I previously did a book tour for Dead Girl Walking by Ruth Silver, and I was given a copy of the e-book for review. I read and reviewed another book by Ruth Silver called Orenda, which I did not enjoy a great deal, but I did like this book better. That being said, I didn’t love it.
Forget everything you know about grim reapers. Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered. Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death. Recommended: Ages 14+
I received this e-book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This book has a great concept, after you die, you might become a reaper and help deliver souls to the afterlife. The main issue I had with this book is that it reminded me of Dead Like Me (a show that I love, and have on DVD, and you should totally watch it if you haven’t yet.) It wasn’t just the idea that people become reapers, but she has an older mentor reaper who is a bit grouchy,
she has sort of stuck-up reaper roommates,
she doesn’t take the first soul, because she figures what can anyone do (and the consequence is the soul being trapped inside the body, and the experience is traumatic), the souls each see their own version of a sparkly afterlife (from a circus, to just lights), and reapers can never go in with them, the reapers just have to touch someone to remove their soul, and each of the “reaps” appear on a scroll that the older reaper hands out, she agrees to give up her former life, but still has to go see and talk to her family even though they won’t know it is her (because not only do you change your name when you become a reaper, but your looks change as well).
ALL OF THIS HAPPENS IN DEAD LIKE ME. The main difference between this book and the show, is that this book is set in the time of princesses and castles and Dead Like Me is set in modern times. Another difference is that grim reapers are not the only thing people can become after they die. Enough about Dead Like Me! This book follows Princess Ophelia and starts with her life, and how she is in love with a commoner, and sneaks out to meet him often. He does not know who she is, because she goes by the name Leila, and wears commoner’s clothes that she stole from her maid. On one of these nights, she is murdered on her way to the outhouse. She is immediately awake next to her body, and is offered the position of grim reaper. She accepts, but isn’t entirely sure what she is getting herself into, she just know that she doesn’t want to be dead, even if that means giving up her former life. The book is a quick read, and I felt that it should have expanded a bit on the other reapers that she is with now, and even the plot felt very rushed. Overall I didn’t love the book.
Did you watch Dead Like Me? What do you think of the concept of becoming a reaper?