It’s been months since Zadie faced her sister’s Reaper, months during which she’s been under her mentor’s magical protection. But now that she’s turning seventeen, that protection is about to run out.
When dark forces lure Zadie to wander at night, she’s manipulated into committing unspeakable acts. With her friends and family at risk, Zadie must try to use her powers to break free from the Reaper’s grasp, or surrender to the Reaper’s Rite, which can only lead to death.
About the Author:
Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. She loves reading, writing, movies, and spending time with her family and friends. Half-American and half-Filipino, Dorothy lives in Germany with her husband and two children.
This is the 2nd book in a series and you do really have to read the first to get to grips with this one. Okay, so the premise of these books are great, reapers are definitely an under-used paranormal entity in the world of books (unless you count the Dementors in Harry Potter) so big tick there. My criticism of the books is that neither strayed too far from the traditional YA formula, so it was a bit predictable and tired in that sense. Although, to be fair to the author, formulas are there for a reason and to stray too far from them would probably mean that neither publishers nor readers would get too far into the story without feeling uncomfortable – but a little liberty would have pushed the boundaries and perhaps made the books more memorable.
From a writer’s perspective, the character of Zadie was a bit of a cliche. She was consistently making bad decisions, although didn’t we all at that age! And as a heroine I couldn’t get behind her and her choices. She did get a little more worldly-wise in the 2nd book, but I still wanted to slap her a few times. That said, this is the main difference between YA and adult fiction. These books are aimed at a much younger reading audience than me, and as a reviewer I shouldn’t forget that.
The front covers are awesome – so well done to the designer. They both have a certain look of branding and are reflective of the storyline.
Overall, and to be fair, I’m going to give both books a duel score: 4 out 5 for a teen YA read but 3 out 5 for adults who like YA books.