Book Review: Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older


Title: Half-Resurrection Blues
Daniel José Older
Published: January 6th 2015
Publisher: Roc
Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy
Source: Book subscription box

Book Blurb (Goodreads):

Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead’s most unusual agents—an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind—until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death.

One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He’s summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague. They’ve already taken out some of NYCOD’s finest, leaving Carlos desperate to stop their master before he opens up the entrada to the Underworld—which would destroy the balance between the living and the dead.

But in uncovering this man’s identity, Carlos confronts the truth of his own life—and death…

My Thoughts

I got this book in the BookRiot subscription box way back in the day and it looked interesting but wasn’t enough to really grab my interest at the time. It looked to me like it was a knock-off of Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series and it didn’t make me want to immediately pick it up. Having read it now, I still think it’s like a knock-off Dresden Files but it wasn’t as terrible as I was expecting it to be.

There’s a thin line between the living and the dead and Carlos is somewhere in the middle. He doesn’t remember his life before he died and now he does the dirty work of the Council of the Dead. He’s what’s known as a Halfie (half alive, half dead) and they have no qualms in using his special talent for hunting.

I wasn’t particularly a fan of Carlos, which means that the book was a little annoying to read at times. I felt that it was a little rushed at times and while it was an easy read – nothing too heavy and easy to lose a couple hours to – I just didn’t connect with the book. This is another instance where I read a book and that was it. No overly strong feelings or emotions about it.

There’s a great cast of eclectic characters that make up for Carlos a bit, particularly Mama Esther. The whole mystery behind who Carlos was in his previous life was a good mystery too – even though that predictably wasn’t resolved in this book as it’s the first in a series.

It had some good points and some bad points for me and overall, I don’t feel like it’s a series I’ll be continuing going forward. I did enjoy the book as a whole, but I have a lot of series that I want to read in the near future and this one just isn’t on that list.

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Buy Links!

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About the Author

Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Daniel José Older is the New York Times bestselling author of the Young Adult series the Shadowshaper Cypher (Scholastic), the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series (Penguin), and the upcoming Middle Grade sci-fi adventure Flood City (Scholastic). He won the International Latino Book Award and has been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, and yes, the World Fantasy Award. Shadowshaper was named one of Esquire’s 80 Books Every Person Should Read.

*Picture and Biography from Goodreads

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