Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things - Martina McAtee

Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things

By Martina McAtee

  • Release Date: 2015-11-29
  • Genre: Romance
Score: 4.5
From 57 Ratings


17 year old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns her whole life is a lie. Standing in the cemetery that’s been her sanctuary, she’s threatened by the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she’s special, that she has a supernatural gift like them…they just don’t know exactly what it is.

They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death.

As Ember’s talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together.


  • Love this book

    By Paqui65
    It was very interesting and different kept me wanting to Know what was next and it was sorry when it finish Hope the Author have more like that Thank You Paquita Alvarez
  • A Must Read

    By L. Swan
    Amazing! I loved this book what an awesome adventure with lots of romantic suspense, paranormal and tons of mystery. The humor and interactions between the characters were so amusing I couldn't get over it, experiencing all the feels. The storyline is addicting with nice flow with epic reveals throughout. I adored all the different characters perspectives they are very much appreciated it makes getting to know the characters so much more personal plus I loved all the swoon worthy moments and they were never ending. A must read indefinitely.
  • Good storyline, bad writing.

    By SheriAnn84
    I really enjoyed the overall storyline of this book. However, it is so bogged down with far too many details and confusing conversation shifts that you practically have to be a professional speed reader to get through all the nonsense without going crazy. The print version is 636 pages that should've been cut down to a max of 400. There is such a large list of characters that it's difficult to remember who is who. And to make matters worse, during a conversation, suddenly a different character would walk up and join in the discussion without the reader being told so. Meaning that something would be said and it is obvious none of the involved characters said it. So, you're left scratching your head over it and trying to make sense of it, only to finally have the author tell you who the newcomer is a few sentences later. It's a very odd writing style that I've never seen before and I'm definitely not a fan. All that being said, the overall storyline is good enough that I contemplated buying book 2. I decided not to, but for me, the mere contemplation of it says a lot.