Prayer for the Dead by Nicki Scalise Review!

Prayers for the Dead

By: Nicki Scalise
Also by this author: Aeonian Kiss





By Nicki Scalise
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 244
Published on: September 28, 2013


prayer for the dead


A story about a girl who lived, died, and met a guy… in that order.
Is it possible to find true love and happiness, while condemned to purgatory until the end of days?
Olivia Brennan wasn’t eager to find out. Working for a division of Purgatory and Associates, her job consisted of one headache after another, caused by the impatient souls waiting to move onto eternal paradise. After a hard day at work, she was most content to stay home, watching reruns or reading a book. Aside from a few friends occasionally forcing socialization, her afterlife was nothing special.
That all changed the moment Drake walked into her life. He was handsome, charming, and had a sadness behind his eyes she could relate to. It seemed that Fate had finally brought her a kindred spirit…
But could Olivia move past her own dark regrets of the life she left behind or would falling for him demand the ultimate sacrifice—herself?


My Review


What a great story. Prayer for the Dead had everything I look for in a good book. Paranormal elements, humor, friendship, betrayal, love, hate, a character you love to hate, angst, and a secret that I’m dying to find out the truth of.

Olivia Brennan works in Purgatory. She’s got a pretty crappy job, but is dealing with it. She is lucky enough to be joined in Purgatory by her brother and has made a few seemingly good friends during her time there. It does seem a little weird to me that she and her brother are able to hang out in the afterlife, but hey, it’s fiction. Lately I have noticed a trend in books that makes Purgatory not such a bad sounding place.

Drake is the male main character. He’s a wanker. I hated him and felt sorry for him at the same time. He’s killing Olivia and doesn’t seem to care about fixing it. It seems like he’s the kind of guy that wants to have his cake and eat it too. If he would just be honest, most of the problems in this book would never have happened!

Olivia has a good solid support system. She has people who love her, but she’s still filled with such angst over so many things. It makes me feel for her so much. Scalise has written such a wonderful character in Olivia that makes you feel things you don’t expect to or even realize you are feeling until it’s too late.

I got so wrapped up in this book that I couldn’t put it down. It is quite multifaceted and gives the whole “Purgatory” concept a fresh and new twist. I guess even Purgatory has its secrets. The ending absolutely KILLED me! I am really looking forward to the next book in this series and I’m sure it will be as great as this one.

I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone. Even people who aren’t big into Paranormal might like this book because the Paranormal elements take a back seat to the rest of the story.


5 fangs



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All About Nicki




Nicki Scalise lives in Colorado with her husband, Jon. They share their home with four dogs and a chinchilla. When not busy dealing with the chaos her four-legged critters bring, she spends her time reading, re-watching Firefly, and gazing out the window at the scenic mountain landscape… or staring at the wall. Prayer for the Dead, book one of the Revenants in the Purgatory series, is her debut novel.



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Over at Little Read Riding Hood, we are featuring some of our favorite authors for the entire month of February. Monday I featured Nicki Scalise, author of Prayer for the Dead as one of my favorites. I thought I would share with you the guest post I posted Monday that Nicki was nice enough to write for me when she found out I wanted to feature her as one of my favorite authors. The authors I featured are great people as well as authors, and I don’t want anyone to miss out one the fun! Be sure to stop by Little Read Riding Hood to see who Laura and Emmalee picked for their favorites!

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