Young Adult Guest Review: Reaper by L.S. Murphy


There’s no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth grim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue Mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.

She’s supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.

It doesn’t take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along especially since Death can find her anyway, anywhere, anytime. And does.

Like when she’s reassuring her friends she wants nothing to do with former best friend Ben Moorland, who’s returned from god-knows-where, and fails. Miserably.

Instead of maintaining her coveted popularity status, Quincy’s goes down like the Titanic.

Maybe … just maybe … that’s okay.

It seems, perhaps, becoming a grim reaper isn’t just about the dead but more about a much needed shift in Quincy’s priorities—from who she thinks she wants to be to who she really is.

Title: Reaper
Author: L.S. Murphy
Series: Stand alone
Publisher:  J. Taylor Publishing
Format: Kindle copy
ISBN: 1937744191
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: January 7th 2013
Number of pages: 212

Review by Melissa

This turned out to be a very emotional read for me. The tears constantly flowed freely here and there while reading certain parts, and there was no point in wiping them off since they would continue to fall for a while.

We sometimes don’t imagine how tough it would be to be a Reaper, (if they even exist, I can’t say for certain if they do) but here we come to learn that it’s not all about just reaping souls, a Reaper has to coax and guide them to take the next step towards their final resting place. It’s not always an easy thing to do, as some deaths may not be as simple and natural like one would wish. To go through this would seriously leave a mark on one’s sanity if not strong enough.

But Quincy Amarante IS strong enough.  She revaluates the meaning of life and death, what it means to be alive. I came to admire her immensely, the way she managed to cope with everything surreal and normal in her life. On the normal side, I’m so glad she let Ben in once again into her life. Such a sweet boy, so nice and bold at the same time. I loved this couple so much. I ached for them, and still do.

There’s not exactly a happily ever after in this bittersweet ending, but it does promise the next great thing. As it is, second chances sometimes do come with a price.


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