The Reluctant Reaper
by Gina X. Grant
Life for Kirsty d’Arc might not be perfect, but it’s far from hellish. She likes her job, has a great BFF and truly admires Conrad, her boss. But when she dives in front of a lunatic’s blade to save him from certain death, she finds out Conrad isn’t so admirable after all. In fact, he’s traded her soul to the Devil!
While her body lies comatose on the Mortal Coil, Kirsty’s spirit is dragged straight to Hell…which is not quite the fire-and-brimstone abyss she’d expected. In fact, the place is quirky, wacky, and not without charm. Desperate to reunite body and soul before her time runs out, she seeks out allies, earning the friendship of a powerful drag demon, a psychic server and most importantly, Hell’s civil servant. But what of her growing attraction to Dante, the sexy Reaper with a flair for romantic language—can she forgive him for scything her soul?
Stuck in the netherworld, Kirsty vows she’ll do everything on her postmortem bucket-list, starting with getting her life back and ensuring that Conrad has Hell to pay!
There isn’t really much to say about this book without giving too much away. It was an easy and fun read. If you are looking for something deep and meaningful with complicated storylines and extensive amounts of conflict and action, this book isn’t for you. I don’t think this book was meant to be anything other than a quick and sweet story.
In the beginning of the book we are introduced to Kirsty, a young woman who has worked hard at her career to get where she is. She works for her best friend’s father, Conrad’s, company and seems to have a bright future ahead of her. She is a fairly shallow character; all she seems to care about is herself and advancing herself.
In a rare attempt to do something for someone else, she accidently ends up trading her soul to the devil instead of letting him take her boss’s. I guess she didn’t take the guy in the robe with the scythe seriously.
Now she must find a way to escape hell and revive herself from the coma she is in on earth. Unfortunately for her, Hell is full of paperwork and forms that must be filled out for an appeal and the waiting room has a hell of a line, hehe get it? Hell of a line? Lol, I slay me! I suppose paperwork is much better than fire and brimstone! This hell is much different than the hell we are taught about. Grant creates a Hell that is both strange and creative. It’s almost hypocritical in some ways.
While she is waiting for her appeal to go through, Kirsty decides to make the best of things while she is stuck in Hell. She makes friends, gets pretty close with Dante, the reaper who collected her soul. He lets her move in with him while she is waiting. By the way, Dante, is THE Dante. The one who wrote Inferno.
She does whatever she can to ensure that Conrad is going to get what he deserves for tricking her the way he did.
In all honesty, there were times where I forgot they were supposed to be in Hell. It just seemed like they were just living somewhere else. There wasn’t the despair and horrors that one will usually associate with Hell. It seems more like what I always imagined Purgatory. A lot of waiting. In some ways that bothered me, but the storyline in and of itself was cool.
This book had some creative ideas going on, and could make you really think. I did like the ideas that Grant introduced as far as reincarnation and such. It was almost sweet in some ways. The images of Hell were pretty funny.
This wasn’t an amazing book, but I enjoyed reading it, and the writing and ideas presented were good. I would suggest this book to someone looking for something of an upbeat book, without high expectations.
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All About Gina
Gina X. Grant writes wacky books featuring crazy creatures. She is represented by Rosemary Stimola, the agent who also represents THE HUNGER GAMES. The first three books in Gina’s RELUCTANT REAPER series release Summer 2013 from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star imprint. Under the pen name Storm Grant, she’s written a number of books with a higher sensual content.
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