Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Review: Dead Rules by Randy Russell

Dead Rules by Randy Russell
Published by Harper Teen
Date Published: June 21, 2011
Rating: 4.5/5
Till death

Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were in love. They were destined to be together forever.


But Jana's destiny was fatally flawed. And now she's in Dead School, where Mars Dreamcote lurks in the back of the classroom, with his beguiling blue eyes, mysterious smile, and irresistibly warm touch.


Michael and Jana were incomplete without each other. There was no room for Mars in Jana's life—or death—story. Jana was sure Michael would rush to her side soon.


But things aren't going according to Jana's plan. So Jana decides to do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true—no matter what rules she has to break.
Don’t you love those perfect, destined-to-be-together-forever loves? The ones where nothing can touch them and the idea of conflict is just ludicrous? Where the mountains bow down in their wake? Well that’s what Jana and Michael have.
So when Jana dies in a freak bowling accident, she expects (naturally) for her one and only to swiftly kill himself so they can be together in the afterlife. Only, the days pass and he doesn’t show up. *record scratch sound*
Of course then Jana comes up with another, easier solution. Take the choice out of his hands. Kill him for them.

Now, imagine waking up on a school bus where you actually have to go to school! Everyday. Seriously? Well, welcome to the afterlife. “Life is cruel, why should the afterlife be any different?” (Five awesome points if you know what movie that’s from!)

As soon as I heard about this book, I wanted it. Badly. My love for all things morbid knows no bounds. What I unexpectedly got was a Tim Burton-esque YA novel that I loved to no ends. If you liked Beetle Juice and the dismal look of the afterlife (“You know what they say about people who commit suicide: In the afterlife, they become civil servants”), you’ll certainly enjoy being dropped in an afterlife school with no cellphone reception and no access to make up. The horror.
However, on the upside you have the mysterious and very sexy Mars and his ‘slightly terrifying, but really a nice guy’ best friend Wyatt.

Other than that, there is a lot of morbid humor, a darkly compelling and very twisted plot all surrounding a love and true love story. And I must say that it is certainly a unique work and there isn’t anything else like this out there on the market and I hope it does as well as it should!

This is Russell’s first YA work after a long career in ghost writing and research, I will definitely be looking forward to his future works in the genre.
Last note, how much do you LOVE the cover?! Seriously, this A) PERFECT for the book and B) just incredibly gorgeous. Love love love it. Go Harper’s art department!



  1. I recently reviewed this book too. I'm so glad you loved it as much as I did! Very unique story indeed. And yes...that cover is amazing. Just look at those eyes. They're haunting and beautiful! Great review!!

  2. Yay! I've been waiting for your review of Dead Rules ever since you mentioned reading it on twitter. Love it! I'm even more excited for the book to come out now. Less than a week!

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Tim Burton sooo much!

  3. Amazing review!!!! Now I have to have this book! Totally a new follower!!!

  4. I can't wait to read this's in my pile somewhere but moved closer to the top.

    Good job, Jennifer!


  5. I pre-ordered Dead Rules a month ago and after reading your review I absolutely can't wait for it to get here! Thank goodness Tuesdays only a few days away! :D