive novel. The writing is smart and I never lost interest. In fact, I didn’t put it down and read the ENTIRE book in a day and trust me, it’s a big one.
I am happily giving this book 5 out of 5 Stars and I’m going to rock back and forth crazily until my addiction is fed with a third Dead Things novel. I should also note that while the series is YA, this book is Adult Romance, with some smolder but no graphic depictions of intimacy, so I would personally deem it appropriate for older teens. (Disclaimer: My opinion solely, not based on ANY professional recommendations blah blah blah)
I especially loved this book because it’s an origin story of involving everyone’s favorite blended family. I love how the author depicts the struggles of raising a family, sure, it’s a blended supernatural family of orphans and a college-aged alpha wolf trying to raise them, but it works and it’s beautiful. Everyone has a past and everyone makes mistakes, and everyone has to learn how to deal. I can’t say enough about this book, or the series in general. This deserves to go on my shelf as an actual paperback and not just an e-copy.