Book Trial: The Reaper’s Daughter

Posted June 3, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 2 Comments

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The Reaper's Daughter #1
K M Randall
New Adult, Fantasy
May 9th 2015
251 Pages

I’ve always felt like an average girl ... except for my strange relationship with death. You could say I like to court it. Whether I’m soaring through the air as a flyer for Specter University’s cheer squad, or speeding down the steepest mountain with only grace and balance keeping me from an icy end, I’ve always needed to feel a rush. But now Death is courting me―in more ways than one. First, there’s Rishi, a rogue death deity who has a penchant for annoying me nearly to my grave and whose intense gaze has the power to see right through me. Then there’s Hades, who I’d rather had stayed just a myth. Now that he knows I exist, he’s not going to leave me alone until I meet the same end as my mother.

Oh yeah, did I forget to mention her? I spent my whole life thinking she had died when I was a baby, but now I’ve found out she’s much more than dead. Fifty years ago, Hades banished my mother from the underworld and took away her ability to cross over souls―souls that have wandered lost through the world ever since. Now she wants me to clean up the mess. You may have​ heard of her before ...

They call her the Grim Reaper.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect by feelings towards the book.

My Impressions:

I really didn’t expect to like this one as much, thinking it would end up to be another YA romance pretending to be a Fantasy/Paranormal but surprise! It’s actually a new adult and while there is something romantic happening, it’s only in the background.

They were secrets and plot twists that I couldn’t see coming. There were times that I really felt emotional over what was happening between Blake and her boyfriend Geoff.

When she turns 18, Blake starts to see dead people, and at the same time, the mysterious Rishi comes into her life telling her that her mother is still alive and wants to meet her. But when Blake does meet her mother, she isn’t what she expected and the two cannot form the bond she needs. Then she discovers the real reason her mother is there to see her. When she was banished from the underworld, Hades also took away her scythe. Now since the council doesn’t yet know of her, Blake can sneak in and retrieve it. Through everything you realise that Grim is just using Blake to get what she wants. And it’s sad. Blake realises this, but continues to help because of the greater good.

I really liked Blake and her friend Shelby. Their closeness and understanding of each other is a bond that every girl has known if they have a sister or life long best friend.

Grim is just so cold. Even if she’s not human, she should at least know what it’s like to be one, having lived with Blake’s father.

Rishi is a complicated mess. He was raised by Grim and doesn’t really have any family. I’d be envious if I were Blake. But Rishi just kind of rubs this relationship and bond with Grim in Blake’s face. You realise that he isn’t doing it intentionally. But he is always following what Grim says without question, and agrees with her, without putting much thought into what is best for everyone else.

Geoff is just too sweet. He is a picture-perfect boyfriend except for his impatience, but he just melted my heart.

I liked the pacing of the story but didn’t realize it was part of a series until I was getting to the end and still didn’t have closure. I love to read series but lately, it’s hard to find just a good stand-alone book. Nevertheless, I’ll definitely be reading part 2 when it drops 🙂

About the Author:

As a girl, K.M. always wished she’d suddenly come into magical powers or cross over into a Faerie circle. Although that has yet to happen, she instead lives vicariously through the characters she creates writing fantasy and paranormal. She is the author of Fractured Dream (The Dreamer Saga) and The Reaper’s Daughter. When K.M. is not busy writing her next novel, she serves as a freelance editor and writer. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in English-Lit from Nazareth College of Rochester. K.M. lives in Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes region with her husband, her extremely energetic little boy, and their crazy goldendoodle Luna (short for Lunatic). K.M. is currently busy at work on the the second book in The Dreamer Saga trilogy, Shattered World. [Source: Goodreads]

The Verdict:

5 Stars
Rating Report
Overall: 5

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2 responses to “Book Trial: The Reaper’s Daughter

    • Kayla

      I agree. If I wasn’t asked to read this one, I would definitely have overlooked it. I think this is the first New Adult I’ve read in a long time.

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