Author: LS Murphy

[Young Adult/Paranormal Review] Reaper by L.S. Murphy

Posted on 12/17/2012 in Book Review / 8 Comments

[Young Adult/Paranormal Review] Reaper by L.S. MurphyReaper by LS Murphy
Published by J Taylor Publishing on 1/7/2013
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 212
Format: eBook
Source: Publisher
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There's no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth grim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue Mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.

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She’s supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.\r\nIt doesn’t take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along especially since Death can find her anyway, anywhere, anytime. And does.\r\nLike when she’s reassuring her friends she wants nothing to do with former best friend Ben Moorland, who’s returned from god-knows-where, and fails. Miserably.\r\nInstead of maintaining her coveted popularity status, Quincy’s goes down like the Titanic.\r\nMaybe ... just maybe ... that’s okay.\r\nIt seems, perhaps, becoming a grim reaper isn’t just about the dead but more about a much needed shift in Quincy’s priorities—from who she thinks she wants to be to who she really is.

 


I didn’t expect to like Reaper after I began reading it.  What I thought would be cute and fluffy, despite some of the deeper connotations in the synopsis I clearly missed, turned out to be profound and soul-searching…something not as often found in young adult novels of the paranormal variety.

Quincy is your (less-than) average American teen: popular, blonde, on the dance squad and school and all the boys want her.  She gets good grades, she and her friends play games and do a bit of backstabbing, and all in all, it’s basically farcical high school life.  I say “farcical” because some readers might take issue with details of Quincy’s life, like getting a brand new sports car for her birthday, or being able to throw down $100 of her dad’s money when she goes shopping because she feels like it.

And at first, I was like, What?!  This isn’t how real people live (okay maybe some of them).   Read More

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