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Reaping Me Softly

By Kate Evangelista

Published October, 2012 by Omnific Publishing

209 Pages

Genre: YA Paranormal, ghosts

Rating: 3 Stars

 

What happens when the boy you’ve loved from afar turns out to be a reaper? And, then he takes the soul of someone dear to her?

The answer is simple: you get Kate Evangelista’s book Reaping Me Softly where seventeen year old Arianne finds out the “love of her life” is a reaper. Although she can already she dead people because of a near death experience on the cutting table, she was not prepared to see the boy she love feed on souls. Yes, apparently that’s how reapers stay so young, fit, and alive. For years, reaper Niko Clark was losing sight on what mattered to him. He was ready to fade away, quite literally, until Arianne saved him, both in actuality and figuratively. Lazy because of love, he does not look at one of the newly delivered certificates sent by Death. 

I enjoyed this book. It was definitely a light read. Nothing literary; no serious writing. I was laughing pretty much through the whole book. Why? Was it supposed to be funny? No, I don’t think so. Oh, the cheese factor. Girl loves boy from a far. Boy meets girl after THREE YEARS in the same school and immediately, ridiculously over the top in love. So over the top. He calls her Angel constantly (of course). She’s delectable. Cliche, cliche. Even still, I enjoyed this. I love the TV show Dead Like me which is based around reapers; so, I was glad to find out about this from a blogger friend of mine. There wasn’t a lot focused on the reaping itself, but my is death a funny man. The meetings were good between all the US reapers. The love story, obviously, took precedent, but I liked the side characters a lot. They weren’t as gushy and sentimental. 

If this book  taught me anything, it’ two things: you don’t mess with death, and human love is hard. Maybe I should grab myself a reaper.. Oh, the romanticism. I would consider recommending the book, but at barely with a three starred rating of I liked it, but not completely, it may not be truly a good recommendation. It was certainly a nice book to read for a read-a-thon. Short, unintentionally funny, and easy to read. If you have a reading goal and want to quickly add a finished book to it, this may be the book for you. Just don’t expect it to be life-changing. Since it is a series (everything seems to be nowadays) maybe the sequel will be better. I think I am going to sit out at that one, though. 

 

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