I've always felt like an average girl ... except for my strange relationship with death. You could say I like to court it. Whether I’m soaring through the air as a flyer for Specter University’s cheer squad, or speeding down the steepest mountain with only grace and balance keeping me from an icy end, I've always needed to feel a rush. But now Death is courting me―in more ways than one. First, there’s Rishi, a rogue death deity who has a penchant for annoying me nearly to my grave and whose intense gaze has the power to see right through me. Then there’s Hades, who I’d rather had stayed just a myth. Now that he knows I exist, he’s not going to leave me alone until I meet the same end as my mother.
Oh yeah, did I forget to mention her? I spent my whole life thinking she had died when I was a baby, but now I've found out she’s much more than dead. Fifty years ago, Hades banished my mother from the underworld and took away her ability to cross over souls―souls that have wandered lost through the world ever since. Now she wants me to clean up the mess. You may have heard of her before ...
They call her the Grim Reaper.
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This was an intriguing take on the subject of the Grim Reaper. I found the author's voice easy to connect with. Her characters are well developed and the plot is original, adding elements of Greek and Roman mythology into the mix which is definitely a clever twist. It opens up so many possibilities for the plot and the characters.
Blake is an awesome protagonist. I really enjoyed the fact that she was such an adrenaline junky. The tight situations she and her friends found themselves in was more enjoyable for me simply because of Blake's daredevil attitude. She's not a pushover, and she values loyalty, honesty and family. There's a strong sense of right and wrong embedded within her moral code, and she is more than easy to like.
The narrative takes off right from the beginning, and there is no love triangle, but you can't help loving her exboyfriend-I refuse to spoil the book by telling you why he's her ex-and Rishi, a guy who has more in common with her than the reader is at first led to believe. The reaping scenes are engrossing, the dialogue is witty, and the conflict within this book is heavy. Stealing a scythe from an intimidating figure like Hades is bound to be full of tense scenes, and crossing over souls who are going insane makes for some interesting reading.
The romance in the book develops at a slower pace than most, which I felt was more believable considering the type of person Blake is. Despite her impulsiveness when it comes to thrill seeking, she is calculated in other more vulnerable areas of her life. It is one hundred percent appropriate for any age group.
Some things I enjoyed about this book are the strong connections between the characters. A great example of this is the friendship between Blake and Shelby, and the differences that bring them closer together. Another item would be the lack of dead spaces (no pun intended) since there is always something happening on every page.
I think Randall is a talented author capable of weaving a story so enthralling her readers won't have any desire to put it down. Unless of course they want to take their reading to that next level and add some serious chocolate binging to the mix. I may or may not have indulged while enjoying this most excellent read.
I truly look forward to reading the next installment in the series and highly recommend it to anyone interested in Grim Reaper tales, paranormal romances, and awesome New Adult fiction.
I am currently an editor, proofer, and author with Booktrope Publishing. Additionally, I serve as a freelance editor and writer.
I have a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Communications and a bachelor's degree in English-Literature from Nazareth College of Rochester.
I live in the Rochester, N.Y., area with my greatest loves: my husband, son, and our crazy Goldendoodle, Luna (short for Lunatic.)
Fractured Dream, the first in a fantasy-fiction series, was my debut novel and launched last June. The Reaper's Daughter, a YA Paranormal novel, is slated for release on May 9.