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Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista
eARC received from Omnific Publishing
Release Date: October
Reviewed by: Middle
The Sisters Say: Rich
and Romantic—a MUST READ!
Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.
At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?
Kate Evangelista has done it again! I was a huge fan of Taste, so when the chance came to read and review another one of
her novels, I jumped! And I am so glad I
did—Kate’s story of reapers will captivate and enthrall you! Let Death take you for a ride.
I will go ahead and say it…I will now read ANYTHING by Kate
Evangelista. It’s like she dug into my
heart and found my idea of the perfect guy and then brought him to life through
her words! First there was Luka and
Demitrit, and now there is Niko. (Gosh…don’t
you just love her names! Kate, you
should write a Baby Names book…seriously.)
Niko has been a reaper for lifetimes upon lifetimes, but he has found
himself questioning his existence, until he meets Arianne. Soon Arianna discovers than Niko is anything
but human, and from there, their romance, adventure, and journey begins.
I think writing a great heroine has to be one of the hardest
things to do. Swoon-worthy guys, much
easier to write, but a heroine that makes you cheer for her? Difficult.
That’s one of the reasons I liked this book. Arianne just felt real—even though her life
was anything but ordinary, I felt like her responses to death and pain were
significant and realistic. She was
caring and even though she was tortured beyond belief at school, she still held
her head high and tried to look past the hurt.
I liked seeing inside her head, knowing her desires along with her pain,
and I am really looking forward to the next book. (After the ending, I’m assuming there is a
Sorry…couldn’t help myself!
Let’s start with a few words about him:
Brooding (slight drool)
Dark and Mysterious (a little more drool)
Wispy hair (starting a puddle here)
Overprotective instincts (can someone hand me a towel)
Great kisser with racy thoughts (lost all control of saliva)
Now doesn’t he just sound perfect? I agree—super swoon-worthy! I loved Niko.
Like I said, it’s like Kate stole him from my head. I love the dark and broody guy with the hair
that falls over those rumpled brows as he levels a gaze of steel at you. And I really love the overprotective type
that will come to your aid no matter what the situation. Add that to some great kissing scenes, and
voila! Plus, he’s contemplative. I really enjoyed his existential crisis
because it gave us insight into his mind—what plagues him, what delights
him. I do wish there were a few more
steamy scenes…I wanted more! Some of the
scenes in Taste took my breath away, and I was hoping for them in this
book. But, I guess I will have to wait
until the sequel (hopefully my steam quota will be met). Needless to say….I’m dying to read more of
The story itself was a fun and quick read. I enjoyed the minor characters just as much
because they filled out the story. There
were some parts where the wording did feel a little off and I had to go back
and re-read because it didn’t flow well, but that’s something easily fixed by a
little editing. The story itself was
quickly paced, and I didn’t feel like there was a slow moment. Now, there isn’t wam, bam type of action like
beat downs and car chases and what not, but the action that did take place fit
well with the story.
The most interesting part of the story was Death
himself. He was a tale of contradictions;
feeling yet harsh, caring yet apathetic, domineering yet acquiescing. His words seemed truthful and like a loving
father, but I couldn’t help but sense that his words were dripping with danger
and deceit. His ambiguity made it hard
to tell if he was a good or bad guy, which I loved because that’s the aura of
death, right? Is it good or evil? Or is it just…death?
Kate’s writing swept off the page, and in the blink of an
eye, I was there with her, in the In Between—frozen in time and reveling in
space. She creates a world full of layers--bittersweet
love, all-consuming hate, and unyielding power.
The lines between good and evil are soaked in oil, ready to catch fire
and burn with the strike of a match; and I believe Niko and Arianne have a
treacherous road ahead of them.
Don’t let Kate’s world slip softly from your grasp! Order it today, and you won’t be disappointed!
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