Author: Cambria Hebert
Age Group: New Adult
Release Date: 15th February 2013
Publishers: Self published
Available from: Amazon
Love or Death? A simple question really. The choice seems obvious. But. What if you never knew love, what if your life was spent just trying to survive? What if you knew your fate before you were fully grown?
And then you died.
And you were given another chance. A better chance.
This new life depended upon one thing: your job. And so you agreed. You thought it would be simple. You thought it would be cut and dry.
It never is.
And now you are left holding the fate of someone else in the palm of your hand and you have to make the ultimate choice.
Love or Death?
This is my first Cambria Hebert novel that I have read, and if this book is anything to go by I should have been reading her novels long ago. Recalled is a great book, I enjoyed it immensely. It was definitely not what I was expecting. The blurb is very vague and doesn't give you much insight into the book, but I love how I was drawn into the pages straight away. The book is told in alternating points of view, Dex and Piper who's chance meeting changes both their lives forever.
I love the world Cambria has created; if you were given a second chance at life and the only thing you had to do to have money, a flash car and a mansion, was to take the life of the girl you saved, would you do it? This is the decision that Dex has to make, he thinks it's easy. He didn't realise it would be harder than he thought possible. Dex is kind of a bad boy, after living on the streets for as long as he has you can understand why. He has a tough exterior but inside he has a good heart. He's one of those characters you can't help but love.
Cambria has created an interesting and somewhat creepy process for Dex to 'come back'. I don't want to give anything away because it's pretty cool. You'll have to read Recalled to find out. Dex's new boss, G.R, is one of those guys that looks almost nice and harmless, but it hides the creepy, dangerous part that you can see swimming under the surface.
After Dex saves her life, Piper is kind of lost. The young man has no identity and no matter how hard she tries she can't find out anything about him. Who is he and why did he save her? Why has no one claimed him? She thinks it's her duty to remember him and honour his death because no one else has. (I think she may have survivors guilt.) Piper is an incredibly caring person; she's studying to become a doctor and works a diner while interning at a clinic. All she wants to do is help people. I think Piper's best friend is awesome, she has so much sass and personality she just leaps off the pages. They compliment each other really well, even though they seem like complete opposites.
Dex and Piper's romance is no insta-love, it builds and grows over the course of the book, making it seem so much more real. Although, when you get to the end of the book, you're kind of left with a hollow feeling, asking 'is that really it?' I can't wait to see where she takes the next book.