Friday, October 9, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: It's a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt


Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?

But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

RJ is a snarky, unapologetic, almost unredeemable, very real girl. Her story is funny and moving, and teens will easily connect with her plight. Prepare to meet the Grim Reaper, who’s cuter than you’d expect; Hawaiian shirt–wearing Death Himself; Saint Peter (who likes to play Cornhole); and Al, the handler for the three-headed hound that guards the gates of Hell. This cast of characters accompanies RJ through her time in the afterlife and will do their best to gently shove her in the right direction.

REVIEW BY: Angel, age 12 years, 11 months


This book is truly one of a kind! If I hadn't of read this book I would have never thought that the Grim Reaper belongs in a book. This book is so different than any other book that I have ever read. I mean this in the best possible way. 

This book is about RJ Jones and how the Grim Reaper, Gideon, mistakenly takes her soul instead of the old woman he was after. In the afterlife, RJ is determined to get back to earth. Even her two guardian angels know that RJ is not supposed to be there. In this book, you will find a real, although fake, journey that takes you for a ride to the afterlife and back. 

My favorite part is when RJ meets Sandy and how she waits for her loved one she lost. 

I recommend this book to any readers that want to read an interesting book. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 and up. 

This book's publishing date was October 6, 2015.