HAVE YOU SAID YOUR PRAYERS?
Title: Prayer for the Dead (Book #1 Revenants in Purgatory)
Author: Nicki Scalise
Genre: Adult – Paranormal Romance
*** Copy provided by Author in exchange for an honest review***
A story about a girl who lived, died, and met a guy… in that order.
Is it possible to find true love and happiness, while condemned to purgatory until the end of days?
Olivia Brennan wasn’t eager to find out. Working for a division of Purgatory and Associates, her job consisted of one headache after another, caused by the impatient souls waiting to move onto eternal paradise. After a hard day at work, she was most content to stay home, watching reruns or reading a book. Aside from a few friends occasionally
forcing socialization, her afterlife was nothing special.
That all changed the moment Drake walked into her life. He was handsome, charming, and had a sadness behind his eyes she could relate to. It seemed that Fate had finally brought her a kindred spirit…
But could Olivia move past her own dark regrets of the life she left behind or would falling for him demand the ultimate sacrifice—herself?
Congratulations to Nicki Scalise for delivering a fresh and innovative paranormal romance filled with humor, suspense, love, loss and friendship. What an incredible effort for her debut novel!
Olivia Brennan, the protagonist in Prayer for the Dead, is a “Revenant”, struggling with the darkness of guilt, pain and grief resulting from her decisions and actions when she was alive. Revenants are souls who, for all intents and purposes, are dead but they walk the middle plane of existence and purgatory to the end of time. Revenants are created when a person dies and moves on from the land of the living without a proper funeral or prayers for them. Without a service or prayers there is no absolution, without absolution there is no chance for your soul to leave purgatory.
Olivia works with her brother Tore, best friend Devon and friend Portia at Purgatory and Associates. Her job is to process souls who get to move on to “Paradise” or to “Silence”. Silence is a separate state of purgatory where souls must spend eternity alone, unable to interact with anyone or anything, living or dead, and they never move on for they become lost.
It is when Olivia is dragged along to go clubbing with her friend Portia that she meets Drake. Olivia had never felt a more physical or emotional connection to anyone while she was alive or since she has been dead, but little does Olivia know that from the moment she meets Drake the rest of her existence will never be the same again!
The characters in this story are very well rounded. Each character is emotionally exposed at some point throughout the story as they reveal their own personal desires, insecurities and battles. This is a perfect set up for the reader to witness the characters interact with each other, open up, grow, mature and develop throughout this series.
I really enjoyed the portrayal of Olivia’s personality. She has such a great sense of humor, which had me laughing out loud as I followed her train of thoughts. I found her to be a strong lead character and while she is flawed and shows weaknesses in this story, I can sense her character becoming quite strong and of some importance throughout the series.
The chemistry between Olivia and her best friend Devon is off the charts! The way these two characters know and understand each other is very enjoyable to read and this could be wishful thinking but I am hoping this friendship develops throughout the series. Whether the development would be mutual or one sided is yet to be seen. I am hoping my prediction is correct as I didn’t feel the same electricity between Olivia and her other potential love interest, Drake. I felt very little chemistry between Olivia and Drake, which I think is mainly because I found his character somewhat weak. I could feel my dislike for his character grow throughout the story, especially when he identifies with his weakness but doesn’t have the strength or drive to change. I am intrigued to see how Drake develops throughout the series and maybe he will redeem himself, thus changing my opinion of his character.
In Prayer for the Dead, Scalise creates a unique story around Revenants and Reapers as well as introducing new paranormal identities such as Necromancers (witches of the dead). While simply putting in a cameo in this story, the reader is given yet another indication of the direction of this series. This direction comes with a guarantee that the next installment is going to be filled with more new and interesting paranormal identities and forms.
Prayer for the Dead was well written with great plot flow and pace that kept the reader constantly engaged. The plot twists and turns and cliffhanger ending leave the reader wanting the next book to the series immediately. I am sure the next installment is going to expose a whole new dimension to this series!
If you are looking for a fresh, new paranormal romance series to read, I highly recommend this book and in the meantime my advice to you…..don’t forget to say your prayers at night!