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.
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.