Book Review: A Life of Death


During the first year that I established this blog, I was quite active on WattPad. However, these days, I have been dealing with doing reviews that you guys have been reading and a few other things. During my time on WattPad, two people who thought I might be interested in reading their stuff approached me. Yet, it was not until recently that I found time to read one of those titles. Today, I am going to review that book, which is called by A Life of Death by Weston Kincade.

Alex Drummond has been dealt a terrible hand at life. His father died after coming home from duty and things have never really been the same. His mother marries a man that drinks the day away, if he is not working. His stepbrother, who has already graduated also drinks the day, leaving Alex, his mother, and his stepsisters to fend for themselves. However, Alex only worries about himself, instead of his family. One day, when Alex touches the gates of the residence of the star athlete of his school, he receives visions of a woman that is accused of having an affair, which results in her untimely demise. Some time later, he visits the town’s historical society with a friend to do research for a project, only to learn that vision really did occur, just not in recent history. From that day on, after talking with one of the clergy at his church, he tries to find out why he got such visions and how he can use it to help others.

Of all my runs through works by self-published writers, I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. The book was well paced and let me get to know many of the characters. I really did think that Alex’s stepfather was the horrid father that he thought. Of course, even if that was not the case, Alex acted like almost every adolescent, self-centered and not realizing that he is not the only one hurting. However, such a thing is not limited to teens. Many adults are this way too, since adults tend to be greedier than kids in many respects, but certainly not all. I also liked how accurate things were portrayed for alcoholics. People in our society all have something they regret and they try to run away by drowning themselves in alcohol, but the alcohol impairs judgment and makes us people that we are not. It even takes away the very talents we were born with. We lose our tempers easily and end up kill somebody we love. If that does not happen, we end up in accidents like the ones that tend to get repeated over and over on the news, which may result in our demise. Two of those outcomes were presented in the book, which was nice to see. The imagery used in it was also down very well. I was so engrossed with the images the text brought in to mind that I hardly noticed what went on around me. It even covered a thought that many us get at trying times in our lives. The things we face in our lives we consider some kind of curse, but when we overcome the hardships of such situations, we realize that in fact it made us better people. The book portrays teens and alcoholics accurately and uses vivid imagery. It even had thoughts that come into most of our minds in our lives.

Even though I enjoyed it, there were things that were not so great. Now, I was not exactly reading the same edition across devices, considering I read from both a phone and my iPad, so things may not be so consistent. However, I noticed many places where there were either words missing or the wrong word was used. For example, there was one instance where I spotted the word since and I knew it should have been sense. I make these kinds of makes in my stories, especially since some get past both my proofreader and I, so I cannot entirely hold it against the writer. On the other hand, it really affects the flow of the story. Just to make sense of it, I had to go back and read the passage a few times, in order to make sure that the word I thought needed to be there was correct or not. Also, the scenes happening to Alex did not make sense a few times. Yes, the story was easy to follow, but the story uses italics to signal thoughts and the visions Alex has. However, incidents involving Alex became confusing because italics were used in situations involving him. Because of the italics used before to signify that he was having a vision, I kept wondering whose body Alex was in experiencing all the stuff, only to learn that he actually was the victim. I think that these situations should have been in normal text, no matter Alex’s state of consciousness. Outside of those problems, I cannot really see anything else that diminishes the quality of the work.

Despite a few grammar issues and confusing things, I think that this book was certainly worth the read. I certainly recommend this to fans of mystery or the paranormal. As for everyone else, I think the book was written well enough to give a try.

What are your opinions of A Life of Death? Do you agree or disagree with my views? Do you have anything to add? Feel free to comment.

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