Series: Karma #1
Published by Strong Hold Publishing on July 9, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
People say karma's a...well, you know. Personally, I don't think I'm that bad. It's not like I wanted this job. I wasn't even in my right mind when I accepted the position.
Now, I'm surrounded by crazy coworkers like Lady Luck, who's a bit of a tramp, and Murphy's Law, who's a bumbling oaf. But the worst is Fate. He's got a problem with transfers like myself, and I have to see him constantly. It's unavoidable. We're hunting the same man—my murderer.
After reading American Gods, Karma felt like a light dessert read. We all enjoyed it, even if we felt like the book could have used a lot more editing.
We all liked the mythology the author has created here- the main character, Camille, finds herself newly dead when she’s offered the “job” of Karma, or she can get a regular afterlife. During her trial period (of which she’s less than thrilled to take), she works closely with the sexy but grumpy Fate. Camille is also determined to figure out who killed her. The book was mostly fun and a bit sexy, and most members will continue on with the series (actually, a few have, and I did download book 2, but haven’t yet read it).
I personally liked Karma, although I’ve read similarly themed books like Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality series (my husband’s favorite series), and Jackie Kesslar’s YA 4 horsemen of the apocalypse series. But I truly believe that if every person in the world wrote a book based off the same idea, no two books would be the same… or even that similar. I was really impressed with the mythology Augustine has created, it’s unique to her and and very entertaining.
Or maybe it was the fish out of water plot mixed with the afterlife mythology I enjoyed more. I’m a big fan of shows like Dead Like Me and Reaper. I really liked the characters who are ideas personified- like Luck and the Jinxes (not to mention Santa and the Easter Bunny). The series is really affordable on Amazon, which is appropriate, because as mentioned, it could stand a few more rounds of editing. Although our book club discussion wasn’t the most in depth- it was still nice to have a book that we ALL enjoyed- a rarity in a book club full of different personalities!
Karma (Karma #1) gets a Midnight Book Rating of: