Title: Reaper's Novice
Author: Cecilia Robert
Genre: YA, Paranormal
17- 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.The first book I read from Cecilia Robert was last April, and it was "Madly, Truly, Deeply" it was a beautiful piece of work. When the tour invite came in for Reaper's Novice. I knew it was something I very much wanted to read. And Reaper's Notice surely didn't disappoint.
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.
Ana is 17, the oldest of 3 children. Her parents going through a hard patch in their marriage. Ana thinks a family trip is just what they need. With a four day holiday fast approaching, on the day they are slated to leave, a tragic car accident rips her family away from her, even worse, she's the one to find the mangled wreckage. This is where she meets Grim, though most would call him Death. She strikes a deal with him. He'll release her family's souls in exchange for her own. The deal comes with a price... immortality, she'll be bound to him forever, or until he releases her. She begins her journey in Novicehood.
Ana finds it hard to juggle her school load, friends, family, and soul collecting. Not to mention the hot boyfriend, who is just now showing signs of anger. She has thirteen months to finish her training, which she has to pass, so Grim can stop hanging their souls over a confused and learning Ana.
Reaper's Novice is a fast paced, clinging on the edge of your seat novel. I simply couldn't put it down. It has the twists and turns of an action, the heart ache, and anguish of a drama, mixed with the supernatural twists that makes it truly fantastic.
The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger, and I can't want to get my hands on book two!
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~About the Author~
Cecilia Robert lives in Vienna with her two children, has an incurable obsession with books, anything romantic, TV and medieval architecture. When not working in her full-time job, catching up with her two children, writing or reading, she can be found, knitting or crocheting, taking photos of old buildings.
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