The Sweet Dead Life by Joy Preble
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Source: Purchased Audio Book
The Sweet Dead Life by Joy Preble is full of sass! Joy Preble is known for her series Dreaming Anastasia, but she steps completely outside of the box with The Sweet Dead Life. Jenna Samuels is just trying to get through life since her father left when she was eight and her mom never recovered from his departure. Her older brother,Casey, is a stoner and he quit football to take care of the family. Jenna has been sick with an illness that her doctor can't diagnose. When Jenna collapses and Casey drives her to the hospital they are involved in a horrible wreck that changes their lives for good. An EMT at the scene suggests more tests be run and the cause of Jenna's illness is discovered. What Jenna doesn't expect is that Casey is completely unharmed by the crash when she clearly remembers he should have been. Things get even weirder when they find out that Jenna is sick because she's being poisoned. Jenna can't get passed the fact that Casey isn't his usual stoner self, but looks better than he ever has. Also Amber, the annoying EMT, won't go away. Casey listens to what Amber has to say and trusts her after just meeting her. Jenna wants nothing to do with her, but it was she who pushed for Jenna's blood test. It's up to the three of them to find out who would want to poison her and whether it has anything to do with her father disappearing and her mother's depression.
I love that the story is set in Houston and the city really feels like it's a character of it's own. Jenna is so sassy and has some of the best lines. I was frustrated with their mom and how she could just fall off into her own world when her kids needed her. I went from not liking Casey to really caring about him! I highly recommend getting The Sweet Dead Life!
Narrator: Madeleine Lambert does a great job of capturing Jenna's sassy personality. She also does a great job with Casey. There were a few minor parts where I felt she could have done a better job like the action scenes or how she pronounced a few words. Over all Madeleine did a good job as narrator.
Sample of The Sweet Dead Life Audio