Book Synopsis: [goodreads]
Pages 300 | Published 10th January 2013
17- year- old Ana Maria Tei’s life has always been perfect: loving parents, good grades, and a future so bright it outshone the sun. But now words like “separation” and “divorce” are sending her world plummeting to hell. Determined to keep her family intact, Ana plans a family-bonding trip from Vienna to Tuscany. Except fate has other plans. Ana’s parents and siblings are killed in a car accident on their way to pick Ana up from school.
Enter Grim, aka Ernest. He promises to relinquish the four souls if Ana agrees to trade her soul for theirs and serve a lifetime as his novice. In order for Ana to graduate from her Reaper’s Novice station to a Soul Collector graduate, Grim puts her to test. To her horror, she finds out becoming a Reaper’s Novice didn’t happen by chance. It was preordained, and she is forced to make a choice: save her family’s souls or come to terms with who she really is and complete the task set for her
Book Review: 4 stars
I am well accustomed to the concept of Reapers…mainly because I adored the TV show Dead Like Me (if you haven’t watched it – go and check it out!) so I was actually rather surprised at how much I liked this new take on I guess ‘old’ tale.
To begin with isn’t it sort of logical that a Reaper has to be trained? Since it is pretty much a job, wouldn’t you only want the best possible applicants to take your soul onto the next plain?…I know I would. Hence – bring in Ana and the wonderful world created by Cecilia Robert.
Similar to most characters in this novel, Ana felt real. The way that she responded, and her family/friends conversed was written with such reality that the reader is able to fully immerse into this world. I am quite an avid reader on the after life, and so enjoyed a perspective that showed the beauty in death. No! I’m not being morbid, rather focusing on the celebration of life than the finality of ones life. I found it rather beautiful actually….as long as the soul’s were found in their own beds – because it is tragic to realise how some of us go.
And can I just sneak in here a little swoon moment…Kim!! enough said.
The plot, for me, did move at a rather slow pace. And I found that situations and feelings were over explained. For some it may give you a greater connection to the protagonist, but I sometimes felt like I was reading unnecessary words and this took some of the enjoyment out of the book.
I loved the introduction of soul stealers and the Mirrorlands, it will be interesting to see how this series continues.
~ book received as a read 4 review ~