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The Reburialists by JC Nelson
Published by Ace on March 1, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Burying the dead is easy. Keeping them down is difficult.
At the Bureau of Special Investigations, agents encounter all sorts of paranormal evils. So for Agent Brynner Carson, driving a stake through a rampaging three-week-old corpse is par for the course. Except this cadaver is different. It’s talking—and it has a message about his father, Heinrich.
The reanimated stiff delivers an ultimatum written in bloody hieroglyphics, and BSI Senior Analyst Grace Roberts is called in to translate. It seems that Heinrich Carson stole the heart of Ra-Ame, the long-dead god of the Re-Animus. She wants it back. The only problem is Heinrich took the secret of its location to his grave.
With the arrival of Ra-Ame looming and her undead army wreaking havoc, Brynner and Grace must race to find the key to stopping her. It’s a race they can’t afford to lose, but then again, it’s just another day on the job . .
My impression about The Reburialists was totally wrong. I was thinking it was fantasy and the world building would be overwhelming and heavy with details; it would be grim and dark. Not so much. It is urban fantasy and was easy to read. I happily read along, learning the characters and following the plot.
This book was ok. That’s what 2 stars is on Goodreads. I can’t say I liked it though. I just did not connect enough with the characters. They did not seem authentic. Their words and actions were not realistic to me. I was surprised to find a romance. I didn’t believe it either. It happened too quickly.
The mystery and the battles of fighting the co-orgs was all interesting. I really enjoyed Grace’s scientific methods and her efforts in developing weapons to battle them. I guessed the Big Bad twist so that sort of took the excitement out of it. I won’t spoil the ending but it was a cliche of sorts. If you can connect with the characters more than I did, you might really like this.
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Connection to characters is everything. Other books friends have loved I’ve been meh about just because of connection to characters.
Nice review Anne.
Connection to characters is everything. Truth!
Too bad you were underwhelmed by this one, Anne.
It is too bad. I hate it when I can’t love it.
The synopsis sounds dark. That’s what I like and would expect. Sorry this wasn’t one for you. I’ll probably pass on it. Such a great title and cover though.
It had everything right in the details. It was very readable. But I couldn’t connect.
oh complicated… I don’t remember if I tried it
Well it was in 2016.
The blurb makes it sound exciting and great, but if you spent the whole time feeling disconnected and never quite believing in what they said and did or their romance, not good. I doubt I’d fair much better.
Yes, it’s hard because it’s the writing is good. It’s easy to read. I wanted more focus on the mystery / action than the romance. The romance showed up the missing aspects of character definition and disrupted the story more than it added to it, because I didn’t believe it.
Well if I can’t connect to the characters then it doesn’t matter to me if it’s easy to read. I just might have DNF’d it. And yes I’m with you on the romance as well-it’s got to make sense!
I just feel badly. I really want to love all the books. Someone else might connect with them but not me.
I am sorry that this one didn’t work better for you. Sometimes it can be really hard to completely get into a book when you don’t connect with the characters.
yes, all the factors are it would work for me but it didn’t. I hope it worked better for others.