- File Size: 1617 KB
- Print Length: 247 pages
- Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing (May 27, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KLQHUBA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Now, on to this juicy little tale and my three-star review.
This book was delightful. I know that the three-star review might seem a little low for a book I like, but it is a great story, and it is also told well for the most part. There were just a few issues that I wasn’t able to overlook, and I hope my review is constructive.
As I said before, this is the book I chose to fill the void that’s been deepening for angel lore, and it was a taste of what I wanted. It mostly deals with reapers and reaper mythos, which Ibitz gives us enough to really sink our teeth into. There was not a lot to the angel side of the story, just a few bits sprinkled in here and there, but it was well crafted to what the story needed. The two found a nice balance and fit perfectly together.
The book is structured well, too. Ibitz grabs our attention right off the bat with two points of view intricately woven together during two separate time periods. We get Christian the reaper from 1938, and Brooke from present day. The chapters alternated between the two, giving us a parallel story until it finally met in the middle. I have to say, the way these two individual arcs lined up and fell together at the end really kept me turning the pages.
The way Ibitz knitted these stories together really showed her skill as a writer and was one of, if not THE, high point of the book for me.
Now, let me explain why some of those stars didn't get filled in.
My first issue was due to the overuse of flowery prose. Now, some flowery prose is needed and refreshing in a book or manuscript, but there were several instances where it felt the prose went a little bit overboard. Everything was flowery, and it was sometimes hard to decipher descriptions which led to an exhaustive read for something that should have been simple. Prose needs to be changed up some. Highs and lows, ebb and flow. Flowery and simple. A book needs them both.
Never underestimate the use of simplicity. "It was cold."
Need to be a little bit more descriptive? "It was cold."
It’s simple, but the emphasis gets it through to the reader. Then the flowery statement of how the MC or POV is handling this coldness can follow. Not every noun needs to be personified with a feeling of its own to describe the scene. Like I said, it got a bit exhaustive. The flowery prose was good, just a little overdone.
The next issue I had was heartbreaking.
So, as I mentioned before, there were two points of views for this book. One of those POVs had a climactic scene that was building, and building, and building and then… Nothing.
We find out what happened by way of someone telling another character. We didn’t get the fulfillment of seeing the scene play out in front of us, and the culmination of that storyline was extremely unfulfilling. I don’t think it did the characters justice.
I guess this should go along with my first nitpicky review, but I also had an issue with how everything was just so intense for anything the main characters were feeling. I guess this was mostly Brook, but everything she felt was just mega intense. It resulted in a lack of space for her to crank up the emotion when the last confrontation finally happened. It left that scene a little bit underwhelming.
This book was good enough that I immediately checked the author’s page to see if I could find out any more information on another book in the series. Unfortunately, there isn’t one yet, but there is one in the works. Yay!
I followed Ibitz on Amazon. Her work is definitely worth it.
One of the plotlines was, throughout the entire book, building up to an intense scene where what really happened to a certain character was going to be revealed. But when the moment of revelation came, instead of letting us see the scene for ourselves, the author had one character tell another about it. I found this to be something of a letdown, as it dampened the moment and robbed it of the emotional impact it might otherwise have had.
If you like reapers and paranormal romance, you might want to give this one a try. It has a decent storyline and lots of detail without going overboard.
Kiss me Dead is a very addictive read. I absolutely love how the chapters alternate between the past and present. The two stories build to a crescendo until they crash together! The world building was solid - I had great visuals while reading and felt a genuine excitement as the story progressed.
Christian is half human, half reaper. The past story is set in 1938, and Christian is nineteen years old, having been a reaper for five years. He hates what he is, and after falling in love with a human girl, he makes a deal with the goddess of death. Christian is a lonely, tortured soul who makes a mistake that haunts him for decades.
Brooke is a nineteen year old who witnesses her brother die by the hands of a rogue reaper. She is a watcher with the ability to kill reapers - but she's not aware of it! When she meets Christian and his uncle, William, she is instantly on guard and doesn't know what to believe. She learns more about what she is and about Christian's curse, while feeling a strong, fast connection with him.
Honestly, the ONLY reason I gave this book four stars is because of the insta-love. This would have been a solid five starts for me if Brooke and Christians relationship was more thoroughly developed.
Apart from that, I was ecstatic while reading this book. The intertwining stories made the suspense unbearable! It was painful when I had to put it down. I will highly recommend this book to lovers of fantasy and romance. I am currently salivating for more, so I will be keeping my fingers crossed in hopes that this is a series!
Fantastic writing and fantastic story!
I think if you like books like Hush Hush, Twilight, The Immortals and those types of young adult books this is definitely up your alley. It is a cute story, and it's well written.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review via LoP on Goodreads.com
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