Karma (Karma #1) by Donna Augustine 4 Stars

The premise of this book was a pretty interesting one. I don’t know that I’ve read anything like it.

Camilla is a lawyer, and going to be married in a week, when she dies in a horrific train crash. Instead of being escorted to the other side, she is recruited by the Universe as Karma, someone who sets right the imbalances of the world by delivering good karma, and bad karma. She has 30 days to decide if she wants to continue to deliver good or bad Karma to humanity, or move on and be reborn into another life, one that will have no memory of the previous life.

And as long as she has 30 days to decide, they want her to spend it trying to find the person who supposedly set up the train accident, and killed many people on purpose.

Apparently the Universe works very similar to a corporation, with sometimes very little in the way of morals, or ethics. They aren’t in the business of saving people, they are in the business of balancing things, however Karma has other ideas. She hasn’t exactly been embraced by the other employees of the company. (Lady Luck, Murphy’s Law, etc) but since she doesn’t plan on staying after her 30 days are up, she tries not to let it bother her.

She has a love/hate relationship with Fate, the one man who can help her find her killer, and is always in a constant battle with him about something or another. She spends a lot of time tempting Fate, yet pushing him away when things get too intense.

There are some other confusing elements that aren’t fleshed out enough just yet, but I hope they will be in the 2nd book of the series. I wouldn’t call this a gritty urban fantasy, as there are some comedic moments, however there are also some horrific moments (one man is horribly killed by thousands of bees, when ‘karma’ comes back to bite (sting?) him.)

There were a few issues with spelling and grammar that were a bit distracting, but it was a pretty quick read (finished it a few hours) but all in all it is a good premise, and a promising story line and I look forward to reading the next book in the series

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