Review: It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt

20697586It’s a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 6th, 2015
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Paranormal, Angels, Life and Death

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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 wasn’t supposed to die, because the Grim Reaper wasn’t supposed to collect her soul by accident.

But well, stuff happens and here we are, at a very crucial point. Is RJ going to Heaven or Hell?

You see, she wasn’t exactly an angel back on earth. Lucky for her, she’s given a chance to redeem herself.

Oh, I loved the snarky humour. This is a story I would love to watch on the big screen, on a Friday night, with popcorn and friends over.

It’s a lot of fun. And underneath the humour and mishaps, there is dept, too. There are messages to be transmitted to the readers.

But most of all, it’s just a really enjoyable book that will entertain you from the beginning to the end. And what an unexpected ending at that! Not the kind of annoying open one we all want to close with a sequel, but if the author decides to write one, I sure as hell will read it.

Thank goodness for no romance. It was a breath of fresh air! This story really focuses on righting wrongs and exploring one’s truest, good side. Though, of course, circumstances made it easy for Aj to be brave, which created some expected outcomes and cheese scenes, I still liked how the story progressed.

I’ve always been a fan of the A CHRISTMAS CAROL variations in literature and movies. How a person receives the visit of three spirits who help them realize all the bad things they’ve done. So, really, it’s no surprise I enjoyed this.


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