Pay Me In Flesh by K. Bennett

Pay Me in Flesh (Mallory Caine, Zombie-at-Law, #1)Pay Me in Flesh by K. Bennett
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I’m not even sure where to start with this book. First, K. Bennett is a pen name of James Scott Bell, a lawyer and writer. I always question when writers do this, it confuses me. He’s published under K. Bennett and James Scott Bell. Why not stick to one name?

Anyway, this is not supposed to be about the author specifically, but about his book, a paranormal legal thriller. A hybrid book. The legal side of this book I have no offense with, he’s a lawyer it reads a bit like a light-hearted John Grisham sometimes.

But the paranormal bit about zombies, just keeps getting weirder.

It starts off with the zombie lawyer, Mallory Caine. We know this going into the book so it’s not a shock that there are other zombies hanging around and people who would want them eternally dead. Yes? From there, the rest just turns more and more…well unrealistic. Not that zombies happen in real life, but the beginning of the book makes that kind of play and then towards the middle sort of goes “Nope! Fooled you!”

The ending is abrupt, washes over all the major plot lines, and doesn’t really answer any of the big questions proposed at the beginning of the book. I suppose this is a trilogy, and I do like Mallory Caine, but I don’t want to be disappointed by another non-ending ending.

Also, the fact that Mallory Caine is so beautiful that two different men pursue her relentlessly even though she’s forcefully said no multiple times is a pet peeve of mine. Blechk. That’s bordering on stalking/rape culture which I definitely have strong feelings against.

I purchased this book at The Dollar Tree, so I guess I got my money’s worth.

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Book Haul // The Dollar Tree

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Every so often I pop into my local Dollar Tree to see what new and interesting things they have for sale. And every so often I end up buying more books to add to my never ending list of ‘to read’ books. This is what I found on my last trip:

Pay Me In Flesh (Mallory Caine, Zombie at Law #1) by K. Bennett

Hungry For Justice-And Brains

Meet Mallory Caine. Attorney at law. Zombie at large. She’s not like those “Living Dead” losers you see in the movies. She doesn’t slobber, drool, or lurch-she’s smart, stylish, and sexy. Sure, she’s a zombie and a lawyer but, hey, a girl’s got to eat. When Mallory’s not in the courtroom, going head to head with her ex-boyfriend, killer-prosecutor Aaron Argula, she’s in the seedy streets of Hollywood, hunting brain after brain. That is, until some psycho starts hunting zombie after zombie…

The Defense Never Rests-In Peace

The undead are decapitated, a letter “Z” carved in their flesh. Mallory doesn’t want to lose her head, but she’s worried. Like a lot of lawyers in L.A., she doesn’t have a soul-a side effect of being a zombie, not a defense attorney. If Mallory dies before she gets her soul back, she goes straight to hell. No appeals. Objection overruled. If the killer isn’t stopped, it’s case closed for zombies everywhere. But Mallory is an undying champion of justice. And she won’t go down-without a bite

Ghosts Among Us: Uncovering the Truth About the Other Side by James Van Praagh

Everyone loves a good ghost story. Perhaps the human fascination with the supernatural stems from the fact that most of us, at some point in our lives, have experienced something we couldn’t quite explain. From a very young age James Van Praagh was aware of a dimension that most of us cannot see, and he has dedicated his life to explaining it to the rest of us. Ghosts Among Us takes us on an incredible journey into the spirit world that brings to light one of our greatest mysteries—what happens to us after we die?

Van Praagh, the New York Times bestselling author and co-executive producer of the CBS series The Ghost Whisperer, shares his knowledge and life experience about ghosts, a subject that can seem to many of us both bizarre and terrifying. But when the world beyond is explained fully by an experienced guide, dismissal and apprehension can be turned into knowledge and inspiration. With incredible true ghost stories and surprising details about how ghosts actively participate in our lives, Van Praagh challenges us to question our perceptions and shows us how we can live more fully through understanding the world of spirits. Including eerily accurate readings, the author’s development as a medium, and detailed how-to information, Ghosts Among Us is an all-encompassing guide to the supernatural.

The Black Prism (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

Vampire Rising (Alex Van Helsing #1) by Jason Henderson

Fourteen-year-old Alex has no idea that he’s descended from the world’s most famous vampire hunter, but that changes fast when he arrives at Glenarvon Academy and confronts two vampires in his first three days. Turns out Glenarvon isn’t the only school near Lake Geneva. Hidden deep underground lies an ancient university for vampires called the Scholomance. And the deadly vampire clan lord known as Icemaker? You might say he’s a visiting professor.

When two of Alex’s friends are kidnapped by Icemaker, it’s up to Alex to infiltrate the Scholomance and get them back–alive. Assisted by the Polidorium, a top-secret vampire-hunting organization with buried ties to the Van Helsings, Alex dodges zombies, bullets, and lots–and lots–of fangs on his way to thwarting Icemaker’s plans and fulfilling his family destiny.

The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor

1786, Jerusalem College Cambridge. The ghost of Sylvia Whichcote is rumoured to be haunting Jerusalem since disturbed fellow-commoner, Frank Oldershaw, claims to have seen the dead woman prowling the grounds. Desperate to salvage her son’s reputation, Lady Anne Oldershaw employs John Holdsworth to investigate.

Its a very supernatural themed haul this time, but then, that’s what I lean towards when I’m reading for pleasure (I’ve also been watching quite a bit of Supernatural on Netflix, but that just might be a coincidence).

Keep reading little book worms!

Disclaimer: All books were purchased by myself, for myself, with my personal piggy bank. Hyperlinked book titles all open into new windows to the appropriate Goodreads book page. Supernatural opens in a new window to IMDB, and Neflix opens in a new window to the company website. I am not affiliated with The Dollar Tree in any way. I am not affiliated with IMDB, however I do have accounts on both Goodreads and Netflix. I do not earn any royalties or affiliate earnings if you click on any of the links in this post.