by Cecilia Robert
Series: Soul Collector #1
Release date : January 8th 2013
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: The Author | Format: eBook
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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.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
*eBook provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
To be honest, after the first few chapters I almost set this book down. Everything happened too fast and didn’t seem at all logical. I knew Ana’s motives were honorable, but at the same time I felt like she was making a HUGE mistake jumping in incredibly fast without thinking about her actions. But I pressed on, hoping things would smooth out. And it did.
Celilia Robert created a beautiful, captivating story that is very original and unique. Her take on reapers and the world she created was something new and exciting. I like how she mixed normal, mundane life with the life of a Reaper’s Novice and all that came with it. We bounced back and forth between Ana’s two separate lives (not just glimpses) until the stories started to intertwine.
Ana was a likable character. Other than the -negative- first impression of her, she is a pretty solid, strong heroine. We watched her struggle and grow throughout the novel, learning everything about her new “abilities” and also the spin that was weaved in. (I won’t elaborate due to possible spoilers)
My only issues? The pacing of the book went from fast to slow and back again. We learned about Ana’s past and the whole world in general, at an incredibly slow pace. I started to get bored at a few points throughout the novel. And the inconclusive ending left me a little baffled.
Overall, great read.
~I was given a free copy for an honest review~