Blog Tour: Becoming Death by Melissa Brown [+Giveaway!]
22 August, 2015
Today I’m here to tell you about Becoming Death and my top five reasons why I think you should definitely read it!
Ever since her father’s demise, Madison Clark knew death had her number. After losing her first job, she is ushered into the cryptic family business. Little does she know her family is hiding a dark secret; they are grim reapers, custodians of souls on their journey to the beyond. Madison expects her historic legacy to have benefits beyond immortality. What she doesn’t expect is to still be struggling for cash while reaping souls on the side.
As if being Death’s minion wasn’t strenuous enough, Madison finds herself back at school with her worst enemy studying the ancient rules, methods and paperwork of her vocation. In a cascade of life changes: her best friend admits he’s in love with her and she starts a new job as a professional mourner, but she can’t help thinking her family might have other secrets.
Just when things are finally starting to feel normal again Death throws her a curveball: her next victim is her best friend. Madison must find a way to overcome the strict guidelines of being a grim reaper in order to save his life.
If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I am a little bit obsessed with the afterlife. I love horror stories, love books about ghosts, love films about them, and in that category fits grim reapers. I haven’t read many books that involve grim reapers (recs, anyone?) so when I heard this one involved them, I knew I had to read it. I loved the way they were represented in this book!
Grim Reapers have essentially been a part of folklore for a very long time – I don’t know the specifics but I’m fairly certain they’ve been talked about for many, many years. Thus, a lot of the info surrounding them is a little outdated. So I loved that in this book the Grim Reapers were very modern, using tech gadgets and apps too.
I also love that aside from just being morbid, this book incorporates a lot of black humour – very English, I must say! I, myself, have a very dark humour and so I really loved this aspect of the book!
Atop of all of that, this book is incredibly addictive. It pulls you in and keeps you intrigued from the very start until the very end. There is just something about the plot and the characters and the writing that has you itching to return to it – exactly what I needed in the midst of a bad reading slump!
As well as being addictive, or perhaps because of it, this book is also fast-paced. Everything moves lightening quick which keeps your eyes moving across the page and your hands (fingers, as I read on kindle) turning the pages rapidly. It really made the book more intense and interesting.
So those are just my top five reasons why you should read this book. Other great features include strong, relatable characters, urban setting and the real question of whether Grim Reapers actually exist…
But don’t just take my word for it. Read these fab reviews from the tour about the book too:
Melissa Brown an American author that lives in Norwich, England. She is a teacher in ICT skills, English and creative writing. In 2014, she was shortlisted for the IdeasTap Inspires: Writers’ Centre Norwich Writing Competition and longlisted for the Nottingham Writers’ Club’s inaugural National Short Story Competition. She was also a featured poet at the Norwich: City of Stories launch event, where she did a live reading of my poem ‘The Library.’ She enjoys films, books, comics, fangirling and subscription boxes. She blames her love of the written word on her hometown library and fanfiction. She lives with her partner, Kris, and her awesome cat, Hailey.