by Erin Hayes
Publication date: Fall, 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mythology
Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.
Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it's the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.
So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.
With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead
Death is but a Dream
by Erin Hayes
4 of 5
Calista "Callie" Saunders prepared to die a heroic death, when she jumped in front of a bus to save a little child, but only ends up in a coma. Now she has to help Hades, the god of the Underworld, to protect his son, who was assassinated, in order to be allowed to live again.
I like Callie, even though she can be frustrating from time to time. Every time she cried, she made up an excuse as if she never cried before, but then she cries all the time! Not sure why. I didn’t understand that aspect of her. She acts totally shocked, when she sees a crime scene/corpse, although she really should be used to stuff like that since she works for the police and claims to have done a lot of bad stuff already.
However she was still a nice character with all her quirks. She is really brave and a tough fighter, but she seems to get hurt a lot. It was also totally funny that she always tried to convince everyone to call her Callie. But her bad luck is: Apparently all gods and workers in the Underworld prefer to stay formal.
Plutus, Hades' son, was kind of different. He is blind and has a bad leg, because he is supposed to share wealth evenly without prejudices. He has a complex about almost everything and all gods hate him. I didn’t really get why since it was a god who decided he was supposed to be blind, but he is good looking, so he is totally popular with the girls. Not sure he really deserves to be popular, when he acts like a ass most of the times. Ok, sometimes he is nice, but most of the times he isn't.
The funniest thing was probably Hades himself. He is described as a sort of mafia boss, but I always had to think about Hades from the Disney Movie Hercules. That was simply ridiculous lol. As much as I tried I never was able to erase the image of a blue evil god talking from my mind. So don't be fooled like me! In this book Hades is probably supposed to look more like a Lucifer! Ok, probably just how I'd image him lol.
The beginning started a little slow. It had potential, but didn't use it and had it continued like that, I would not have enjoyed it nearly as much. It was a nice idea with the whole crime concept, but it was probably missing some action, which I apparently wasn't expecting to be coming soon. But in fact I was wrong.
I loved how the story turned out at the second half of the book, so I'd advise everyone, who might get just a little bit impatient to read up to at least 50%. It started to be a really great book there :). Well.. I'd like to describe this as just starting slow, since the author wanted to take her time introducing all the characters. I also love the Greek mythology angle of this book. There are so many myths intertwined. It's great and makes one want to learn more about them.
I have to admit though I'm not sure what to think about the end. No spoilers but… It was great, a little sad and kind of cruel, yet still kind of loveable. So confusing! I'd really like to read a second book about Callie :).
This book was provided free of charge as part of the tour for an honest review.
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Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average. You can reach her email@example.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.