Genre: Paranormal Romance Publication.Date October 30th 2012 Pages: 226 Published By: Omnific Publishing Website Kate Evangelista Reaping Me Softly Goodreads My review copy: I bought a copy on Amazon.com
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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?
“The boy who wasn't human had stolen her heart utterly, and she was frightened to think about what would become of her if he played recklessly with it. Enjoy the moment. That's what I'll do. He's here, I'm here. What more can I ask for?"
“Meeting you saved me. When you saw me on that bench, I was wondering why I was there when I thought of teleporting home after meeting with my master. It's just not that I realized my home is with you."
“I wouldn't have known someone like her existed, if not for the events that brought us together. She saved me, Master. She became every breath, every heartbeat, every waking moment. If that makes me less of a Reaper, then you'd do better to just kill me. I'm of no use to you anymore."
Reading a book so different in story line from anything you've ever gotten your hands on before is such a sweet treat. It is like opening a present and finding exactly what you want inside. Okay maybe a bit cliche, but if I am speaking honestly, there are so many books out today and we have so many choices, that when you can find one that is well written, well presented, and totally different from anything you've read before, it is fantastic.
Arianne Wilson can see dead people because of a near death experience she had last year. She also happens to be crushing hard for a boy named Niko Clark that is in her chemistry class. She doesn't realize that Niko is a Reaper that takes people's souls when it is their time to die. She doesn't realize that Niko is totally obsessed with his calling and the work he does, that's until he meets Arianne Wilson.
The voice of each character is told from the third person which for this story is wonderful because it lets the reader understand all the characters involved. You get to get inside the head of "Death" Niko's Master, his mentor who trained him, and both Arianne and Nicholas as well. This was a great idea made by the author. Since the concept was so new and fresh, reading all points of view of each character in different scenes really spiced up the dialogue. Such a creatively crafted story by Kate Evangelista.
I am literally mesmerized by the story of Arianne and Niko . It was not a typical love story, but a non-stop action packed and emotionally charged ride of love, death, and friendship. The way the author was able to speak as if you were actually talking to "Death" made the story so real for me. The idea that there are actually humans that are walking around and reaping people's souls, could be construed as far-fetched. However, the author was an absolute expert at convincing you.
If you enjoy reading paranormal romance, this is a book you need to read!
About the Author
When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. She is the author of Taste, Reaping Me Softly, Til Death, and Impulse. To learn more about Kate, please visit her website at www.kateevangelista.com or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista
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