Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things by Martina McAtee

I don’t know where to start with this book, there was so much going on in a fantastic way. The storyline was a bit of a slow starter but once it got fired up I couldn’t put it down, I bought the second book as soon as I’d finished the first and imagine how gutted I was to find out that book three isn’t out yet. It was fast paced, easy to read  and stole a piece of my heart. I FLOVE Ember and Mace. And don’t even get me started on Rhys and Kai.The sexual chemistry is sizzling up in that little supernatural town.

Seventeen year old Ember is a little socially awkward, with an alcoholic father and no mother she tends to prefer the company of the dead. She spends her time wandering around the cemetery or working part time in the morgue. After her father dies her life is thrown into a tailspin as everything she thought she knew about herself turns out to be a lie.

After an odd encounter with a gorgeous boy at her father’s funeral, two people who claim to be family sent to ‘rescue her’ and a strange sensation taking over her body Ember learns that she was born into a powerful family. A magical family. Not knowing who to trust Ember must learn to navigate her new life, her adoptive family and gain control over her powers – which seem to be growing at an alarming rate.

McAtee has so many supernatural creatures crammed into her books, witches, banshees, werewolves, reapers etc. that it really is supernatural heaven. This combined with the YA aspects, made a hugely delicious read that proved impossible to put down. She gives the tropes and storylines such depth, they are interwoven in a complex web that could potentially be all tangled and messy but McAtee handles it with precision and I wanted to know more about everyone and everything.



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