Series: Kissed by Death #1
Published by Entangled (8.28.2012)
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC, 400 pages
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Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky — and unending — lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.
It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn’t let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.
I was a little overwhelmed at first, because I had some confusion with the world building. It took a while for me to get to know what everything meant. I didn’t know anything about the Inbetween until much later in the book. Once I got used to it though, it was interesting. The way the reapers feel the ‘pull’ when they’re called for a reap, and how there were different reapers for Heaven, Hell, and the Inbetween.
I feel like there wasn’t much happening plot-wise. There wasn’t a whole lot of action until the last half when Maeve really made a full appearance. Most of the first half was just Finn following Emma around longingly. I was caught between thinking it was romantic and thinking it was creepy. While it was a little weird that he watched her 24/7, I understood his feelings for her. It’s hard to want someone that you can’t have. And the fact that he had waited so many years for her was endearing.
I couldn’t connect with the characters the way I’d hoped, either. While I generally like switching points of view, this one didn’t exactly pull it off. There were times when I couldn’t tell the difference between Finn and Emma, resulting in a lot of confusion on my end. The secondary characters – Easton, Anaya, and Cash – didn’t stand out, either. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book. But again, it didn’t wow me. It’s one of those that I enjoy in the moment but just doesn’t stick in my mind.
I think this book had fantastic potential. I do believe I’ll read book 2 when it comes out to see how it develops. :)
Ever since I read Stacey Kade’s Ghost and the Goth trilogy and also Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers, I’ve also been looking for books with ghost/reaper elements. I’ve been seeing this book mentioned very often lately but the mention of ‘in-love’ in the synopsis put me off a little. >.>
Thanks for the review. I think I’ll put this on my list of tbr.
P.S. Not exactly reaper related by I’d recommend Jeri Smith-Ready’s Shade series! :)
:) Awesome review!! I really find it weird/creepy too when a character is watching another in the background. Sometimes when I right a review of an okay book too, I also think about just writing, decent read, not the best, “the end.”
What a shame that you didn’t love it so much! It sounds like a book with great potential. I hate it when I can’t connect with the characters. I think I’m going to skip this one. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts.
I really hate when I have expectations from a read that just to not turn out LOL I appreciate your thoughtful comments about this book, I know how hard it is to write a review where we cannot jump up and down and rave about. I personally am looking forward to an upcoming release that is titled oddly enough Reaper by L.S. Murphy and think this one looks like a hoot :)
Thanks for reading this so I don’t have to. :-)
I was looking forward to reading a good reaper book and loved the trailer. Thanks for letting me know your thoughts. Not sure I’ll be putting this near the top of my list now.