Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Parrish Mail Series by Kira Snyder

Dead Letter Office by Kira Snyder
Parish Mail #1


 3 Stars
Dead Letter Office is the first installment of Parrish Mail by Kira Snyder.  This is a Coliloquy interactive read.  I love Coliloquy.  I got hooked on these pick your story books with the Georgetown Academy series.  I like that you get to choose the pace of the story and who you get to follow.  It really makes the book fly by.  So, when I say this book on Netgalley I had to read it. 

The book had a gothic, mysterious vibe about it.  Being set in New Orleans with the ghost and history the setting was just right for any paranormal lover.  With Ms. Snyder’s descriptive story telling style it was as if you were right there in the story with these characters. 

This YA with paranormal aspects paired with a great plot will sure to be the favorite of many readers. The graphic setting gives readers just enough of the eerie creepy factor to keep the pages turning. 


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.

Post Mortem by Kira Synder
Parrish Mail #2

3 Stars

The second addition of the Parrish Mail series, Post Mortem, gives readers another great paranormal read.  With a hint of romance, lots of who done it, and a few ghost to boot readers will dive right into this series head first.

In Post Mortem, we follow the same cast of characters from Dead Letter Office.  These quirky characters we love from the previous book are at it again.  Chasing ghost, mysterious men, and new friends make this plot as exciting as the first.  Tilley is still casting spell and making charms, Celia is still seeing ghost, and Donovan and Luc seem to be holding their place in the group. 

I thought this book was better than the first.  With all the twists and turns there was never a dull moment.  I would recommend this book to anyone who likes YA suspense and mystery.


Autumn in New Orleans means Homecoming, romance—and murder. When a friend vanishes, Celia believes a desperate letter about an unsolved Civil War-era murder holds the key to unraveling the mystery.

As she searches for answers, Celia enlists the help of quirky witch Tilly, and either all-American boy Donovan or, enigmatic Luc–you get to choose.

As the gang follows the missing girl’s trail, danger turns up on all fronts. A vicious stranger threatens Celia’s family. Celia’s nightmares–about a shadowy, ominous villain–get worse. And a new ghost has appeared: beautiful Angelica, who shares a past with Luc.

It will take all of Celia’s will and wit, and the faith of her friends, to solve an unspeakable crime. And no matter which path Celia takes, she will discover that sometimes the past can come back to haunt you.

What’s Cool from Coliloquy:
Throughout the Parish Mail series, readers decide which clues to follow to help Celia unravel each mystery. You’ll even get to cast a vote for your favorite love interest. But remember: Choose carefully, or else the killer might just get away.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad it didn't have dull moments and it's better than the first one. I like the first one but lagged a few times.

    Great reviews ~ Thanks for Sharing :)

    Because Reading is better than real life