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As a fateless, Kate Hale shouldn’t receive any predictions. Let alone of her own death. The death notice may be fake, and a set up from the group determined to alter fate to their design, but the threat is real. Wyrd wants her eliminated. Her romantic relationship with Accidental Death liaison, Ian Becker, presents a new challenge: how to calm a werewolf obsessed with keep As a fateless, Kate Hale shouldn’t receive any predictions. Let alone of her own death. The death notice may be fake, and a set up from the group determined to alter fate to their design, but the threat is real. Wyrd wants her eliminated. Her romantic relationship with Accidental Death liaison, Ian Becker, presents a new challenge: how to calm a werewolf obsessed with keeping her safe. When Michelle Kitman—math genius hero and the inspiration for Kate's entire career—offers to work a case with her, Kate convinces Ian that it will benefit the investigation into her own death. But can he keep her safe if Michelle’s case thrusts Kate directly in Wyrd’s path?


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As a fateless, Kate Hale shouldn’t receive any predictions. Let alone of her own death. The death notice may be fake, and a set up from the group determined to alter fate to their design, but the threat is real. Wyrd wants her eliminated. Her romantic relationship with Accidental Death liaison, Ian Becker, presents a new challenge: how to calm a werewolf obsessed with keep As a fateless, Kate Hale shouldn’t receive any predictions. Let alone of her own death. The death notice may be fake, and a set up from the group determined to alter fate to their design, but the threat is real. Wyrd wants her eliminated. Her romantic relationship with Accidental Death liaison, Ian Becker, presents a new challenge: how to calm a werewolf obsessed with keeping her safe. When Michelle Kitman—math genius hero and the inspiration for Kate's entire career—offers to work a case with her, Kate convinces Ian that it will benefit the investigation into her own death. But can he keep her safe if Michelle’s case thrusts Kate directly in Wyrd’s path?

30 review for Standard Deviation of Death

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review “If I’m dead, this is purgatory. Worse than purgatory. I stand in line in the pit of government hell: the Angel’s Peak Department of Predictions Victim’s Center. An older gentleman covered in sores and smelling of urine is in front of me, and a woman dressed in an outfit entirely made of duct tape is behind me.” – first lines chapter 1. This is the fourth book in this series and to be honest, it is the best one in the serie I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review “If I’m dead, this is purgatory. Worse than purgatory. I stand in line in the pit of government hell: the Angel’s Peak Department of Predictions Victim’s Center. An older gentleman covered in sores and smelling of urine is in front of me, and a woman dressed in an outfit entirely made of duct tape is behind me.” – first lines chapter 1. This is the fourth book in this series and to be honest, it is the best one in the series so far. As far as world building and character building go, this book was great. There’s yet more information concerning society and people, and then there is the growing background story of Becker, Kate and Ali. This is one of the aspects that I really like in this series, the story continues to unfold, people grow (as does a certain relationship *eyebrowwiggle*) and change in every book and next to that there is the growing excitement and suspense. As I said in my previous review about The Werewolf Coefficient Tina Gower is a constant writer, meaning that she doesn’t change her writing in her series. I still think that this is a good thing, a steady stream of information keeps me interested in what is to come, and the more complex it becomes the more I want to finish this series as soon as possible. Also, apparently there is some sort of office for those who get a death certificate, which is quite hilarious because not everyone seems to take it seriously (a.k.a woman in the duct tape outfit). I really have to get this of my chest: I absolutely love Ali’s part in this series! She’s grown so much in the last couple of books and I absolutely approve *big thumbs up*. There is even some more background information about her family situation in this book, which is actually quite shocking since she has been through a lot. I think that I can safely say that Ali is my most favourite character. Don’t get me wrong, Hank is hilarious and Becker is to damn cute, but Ali is so awesome! Taking a leap into the great unknown, standing by her cousin while dangerous things are going on. She’s bad ass. To be honest, it’s a bit difficult for me to write this review. Mind you, that’s not a bad sign at all! I just really liked the book and I don’t want to spoil anything of importance, but since this book is full of important stuff that means that I can’t really say anything about the contents without spoiling too much :’) First world problems eh? One tiny hint though: Things are not at all like you would expect in this book. The best thing is, I didn’t even expect it to happen! It was all so smooth and written in such a way that I wasn’t able to predict that something unexpected would happen. Overall this was another great part in this series, the best one so far in my opinion. The writing is still as pleasant as it was at the start. Ali’s growing part in this series is absolutely perfect and the more information I get about her, Becker’s, and Kate’s past the more hooked I get to this series. I can’t wait how this is going to unfold in the next book! I give this book 4 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    K. Lincoln

    In Standard Deviation of Death we are now solidly into the world of predictions, anti-fate shadow groups, and the little group of characters surrounding Kate, the fateless actuarial investigator and her romantic foil the very tense werewolf policeman Becker. While Becker's policeman buddy, Hank Lipski doesn't get as much screen time this time around, Kate's witch-baker cousin Ali is more front and center as this time witches seem to be after Kate. Truthfully things got a little hazy for me around In Standard Deviation of Death we are now solidly into the world of predictions, anti-fate shadow groups, and the little group of characters surrounding Kate, the fateless actuarial investigator and her romantic foil the very tense werewolf policeman Becker. While Becker's policeman buddy, Hank Lipski doesn't get as much screen time this time around, Kate's witch-baker cousin Ali is more front and center as this time witches seem to be after Kate. Truthfully things got a little hazy for me around what Kate and Becker were actually doing in terms of investigations. What kept me reading is that FINALLY in this fourth book, we get a little development on the romantic front. And by a little development, I mean they go beyond the "let's lie together platonically in bed to soothe Becker's Pack needs." Uh huh. Exactly. And when it finally happens it is super sweet. There is some believable awkwardness and satisfying romance. And...if you're a subscriber to Tina Gower's newsletter (as I am, because..duh, free stories) you get a link to an extended version of the scene I am referencing. It has taken severe willpower not to read that scene before this book, let me tell you. It was worth the wait :) So while plotwise this wasn't as good for me as the first couple of books, there are developments in the overall plot arch as well as some nice romance catnip for Kate-Becker shippers like me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Angela Piccolo

    I think this is the best one I've read so far. Mostly because the two main characters finally get with the program. However, I do not like the fact that each book seems to have time-compression syndrome where the author has a hard time spacing out events so they are reasonable time frames. Most of her books only happen over the course of 2-3 days and it shows. It's like I'm watching a tv series and they have to compress the story-arc. I love Kate and Becker is adorable...for a werewolf. I think this is the best one I've read so far. Mostly because the two main characters finally get with the program. However, I do not like the fact that each book seems to have time-compression syndrome where the author has a hard time spacing out events so they are reasonable time frames. Most of her books only happen over the course of 2-3 days and it shows. It's like I'm watching a tv series and they have to compress the story-arc. I love Kate and Becker is adorable...for a werewolf.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Fateless Excellent story! Kate and Becker are getting closer to each other and it is about time! Yes, I really enjoyed the book. The mystery was well written, action awesome , humor perfect and the romance perfect! I am so glad I found this series! I recommend it entirely!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Cheesy paranormal romance mystery? Check and check.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie B (Bisforbookiemonster)

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Book four of the Outlier Prophecies opens up with a good dose of humor, with our heroine Kate being bothered in line at the Angel’s Peak Department of Predictions Victims’ Center: “Duct tape lady elbows me and holds up her own: N48. ‘What are the odds! We can be death twins.’ It’s like a bingo hell theme for my life. Great.” I just can’t get enough of Kate and her dry sense of humor. I think it’s wonderful. Even when confronte I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Book four of the Outlier Prophecies opens up with a good dose of humor, with our heroine Kate being bothered in line at the Angel’s Peak Department of Predictions Victims’ Center: “Duct tape lady elbows me and holds up her own: N48. ‘What are the odds! We can be death twins.’ It’s like a bingo hell theme for my life. Great.” I just can’t get enough of Kate and her dry sense of humor. I think it’s wonderful. Even when confronted with the possibility of her own death – though she doesn’t believe it’s real – she still makes amusing snarky comments. Trust me when I say that her personality stays true and likeable and consistent throughout all four books, and I am eternally grateful for that. Then there’s Becker. Dear, sweet, lovable Becker. He has moments of vulnerability that make my heart swell and actually hurt because I adore him so much. He faces some of his own demons in this book: Kate’s ex-boyfriend enters the picture again and Becker is forced to deal with his own overprotectiveness that sometimes borders on obsession. What I appreciate about that whole mess is that Becker could technically write that extreme overprotectiveness off as a trait that comes with being a werewolf, but he doesn’t. Instead, he acknowledges that it might just be who he is. But the best part is that he wants to be better. He’s not acting like an asshole for no reason, and Kate is certainly not letting him walk all over her. They work through each of their issues together, as a pair, which is something that is extremely refreshing to see. Becker isn’t the only one that we learn more about in this installment – we finally get some more details on the deaths of Kate’s parents. It’s a lot more traumatic than I’d originally expected. It definitely explains the extreme level of Kate’s guilt, which is nice because in the earlier books I sometimes thought to myself “Buck up, Kate, it can’t be that bad.” Well, it turns out that it can be that bad, but luckily she’s not alone in being haunted by the past – Becker is the same way. Ali and Lipski are as amazing as always. Lipski is just an awesome person in general – he’s a great father, he’s a great cop, and he’s a great friend and partner to Becker. But Ali is just on a whole other level. Her sassiness is one of the best things of this book. She’s hilarious and she calls people out on their bullshit, and she’s always there to help. She’s also a pretty badass witch. The mystery itself this time around was enjoyable as well, although I must admit that I cared more about the characters and their relationships than the baddies they were hunting. Still, the ending was like “whaaaaaat” and was shocking and slightly weird but in a great way. Something that I don’t think I’ve brought up before in reference to this series is the diversity that can be found in it. All too often, books will trot out their diversity and it feels painfully obvious, like “here’s my African American person, here’s the Chinese person, here’s the gay person”, as if they’re going down a checklist. Frankly, it makes me uncomfortable as a reader, because it’s blatant that the author is just including those characters to prove that their book has diversity. The reason I bring this up is because it’s completely different with The Outlier Prophecies. The diversity is effortless and matter of fact, just like in real life. That Becker has two dads is mentioned casually once or twice throughout the entire series – it does not define him. Kate is Native American – this is also not lingered on. There’s someone who speaks Mandarin, a lesbian boss, etc, etc. What I’m saying is that these characters’ races and sexual preferences are not added in to score a bonus point for the writer or to be used as the defining characteristic of said characters. It’s just another part of who they are, which is exactly what it’s like in real life. I cannot express enough how incredible it is to have a book where the diversity doesn’t feel like it’s bashing you in the face being like “Look, I have three different races mentioned in me”. This is something that just really hit me in this book, and I think it’s important to bring up. Anyway, I read this book in two days, just like all of the others. The writing is enjoyable and fast-paced, the heroine is a far cry from many other whiney female main characters, the love interest is maybe physically pretty gosh darn perfect but emotionally a mess (this is not as cliché as it sounds, I promise), and the secondary characters are fleshed out and clearly their own people. Final Rating: 4 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    I received this book in exchange for an honest review. My complete review is available at http://papercraneseandd.blogspot.com/... To say that I have been anxiously waiting for this book to be released ever since I finished the third book is quite an understatement. I’ve gotten my friend Shelby into the series as well, and we would randomly message each other about how much we want to read more about Kate, Becker, Ali, and Lipski pretty regularly. We’ve both grown very attached to these characters I received this book in exchange for an honest review. My complete review is available at http://papercraneseandd.blogspot.com/... To say that I have been anxiously waiting for this book to be released ever since I finished the third book is quite an understatement. I’ve gotten my friend Shelby into the series as well, and we would randomly message each other about how much we want to read more about Kate, Becker, Ali, and Lipski pretty regularly. We’ve both grown very attached to these characters and each case through the series. Standard Deviation of Death continued the same magic with new flares mixed in. Standard Deviation of Death introduces us to a couple of characters mentioned slightly in previous books. Who? Well, there’s the famous Michelle Kitman who Kate fangirls over, so to say that Kate is excited about her is also an understatement. But Kate’s excitement is easily extinguished by the presence of her ex-boyfriend Kyle that’s been mentioned so many times in the previous books as the guy who basically set her career back several years. I was really glad that this book threw in some new characters in the dynamic that was already set up. While I love my main four, I like seeing their interactions with other people. It shakes things up and adds some wild cards into the play. Kate and Ian don’t know who else to trust other than Lipski and Ali, so when others are added into the mix, it makes me as a reader unsure about who’s loyalties lie where. (Although, to be honest there’s one character that I’ve suspected of evil since the beginning! And I have a good feeling it’s going to be confirmed soon!) With this book, we got to see more of the dynamic between Kate and Becker and their developing relationship. Something that has been teased at for so long that it keeps readers dying inside for something to happen between them. But now they’ve finally progressed to a degree that’ll satiate readers. However, I would say that there was some elements that were teased at in their relationship that I expected to be made into more of a spectacle to readers, but I felt as if it was brushed off and made less important to their relationship than it probably should have been. I know I’m being vague, but I’m trying not to spoil things while still giving my opinion. It was a minor feeling, but it was still there. And as always, this book delivered some great Ali moments. She’s my favorite character (but I love Lipski, Becker, and Kate too) with her snarky comments and her banter with Becker gets me every time. Kudos on several awesome Ali scenes, I was glad she played more of a role in this book, because she’s a pretty kick-ass character. I’d recommend the book just for her character alone. Overall, if you can’t tell by now I’m just hooked into The Outlier Prophecies and I recommend it to anyone I can.

  8. 5 out of 5

    K

    This review is cross-posted to Amazon. I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. Kate Hale is a paradox--a fateless predictions actuary. Every day she crunches numbers on death prophesies for people she'll never meet, singling out the likely-to-die for help or notification of their impending doom. Because she's fateless, she never receives a prediction herself. She'll never know who her true love is, if she'll have kids, or even if she's likely to get caught in the rai This review is cross-posted to Amazon. I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review. Kate Hale is a paradox--a fateless predictions actuary. Every day she crunches numbers on death prophesies for people she'll never meet, singling out the likely-to-die for help or notification of their impending doom. Because she's fateless, she never receives a prediction herself. She'll never know who her true love is, if she'll have kids, or even if she's likely to get caught in the rain. Until, inexplicably, her boss hands her a folder containing the details of her very own, very first, prediction. And it's a death prediction, naturally. Now, Kate must manage her over-protective werewolf, meddling witch cousin, and rocky career all while investigating the veracity of her own death omens. Is it a pointed threat from the enemies she's made investigating cases everyone else shrugs off? Or is she actually not a fateless? Either way her life's in peril. Oh and her ex-boyfriend shows up. Book 4 of the Outlier Prophesies series picks up immediately after the cliffhanger from The Werewolf Coefficient . Review: I felt Standard Deviation of Death was easily the strongest entry in the OP series since its inception, masterfully capitalizing on plot threads and characters established in previous volumes. It even gives readers two characters we've been waiting to see on screen since book 1: Kyle and the legend herself Michelle Kitman. (Neither disappoint.) I particularly enjoyed Ali's continued growth and involvement in Kate's increasingly tangled Outlier Prophesies investigation. Becker is Becker (there's no higher compliment I can bestow) and there's problems aplenty for him to chew on. An interesting (and unconventional) antagonist adds depth to the book's mystery while advancing the overall story arc. Conclusion: The character and relationship development between this cast is at its peak. Five stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hines

    *I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review* At the end of book three Becker and Kate decided to try an actual relationship, not just the pack thing. The transition is a little awkward for them at times, and Becker - with all his protectiveness - will not make things any easier, but as always they'll find a way to make things work. "The door bangs open. Aaaannnndd cue a sweaty protective werewolf." This is book four in the Outlier Prophecies series and let me just ki *I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review* At the end of book three Becker and Kate decided to try an actual relationship, not just the pack thing. The transition is a little awkward for them at times, and Becker - with all his protectiveness - will not make things any easier, but as always they'll find a way to make things work. "The door bangs open. Aaaannnndd cue a sweaty protective werewolf." This is book four in the Outlier Prophecies series and let me just kind of update you on what's happening by answering the questions we all want to know (and no I won't give away specific details, you'll have to read to discover those)... Is this the final book? No, it is not. Do they get a little bit closer to finding the bad guys behind everything? Yes, they do, but holy cow when Kate finds out who the leak is her world will come tumbling down. Does Becker have a sister? Those DNA results have not been disclosed as of yet. As a matter of fact, the topic is barely touched upon. Do Becker and Kate finally have sex? I've seriously been waiting for this to happen for the last three books. I mean the sexual tension between them has been insane and let me tell you that if you're waiting for some amazing thing to happen, like I was, you'll be disappointed. There is a cliffhanger ending, more so than the previous books. There will be an altered prediction that will affect everything and goodness gracious I cannot wait for the next book to see what happens. My Favorite Moment: Now that they're dating Kate wants to call Becker by his first name, Ian, but every time she does he reacts a little weirded out by it. "I'm, uh, fine with Becker?" "Professionally or personally?" "Uh...both?" I cross my arms, press back into my seat. If I wanted confirmation that he's pulling away I just got it. "So you're fine with me screaming out 'Becker, oh gods, Becker' in bed?" "I'm - wait, what?"

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joie

    I recently finished this fourth installment of The Outlier Prophesies. It was amazing! I couldn't put it down. The story just keeps going and sucking you in. Kate and Becker are off on another adventure when she gets a death prediction...for herself. Enter crazy werewolf boyfriend and let the games begin. The characters in the story are maturing and you get to know them even more in this book. I found myself really rooting for them yet again. I'm already anticipating the next book! Write Tina Wr I recently finished this fourth installment of The Outlier Prophesies. It was amazing! I couldn't put it down. The story just keeps going and sucking you in. Kate and Becker are off on another adventure when she gets a death prediction...for herself. Enter crazy werewolf boyfriend and let the games begin. The characters in the story are maturing and you get to know them even more in this book. I found myself really rooting for them yet again. I'm already anticipating the next book! Write Tina Write!! I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This is my new favorite series and I anxiously await book 5 to find out what happens with Kate and Becker. Throughout the series, you see the growing relationship with Kate and Becker, and get to know the supporting characters more. I really love how Lipski's character blossoms and becomes a brother-figure to both of them. Each underlying plot is well thought out and creative. This series has several twists that keep a reader on their toes and wanting more.I literally read four books in three days This is my new favorite series and I anxiously await book 5 to find out what happens with Kate and Becker. Throughout the series, you see the growing relationship with Kate and Becker, and get to know the supporting characters more. I really love how Lipski's character blossoms and becomes a brother-figure to both of them. Each underlying plot is well thought out and creative. This series has several twists that keep a reader on their toes and wanting more.I literally read four books in three days. Highly recommend.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Carter

    Another Masterpiece!! Tina is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Kate and Becker didn't disappoint and kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire ride. I laid down before bed, started reading and looked up, I was done and the sun was coming up. Tina makes chronic insomnia worthwhile, lol. Can't wait to see what happens next. Another Masterpiece!! Tina is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Kate and Becker didn't disappoint and kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire ride. I laid down before bed, started reading and looked up, I was done and the sun was coming up. Tina makes chronic insomnia worthwhile, lol. Can't wait to see what happens next.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Serenity

    Another hit There is something wonderful about these books which I can't quite explain but so enjoy reading. The further adventures of Kate and Becker and Ali and others make for an easy but highly entertaining read. The worst part is when they end. Do yourself a favor and read this and all the other books in the series. Another hit There is something wonderful about these books which I can't quite explain but so enjoy reading. The further adventures of Kate and Becker and Ali and others make for an easy but highly entertaining read. The worst part is when they end. Do yourself a favor and read this and all the other books in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Mahan

    Love this series! Love the characters and so glad they finally got together. Becker and Kate seem to be a good for for each other. Two people who have alot of baggage that they seem to overcome when they are together.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I binge read this series over a long holiday weekend, and now I'm eagerly awaiting the next book. We're promised a chnace to learn more about Dalia and I hope we'll get a peak at more of Ali's life and her mother. I binge read this series over a long holiday weekend, and now I'm eagerly awaiting the next book. We're promised a chnace to learn more about Dalia and I hope we'll get a peak at more of Ali's life and her mother.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jerimi

    A quick, fun read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    This has become one of my favorite series! Loved the magical action and developments in this installment as well as the progress between Becker and Kate.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kariane O'Keefe

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emma

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tea

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kellie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alison

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel A Elks

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chantell Tevenan

  27. 4 out of 5

    WordGobbler

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mary Leahy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jess

  30. 4 out of 5

    Spangles

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