The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass
One year ago, Kitty’s boyfriend Nikki Bramley visited a psychic who told him he had no future. Now, he’s dead.
With the Bramley family grieving in separate corners of their home, Kitty sets out to find the psychic who read Nikki his fate. Instead she finds Roan, an enigmatic boy posing as a medium who belongs to the Life and Death Parade–a group of supposed charlatans that explore, and exploit, the thin veil between this world and the next. A group whose members include the psychic… and Kitty’s late mother.
Desperate to learn more about the group and their connection to Nikki, Kitty convinces Roan to return to the Bramley house with her and secures a position for him within the household. Roan quickly ingratiates himself with the Bramleys, and soon enough it seems like everyone is ready to move on. Kitty, however, increasingly suspects Roan knows more about Nikki than he’s letting on. And when they finally locate the Life and Death Parade, and the psychic who made that fateful prophecy to Nikki, Kitty uncovers a secret about Roan that changes everything.
From rising star Eliza Wass comes a sophisticated, mesmerizing meditation on the depths of grief and the magic of faith. After all, it only works if you believe it.
DNF @ 27%
I was super excited when I got a chance to read an early copy of this (thank you so much to my idol, Disney) and I immediately snatched it up on Netgalley. I’m all about the spooks. Give me ghostie goodness, a cool medievalish castle setting, and an epic title, and I’m in deeeeeeeep. That’s what I thought I was getting with this and instead I was just epically confused? I mean I honestly didn’t get one thing that was going on in this book besides the main character had a lip ring that was infected and didn’t care about this at all?????
I didn’t understand the time frame we were supposed to be in. I didn’t understand what happened with the family (were they all infected with something? Were they just emotionally affected? Is there some sort of curse?) I didn’t get the main character’s motivations or her true involvement with Nikki. IS NIKKI EVEN ACTUALLY DEAD? idk, I got nothing. And after almost 30% of the novel, I feel like I should at least know what time frame we are in and if one of the main characters is actually alive.
What sounded so promising, just left me very confused by the end. And when I’m that confused, the DNFs begin (ugh, I was doing so well too). It seems like it could be a cool book and maybe by the finished copy, it might make a bit more sense to someone that is not me XD no crowns since I DNFed and a Snow White rating!
What do you think? What makes you DNF a book? What was the last book to confuse you? Let’s discuss in the comments below!