Date Published: 3/4/2014
Average family. Average job. Average existential crisis.
After thirty boring years, nothing about Cora Riley’s life has measured up to her childhood dreams of being truly extraordinary. It’s too bad that the night she decides to seek out her specialness she crashes on a rural highway.
Cora wakes in the clutches of the Mistress of the underworld who sets her a seemingly impossible quest. If she wants a second chance at life, Cora must find her way through the dozen heavens and return to the castle in three days.
With the help of an unusual guardian angel named Jack and a little boy named Xavier, Cora navigates the afterlife doorfield and quickly learns that gods and monsters are very real indeed. Terrifying and tempting obstacles litter her path; only the power of belief – in the Otherworld, in her companions, and in herself – will return her to the land of the living.
Connecting with the main character is key for a reader to determine whether they will not only relate, but be invested in the story itself. Cora Riley has one of those personalities that really drew me in. She was witty, entertaining, and real.
The plot flowed smoothly and I didn't feel like anything was forced or majorly missing. Like any first in a series, this world took some time to understand, but Ellie Di Julio does a great job of spelling it out for us as the readers as we become accustomed. I have no doubt that the next book will be even more full of action because of the fact that we will already be immersed in it.
I can't wait to see what is next for Cora.
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Ellie Di Julio is a nomadic writer currently living in
with her Robert Downey, Jr. lookalike
husband and their three cats. Between nerd activities like playing Dungeons
& Dragons or watching Top Gear, she enthusiastically destroys the kitchen
and tries to figure out what it's all about, when you really get down to it.
She also writes urban fantasy novels riddled with pop culture references and
sexy secret agents. Hamilton, Ontario
Her first novel, Inkchanger, could easily be considered Forgotten Relics #0, and as such, rewards readers of the rest of the series, sort of like watching Thor before The Avengers. Her second novel, Time & Again with Kyeli Smith, has nothing to do with super powers or secret agents but is very cool nonetheless.