Wednesday, May 8, 2013

BBReview: "Reaper" By L.S. Murphy

Genre: Young Adult - Paranormal
Publishing Date: January 7th, 2013
Page Count: 212
Source: Sent to me by the publisher
Format: E-Book

Description from
There's no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth frim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.

She's supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.

It doesn't take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along especially since Death can find her anyway, anywhere, anytime. And does.

Like when she's reassuring her friends she wants nothing to do with former best friend Ben Moorland, who's returned from god-knows-where, and fails. Miserably.

Instead of maintaining her coveted popularity status, Quincy goes down like the Titanic.

Maybe... just maybe... that's okay.

It seems, perhaps, becoming a grim reaper isn't just about the dead but more about a much needed shift in Quincy's priorities--from who she thinks she wants to be to who she really is.

I really love the idea on Reapers. This is definitely a topic that I feel needs to be explored more in the Young Adult community, because I love the idea of people who help people cross over, and souls, and ghosts, and yadda yadda. With that being said I enjoyed Reaper. Quincy's character was a little tough for me to relate to in the very beginning, but once the story got going I started to really like her.

Not only was it genius to make the topic about Quincy being born a Reaper, but it was genius to add in the tension of an old best friend coming back and not being able to go back to how things are normal. Quincy is a popular girl now and she can't soil her reputation by talking to a bad boy so in the beginning she doesn't talk to her old best friend, but she constantly thinks about him and wonders what things were like where he was. It was a great plot thickener.

Ben is also a really great character and I fell in love with him instantly. I liked everything about Ben except that I wish he had a little more intel about the reaping because when Quincy has her episodes he has no idea whats going on and it makes him upset.

I will admit that the ending is a little cheesy. I took my first ever creative writing class this semester and if I would have written this kind of ending for my story my professor would have told me it was a cop out and to re-write it. On one hand I like it, because I like cheesy things, but on the other it was a little too neat of an ending. You sometimes want to leave some of the ends loose and I feel like this ending is a little too tidy.

I really liked Reaper. I think it was a well written story and flowed really well together. In the beginning I didn't relate to Quincy, but as the story went on I really started to like her. I absolutely loved Ben's character and just wish that he would have been a little more in the loop with what was going on in Quincy's life. Although I really liked the story as a whole I do have to say that the ending was a little too tidy for me and ending up being cheesy. I think it really needed to be re-looked at and maybe re-worked to make it a little bit messy so it seemed more believable and less cheesy.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥  4/5

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