Today, as a part of the Reaping Me Softly tour, I have for you my review and a giveaway!
Reaping Me Softly (Book #1)
by Kate Evangelista
3 stars: A Good Read
Publication: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Buy it: Amazon
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?
The story is told through the perspectives of various characters. While it rounds out the plot, some of the changes felt abrupt, as I went from Death thinking about something to Arianne telling her best friend Ben that she sees dead people to Niko and his Reaper life. Things improved once the characters were all introduced and I got into the heart of the story, but it still felt as though I missed out on so much of the characters' lives because we're jumping around so much. At the same time, however, I do appreciate getting to know the different characters. If the story were told merely through Arianne's perspective, I doubt I'd get to see as much of Death the desk worker as I did, and I wouldn't have gotten to know Niko half as well.
The side characters held their own as well. Ben is a delight with the way he calmly takes things in stride and supports Arianne, listening to her worries and telling her what she really needs to hear. Her sister Carrie is wonderful as well. The best way that I can describe her is that she has personality.
“I talked to Niko Clark today,” Arianne blurted out, unable to take the hint of desolation hiding in the corner of Carrie’s neutral expression.
“Way to bury the lead, sis!” By the power of the sun’s rays, the fairy princess had been revived. “How did that miracle happen? And please don’t tell me you babbled.”
Awesome sister, no? I absolutely adore Carrie. She's totally worth dying and coming back for.
And let's not forget the fact that Niko is a Reaper... the Reaper of Georgia. It doesn't sound very cool, does it? But it does fall along the coolness measure with Death being a major, overworked deskworker. To make up for it, Niko has some neat abilities. I don't want to go into spoilers, but say that you're the girl he likes and you're feeling down. He can cheer you up by taking you to the In Between (and kissing you). Plus, he's hot. That's always a bonus!
Loving a Reaper has its attractions, but there are major consequences for breaking the rules. Arianne and Niko both make great sacrifice to be together and find happiness, and the ending to Reaping Me Softly has me wanting to read the next book Unreap My Heart to see how it all goes!
An copy was provided from the publisher for review purposes
When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing.
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