Birthright: The Legacy Series: Book One Kindle Edition
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Thanks to NetGalley and YA Bound Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review Birthright by Jessica Ruddick! Ava has always seen people's auras in color and when she turned sixteen, she became a seeker for one of the many Grim Reapers. This is her inheritance. She seeks people with white auras that could become angels and then she tells Xavier (a Grim Reaper) the person's name and he takes their life. Ava lives with her mother and they move quite often and don't have much money. Her mother is a seeker also. She meets Cole when he saves her from getting run over by a car. They end up being project partners and have to do internship work together for 80 hours at the mechanic shop where he works. Ava and Cole annoy each other and the annoyance is described perfectly in this statement of Ava thinking about Cole; "He did a good job, worked hard, went the extra mile. God, it pissed me off.". Funny! Another great line shows how mechanically inclined Ava isn't, "I couldn't tell you the first thing about a catalytic converter other than it was metal and shiny. And it probably converted something". The down to earth sense of humor is great, the chemistry between Ava and Cole is charming and the fact that both of them have less than happy backgrounds makes them perfect for each other. An enjoyable supernatural read, 5 stars and I look forward to the sequel, Retribution!
How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies?
Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda.
While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.
Birthright is a fun, exciting, quick read. It would be easy to pass over a book like Birthright once one realizes it’s about a girl stuck in a truly horrible and hopeless set of circumstances, but the fact that Ava never gives up hope that she can find a way to escape those circumstances make this book imminently readable. Additionally, the male protagonist, Cole is a charming bad boy/knight in shining armor mix. This combination has been used many times in YA books, but unlike previous encounters I’ve had, Cole doesn’t come across as cocky or arrogant. There is no “smolder abuse” as I call it. Other than Ava’s mom and the antagonist, Xavier, not a lot of time is dedicated to developing supporting characters, but with the pace of storyline, additional development wasn’t really needed. Speaking of Xavier, he is a truly despicable, loathsome, and unlikeable character. Despite being described as having treated Ava with kindness when she was a child, Xavier doesn’t seem to have any redeeming qualities. Normally, I wouldn’t like that, because I like to be able to relate in some way to the villain too, but in this case, it works. Birthright isn’t perfect; there are some minor editing issues, but nothing distracting. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books that involve teens facing deadly peril, and standing up to adverse situations.
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