Saturday, November 3, 2012

"Reaping Me Softly" by Kate Evangelista ~ (Blog Tour/giveaway)

Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista

Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Genre: Paranormal YA
Source:  Received electronic ARC to review

Book description:  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?

My thoughts:  I had the privilege of reading Kate Evangelista's previous book "Taste".  I loved it and I was very excited to read this book as well.  She did not disappoint me, I love this one too.

I paid close attention to Kate's writing style and I  discovered that she is amazing at description.  Her descriptions let me visualize the picture she is trying to portray.  This is from a random page in the book.  "Is this it?  he asked himself, tilting his head up to watch the sky change from pinch pink to bruise purple."  Not your typical description but amazingly vivid. (On my Sony eReader, it said the quote was on page 56, not sure if a printed copy will have the same page numbering.)

I loved the main characters in the book.  There is a lot of chemistry between Arianne and Niko.  I think it is really cute the way she begins shy and awkward with him, but an unrequited crush will do that to a girl.  He didn't notice her for a few years, and is amazed at his lack of sight.  It's fun to see them figure it out.

This is a different take on Reapers.  I liked the way it is portrayed as a council, set apart by regions in the United States with death as the head.  Death himself is an interesting character.  Kate really has a wonderful imagination.  The ending is pretty amazing.  Not sure what to think about it, but it leaves me with quite a bit of hope for the books coming after this one.

Solid  book recommendation on this one from me. :)  There is innuendo without strong sexual content.  I would recommend for readers 16+.

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Giveaway:  You can win your own ebook copy of this book from the tour.  Use the rafflecopter form below to enter.  I am not sponsoring this one, but am excited to give you a chance to enter. a Rafflecopter giveaway

About Kate:  When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing.

Kate's Links:  Facebook / Twitter / website

Purchase Links:  Amazon Reaping Me Softly / Barnes & Noble

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