Title: Death is but a Dream
Author: Erin Hayes
Release Date: Fall, 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
Review Copy: From author in exchange of a honest review
Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.
Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it's the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.
So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.
With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead
Have you ever wanted a stand alone Greek mythology book that was easy to follow? .
This is definitely a book to read. Cause let's face it, Greek Gods and Goddess can get complex and confusing on who screwed with who, both physically and sexually.
We have Hades and Persephone's son, Plutus, who is the main God in this story. But we also meet Zeus, Aphrodite, Dionysus and Tisiphone. Just to name a few.
Apparently there is a wrong time to die. At least according to Hades there is. Whodathunk that saving a girl from being hit by a car was a bad thing.
What starts out as a mystery, almost becomes a race against a killer., with a hint of romance. Speaking of romance, it's a very clean novel in that aspect. They don't go into any detail when characters kiss. In fact, the fighting and scenes that involve someone dead are more detailed.
The mystery of whose trying to kill Plutus is a very interesting one, if I say so myself. It starts out like a typical story, but then when Gods, Demigods and Goddesses get involved, you know it ain't going to be pretty.
I learned some Greek mythology while reading this. First off, I will admit to saying that I didn't know that Plutus was blind and lame. You'd think being the God of Wealth, you'd want to see who gets riches, and who doesn't. However if you think about it, it makes sense. They sort of go into detail about this in the story, so I shall not going into anymore further detail.
Onto Callista. You were a very strong main character. The only thing that irked me was that you kept correcting everyone on what you preferred to be called by. I mean, really! Would I go up to God of the Underworld and say "Hey it's actually Kris."? I don't think so. I mean, I hear Hades is a nice guy and all, but I don't think that would go over well.
Throughout this book there are hints as to whether or not the Gods are actually manipulating Callista's life. I guess the big giveaway would be when she falls for Plutus. Can't say I didn't see that one coming. But did Aphroditie really ignite that, or did she feel it herself? Well you'll just have to see for yourself.
Abiyr rhw Overall, wonderful read. It felt so fresh reading a more "adult" book. So if you're looking for a drama free (well except between the Gods themselves, but that will never end), mature Greek Mythology read. Then I'd definitely recommend you check this one out.
About the Author
Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.
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