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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Review: Ward Against Death

Title: Ward Against Death
Series: Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer # 1
Genre: New Adult-Paranormal
Author: Melanie Card
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: June 23, 2011
Book: Netgalley

"Twenty-year-old Ward de’Ath expected this to be a simple job—bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon—the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying—so bringing people back from the dead it is.

But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she’s been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her.

However, nothing is as it seems—including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive…"
 I really loved the way this book played out. We have a necromancer, who raises the dead and finds himself in a sticky situation. What I liked the most about this book is the characters. I adored the min character, Ward and his oath. He took things very seriously and figured things out quickly. Other characters played some roles I didn't think would be big but did at the end of the book. Celia is feisty. She is determined and very suspicious of everyone. Given what happen to her, I would be too.

The plot line of the book went slow for me. One moment is was good and  the next no. I had a hard time through these sections and went through it fast just to get to the next part. Although I did enjoy the drama that went on between the two characters.

I wasn't to keen on  the love interest. While they acted liked they hated each other, the slowly fell for each other. But these characters drove me mad!!! I just wanted them to kiss and make up already. I also would have like to see more chemistry between the two.

Overall, this is a okay book. It definitely wasn't what I expected but enjoyed it nonetheless. It has good characters with loads of travel and action!

I give it 3 BITES!

 Happy Reading!


  1. I think the premise sounds interesting. I've seen mixed reviews on this one says it isn't what they expected. Fab review!

  2. @Alexis, Thanks. Saw lots of mixed reviews as well.

  3. I have been following this tour and so want to read this book. Thank you for sharing today.

  4. Bummer to hear that than the characters fall flat or are just too frustrating for words. I'd been wanting to read this book as the premise sounds fascinating, but I might skip it for now. Thanks for the honest review.


  5. I liked this book a lot, but I agree, I would have liked a little less back and forth with their relationship (and I'm the type of reader who likes hate-turned-love romances).


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