Skip to main content

List of 13 - E.A. Comiskey (book review) *contains spoilers*


Book: List of 13
Author: E.A. Comiskey
Genre: Fantasy
Published By: Nuff Said Pubishing
Published Year: 2018
About: Alice and her adult daughter, Claire, created a “bucket list” of thirteen experiences they would seek out before Alice died from cancer. They never expected to die in a plane crash attempting to cross off number three. Now, mother and daughter are stuck in the underworld, unable to move on to their ultimate destiny until they finish the list, but finding an Irish Pub near the Fields of Asphodel, or swimming naked in the ocean while being pursued by bloodthirsty Aztecs and a smitten Egyptian god is as hard as it sounds. When everything they ever thought they knew is challenged, will faith be enough to carry them through?

My review:

Having received an advance reader's copy from the author in return for an honest review I was happy to start reading this book which was very different from what I expected when I first picked it up.

The story is told from Alice's point of view and follows the adventure of Alice and Claire really well creating a perfect picture of the atmosphere's and moods within each part of the underworld which did make this a delight to read and made me want to keep reading more. With having each chapter almost having the mother and daughter ticking off something on the bucket list in which they created to do when living was a brilliant way of making the book fast paced and not waiting for the next part of the book to begin. Having the book also about unfinished business and how they had to do everything in order to cross over even with obstacles in the way was something I enjoyed about this book and made it a little different as it took place in the underworld where they needed to try and complete everything. Not only this but by seeing some of the past of their relationship before they died and how the story of the bucket list came to be filled up some questions and let the reader see how some of the things listed were able to be done on Earth before the plane crash. There was various parts of this novel in which made me really happy such as the secret items that both Claire and Alice chose and how throughout the book the reader was trying to figure out what the real last wish of Alice was which gets revealed as walking her daughter down the isle and by doing that the reader is able to see how Claire starts to love one of the gods and the love blossom. Another part which made me so happy and I am glad that E.A. Comiskey did mention was how Rory her husband who passed away was with a man called Phoenix and throughout the reader was wondering who he really was until the ending when the reader finds out it is the child in which Alice lost making this a very touching moment that she was able to meet her son in which she always wanted before having to go to heaven.

A few things about this book did bother me however and one of those was that it kept changing times so often between the tenses which was fine when it was with Claire and Alison however I feel when it went back to times with Rory I wasn't really sure where on the timeline that the book was taking place and did confuse me at times. Not only this but I did feel some of the parts with Rory weren't really needed within the book such as him watching his family all the time and worrying and hearing his side of things when it could have been shown in a different manner which seemed more flowing within the novel. Finally, I did feel that this novel although having different realms and gods which looked after their own part of the underworld I found too religious especially when it kept going back to one god making me feel that the gods in which they encountered was obsolete.

Overall, this novel was a great adventure and did grab my attention and one that I feel people deserve to read. This is also a book that I would recommend to those looking for a book about unfinished business and the underworld.

My Rating: 3/5 

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  • If you have read this book what was your opinion of it? 
  • Do you have a book we should review? If so comment it below 


To keep up to date with us please Subscribe and check out the following:
Tumblr: www.movieandbooksgirl.tumblr.com
To Support The Blog Donate To: www.ko-fi.com/AshleighAbsurd

For business inquiries please e-mail: ashleighabsurd@gmail.com

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Elliot The Littlest Reindeer (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Elliot The Littlest Reindeer
Year: 2018
Genre: Animation, Family
Directed By: Jennifer Westcott
Starring: Morena Baccarin, Josh Hutcherson, Martin Short
About: When Blitzen announces his retirement on December 21st, a miniature horse has 3 days to fulfill his lifelong dream of earning a spot on Santa's team at the North Pole try-outs.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viUFB3Oitnk

My Review:
Wanting to start watching Christmas movies with it being the middle of December I thought I would start with a movie in which was on Netflix which has been on my list recently called Elliot The Littlest Reindeer. With a cast of voice actors in which I already liked I hoped that this would be something I would enjoy and I am glad I was not mistaken as the movie ended up being rather cute and something I enjoyed more than I expected.

I thought by showing how Santa's reindeer was able to retire and have other reindeer take their place was rather a good concept especially as it showed how…

Klaus (film review) *contains spoilers*

Film: Klaus
Year 2019
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Directed By: Sergio Pablos, Carlos Martinez Lopez
Starring: Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, Joan Cusack
About: A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg's new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taE3PwurhYM

My Review:
From the moment that this was released onto Netflix I was excited about this movie especially as it seemed to be different from the usual Christmas movies in which have come out before. From my excitement I was scared that maybe I had hyped it up a little too much for myself and I wasn't going to enjoy it as much as I thought but I am so glad I was wrong. I loved this movie and it was different from other films I had seen and made me captivated throughout and make me feel like this is a film in which everyone needs to see and e…

The Monster Who Wasn't - T.C. Shelley (book review)

Book: The Monster Who Wasn't
Author: T.C. Shelley
Genre: Children's, Fantasy, Adventure
Published By: Bloomsbury
Published Year: 2019

My Review:
Having noticed this in a book shop I decided to go to my local library and reserve a copy in order to read it. Luckily it arrived rather quickly for me so I was able to start reading this a lot sooner than I had planned and as a result decided to also give it a review.

The book is about a child who is born in the underworld however is born with not only the last sigh from the man dying but also a babies laughter which makes the monster come across more human. Trying to stay hidden from the troll king who is trying to use the child he is trying to keep hidden but also finding out about family and maybe he just isn't a monster at all.

I thought that The Monster Who Wasn't was well written and made me want to know more about it right from the start, by having the gargoyles as creatures who accept the child for who he is and try to kee…