(Soul Collecter #1)
Author: Cecilia Robert
Length: 304 pages
Rating: 4 Stars
**Reaper's Novice was previously published as a short story installment. It will be released in January 2013 as full length novel.**
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.
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. -Goodreads
This book is wonderful for so many reasons.
1. The setting- This is one of the few books that doesn't take place in the U.S.
2. The family- There is one...with two parents and everything! The main drive of the plot is keeping the family alive and in tact. Go figure.
3. The reaper- He is funny, charming, and anything but grim.
Ana reads as a very sincere protagonist and as such, is very likeable from the start.
Her bargain with Ernest/Grim seems pretty cut and dry on first glance; given the reversal of the horrific loss that she suffers.
That is until both the reader and Ana learn secrets about her and her new found position.
Ana's romance and the support cast of her friends where a joy to read.
The one drawback to this read was the repetitive use of her family as "the prize behind door number 2". When it came to important choices.
This is a very well written story that puts a new spin on what it means to be a Grim.
This reviewer is looking forward to reading more in the series.