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After 83 deaths Jesse Sullivan knows how to die. As a Necronite, she is one of the population's rare 2 percent who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don't have to. But using her NRD to save lives is why she's being hunted.

For Ally Gallagher death is permanent. If she fails to protect Jesse again, there will be no third attempt. After a quiet year, the signs of serious danger have returned. People connected to Jesse are disappearing. Her home is vandalized, and threatening messages are turning up in the safest of places.

Then Jesse is taken, and Ally has only hours to get her back. But no salvation comes without its price.

©2014 Kory M. Shrum (P)2015 Kory M. Shrum

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such a great sequel!

this was really a great sequel. there's so much going on and a ton of surprises it's intense. I loved it and can't wait til book three.

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 05-05-15

Be PC not Zombies Necronite

What made the experience of listening to Dying by the Hour the most enjoyable?

More intense background into characters and much more action. This is a totally new way of looking at the genre.

What about Hollie Jackson’s performance did you like?

Holly Jackson is perfect, one of my favorite narrators. She's great with voices and emotions. When I see she's narrating a book I always check it out.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Ally was being choked, while so many people are dying around her Jesse chooses to try to save her.

Any additional comments?

I know the next book is out in print, I hope audible releases it soon also.

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Excellent follow up to an original series!

Switching from past tense to present tense, Shrum has created a sequel that keeps you on the edge of your seat late into the night. Told from dueling POV's (Jesse and Ally) at first made me a little disappointed. I fell in love with Jesse in Dying for a Living (first book in the Jesse Sullivan series). But I wasn't totally sold on Ally. She was a good, developed side character, but I didn't quite connect with her. Seeing the imaginative world Shrum has created though Ally's eyes changed my tune immediately. And while part of what I find so lovable about Jesse is her unapologetic views on life and her snarky attitude. As where Ally is softer, sweeter, and more of a people person. But getting her POV, you find out Ally is a bada$$ in her own right. Her loyalty and devotion to Jesse and vice versa gives you definitely #friendshipgoals, then of course there is the story itself. And Shrum does not disappoint. There is action--a whole lotta action--romance, heartache, an evil villain hell-bent on going to great lengths to achieve his diabolical plan, and Cindy. And more some reason, maybe the exploding toilet thing in book one, but I just love me some Cindy :)

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two tales

struggled to listen to whole story. it went back and forth back and forth with no one knowing what the hell was happening while the story line is already laid out. first book was not bad but this book isn't even worth it for free let alone wasting a credit.

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  • Elisabeth
  • STANTON, CA, United States
  • 08-20-16

Not as good as the first

What did you like best about Dying by the Hour? What did you like least?

I like the characters. I like the 'death recovery' aspect. I didn't care for the 'long game' aspect. Jesse against her dad feels like it could go on and on for multiple books and I don't think that can sustain my interest. I would be more interested if the story was about her job and life as a death replacement agent.

Would you recommend Dying by the Hour to your friends? Why or why not?

I'm on the fence about this one.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, because there would be too many plot points left hanging.

Any additional comments?

I found it interesting that Jesse can manipulate electricity, but never considers the fact that there are electrical impulses throughout the human body. Therefore it would seem that if someone's life, or that of his or her loved one was threatened it should be possible to stop the perpetrator's heart, or at the very least to consider it.

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NECRONITE KNOCKOFF

What did you love best about Dying by the Hour?

Explanation about different APMs.

What other book might you compare Dying by the Hour to and why?

Dying For A Living - like the term necronite instead of zombie.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Be able to tell when a character was thinking in their head or actually speaking out loud.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Jesse's father's mind rape.

Any additional comments?

The book's ending was very hard to follow due to not knowing who was speaking.

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Not so sure about this one

OK, maybe 3-1/2 stars. I have really mixed feelings about this book, which I split between the audio version and the kindle version. Solid narration by Hollie Jackson. I had two main problems with this book. First, it started off too slow. It wasn't until the 50% mark or so that it started to get exciting and interesting to me. The first half was way too much relationship-type angst and stuff, especially the chapters from Ally's POV. Way too much wallowing over Jesse and feeling guilty about being attracted to Nikki. Boring to me. Second, I didn't like the back and forth chapters switching between Jesse's POV and Ally's POV, mostly because I'm not an Ally fan. Personally, I think she's kind of boring. I'm just not connecting with her. And I'm NOT "team Lane" either, so that's not the problem. I don't know, she's just "bleh" to me.

The scenes with Caldwell are really intense. If you read the book, you will know what I refer to. Almost too intense for me. This series is definitely going down a dark path. Still deciding if I want to keep going down it with them.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful