Hope Allison McKinley died. Or, at least everyone thought she did. When she suddenly wakes up in the middle of her own funeral - to the shock of all her loved ones - that is just the beginning of her problems.
Reawakened, Hope now sees what everyone really thought of her. The casket is cheap, the flowers suck, and she’s wearing an outfit she wouldn’t be caught dead in! It’s her worst nightmare come true and all hell is about to break loose.
In Woke Up Dead, Hope is faced with the enormous task of putting her death behind her and rebuilding her life. Having to overcome being a YouTube sensation and being shunned by her family, she slowly comes to realize that this is going to be a long, difficult, frustrating road.
If you ever wondered what would happen if you Woke Up Dead, let Hope Allison McKinley walk you through the trials and tribulations in a story that will have you dying to read more.
The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’
I hosted this book a few weeks ago on The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’ for RABT Book Tours. It sounded so interesting, I asked them if I could read an advanced copy, and they granted me that wish. Below is my review of the novella.
Death is just as much of a living and breathing action as life. It’s something that we all must do. To live forever would be for the hearts and memories of those that remain on earth, but to physically last forever, is not possible to do. And speaking of impossibilities, how about having died and witnessing your own funeral, only to come back to life?
Umm hmm, if that sounds crazy, you’re not the only one. Poor Hope Allison McKinley had been called home. The Almighty had needs for Hope up in heaven and it was her time to move on and let her remaining loved ones here to grieve. The only problem was, nobody told Hope she was dead. She had no idea that she had moved on to the afterlife. You’re probably wondering what exactly do I mean? You see, Hope wasn’t dead. She was very much alive just like you and me, except, the EMTs, funeral home and hospital all declared Hope dead, but she wasn’t.
Of course, when she comes out of her coma at her funeral, it soon becomes apparent as the grieving guests are scurrying around like roaches when the lights come on, running for their lives from this dead woman who is sitting up in the funeral home looking at everyone. She’s stuck in the casket and can’t get out, but there wasn’t anybody around to assist her. The next time Hope comes to, she’s in the hospital trying to figure out why she was dressed in a horrible green gown lying in a casket at her own damn funeral. As Hope tries to piece back together the life she formally led, it soon becomes apparent that the life she had was never to return.
I have to say, I did not like Hope’s character, at first. She came off as so damn angry at the world for what had happened to her. She was going off on everybody because she was sick, found in her apartment unresponsive, and later declared deceased. Of course, this isn’t something that happens every day, but it happened to Hope and she was damn mad about it. After witnessing her journey of trying to get some type of normalcy to her life, her anger became very apparent to me and I finally could sympathize with what she was enduring. That was truly messed up what happened to her, and she had every right to be angry.
What Hope eventually learns is that what she thought of herself, others didn’t quite see her that way. This story really opens the eyes and makes you ask some serious questions. The author did an amazing job in making the reader question their own life and how much order do they actually have, God forbid you were to actually die today or tomorrow. So many people do not leave wills around and then the family is left having to make decisions that perhaps weren’t in your plans. But, if you don’t write down what your plans are, how the hell do you expect your family to know what you’d want? I’m telling you this book really raised some very good questions and makes you take a closer look at yourself. I absolutely loved that! Overall, I felt this was a great story line and quite humorous at times. The things Hope thinks and feels is pretty much how anyone would be. Her character felt real. But there were times I felt Hope was so sarcastic and went off on the wrong people, due to her frustration with her situation. This was causing me not to be sympathetic to her sometimes. However, having said that, I get it and I get Hope.
The Sexy Nerd gives Woke Up Dead four deep breaths. This is a cute novella that will pull at your heartstrings at times, make you want to hurt people at others, and send you into a laughing frenzy all rolled into one. What a funny story that works. I enjoyed it, and I’m sure you will too. Please pick up a copy at your favorite book retailers.