Friday, September 30, 2016

REVIEW: Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista

Book one in the Reaper series. There are some spoilers in this review.

Book Blurb: Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.

At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?

My Review: This book is very much teenage drama with the supernatural thrown in. Arianne is being bullied by the school's most popular girl because Darla believes that Arianne belongs to her. This causes no end of trouble for her and her few friends except that it gets worse once Niko starts to notice Ari. Of course she has to deal with her younger sister being terminally ill at the same time.

Niko has to deal with being a reaper working for Death for centuries. He has control over the state of Georgia. He has never loved another person and has been depressed for his last few lives. That changes when he meets Ari and they start to fall in love.

I read this book during my breaks at work at didn't want to put it down. There were points in the book where I really wanted to slap a character across the face but I thoroughly enjoyed the part where Darla is outed. This book does end in a cliffhanger so I will be reading the next book in the series to find out if Niko and Ari finally end up together.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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