(The Reluctant Reaper #2)
Author: Gina X. Grant
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star
Kirsty’s afterlife gets even more Hellish in this second installment of The Reluctant Reaper series when her soul-stealing ex-boss targets her beloved aunt. Her only chance to stop him? Becoming a Reaper herself. Fortunately, her hunky new boyfriend, Italian-poet-turned-Reaper Dante Alighieri, is there to help.Still trapped in the bureaucratic inferno known as Hell, Kirsty d’Arc redoubles her efforts to escape back to the Mortal Coil when she learns Conrad is after the soul of her beloved aunt. To save Aunt Carey, Kirsty must enroll at the Reaper Academy and earn a scythe of her own. Studying topics like Exor-scything 101, Riding the Death Cycle, and Reincarnation for Dummies is strange. But then, so are her classmates: a fallen angel, the Death Valley girls, and Kali—the ancient god of death, destruction, and those little earring backs that always go missing.
Now time is running out thanks to a temporal crisis she may have accidentally created. Can she graduate, rescue her aunt, take down Conrad, and save Hell and every other dimension—before the clock stops ticking?
As the saying goes in Hell, “Be careful what you wish for; it just might get you!” -Goodreads
"Scythe Does Matter," the second book in the Reluctant Reaper series, is where the book and it's author find their feet.
The laughs this time around are allowed to occur naturally and never seem forced or over done.
Kirsty comes into her own and takes an active role in her after-life. This allows her to become the heroine that she has to be to make the story work.
Dante, on the other hand, plays a more secondary role in this read. Thankfully without all of the "thee and thou" of the first book.
The setting of the story is also a lot tighter than the first time around. This means that there are not tons of new characters drifting in and out of scenes, and there are fewer scene changes. This paring down of details helps to make this a wonderful novella.
This is a great second book and an awesome progression for the author and the series.