Title: Dead to Me Series: Simon Canderous #1
Release Date: 2008
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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Point of View: First Person
Main Character: Simon Canderous, is a psychometric young adult working for the D.E.A. (Department of Extraordinary Affairs).
Romantic Interests: Irene (a ghost) and Jane (working for the enemy)
Tone: satirical, tongue-in-cheek commentary on bureaucracy
Story Goal as I see it: Figure out why the spirits are behaving strangely, including Irene who appears more corporeal than she should.
Likes: Simon is a likeable character. He’s brave and moral. Simon is not perfect, but not annoyingly flawed. All of the other characters are interesting and well-developed.Some parts of the book made me laugh out loud.
Dislikes: Sometimes Strout seems to be trying too hard to be funny. Also, there are times that I wanted to smack Simon in the head because he seems somewhat dumb.
Overall Opinion: I enjoyed reading Dead to Me, even if it made me roll my eyes once or twice. The writing is well-executed and well-paced, the plot is solid, and the world-building is inventive. I will continue to read the series, and I would recommend it to people who want an urban fantasy book told from a man’s perspective.