Publisher: Fiction Addiction
Publishing date” January 10, 2013
Genre: Scifi/Fantasy Teen/YA
Rating: 4/5 stars
Seventeen-year-old Ana Maria Tei’s life has always been perfect: loving parents, good grades, and a future so bright it outshone the sun. But now words like “separation” and “divorce” are sending her world plummeting to hell. Determined to keep her family intact, Ana plans a family-bonding trip from Vienna to Tuscany. Except fate has other plans. Ana’s parents and siblings are killed in a car accident on their way to pick Ana up from school.
Enter Grim, aka Ernest. He promises to relinquish the four souls if Ana agrees to trade her soul for theirs and serve a lifetime as his novice. In order for Ana to graduate from her Reaper’s Novice station to a Soul Collector graduate, Grim puts her to test. To her horror, she finds out becoming a Reaper’s Novice didn’t happen by chance. It was preordained, and she is forced to make a choice: save her family’s souls or come to terms with who she really is and complete the task set for her.
I really enjoyed this novel. A little bit of wading through the teen hormone thing, but the author weaves it into the story-line so you’re not left with an internal-dialogue hangover. You feel frustrated and indisposed at the same time the heroine feels it. This is good writing that imbibes the reader with a sense of presence. Look forward to the next in the series.