Review ~ Dead Letter Office by Kira Snyder

Posted July 8, 2013 by Michelle in Review / 1 Comment

FTC Disclaimer ~ I recieved this book from netgalley for a fair and honest review. 
I was not compensated for this review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

When Celia’s father is killed in Afghanistan, she moves with her mother to New Orleans, the city where her father grew up. Struggling to adjust and haunted by troubling dreams, Celia finds comfort in new friends like Tilly, a practicing witch, and Donovan, the son of police detective. On Halloween, bizarre supernatural occurrences rock the city. Celia meets the mysterious Luc and finds a letter, over a hundred years old, addressed to her.

The paranormal repercussions continue when Celia learns that Luc is the restless spirit of a young man murdered in 1854, only able to assume solid form at night. And then, to her shock, Celia finds that the letter, which describes the suspected murder of a man in 1870, contains uncanny parallels to the present-day death of Abel Sims, a homeless veteran.

With help from Luc, Tilly, and Donovan, Celia races to solve the murder—and the mystery of the letter—using both magical and forensic clues.

This is an Active Fiction title
“Active fiction” is a new type of e-reading experience that allows the reader and the author to interact with each other and the text in new and different ways.

Kira has written Parish Mail like a TV series–there are over-arching mystery and romantic story arcs that extend between the episodes, while each episode has a smaller case that is presented and solved. Along the way, she asks you, the reader, to make several small decisions as you read. These choices do not impact the overarching storyline, but certain combinations “unlock” clues to the series’ mystery, which are embedded in the text. Kira also asks you to cast a vote at the end of the episode, to get additional feedback from her fans about their preferred love interests in future episodes.

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I received this book from Netgalley. I have never heard of an Active Fiction Title so I wanted to try it out and see if it was something I like.

I’m still not 100% sure what it is but it’s been such a long time since I was able to read a Choose your own adventure book. I was very excited, when I was a kid they use to be my favorite and my son who is 8 is starting to read them in school. I do wish they had more choices throughout the book. I think you had to do it about 3 or 4 time.

Celia is a young girl who moves from her home in San Diego to New Orleans after her father is killed in Afghanistan. Her mom thought it would be good for her to finally setting down in New Orleans where her dad was from and to meet his family since they had a very strained relationship. She finds a mailbox in a tree and a letter about a murder in the past. So Celia and her new friends (is one a ghost?) try to find out whom the murderer is with a murder that takes place in the present.

The characters were very interested in really enjoyed reading though the adventure with Celia, Luc, Tilly and Donovan. I loved choosing the link that went against what she was suppose to do. Just made it a lot more fun. I liked the love triangle that was hinted in the book. I wish it was a little bit more but it was enough to make you wonder whom she will pick. One is a little harder to be in a relationship with then the other

The story was really interesting. It’s hard to explain the entire story since I only read through the book with the options I chose I’m not sure if the story changes at all if you chose to go a different way. I actually enjoyed the story. I was a little confused how the story from 1870 had anything to do with the murder that happened in the present. I almost would have rather have made it about the murder in 1870 I think it would have been more interesting and a lot spookier going back in history. Don’t get me wrong I did think the story was interesting. I did have a lot of question left by the end. Like why her? What is the mailbox in the tree? Why can she see dead people?

I’m hoping the next book Post Mortem will have answers to my questions. I also received that book from Netgalley…YAY!!!
I would recommend this book if you are looking for a fun and adventurous read. Also if you loved Choose your own adventures as a kid you will really like this book 🙂 

4/5 stars
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About Michelle

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