reaping me softly

Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Format: Kindle edition

Reviewed by: Onnica

Genre: YA Paranormal

Score: 9/10 fun-filled, action-packed stars

Every so often I love to dip into fantasy (some would argue that I spend most of my time there – but I digress). Combine the paranormal with the trials of High School and I’m hooked. So while browsing through Amazon I came across this book and thought I’d give it a chance. Knowing that Judith was a fan of Kate Evangelista’s book Taste sealed the deal too. An author who can make zombies sexy? Must be a genius.

Plot: Arianne Wilson is doing her best to survive high school, control her crush on school hottie Nikolas Clark and ignore the dead people drifting around town. Yep, Ari sees dead people. For the past two years she’s become pretty talented at ignoring them and getting on with life – even keeping it a secret from her best friend Ben and her sister Carrie. Life at school is hell – she’s constantly bullied by Darla, ruler of the school who seems to plague her every moment. Her crush on Niko Clark is her comfort – she admires him from afar as he doesn’t know she exists until one day they’re paired up in Chemisty class. Niko begins to wonder how he never noticed Arianne before. He can’t stop looking at her. Girls don’t usually interest him as he has a much higher purpose – which happens to be collecting souls. He might look seventeen but Niko has lived many many lives over and is beginning to tire of the whole reaping gig. As he begins to question his life working for Death, having Ari in his world may just be what he needs. Until he accidentally reaps someone very close to her…Awkward anyone? Son the pair are fighting for more than love, in a game of life and death.

Review: I thoroughly enjoyed this tale – it’s book one in a trilogy and the good news is that book two is also out today. Arianne is cool – she sees dead people but takes it in stride. She’s a good sister and close to her family. Her crush on Niko, the unattainable boy who runs with the popular crowd (we all remember that guy from school, don’t we?) is totally relatable. Even the way she deals with her arch nemesis Darla is commendable. Those two clearly have a history but she always manages take the higher ground. Kate Evangelista creates a world that we can all relate to while adding in an extra dimension. Death is blond, so attractive that were you to look at him you’d probably pass out! He controls everything around us and is in desperate need of a holiday. Kate Evangelista is quirky and writes great dialogue which had me laughing out loud in places and feeling sentimental and sad in others.

Final score: 9/10

Based on following criteria:

How much did I like the heroine: 10 Arianne is everything you want in a heroine: couragous, likeable and always there for those she loves. She’s also great at the one-liners and someone you’d want as a friend. You really get a vivid picture of who Niko is through her eyes and get to re-live the awkwardness of first love.

How much did I like the hero: 9 Niko – tall, dark and good looking. No, make that great looking and the epitome of physical perfection. In all his lives he’s never bothered with love before, until Ari. We get to witness the undoing of a Reaper all for the sake of love. It is swoonsome! (Is that even a word?) He’s brave, sensitive and basically an adolescent when it comes to trying to navigate matters of the heart.

How believable is the plot: 8 Difficult to answer when you’re dealing with a fantasy story. I think it was a great move trying to humanise Death and all of his minions – the folklore attached to the story rang true and considering the genre, I didn’t have to suspend my disbelief that much. I think it was very well-accomplished. 

How much did I like the writing style/editing etc: 8 it was quite a short read and that meant that there was no waffling, no scenes that didn’t need to be there. No words were wasted. At times it did feel as though the action moved a bit too swiftly but I would much rather that than pages and pages of padding. I hate that!

How much did I want to keep reading: 10 I read it in the space of a day – so I couldn’t put it down. I loved it from start to finish and didn’t want it to end. Fortunately I have a copy of Unreap My Heart to dive into next! Kate has created great characters, a fascinating tale of love, intrigue and the battle between good and evil. I defy you – yes defy you not to be sucked in too!

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