May 24, 2017

#BookReview: Reaper by Kyra Leigh

 
Sixteen-year-old Rosie Wolf is sure when you die, you go straight to Paradise, until she wakes to discover she has died in an accident and that Paradise isn’t what she thought it would be.

Rosie Wolf was sure that when her dad died, he went to Paradise. After all, isn’t that where everyone went? But when Rosie wakes up in a strange hospital bed and finds out that she’s died in an accident, she learns things aren’t always what you think they will be.

Now her father feels further away than ever, and Rosie is left to deal with the Grim Reaper, who isn’t a man in a black cloak, but a beautiful woman with a bad attitude. The Grim Reaper tells Rosie that before she can move on to Paradise, she has to go back down to Earth and collect three souls. But Rosie quickly realizes it’s not so simple.

To complicate matters, Rosie meets Kyle, a boy who is different than anyone she’s ever known. He’s cute, smart, and funny. Rosie’s been warned to stay away from the living, but she doesn’t want to. What will happen if she doesn’t?





Kyra Leigh grew up in Utah playing classical piano. She and her four sisters were homeschooled and spent most of their time reading. She works off and on at the annual Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (WIFYR.com) workshop. She loves to travel, hike, and talk books with her friends. You can visit Kyra on Facebook, Instagram, and on the blog she shares with her Mom, ThrowingUpWords.Wordpress.com. Reaper is her first novel.



This one just didn't work out for me.  The back and forth in time slowed down the story and I just couldn't connect with Rosie.  Rosie's lack of real feeling though the story just didn't seem plausible for someone her age and well that really took away the emotion that should have been in the book. The world building (afterlife) really got a gloss over or a gray over is you ask me.  There was no real description on why everything was a washed out gray or even why this are of the afterlife was so doom and gloom. I think the author really missed out on an opportunity to let their creativity shine though.

For a debut this was not the worse that I have read but it sure isn't the best either.  It fell far from the mark for me.







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