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  • Series: A Calliope Reaper-Jones Novel (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Original edition (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441016944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441016945
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

AMBER BENSON co-created, co-wrote, and directed the animated supernatural web-series Ghosts of Albion with Christopher Golden, followed by a series of novels including Witchery and Accursed, and the novella Astray. Benson and Golden also co-authored the novella The Seven Whistlers. As an actress, she has appeared in dozens of roles in feature films, TV movies, and television series, including the fan favorite role of Tara Maclay on three seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Benson wrote, produced, and directed the feature films Chance and Lovers, Liars, and Lunatics.

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Amber Benson co-wrote and directed the animated web-series Ghosts of Albion with Christopher Golden for the BBC. The duo then novelized the series in two books for Random House. Her first solo novel, Death's Daughter, was published by Penguin in 2009, with a children's book for Simon and Schuster called The New Newbridge Academy to follow in the fall of 2010. As an actress, Benson spent three seasons as Tara Maclay on the cult show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also written, produced, and directed three feature films, including her latest, Drones, which she co-directed with Adam Busch and will be released later this year.

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88 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on April 27, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book embodies the worst characterizations of the current genre. The main character is an airhead who has no sense of focus (who the heck starts letting their attention wander while being STRANGLED?), whines incessently, and is breaking down in tears every other page. She doesn't do ANYTHING right, and yet somehow things turn out ok - through the intervention of others. Even the puppy is more effective at accomplishing tasks.

I honestly felt that the author was simply throwing in random events to make the story more interesting, but did not succeed in distracting from the extreme shallowness of the main character. It defies belief to say that after only 3 years of a forgetting charm and "normal" life (which was much more shallow than a normal life imho) she was that ignorant about her supernatural roots...especially when she claimed to excel at English - which would give her more exposure to literature and basic mythology.

I also did not understand why she was so attracted to every male she encountered. It was inexplicable when she hated a guy one moment and then was wildly attracted and hoping he'd kiss her (even while thinking he was a a**hole) the next. She then goes on to explain that the reason is that society has two opposing ideas of women not being TOO easy, yet not being a prude, so she can't make up her mind. Talk about rationalization.

The story seemed to hop around quite a bit, and the heroine is simply NOT likeable. She's less endearingly persistent and more stupidly stubborn in the pursuit of her goals. She seems to be proud of being the shallow ignoramus that she is, and yet is offended when no one takes her seriously. On top of that, she doesn't actually accomplish anything - it's all done by someone else.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful By David P. Lago on April 16, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I passed by this book a few times before actually picking it up, and I have to say that if I'd continued right past it, I wouldn't have missed much.
The story itself is good, it has a nice plotline, the problem is the very poor delivery.

I know it's possibly intended for a YA crowd but I'd like to point out that it was shelved in the Sci-Fi section, not Teen or Young Adult.

A few things that really bothered me:

"like" "and like" "I mean like"
Calliope is supposed to be a twenty-something year old immortal but she talks more like a valley girl.

"after crying for twenty minutes" "I felt like crying so I did" "Thats how Clio found me, holding a pillow and crying" "I couldn't stop the tears flowing down my cheeks"
It's like holy crap no wonder people don't think she shouldn't take over Death Inc., the girl can't go five minutes without turning on the waterworks. It got to the point of silly when every chapter she has at least once crying bout. The worst part is the rest of the time she tries to act all tough and brave and smartass but that kind of shows hollow once she starts crying yet again.

The crazy sexual overtones.
I've noticed this with a the other Benson books (The Ghost Of Albion series with Chris Golden). The sex scenes are way over done, there is sexual tension with any and every male that comes onto the page. With the exception of Callie's blind date, she wants to screw every male she meets. The sexual tension isn't believable because it is so overdone. Add to that, overall it's a bit awkwardly done. Like Benson wanted to add sexual scenes but they weren't really needed so she just forced them in anyway.

But all that pales in what bothered me the most:
Every other word was italicized!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Bridges on March 8, 2009
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This lightweight urban fantasy from actor/director/novelist Amber Benson is a fun way to spend an afternoon. You won't get deep motivations or a rich backstory, but you will get a fun romp through the afterlife with Death's daughter Calliope Reaper-Jones, who is doing her best to avoid the family business by forgetting all about it (literally) and working as an intern in NYC with an eye toward breaking into the fashion world.

But when her family (and the entire Board of Directors) is kidnapped, Calliope must take on the mantle of Death to keep the position in the family so she can rescue her father and go back to her "normal" life. She has trials to pass, though, and she must race against Satan's (incredibly hot) Protege and the person/people/beings who stand in her way.

Calliope is fun to follow, written in a chick-lit style with fantasy elements that's much breezier than her Albion books written with Christopher Golden. Definitely worth a read.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Theresa on February 24, 2009
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"DEATH" is a corporation and Calliope-Reaper Jones wants no part of it. Her dream job involves Prada bags, Dior shades and sleek ensembles fit for runways and awards shows. Not, to her chagrin, googling organic Dim Sum for her boss, the VP of Sales at House and Yard Inc., who is desperately trying to keep up with the Joneses. (No relation) Thanks to a faun named Jarvis and an enchanted cupcake, a "forget spell" is broken and Callie hears her unwanted destiny calling. The Grim Reaper, AKA Callie's father, has mysteriously disappeared and her entire family is facing certain doom. Callie is persuaded to `temporarily' accept the one job she had spent years happily avoiding: stepping into her father's shoes as President and CEO of DEATH Inc. But, as with most things in life, being the Reaper isn't as easy as it seems. There's a Board of Directors to appease by way of completing three virtually impossible tasks and, among other obstacles, a hunky protégé of the Devil hot on her not-so-stylish heels.

What follows is an extraordinary journey into a mystical/magical universe filled with a rich cast of characters pulled from Mythology, Religion and the author's vivid and endearingly goofy imagination. While the premise is -somewhat- familiar, especially to fans of Joss Whedon's, "BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER", this urban fantasy clearly illustrates Benson's own unique, witty perspective on the trials and tribulations of one ordinary girl's typical hopes and dreams getting hijacked by this crazy thing called life -or in Callie's case- death.

Amber Benson is no stranger to the world of developing original fantasy adventures.
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