Reaping Me Softly
Author: Kate Evangelista
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Release Date: October 30, 2012
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?
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Reaping Me Softly is a new young adult paranormal novel that follows the main character, Arianne "Ari" Wilson, who can see the souls of the dead after having a near-death experience. She has come to terms with her newfound abilities and is living a pretty normal life until Niko Clark comes crashing into her life. She had been crushing on him for years, and now he's telling her he's a Reaper. Ari's life comes crashing down around her when a loved one's soul is accidentally reaped by Niko. Will they be able to save the soul? Will Niko be able to save Ari from a terrible fate? And if he does, what will is cost him in the end?
This book was an addicting and exciting adventure that I didn't want to end. It was incredibly well-written and I absolutely loved the concept of the Reapers and their world. The characters were rich and well developed, making it easy to like them and identify with them. The romance between Niko and Ari was so sweet and romantic that it made me smile and my heart melt. It wasn't overly mushy or corny, which made it a huge plus in my book. The plot wasn't exactly original, but the writing and the twists gave it an original voice with a fresh take on the concepts. I loved the world of the Reapers and all the mystery and paranormal aspects that surrounded it. On top of dealing with all the crazy and weird otherworldy things going on in the book, Ari and her friends still had to deal with normal teen problems like school, bullies, family, and friendship. These are all serious and touching topics that everyone can relate to and I think it gave an extra layer to the book. Overall, this book went far beyond any expectations I may have had before reading it. I highly recommend it for fans of YA fantasy or paranormal romance.
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