Fans of contemporary and urban fantasy will enjoy this series. Don't be surprised to find dark humor, lots of snark, and a murder mystery, all wrapped up in a single thrilling, action-packed narrative.
Called "addictive" by New York Times best seller Darynda Jones, those interested in strong female protagonists are sure to take a shine to Jesse Sullivan, the reluctant anti-hero of the series.
Dying for a Living (Book 1) On the morning before her 67th death, it is business as usual for Jesse Sullivan: meet with the mortician, counsel soon-to-be-dead clients, and have coffee while reading the latest regeneration theory. Jesse dies for a living, literally. As a Necronite, she is one of the population's rare two percent who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don't have to. Although each death is different, the result is the same: a life is saved, and Jesse resurrects days later with sore muscles, new scars, and another hole in her memory.
But when Jesse is murdered and becomes the sole suspect in a federal investigation, more than her freedom and sanity are at stake. She must catch the killer herself - or die trying.
Dying by the Hour (Book 2) After 83 deaths, Jesse Sullivan knows how to die. As a Necronite, she is one of the population's rare two percent who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don't have to. But using her NRD to save lives is why she's being hunted.
For Ally Gallagher, death is permanent. If she fails to protect Jesse again, there will be no third attempt. After a quiet year the signs of serious danger have returned. People connected to Jesse are disappearing. Her home is vandalized and threatening messages are turning up in the safest of places.
Dying for Her (Book 3) Dead men tell no tales - except this one.
As he counts down the days until he dies, veteran detective James T. Brinkley struggles to keep his imminent death a secret from one of the only people who can save him - Jesse Sullivan, a replacement agent with the rare ability to die, then resurrect. But every replacement is dangerous, leaving Jesse more vulnerable each time.
It's his job to protect her and he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe. They are outmatched by the sadist who hunts them and the detective must search his dark past for clues and a way to save their future. However, Brinkley has exhausted his options and buried his closest friends. If he cannot be saved, his only wish is to prepare Jesse for the danger she must face without him.
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By Sarah on 19-05-16
Don't use the Z-Word (Jessica Jones inspired?)
*Not one for plugging into the speakers whilst doing the dishes (NSFW)*
Jesse feels just like a real person, despite the fact that she's technically a Zombie but you shouldn't use the Z-word unless you're one too and you're trying to reclaim it. She's truly funny, knows the right amount of information to make the plot twist and turn, and her cast of supporting characters are varied and interesting too. I was concerned about the presence of a love-triangle (even if it is a bisexual love-triangle). However, it is different from the 'young-adult love-triangle' trope as these characters seem like they are largely just getting on with things, like I've witnessed with love-triangles in real-life.
It's set in Nashville and the town feels as part of the novel as the characters. Give the first book a chance passed the first few awkward descriptions - the author gets better at integrating new characters and there is a noticeable step up in quality between books 1 and 2.
Saying that the descriptions of sex-crimes (mainly in book 2) are horrifying... I mean they are describing horrifying crimes so they shouldn't be anything else, but I decided to fast forward through the end of those minutes. I don't think I missed anything plot-wise (if you decide to do this too). I already had boundless sympathy for Jesse's vaguely described childhood horrors, without re-living them with her. The vivid descriptions of institutionalized torture are also in this category.
This is not a light-novel despite zipping through the plot in pacy and entertaining way. If anything, although I am invested in the story, I am holding back from the next novel in the series because it's hard-work in these parts. Still I think more novels should be about people like Jesse and I think the satirical elements don't seem too forced.
Good for fans of Jessica Jones (Marvel); similarly adult themes, but set in a vibrantly new world with a wildly different protagonist even if they do share a name!
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By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-06-16
Fast and Fun listens
Would you listen to Dying for a Living Boxset: Books 1-3 of Dying for a Living Series again? Why?
Maybe, if the series continues for years to come and I find myself forgetting the story.
What other book might you compare Dying for a Living Boxset: Books 1-3 of Dying for a Living Series to and why?
I don't know, I usualy don't listen to stuff like this...
What does Hollie Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
She gives a great performance and brings all the characters to life with different voices and accents
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
i die for you to live
Any additional comments?
I usually don't listen to this kind of audiobooks, not my genre at all, but I gave a chance to this trilogy by Korry M. Shrum and I was really happy to discover a very well written series, with likable characters and a good an original plot. This is not your usually dumb zombie story, not at all...
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By Cassandra on 17-05-18
The Characters and Narrator
I have to say to start this may be my favorite narrator so far. She is great with each character both male and female. The story plots were good and dynamic. I really enjoyed it all the way around. I would definitely recommend them to my peers.
If I had one negative it would be that there are no separations between books. So I was not sure what book I was on.