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Release Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Genre: YA Reapers/Romance
Source: eARC from publisher
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Arianne began seeing souls a few years ago after a near death experience and has finally built up the courage to tell her life long best friend, Ben. He takes it surprisingly well. Ben knows Ari wouldn't lie to him and he is supportive of all the crazy things she confesses throughout the book. He also always lets her talk about her major crush on Niko. Ben has a thing for Ari's sister, Carrie, so no love triangle ever develops.
Niko is Ari's substitute lab partner one day and he begins to notice her. Ari has had a crush on Niko for years. Niko has always been focused on his job and pleasing his master, Death. He has been in a bit of a depression slump and Arianne makes him happy. Soon enough she notices that he is not human but wants to figure it out on her own so he doesn't tell her he is a reaper. This seemed like a major mistake but since Ari sees souls she doesn't worry about what Niko is, just that she cares for him. As a reaper Niko is constantly escorting souls to the in between and without even realizing it he must take one that Ari cares about.
The reapers were really unique. They were actually allowed to have relationships and even allowed to tell the person what they really were. Death was usually a pretty cool boss and worried about his children. The reapers were created, lived many lives, and there is one in charge of every state. Niko has been depressed so Death had another reaper watch over him who was actually happy Niko found someone to spend time with.
The plot was very romance focused. The romance was sweet and had a great build. It isn't extremely action packed but I was very much rooting for Niko and Ari. The main enemies were a bully at school and one of the other reapers that worked with Niko. both of them plotting against Ari and Niko. Also death certificates. Niko refuses to reap a soul and then dire consequences arise. Niko is willing to give up a lot for Ari but Ari will also give up anything for Niko. I was actually a little sad and shocked with the ending and it is a bit of a cliffhanger. Waiting to see what is next for them!
"I'm trying to tell you that I see dead people. Well...technically, I see their souls."
"You coming to school all rosy-cheeked and oozing with health can only mean you did something with those souls. Did you..." She swallowed. "Eat them?"
Pearls of laughter burst out of Niko. If he'd been drinking he'd have spewed water all over Arianne.
"In all my lives, I don't ever remember being this happy."
"I had my Caretaker and minions and colleagues. I thought, what more could I ask for? Until I met you."