News From the Dead, Mary Hooper, 2008
My favorite quote: “What I could not bear, dare not consider, is the possibility that I’m not dead, but merely occupying a coffin, having been buried alive.”
Notable characters: Anne Green, the girl who wakes after being hanged
Most memorable scene: Anne, trapped in her own body, wondering if she was in hell
Greatest strengths: For me, it’s always the characters that keep the story moving and they really popped in this one. I felt like these were people I knew.
Standout achievements: The way it takes you to another time and place. Not that I have an actual point of reference, but I really felt like I was in England, in the year 1650
Fun Facts: This is actually based on the true story of Anne Green. I didn’t know that until I’d gotten to the 1651 copies of the documents recounting the event at the end of the book
Other media: N/A
What it taught me: There are lots of great (and accurate) historical details here
How it inspired me: If I ever take one of my vampires to 1650s England, I know this book will come in handy.
Additional thoughts: I couldn’t figure out why so many reviewers were upset by all the “mentions of adultery and sex” and “adult themes” in this book until after I read it and realized that, apparently, this is a YA book. However, as very clearly stated on the product description, News From the Dead is about a woman who was accused of infanticide, survived her own hanging, and woke up on the dissection table. Given the content, I’m not really sure how all the “adult theming” that goes on in this book could have possibly been avoided … just my opinion.
My rating: 4 of 5
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