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The Reaper Within Paperback – February 16, 2013
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Top customer reviews
Mel is a Reaper, the only person who can send a lost soul forward on their journey, even when they don't want to go. Her new job is to clear a plantation house of a violent spirit but on arrival she finds a lot of spirits there with no connection to the house. Now she must reap them all and solve the mystery of why they are there.
This was a very enjoyable paranormal story which I read in one night. I liked the way the plot centered around the Reaper sending lost souls to the Light painlessly for everyone and how unwilling souls being reaped caused her pain. It was a slightly different twist on other reaper stories I've read. I also enjoyed the fact that she becomes tied to the house until all souls have been reaped, leaving her as trapped as the souls themselves. With help, Mel starts to research the people to find a connection and uncovers the real truth. It was a story that flowed nicely with no huge info dumps and no boring parts. The dialogue was fun, the plot had a good mixture of action, humour and character based scenes, and the characters themselves just enhanced the plot.
I also liked the characters. Mel was feisty and very likable which is vital for me in my lead character. I liked her a lot and was rooting for her throughout the book. She is a Reaper but is also very much human with human emotion and vulnerabilities. Betty was the mildly annoying but entertaining sidekick that Mel is in contact with outside the house, helping her with her research. She was funny and I hope to see her again in the next book. Jack was the intriguing character-is he a ghost, or alive or what? Of course, having read the book I know the answer, but I'm not putting spoilers in. What I can say is that I really liked the twists in the story as that plot developed and it was also a very satisfying ending.
I can't really say that there was anything that I didn't like about the book. It had a bit of everything in it-action, humour, suspense, romance, and should appeal to fans of urban fantasy, paranormal, ghost stories and non graphic paranormal romance. Very much recommended.
I really liked the plot of this book. At first, the plot reminded me of Maureen Johnson's "Shades of London" series, but then the story subverted and took a really unique turn that I did not expect. The plot moves quickly, and I liked it that way. However, it also slows down at the right times to give the readers a glimpse into exactly what Mel is thinking and feeling. I feel that Mel was very well developed, and even though she wasn't exactly Suzie Sunshine in the likability department, I was definitely rooting for her. The romance with Jack seemed a little rushed, but I think that it worked for this story. Mel has an always moving life, so it is fitting that her romance moved fast! I thought the ending was satisfying and unexpected... As I read, I kept thinking, "How could they possibly make this work later?" but Jackson managed to make their ending believable. There were a few questions left unanswered in the end (like- Was he dead every time he was in ghost form, or was this some other odd form of ghost/specter?), but overall I was satisfied with the conclusion.
While I really enjoyed the unique story, I found some of the writing difficult to get through. The beginning is very dialogue heavy, and the dialogue is used as exposition to move the story along. This is one of my big pet peeves in writing. Rather than have the characters have an unnatural conversation about what it is that Mel does, I think it would have been better suited if Mel had some inner introspection and told the reader as inner thoughts rather than a conversation.
This was a quick read for me, and I really enjoyed the story and the characters. Definitely give this book a shot- it is worth the read!
3.5 stars total
Most recent customer reviews
some editing issues but not too bad.
very very creepy book and a different take on reapers.
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