Dead to Me
Author: Anton Strout
Pages [paperback]: 368
1st book in the Simon Canderous series!
Favorite Characters: Simon & Jane
First Thoughts: I won this book in a contest, and it looked amazing! Yet it was trapped in my TBR pile for months…
A new urban fantasy featuring a man working on the right side of law-with talents that come from left field. Psychometry-the power to touch an object and divine information about its history-has meant a life of petty crime for Simon Canderous, but now he’s gone over to the good side. At New York’s underfunded and (mostly) secret Department of Extraordinary Affairs, he’s learning about red tape, office politics, and the basics of paranormal investigation. But it’s not the paperwork that has him breathless. After Simon spills his coffee on (okay, through) the ghost of a beautiful woman- who doesn’t know she’s dead-he and his mentor plan to find her killers. But Simon’s not prepared for the nefarious plot that unfolds before him, involving politically correct cultists, a large wooden fish, a homicidal bookcase, and the forces of Darkness, which kind of have a crush on him.
I regret taking so long to pick up this book! Simon was definitely a great main character-still struggling with his powers and figuring out how to work with the Department of Extraordinary Affairs, he shows us how New York City covers up their frequent paranormal activity. He’s working hard to stay on the Good side, against the forces of Evil. He hasn’t had much luck in the love department, because he usually ends up touching something belonging to the girl and spouting random memories from her past. Seeming like a stalker is so not attractive.
I thought he was extremely funny. During the several fight scenes of Dead to Me, Simon would grip his trusty bat before spouting some clichéd line that sounded like it came from a bad superhero movie. And it actually worked for me. His awkward, geeky personality completely won me over.
Half of the book seemed to be building up to a plot, and I had no idea where it was going. It would have been nice to have a more organized approach, but it did give me time to get used to the setting and characters. In the end, it wasn’t a completely bad idea, it just left more to be desired.
There were some awesome plot twists in Dead to Me! I loved that just as things seemed to be smoothly rolling along, something would come out of nowhere.
I give Dead to Me 3.5/5 stars. It definitely took my interest, but wasn’t anything amazing. I’ll be on the lookout for the next book, and hopefully it will be just a bit more amazing!