Review of Final Life by Rose Garcia

For seventeen-year-old Dominique, nothing sucks more than being forced to move across the country during senior year. Angry and feeling alone, she thinks things can’t get any worse until her new neighbor pressures her into playing a psychic card game. When she touches the cards, she has a vision of a red desert where a malignant presence hints at past lives and threatens to kill her…again. 
Convinced she’s gone crazy, Dominique struggles to forget the experience, but the vision follows her and intensifies with each repetition. Adding to her problems are two guys mysteriously connected to her fate. If Dominique is to put an end to the evil pursuing her, she must push through her fears, discover the secrets of her past, and set the ultimate survival plan into action. If she doesn’t, she’ll be dead. For real. 

This was a really phenomenal book. Right out of the gate, the three-star rating is because of redundant writing, some less than stellar editing throughout, and a love story that toyed a bit too much with the reader, in my opinion. From the beginning, this book is intriguing. It was easy to read four to five chapters at a time in one sitting, a real page turner! It was nice to see some honesty about being a teenager. There was anxiety, angst, apathy instead of it being all about the hormones (although there was plenty of that as well!) Never in the story could the reader truly have it all figured out before the book reaches its conclusion. It’s guesswork every step of the way. The plot line is very original, it has a lot of wiggle room and could go anywhere. There isn’t a lot of exploration of this topic, so the reader isn’t immediately burnt out like can be experienced with books about vampires, werewolves, or witches. In fact, this book is an entirely different supernatural world. It’s not even remotely similar to other stories in the genre, a huge plus! There are few places where the main characters should have known that they were going to get caught up in some negative side effects from bad planning. They were smart enough, Dominique and Farrell, to have really avoided that, and that tended to be a bit abrasive, but there is so much room for all of the characters to grow and so much more space that this story can inhabit. This reader will for sure be moving right along to book 2 to devour more of Rose Garcia’s unique voice and imagination.



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