Death is a Gift [NOOK Book]

Overview

Clíona Desmond wants a normal life, but when your family motto is “Death is a Gift”, what you want isn’t always possible. The death of her banshee aunt forces Clíona into a world she barely recognises, a world she’s dreaded since the night her aunt came to take her father away. Her mother hates banshees, but the only possibility of escape is remote and involves a love more powerful than a banshee’s calling.

Except Clíona’s already in love with somebody who could never love her ...

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Death is a Gift

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Overview

Clíona Desmond wants a normal life, but when your family motto is “Death is a Gift”, what you want isn’t always possible. The death of her banshee aunt forces Clíona into a world she barely recognises, a world she’s dreaded since the night her aunt came to take her father away. Her mother hates banshees, but the only possibility of escape is remote and involves a love more powerful than a banshee’s calling.

Except Clíona’s already in love with somebody who could never love her back, somebody who has a good reason to hate a banshee, and her responsibilities ring loud and clear, no matter how hard her loved ones try to pull her back to her old life.

Going against the banshee code can have tragic consequences, but it’s hard for an eighteen-year-old to say goodbye to all of her hopes and dreams. The biggest lesson left to learn is which is more powerful – love or death?

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044482586
  • Publisher: Claire Farrell
  • Publication date: 4/18/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 261,755
  • Age range: 13 years
  • File size: 326 KB

Meet the Author

Claire Farrell is an Irish author who spends her days separating warring toddlers. When all five children are in bed, she overdoses on caffeine in the hope she can stay awake long enough to write some more dark flash fiction, y/a paranormal romance and urban fantasy.
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  • Posted June 24, 2013

    I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I wanted to love it, bu

    I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I wanted to love it, but a few things kept getting in the way. To start with, here's what I loved: this was a contemporary fantasy set in Ireland about a girl who's family is cursed something crazy: one woman of the family must serves as a banshee for the surrounding area, singing souls who are dying into the light. Whenever the current banshee dies, another is selected from the same family. That was a pretty original plotline--I mean, banshees? Sick of ye olde werewolves, vampires and unseelie fae? This book would appear to be for you! Cliona is smart, caring and has a relatively good sense of humor. She's not that hard to develop empathy for, which is always a plus :)
    On the note of banshees, this book needs a new title. When I first read the title, I thought perhaps this book was aimed at the elderly or even terminally ill patients. I'm not being facetious, I really did think it sounded a bit like a whacked-out self-help book. But I popped over to a retail site, checked out the blurb and free sample, and entered the giveaway for it once I saw what it was really about (and yes, that's how I got my copy--the giveaway). To appeal to a YA audience, this book needs a title that either creates a sense of the fantastic, lures the reader in, or mentions banshees. "Death is a gift" just doesn't do that. "Song of the Banshee" or "Banshee Rising" or I don't know--I'm not an expert at titles by any means--but something that doesn't sound so self-help. 
    Although I began with high hopes, as I read on a few things that started out as slightly annoying grew more irritating as time went by. Cliona and her bestie, Eimear, spend the six weeks that this story spans going to party after pub after party and getting drunk. In the second half of the book, most of Cliona's decisions stem from something she decides to do, has to do, or ends up doing while drunk. I do realize there's a culture of drinking and all of that, but I began to wonder if Cliona might have had a lot less trouble if she'd stayed sober and kept a journal--like her aunt, whose journals she reads. But that's neither here nor there, since it certainly wasn't a conclusion the reader was supposed to draw. This was more a matter of personal preference and what I enjoy seeing my characters do. 
    What I found most frustrating was Cliona's confusion in the last quarter of the book. She went back and forth over how she was going to handle relationships following the major decision she was facing. She was so inconsistent and dramatic that it got old. I really wanted her to develop at this point: to gain confidence in herself, to make her own clear and considered decision about how to move forward, taking into account all the ramifications and what her family and friends needed. Instead, she ping-pongs back and forth and finally gets prodded along into the decision by people who love her too much to see her make the mistakes she is clearly making. She goes from having no panic attacks at the beginning of the book (though we're told that she has a history of them) to having two, including one in the very final scene. What?! No! You're supposed to be stronger, able to work through things. Yes, you need people to support you, but no! Don't regress to something you did when you were young--move forward! Make your decisions with confidence in yourself! Sigh. 
    I also found Cliona's mother to be a little odd. While her character is meant to grow over the course of the story, there are times when she sounds like a teenager herself. I don't mean in moments of vulnerability or the like, but just in her general conversation with her daughter.
    I will say that Farrell did a wonderful job with Cliona's understanding of death, it's importance, and the role of a banshee. We need more books that embrace the reality of death being a vital part of life and the beginning of something else, rather than coming up with crazy scenarios of ways to "cheat" death or gain immortality. So kudos to Farrell for that.
    So, although I really wanted to love this story, for lack of character development, unnecessary drama, and bit too much partying, I give this story 3 stars.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    A really good book! This isn't the first book I have read by thi

    A really good book! This isn't the first book I have read by this author; she is great at drawing the reader into the story. She makes a tale about banshees seem so down to earth and the characters are easy to identify with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    So Cute

    This is the first book I've read about banshees & it was really good. Although I probably was butchering her name the heroine was really cool. I didn't think she was over dramatic, annoying, constantly complaining or weak which are some of the many problems with chicks in YA. I kinda think this book needs a sequel. We want to see how her friends & family handle her being a full time banshee & more of the banshee politics. I think her loves ones will eventually blame her for everything once she has to take someone they love away. Even though its to help the ones dying. They go willingly & she takes away their pain. People look at it like she's killing them but she's not she only helps guide them to the other side. Its a really good book with a nice romance in it. I definitely recommend this book.

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