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REVIEW: Death & Co. (Death & Co. #1) by D.J. McCune

Death & Co. by D.J. McCune
Series: Death & Co. #1
Published by Hot Key Books on 2nd May 2013
Pages: 279
Source: *Received from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review* Thank you!

Adam is a Luman, and it runs in the family. Escorting the dead from life into light, Adam must act as guide to those taken before their time. As his older brothers fall into their fate however, Adam clings to his life as a normal kid - one who likes girls, hates the Head and has a pile of homework to get through by Monday morning. When Adam gets a terrible premonition he realises that he must make a devastating choice, risking his life, his family and his destiny.
Such a disappointing read! I have been so excited to start this trilogy, as the last novel Fault Lines was just released, but I find myself extremely disappointed. What I do love are the covers of this trilogy, they are so dark and mysterious, really reflecting the teen angst.

To Adam, being a Luman is anything but exciting. Adam just wishes he could be a normal teenage boy, who goes to school and can go out with his biology partner Melissa. But Adam has the power to see premonitions which if anyone knew, would escort him into the higher Luman. But with this power he wants to do good, however that good will get him killed.

Adam was an okay protagonist. The fact was, there was nothing to make me think 'wow' or make me remember him in any way. Adam felt like he lacked a personality, and would do things that no fifteen-year-old should or would be doing. I am slightly stuck on what to write about any of our characters for none of them really stood out to me at all; I was unable to connect with anyone and they were easily forgettable.

The plot was very disappointing for me. The aspect of this novel that intrigued me most was the idea of Luman, guiding dead souls into the afterlife and was incredibly interested to witness McCune's take on this theme. The fact is, is I felt there was very little about the job they do. Yes, we did have information and scenes with the Luman, but I felt the plot was completely taken over by the relationship between Adam and Melissa; it felt more like a contemporary read than it did paranormal. There was nothing exciting or shocking that happened, it was sadly just 'meh'.

Sadly a very disappointing read that just did not live up to my expectations.

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