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Reviewed by Renee Taylor for Readers' Favorite
Martina McAtee wrote an unconventional paranormal romance in Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things: Dead Things Series Book 1 that readers will love. It is told in multiple POVs because there is a slew of interesting and engaging characters. First is Ember, a young girl who is swept into a new, paranormal life when her father dies. Ember’s new family is happy to take her in and teach her about the incredible powers that she has. With her new family, Ember meets a host of different paranormal characters. There are shape shifters, male and female witches, and reapers. There’s a love interest, of course, and he may be the only reason that Ember is still alive (her incredible “gift” is trying to kill them all)! Talk about stakes and action! For Ember to survive, she has to trust her new family and friends, and come up with a way to control the power within her so it doesn’t kill them all.
First of all, I absolutely love the title of this piece, Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things! And the cover is beautiful, too. Martina McAtee did a great job on the visual aspects of this story, which just helps to draw a reader in from the very beginning! McAtee tossed out all of the traditional rules of the paranormal romance genre, making this story fresh and unique. While it may be refreshingly different, fans of paranormal romance won’t be disappointed! This is a fun, entertaining story with remarkable and memorable characters that you will root for, fall in love with, and cry over. Even the ones you are supposed to hate you will love because Martina McAtee is that good!