Publishing Date: May 2015
Publisher Description: Fifty years ago, Hades banished my mother from the underworld and took away her ability to cross over souls―souls that have wandered lost through the world ever since. Now she wants me to clean up the mess. You may have heard of her before …They call her the Grim Reaper.
Review: “DUN, DUN, DUN!!!!!….”. Take a look at that cover art. Besides being really bad I think her head is slightly compressed or elongated.
So Blake is a cheerleader attending Specter University (with an ‘E’), only this is not an alternate reality novel. So I assumed the University was named in honor of Phil Spector.
Blake is head strong, independent and incredibly self-absorbed. So much so, that pages and pages of inner dialogue were written in her honor. She soon learns that on her 18th birthday she sees dead people, one of which is her boy crush recently deceased in a car accident. Besides getting over him in about an hour (as she is getting the hot’s for Rishi), she meets her mother in a cemetery crypt and soon learns that she is The Grim Reaper “DUN ,DUN, DUN!!!…..”. So blah blah, denial, blah, not going to do it, blah, reality bites, blah, wah, wah, Rishi hot, blah, crows suck, blah, flicker this, flicker that, Hades blows, get the scythe, wah, grrrrr, hiss, pfffffft!!
The reviews for this were pretty bipolar and I think I know why. For the first 50% of the novel Blake’s character is beautifully constructed and expressed within the movement. She is not in insta-love with anyone. She is real in her feelings and expresses them if warranted. She don’t take shit from a-holes and demons yet loves her Dad and friends. Almost loyal to a fault which is sadly lacking in the real world. The novel is well written, and although the story line has been done before, the author puts her own brand of creativeness into the world building.
At the 51% mark, the novel goes downhill, quickly. Almost is if it were written by someone else. Blake goes from interesting, to petulant and mired in her own hormones. Sniffing “musk” off of men and constantly whining about her mom. The writing also takes a turn for the worse where phrasing is used to expedite dialogue and scene development. For instance, after every sentence someone is “Speaking softly” or “flashing /glimmer in their eyes”. Real juvenile writing. The word “soft” or “softly” was used well over a 100x. This was profoundly disappointing as initially I found myself caught up in the story with Blake and was constantly rooting for her. Then for no reason it turns into this slow narcissistic boat to China that never makes it to shore. The dialogue also seemed to get heavier along with the phrasing and what was once creative quickly turned pedantic.
Get this with your favorite opiate.