Sunday, November 26, 2017

Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things by Martina McAtee (Dead Things, #1)

Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things
by Martina McAtee

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Dead Things - Book 1
Publication Date: August 31, 2015
Publisher: Martina McAtee
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Print Length: 510 pages
Available from: Amazon
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.

Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things by Martina McAtee (Dead Things, #1)

Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (Dead Things, #1)Ember seems to have an affinity for the dead, but it wasn’t until her father died that she learned why. She would also learn that not everyone can be trusted, no matter how handsome or charming they are and that family is more than blood, it is belonging, caring and being there for each other.

Imagine finally finding a place to fit in among beings from fantasy and fairytales and that is what happened to Ember, just when she needed family most, when she discovers she has powers that will baffle even the most unusual creatures. Those powers are growing stronger, out of control and makes Ember a target from both “friend” and foe, alike. So who can Ember trust? Who has her back and who is continuing to lie to her? Who really does love her for herself and who wants to use what she can do?

CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS by Martina McAtee is a story of loss, jealousy, love, attraction and learning who to trust, as well as listening to your heart. This isn’t a quick read, Ms. McAtee gives us pages of story, pages of conflicts and a cast of characters that are like a ragtag family with all the flaws that families have. There is so much going on, so many subplots and so many high tension moments, and this author gives it to us in one fantastic book, making for a tremendous foundation to a new series. It was a pleasure to have so much story to live in, as each character comes to life, and grows right along with this impressive plot! Settle in, this is a journey into another world, not just a quick trip!


  1. Thanks for the review. I have this on my TBR. I'll have to get to it soon.