The Not So Dead
by Isaiyan Morrison
A Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Paranormal novel self-published on March 17th, 2020
All Faye wants is another chance at being normal: hanging out with friends, playing video games, reading the latest Manga… As a wraith, her craving for a normal existence seems forever out of reach. When she makes the move to the small town of Hueman, Texas with her not-so dead nomadic family, she prays this fresh start will be the one that sticks. Until… one of her kind is murdered by a mysterious man in a black mask. With only Carter, an unlucky human witness, by her side, Faye must find a way to prevent the body count from rising and protect her family’s secret identity. As the man in the black mask lurks in the shadows waiting to strike again, her choice becomes a matter of life and death. In the face of true evil, being normal is overrated.
The Not So Dead is my third audiobook of the year and I’m still not in love with the whole thing. But it is getting better.
The different voices the narrators have been doing are honestly so hilarious. I can’t with them. Sometimes they even distract me from listening. So far, it’s been all female narrators and they can’t lower their voices for anything so whenever they try to deepen their voice for the male characters part, it doesn’t work. And in The Not So Dead there was a lot of male voices and different accents. Yeah it was really funny. But she was very clear and I understand every word.
The only issue is that there were several moments in the story that sounded a lot like Twilight. Like holy crap. Edward was talking and he was a girl.
Besides that little hiccup that bothered me more than it really should have, The Not So Dead was a very interesting take on the “wraith” myth.
In short, a vampire. Except they do more spiritual life essence than physical blood. Think Dementors. The character driven story was very well written and an interesting take on paranormal legends but the descriptions were a little lost. I couldn’t really imagine any of the settings or much of the characters. They were kind of amorphous blobs in my head.
Let me know what you think!