Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The man behind the zombie! Dying for Her by Kory Shrum @koryshrum #amreading #bookreview

A few days ago I told you that I had received from Kory Shrum, one of my favorite authors, an advanced review copy of her latest Jesse Sullivan novel titled Dying for Her. I had previously read and loved the first two books in this series, Dying for a Living and Dying by the Hour. (Click on the book title to see my review.) I was so excited I couldn't wait to read it and I dove right in.

The first two books in this series centered on Jesse Sullivan, a young woman with a troubled past who makes a living by dying in the place of others in an alternate reality in which some members of society revive on their own after they die. In that reality when your death has been predicted you can pay someone to die for you in your stead. Jesse is that someone and she is assisted by her best friend and former lover Ally. Her boyfriend Lane complicates things, and Brinkley is Jesse's handler - he sets up her jobs and keeps her safe.

We don't see a whole lot of Brinkley in those first two books. Just enough to make us curious about him. This book, however, is Brinkley's story told from his perspective. I have to admit I was slightly disappointed there was very little of Jesse in this book, but Brinkley's story is so compelling that it stands well on its own.

It does not take us beyond Dying by the Hour as far as timeline goes. In fact, it made me desperate to reread Dying by the Hour, because the ending of Dying for Her runs parallel to it. But it does take us back in time and show us how and why Brinkley is who he is and does what he does. And honestly? It really makes me wish he didn't have to make the sacrifice of Dying for Her.

Well done Kory Shrum! You've knocked another one out of the park.

Want to read the Jesse Sullivan novels for yourself? (I highly recommend the entire series.) Click each title to find it on Amazon. As of the time of this post Dying for a Living is currently free for your Kindle or Kindle app, but please verify price before purchase.

Dying for Her becomes available April 7th, 2015 but can be preordered

Jesse may call herself a zombie but this is NOT your typical zombie story. No one is eating any brains or flesh here. This is a truly unique series and well worth the read.

What have you read lately that you felt was unique?

Book Blurb:
It should be illegal to tell a man when he will die.

James T. Brinkley lives to protect. First as a special forces officer and then as a federal agent asked to find the people no one else will look for. But the most hopeless case is his own. In a world where a man can know the day he will die, Brinkley's fate is sealed. Searching his past for a way to save his future, he bears his darkest secrets and doesn't expect forgiveness for what he has done. His only wish is that he will find a way to protect his loved ones once and for all from the sadistic killer hunting them.

About the author:
Kory M. Shrum lives in Michigan with her partner and a ferocious guard pug. She has dabbled in everything from fortune telling to martial arts and when not reading or writing, she can be found teaching, traveling, and wearing a gi. She is author of the fantasy novels Dying for a Living and Dying by the Hour. She'd love to hear from you on Facebook, Twitter, or her blog:


  1. Thanks for your kind words! :D And good news, Book 4 (due later this year), will pick up the timeline again, showcasing Jesse in all her sarcastic glory ;)

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