Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Dead Rules Review

Author: Randy Russell
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
Published By: Harper Teen
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

*I won this book in a giveaway @ Fiktshunn

Till death
Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were in love. They were destined to be together forever.
But Jana's destiny was fatally flawed. And now she's in Dead School, where Mars Dreamcote lurks in the back of the classroom, with his beguiling blue eyes, mysterious smile, and irresistibly warm touch.
Michael and Jana were incomplete without each other. There was no room for Mars in Jana's life—or death—story. Jana was sure Michael would rush to her side soon.
But things aren't going according to Jana's plan. So Jana decides to do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true—no matter what rules she has to break.

My Thoughts
  From the moment I started this book all I could think was Tim Burton could make a killer movie out of this. It's dark and macabre but has a quirky charm. One of my favourite lines from the book was in the first few pages and it really showcases Jana's personality and the strange atmosphere the book invokes, so I thought I would share it. " If I strangle you right now as hard as I can, will you quit talking like that?" Jana asked"  Now this could be said in a number of ways and not be weird, but she says it in a very serious way and it totally cracked me up.
  I feel like this book is ultimately about how people perceive things, and intead of a coming of age tale it's a coming to grips with your demise tale. Like how the love you felt in a relationship can be your whole world and the most important thing to you, but be suffocating and irrational to someone else. Or feeling your death was brought on by some indiscretion on your part, where someone else feels it was just your time. You watch everyone deal with their deaths in different ways, some just going with the flow, some struggling, some seeking redemption, and even some plotting to help others meet their maker.
The characters in the book were great, even ones with small parts. There was a wide range of personalities that were as unique as each of their deaths, they all brought there own flavour and purpose to the story.  
 Dead Rules was really fun to read and  I loved every single page of this book, I can't wait to read more by Randy Russell. This book gets 5 out of 5.


  1. Ha! I was going to say the same thing. The synopsis sounds just like a Tim Burton movie, doesn't it?

  2. The descriptions are so visual, I saw the Tim Burton movie lol

  3. I LOVE Tim Burton. You just made this book go from a to-read to a MUST-read on my list =D

  4. Glad to hear this one's good. I love the quote. I'm still not quite sure what it's about though, but I'll check it out.

  5. I've got this on my books to buy list, I absolutely love the cover and it sounds a a really fun book! The cover font is just like the one used for the Pretty Little Liars series!


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