Book Review: Death is a Bitch by Cate Masters

  • Review: Death is a Bitch
  • Series: —
  • Author: Cate Masters
  • No of Pages: 113
  • Release Date: August 1st 2012 by Decadent Publishing Company


Eternity can suck when it’s all work, work, work. Death harvests souls even when they stack up faster than pancakes in an all-you-can-eat-buffet.

As the patron angel of death and dying, Azrael works closely with Death, but is dying for true intimacy. She’s the only immortal who’s ever aroused such powerful emotions in him. One taste of her leaves him needing her like humans need air and food, but will a demon’s lies leave a bad taste?

No one escapes Death – except King Sisyphus. Twice. With the help of Damien the demon, Sisyphus tries again, and she’s determined to have justice. Some say Death’s a bitch, but only when she has to be. But will the price of justice be a broken heart?

My thoughts:

Another Death personified and I love it. Honestly when it’s done well Death is normally my favorite character. This book is no exception.

The Death here is not really a bitch though, she’s a strong, hard working woman who will do anything for her job, who falls in love and is spurned. Is sad and fabulous and great all at the same time. Death already pushes people away and what happens in her love life just makes her believe that she was always doing the right thing but everyone needs someone right?

My favorite part of this particular Death is her bracelet. What a neat idea for her tools. She stats early on that she is not a scythe wielding warrior, oh no. A bracelet with chains and traps, etc will suit her just fine. She also has a tattoo that tells her when she is supposed to take souls, another brilliant addition and definitely something else that makes this Death different from all the others.

What must it be like to share a life with someone? Even so short a life as a human’s? These two made her envious of thier time together, obviously filled with love.

She touched the tattoo to seal it. “I shouldn’t have summoned her.”

Wiping away the tears, Harry stiffened and seemed to draw upon an inner well of strength. “I’m glad you did. It’s just hard to let her go again.” His jaw trembled but he clamped it toghter.

Unable to say more, Death nodded. She sat with him a moment, sharing the solemn moment with him. Only when his roommate gurgled his final breath did she release his hand.

Silence issued from the other bed. The man’s spirit rose up and floated near her. Heaving a breath, she sent him a sad smile.

Harry held up a hand. “See you soon?”

She nodded before whisking the soul away. Sometimes, this job held equal parts pleasure and pain.

The other characters in this story are just as thrilling. Sysiphus is included as well as Hypnos who is Death’s sister. I really liked Hypnos, she has the best in mind for her sister and always is trying to get her to do something other than work. Who knew Death could just go out and have a drink? And Hypnos is just plain fun!

The plot of the story is interesting. I would definitely put this somewhere in the genre of paranormal romance which are always fun for me. I just can’t help myself, these are like my guilty pleasures in life and Death is a Bitch is no exception! The ending fits perfectly with the rest of the story and really makes you realize that even Death should have a happy existence!

Also, don’t miss out on this giveaway!!

Giveaway: Winner’s choice of Tonight You Belong to Me or A Hard Day’s Knight by Cate Masters

About the author:

Cate Masters has made beautiful central Pennsylvania her home, but she’ll always be a Jersey girl at heart. When not spending time with her dear hubby, she can be found in her lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with her cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company. Look for her at, and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.

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  1. Thanks for the wonderful review! I’m so glad you enjoyed these characters and their world.

    1. My pleasure Cate! I was so excited about reading this. Absolutely love your version of Death! I can not wait to read more of your stuff!!

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  4. O.o I want to read this, will look to see if its available for Nook 🙂 Awesome review I am curious about the bracelet and I love Death!

    1. I think you would like it! It’s just so much fun!!

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