Review: Death Loves Me Not by Marian Tee

August 10, 2013 Review 16 ★★★

Review: Death Loves Me Not by Marian Tee
Death Loves Me Not by Marian Tee
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Publisher: Amulet
Source: Author
Pages: 276
Release Date: December 5th, 2012
Genres: Horror, Young Adult
16-year-old Eden Velasco is haunted – by a girl with a face-splitting smile, by one who likes to hang on to her window sills at night, and by another who chokes on her own ashes. Sometimes, Eden wonders if it’s just better to bite her wrist and bleed herself to death.

Eden has tried hard to fake being normal, recording episodes of MTV reality shows that she never watches and covering her walls with posters of boy bands she can’t even name. And she can’t see ghosts. She can’t. Yet everything Eden’s worked hard for starts to unravel when a dead little girl with paper eyes starts stalking her, leaving dead bodies in her wake.

And before Eden knows it, the men in white have straitjacketed her back to the cold place. St. Dymphna’s Institute of Mental Illnesses and Disorders is a place where it is winter all year long without the snow, where ghosts come and go and every one of them is not right.

As the lines between reality and blood-stained dreams continue to blur, Eden finds herself playing Pied Piper to bitter spirits who blame her for their murders. Demanding vengeance that Eden feels she’s incapable of giving, they come after her day and night until Eden’s pushed to the brink of truly losing her sanity, abandoning her soul, and becoming what everyone once accused her of being: a child of the Devil.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


When I had the opportunity to read and review DEATH LOVES ME NOT I knew I had to accept, I love creepy books and this one sounded like it was going to take the crown. It was different than I had expected it to be, but was an overall good read nonetheless.

Eden sees people others can’t and hears voices in her head. But this doesn’t mean she’s crazy, she’s being haunted. People think she’s a child of the Devil, and her own parents wish to see her out of their lives. Her only respite is with her two best friends, Stuart and Willow, who believe her because they have secrets of their own.

This book wasn’t exactly scary, but it did have its moments where you could imagine the horrors Eden has to go through in her day to day life. That being said, I really pitied Eden and felt all the emotions that she went through. Her and the rest of the characters were all very original.

The writing was a bit confusing, it could use a bit more editing but it got better as the novel rolled on. It wasn’t enough to deter a lot from the actual story but I had to go back reread some passages to really get what was being said.

DEATH LOVES ME NOT tells the story of good vs. evil, plain and simple. It talks about God and angels, those who fight against the demons of Hell and Hell itself. The novel passes along a good moral without being too preachy, and I enjoyed it because as a Catholic, I do believe in Heaven and Hell. It was a very unique story.

Rating Report
Overall: 3

16 Responses to “Review: Death Loves Me Not by Marian Tee”

  1. Sunny A

    Great Review Alise! I don’t know how you could read this one as the blurb alone gives me shivers. I’m a big wuss so I don’t think I’ll be picking this up soon but you have got me curious. Shame there were some writing problems but glad it was a overall unique read. Thanks for Sharing :)
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    • Alise

      I get it, I used to be like that all the time too :) I guess I don’t find books that scary because they aren’t as visual.

  2. Bookworm1858

    The summary for this is really creeping me out-I’m not sure I’m brave enough to even give it a read between that and the horrific cover (there are so many things about it that terrify me!) I know you didn’t find it very scary but I think I might.
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  3. Tanja

    What a scary cover! I usually run away from scary books, I can take weird but scary is not really my thing. I’m really glad you enjoyed this story and that it was really scary. Anyhow I hope that some of the next editions will get a decent editor. Great review :)
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  4. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    OMG that cover is just beyond scary!!! Ok, hmm this one is a maybe to me. Hopefully I won’t get confused and that I’m kind of already disappointed that there wasn’t a lot of creepiness. I love horror, creepy books because I enjoy scary movies. I’m kind of done with dystopia, fantasy and all that (except sci fi & contemporary) and I want to read more YA horror books. I think I’ll have no problem with the angel vs. devil things because I’m a Catholic too and I do believe in heaven & hell as well.

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    • Alise

      I hope you read this one then, I would love to read your review. Yeah, I’m getting tired of all the overused genres as well. I think you would like this one because it goes along with what we believe in.

  5. Maida

    I really don’t enjoy creepy or horror stories, and this one seems like it is exactly that. I don’t know if I’ll pick it up, but I’ll admit I am intrigued as to how Eden overcomes her haunting. And the good vs evil theme doesn’t sound all that bad either and I am glad it didn’t border on preachy. At least you enjoyed this overall, Alise! Great review! :D

    ~ Maida
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