I’m so excited to have Ella Martin, author of I LOVE HIM, I LOVE HIM NOT on my blog today with a book recommendation for you all!
Lately, my 8-year-old son has been asking a lot of questions about death and the afterlife. He’s even constructed in his mind an elaborate vision of where bad people go (and no, despite my prodding, he will not write it down). So our pre-bedtime discussions have reminded me of a book I’d read a couple of years ago that was well-worth revisiting because it’s about love ultimately transcending everything, even death.
REAPER by L.S. Murphy is about a girl who discovers she’s destined to become a reaper when she dies. There’s a good amount of training involved—think Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie, not the show) where Buffy learns she’s a Slayer and realizes there are way more important things than dances and shopping and popularity. It’s a lot like that, only with Destiny and Fate and a few distant relatives tossed into the mix. It’s a pretty deep read, but it’s still fun.
From the beginning, it’s obvious Quincy isn’t quite comfortable in her own skin. Murphy does a great job of dropping subtleties to show that Quincy isn’t completely horrid. There’s even a great line that sums it up: “It’s not as if I volunteered to be the mean girl. It just sort of happened.” And it’s that sort of discomfort that makes her kind of likeable. Hell, by the end I absolutely loved her.
I love that Quincy is a strong character. I love that she’s so layered. I love that there was this beautiful metamorphosis where you can see her changing from a petty, self-centered brat to someone wise beyond her years. And what I love is the mechanism that Murphy uses to initiate each stage of the transformation, because witnessing death will do that to you.
The romance is heart wrenching. There are the usual misunderstandings and mixed signals, but there other events culminate into a climax I wasn’t quite expecting. I can’t say too much about it except that I still cried the second time even though I knew what was coming. It’s a satisfying ending though, and a true HEA.
But I still recommend having a box of tissues nearby once you get close to the end.
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