Book Review: Reaper’s Novice by Cecilia Robert

Summary from Amazon:

Publication Date: January 8, 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

Author: Cecilia Robert

Genre: YA paranormal

Length: 304 pages

MY REVIEW:

     I received this book from the author on GoodReads in exchange for a review. Honestly, I had to debate what I was going to choose number-wise. Part of me wanted it to be a 3, but I did really enjoy it, so it hovers between a 3.5-4 for me.

I wasn’t quite sure where this book was going when her family died and she became the grim’s novice, but it was great. I was actually scared it was going to be sad! Overall, I loved the idea of collecting the souls after people have died and the soul snatchers were interesting.

My complaints: sometimes the book read very quickly and 100% held my attention. Other times, the book seemed like it dragged on forever and was slow in spots. As in- I had to make myself flip the page. When I did get to a spot that picked back up, it seemed like all of the excitement dumped on me all at once. This could just be me though. I also found Zig annoying at times even though I mostly enjoyed his character. His use of the word “lovely” over and over and over got old. However, he was a fun character despite this catchphrase of sorts. I also didn’t get constantly saying “mobile” instead of cell phone…or just phone in general. I think this may have been a regional/culture thing, so I didn’t let it get in the way. I was also frustrated with the amount of questions that were presented, but unanswered. Those answers will come eventually I suppose.

MAJOR PLUS: I loved the setting!! I hope that it plays a bigger part in the next books (I’m assuming this is a series from the ending) because I’d love to see some real Vienna landmarks and history come into play.

Characters: I love Ana, Ernest, and Zig!! They’re great characters with some intense back stories. Very good character development between those three!

Again, this was a really interesting idea and the things that bothered me were minor and probably wouldn’t even be noticed by most people. I can’t say that I would read this one again, but I am certainly looking forward to book 2 so I can know what happens next!

I do recommend it as it is only .99 on Kindle. Go check it out!

-M

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Montana Mustangs by Danica Winters

I received a random tweet one day last week from this author asking for a review. She sent me the link to check it out on Amazon before agreeing and I almost said no just based on the title and cover. Don’t get me wrong, the cover looks great, but I thought it was just your plain, run-of-the-mill romance novel. I was wrong and I’m glad that I was wrong!

Summary taken from Amazon:
Publication Date: May 6, 2013

A nymph: a woman with the ability to seduce at will, shift to protect, but cursed with the fate to have the man she falls in love with die a tragic death. As one of these ill-fated nymphs, Aura Montgarten has spent her lifetime drifting from one place to another hiding from love. Until she meets Dane.

When a body washes up on the shore of a rural Montana lake, police officer Dane Burke is faced with the task of finding the killer – even if it means he will be forced to put his life and heart at risk by working with a drifter. As the truth of Aura’s Mustang-shifting nymph ways are revealed, Dane learns exactly the amount of danger he and Aura are in, but can’t force himself to leave a case unsolved when the truth is just outside his grasp.

When the killer decides he needs to take another victim – Dane – Aura must choose between their forbidden love and her immortal life. Can there be life without love or is death her only choice?

Sensuality Level: Sensual

Review:
I love mysteries. That’s not a surprise as I drool over Criminal Minds and obsess over the paranormal crimes on Grimm. I do enjoy romances on occasion, but I rarely ever pick just a regular romance novel. This isn’t just a regular romance novel, so I didn’t make an exception. 🙂

The novel starts the mystery out quickly and held on to my attention as I wanted to know who the next victim would be and what on earth was going on. Honestly, that would have been enough to keep me hooked, yet there was still the paranormal aspect. I’d never read a book about shapeshifting nymphs, but I found the concept interesting. The biggest obstacle is that nymphs can’t fall in love or the lover will face a tragic death. HELLO, relationship issues! Even THAT would have been enough to keep me hooked without having the mystery!

I won’t spoil the story, but I will say that I highly recommend this to BOTH romance and paranormal fans, even if you don’t usually read paranormal romance. The “magic” is just enough to satisfy a paranormal fan without it being too much for someone who may not usually read paranormal. I’m glad that I opted to read this and am looking forward to more from the author. You can find Montana Mustangs on Kindle for $3.82 and it is well worth the price! You can find the author at http://www.danicawinters.net to learn more about this and her other books.

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Feather by Laurie Lyons

I began this book because I signed up to review the second book in the series in a group on GoodReads, so I was provided copies of both books. The summary was very short and I did not know what to expect going into Feather. I COULD NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! But…before I get ahead of myself….

Amazon summary:

PARANORMAL ROMANCE. Lucy is a bright eyed, fiery redhead with a quick wit and a photographic     memory. On the night of the spring equinox, Lucy meets Nathaniel, a dark and mysterious man who at first appears to have amnesia. Lucy feels inexplicably drawn to Nathaniel and is amazed to discover that he is invisible to everyone but herself. Fearing she is going insane–or worse, losing her photographic memory–Lucy goes on a hunt for answers. What she learns turns her world upside down.
FEATHER is a tale of love, the power of memories, and the struggle between right and wrong.
How far would you go to save your true love’s soul?

My review:

Once again, I could NOT put this book down. I was interested in the fact that Lucy has a photographic memory and assumed that would form the basis of the story. It is important, but not quite for the reasons that I was guessing. Soon, we were introduced to Nathanial. For the longest time we didn’t know anything about him. When we  learn about him, and where he comes from, the book launches off at full speed! Lucy isn’t like some YA characters that sit back and complain and whine the entire time. She takes things into her own hands when possible. She and Nathanial have many obstacles to overcome and she learns how to sacrifice her feelings for what she believes is right. Another highlight is the use of the fantasy elements in the book. Many fantasy novels abandon reality altogether, but Feather provides a strong balance between “magic” and real life.  I’m glad that I already have the next book waiting for me on my kindle because I CANNOT wait to find out what happens next to Lucy and Nathanial. They had a happy ending, but I don’t doubt that more trouble is heading their way. I may have been provided an e-copy, but I am definitely considering buying a paperback version to share with others. I have already been recommending it to people that I think might be interested.

If you want to read Feather then you can find it on Amazon in paperback or kindle versions. The kindle version is only $3.99, so I highly suggest checking it out since it is so cheap. This book is WELL worth 4 bucks!

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