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Don't Fear the Reaper Paperback – November 17, 2011
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About the Author
Michelle grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in NE Georgia with her husband and their two dogs. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, chocolate, dogs, and changes of season. Currently, she is hard at work on her next novel.
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The characters are so awesome. I fell in love with Banning. You can really tell that he really cared for Keely and would have done anything to make her transition better. And when I found out when and why he decided to become a reaper, I loved him even more. Daniel. Oh, Daniel. So much to like about this demon. He is funny, witty and sarcastic. He really is the comedian in this story. I really wished I could have learned more on Daniel's past and why he became a demon, because really, I don't understand how he landed such a crappy job. Maybe we find out in a sequel? I really hope so!
This is one of those books that made me laugh and it made me cry. This was such a beautiful well-written story that is very powerful and thought provoking. Ms. Muto really has outdone herself with this novel. She has really captured the heartbreaking toll that suicide has on the family and friends that are left behind.
This one is suitable for all age groups. No sex, no romance, just a really good down-to-earth story that everyone should read!
Don't Fear the Reaper is a dark story about the afterlife of a teen who commits suicide. It doesn't glorify suicide and not once is Keely happy with her decision. As a matter of fact, almost immediately she regrets doing what she did and wants to take it back. Even before she knows she is truly dead. It is definitely a book for older more mature teens. It delves into the grief of those left behind and the regret of the teen who took her own life, but it also does so much more than that.
To me, the main focus of Don't Fear the Reaper was undying love. Not only the love of Keely and her sister and the love that they both had for their parents but also the love that other characters shared and the ultimate sacrifices that many of them made. The book began with suicide and ended with hope and the journey that Michelle takes you on to get you there is unforgettable.
Michelle's characters have so much depth that you feel like you know them personally by the time you are through. Basically Keely is led through her short time left on Earth by her reaper, Banning and a demon, Daniel. Being a demon you would think that Daniel is the bad guy and in essence he is, but I always found something lovable about him. Maybe it was his sarcastic humor in the beginning. Regardless I think he may have been my favorite character. Banning was a fatherly figure for Keely and mostly the voice of reason, but not perfect. They all played off each other perfectly and the dialog between them was fun to keep up with and all of it moved the story along flawlessly.
I love Michelle's style of writing and even though I knew that this story was going to be a lot darker than The Book of Lost Souls, I went into it knowing that I was going to love it. I obviously wasn't disappointed. Was it a hard book to read? Of course, but the action and the suspense made it impossible to put down. Did I shed a few tears? Yes, and I expected to, but the tears weren't all tears of sadness. It was a very emotional read, especially near the end, but it was worth every minute. Michelle's take on the afterlife and her touching depictions of what families experience during times of tragedy and grief are well worth any tears shed. Now I'm going to wait very patiently for Michelle to get back to Ivy and her friends, but whatever she writes next, I will be sure to pick up.
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