Apr 10, 2013

{Review} Death Lies Between Us by Jody Kessler

Death Lies Between Us by Jody A. Kessler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: New Adult
THEME: Paranormal, Romance, Angels
BLOG: Jody Kesslers' Site

Saving the life of someone you love should not be the worst thing you have ever done, unless you are an Angel of Death.
Disgruntled with his position in the afterlife and conflicted by his feelings toward his new client, Nathaniel Evans forgoes the rules and saves nineteen year old Juliana Crowson from being hopelessly stuck in Forge Creek. This alters Juliana’s destiny and she finds herself in a series of near death accidents.
In the mountains of Colorado, Nathaniel comforts Juliana as she struggles to understand her paranormal abilities while coping with her brother’s drug addiction. When an ill-tempered Native American Shaman teaches her the difference between ghosts and place memories, she decides she wants nothing to do with the supernatural world. Too bad she doesn’t know that Nathaniel is part of it.
Will fate bring these two together, or has Nathaniel made the biggest mistake of his afterlife?

Death Lies Between Us is a unique New Adult paranormal romance that follows two characters that connect but are separated with the fact one is not alive. I loved the concept behind the plot and the character development was well done, each character was a bit damaged and trying to find their purpose.

Death Lies Between Us follows Nathaniel, the Angel of Death whose next “client” is the very intriguing Juliana. He decides after one incident in the woods to help her, even though it’s against what he stands for as an angel, since he’s not suppose to interfere. She is destined for one thing and that is to die, but Nathanial makes a choice, which changes both of their lives.

Juliana, when the readers first meet her you can see she’s the mature one next to her brother. She is more of a mother to him, making sure he’s eating and watching out for him when even he chooses the wrong path. Their brother sister connection is a wonderful addition to the plot, there are some heart breaking moments between the too and I wished that her brother didn’t treat her so bad near the end. In addition to Jared her brother, we get an idea why Juliana keeps an eye on her brother because of how much her mother works, but she does find a little peace with her grandmother who owns an herbal store.

Nathaniel is a mystery; his character at the beginning was a bit unusual and for me and I couldn’t connect to him as quick as I did with Jules. But I soon started to love his connection with her, I was so curious on how these two could be together if Nathan isn’t suppose to “alive”. I loved the beginning when he helped Jules after a rude ex girlfriend of her brothers just left her in a tough spot. It was interesting to get more into his family background as well, it’s a tragic story and I feel connects him to the loss Jules had in her life. He blames himself for what happen to his family and the readers get to see his emotions open up more just being around her.

In the end there was a mix of paranormal aspects with auras, mythology, spirits and Juliana learning more about herself and her abilities. One of my favorite tidbits in the story was Chris who guides Juliana, he explains a bit more about Nathan and teachers her how to understand the spirits. In the end the readers really get to see her abilities develop. I enjoy when author can have two POVs without it getting confusing, the readers will be able to grasps the emotions of both characters easily from their perspectives. There is a lot of mystery, emotional twist and turns and supernatural elements that surprised me. I’m curious with the ending what with be next for Jules and Nathan, I love there is so much more I want to know and of course see how Jules handles her abilities a bit more.

This is a Paranormal Romance novel that would be suitable for both Young Adult and New Adult readers. Fans of The Collector by Victoria Scott and Kim Harrisons Hollow series will want to get there hands on Death Lies Between Us by Jody Kessler.

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