I was provided with a free copy in exchange for an honest review...that my sister gave me to post.
Review from SistaPITA:
Where else can you find a story that centers around Chinese food and cowboys? This story was a fun read. It was very fast. My only complaint was that it was too short. There was one point in the story where the author missed a key point that she specifically brought up, but then appeared to have forgotten about it later, making me wonder why she brought it up in the first place as it was a little bit confusing. Hence, it didn't get five dragons.
Outside of that one confusing detail, or lack thereof, the story itself was very fast paced, and flowed pretty smoothly. The characters were easy to relate to. The scene was set very well without being over done, and Ms. Ehsani kept humor in a story that would otherwise be very morbid and dark without taking away the seriousness of the conflict.
My favorite character *she opens the book and starts digging into it* was Lee who is a no nonsense woman of the living who was a friend of the recently diseased. She has the ability to help him after his untimely demise. She soon becomes a favorite of the local haunts as they realize she can see them. She comes across as a slightly cantankerous, no nonsense, get-to-the-bottom-of-things kind of woman. I like her. She has a dry sense of humor, a quick whit, and is a very...entertaining character throughout the entire book.
The main character is believable, but isn't necessarily the traditional good guy. However, he makes a very good protagonist.
The assistant on the diseased side ,by the name of Shadow, does not really have a defined "side" (good vs evil). He's a little bit of both with a wicked sense off humor who basically only shows up if there is going to be some sort of *thinking face* problem. *devilish gleam* He likes to stir the pot a little . But he's not the bad guy. He does have good advice. He just likes to antagonize the situation...*nose wrinkle*...for the fun of it.
All in all, the story is an interesting take on what happens after you die. The options that are available, and some of the paths that you may take. But who knew you could have a job after you died? I don't really know what the payment is, but it's interesting. LOL!
The one thing that really caught my attention about the author is that she's originally from South Africa, she's currently in Kenya, and the story is in Vancouver. She did a really amazing job of creating the people, and the setting of the people of Vancouver without having to go to any kind of extreme. I would guess that she's been there with as well as she portrayed the city. I was was very impressed with how to the book came out overall, and look forward to the next book in the series. I just hope the next one's a little bit longer.