Friday, November 14, 2014

The Secrets of Life and Death by Rebecca Alexander

Like many books nowadays, this book is told with dual perspectives. However this book is unique in that it has dual timelines as well as more that the typical two perspectives. We get Jack’s, Edwards’s, Sadie’s, and Felix’s perspectives throughout the book. The book also involves multiple genres. You have the mystery with the dead girls, even though that is solved quite early in the book, but you also have the mystery of Elizabeth’s death and who is following Jack. Alexander also adds magic to this pot leaving you with the story that is The Secrets of Life and Death.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the different aspects of it and the multitude of perspectives the reader got due to the various POVs throughout the book. This made the book enjoyable and kept the reader way more informed with what was happening. This was also a good book for me due to it’s historical references. I tend to shy away from historical fiction books because they typically fail to keep my attention, but this one had the added fantasy aspect that really helped keep my interest.

The writing in the books was also amazing. I really enjoyed the way Alexander introduced characters and I loved her descriptions. She pulled you into the story and portrayed the characters perfectly. I felt connected to the characters as they tried to figure out what was happening now to Jack, while examining what happened in the past to Elizabeth.

Overall, I really appreciated this book. It was an enjoyable historical, mystery, and fantasy book. Alexander was able to build magic into our world and keep it believable.

*I received this book from BloggingForBooks in exchange for an honest review*

✶ ✶ ✶ and 1/2 Stars

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