Thursday, June 30, 2011

R.C.L Book Tours: Dead Rules by Randy Russell + Giveaway!

Dead Rules by Randy Russell
Published: June 21, 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 384, Hardcover
Young Adult
Source: Read.Chat.Love Book Tours
Overall: Fabulous!
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Till death
Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were in love. They were destined to be together forever.
But Jana's destiny was fatally flawed. And now she's in Dead School, where Mars Dreamcote lurks in the back of the classroom, with his beguiling blue eyes, mysterious smile, and irresistibly warm touch.
Michael and Jana were incomplete without each other. There was no room for Mars in Jana's life—or death—story. Jana was sure Michael would rush to her side soon.
But things aren't going according to Jana's plan. So Jana decides to do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true—no matter what rules she has to break.

My Thoughts:

To say Jana Webster loved her boyfriend to death is a complete understatement.  With Dead Rules, Randy Russell wove us down a rarely traveled path in Young Adult Paranormal Romance.  No sparkly vampire or werewolf story here, just a good ol' ghost-ish story mixed with humor and a deadly-romance.

Jana Webster is completely in love with her boyfriend, Michael Hayes, and those feelings don't die even when she is involved in a freak bowling accident resulting in her death.  After she dies everything that Jana knew about love and her boyfriend slowly unravels.  Jana wakes up in a world she doesn't completely understand and she doesn't plan on succumbing to.  She chooses to manipulate her environment, pushing the limits of her death, all in the name of love, making true on the statement that Jana loved her boyfriend to death.

There was something about Jana that even when she plotted to bring her boyfriend to the other side I just couldn't hate her.  Had it been any other character in another book I'd dislike them for being so selfish and, well, wanting to commit murder but with Jana it just wasn't like that.  Her love and devotion ran so thick for her boyfriend she refused to even act on the incredibly hot, and dead-like-her, boy who stood next to her.  She also refused to believe that maybe her accident wasn't an accident after all.  When she was alive, Jana didn't know love so when she was with her boyfriend she attached onto the idea of love believing in a happily ever after, after all Michael loved her too.

Another memorable and valuable character, who has a story of his own and adds to the dynamic of Dead Rules is Mars Dreamcote.  With a name like that you should know that you were destined for something, who knew being the Dead school's resident bad boy was that something.  Despite being a bad boy, Mars knows a thing or two about the dead world that Jana was sentenced to and despite his reputation, with a little time, you learn that there is more to Mars than initially meets the eye, which according to Jana isn't at all bad.

The cast of characters as a whole really adds to the aura of Dead Rules.  From the stories of their death to their own fantasies and dream world some of them live in, the all made me laugh and each earned an 'awh' or two from me.  I never once confused one for another, each cementing their role in Dead Rules.

Completely unique, hilariously horrific, Dead Rules has put a new spin on young adult paranormal romance and mustn't be over looked.  I was ecstatic to hear that this isn't the last we'd be hearing from the Dead Rules crew.  I'll be anxiously awaiting book number two and may invest in some strawberry chapstick until then.


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Randy Russell is an Edgar-nominated author of five published novels for adults, two books of short stories about ghosts, and two volumes of Southern Appalachia folklore.  Dead Rules is Randy's first paranormal young adult novel.  
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1 comment:

  1. Wow. Why haven't I seen you around? Am I blind (I think this is the case. I'm such a newb book blogger it hurts.)

    This was a fabulous review. Your website is amazing. and I now will redeem myself for not knowing about your existence by following.

    ♥ Trish
    Just a YA Girl


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