Monday, 27 May 2013

Review ~ Don't Fear the Reaper (Netherworld #1) - Michelle Muto

Don't Fear the Reaper (Netherworld, #1)
Ebook received from the author in exchange for an honest review

Published: September 23rd 2011

ASIN: B005P4534O


Grief-stricken by the murder of her twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her ticket to eternal peace and a chance to reunite with her sister. When Keely succeeds in taking her own life, she discovers death isn’t at all what she expected. Instead, she’s trapped in a netherworld on Earth and her only hope for reconnecting with her sister and navigating the afterlife is a bounty-hunting reaper and a sardonic, possibly unscrupulous, demon. But when the demon offers Keely her greatest temptation—revenge on her sister’s murderer—she must uncover his motives and determine who she can trust. Because, as Keely soon learns, both reaper and demon are keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true—that her every decision will change how, and with whom, she spends eternity.

My Opinion

I'm not sure why but for some reason I kept putting off reading this book. I don't know why as I was excited when I first got it but now I have read it I can't believe I waited so long to pick up this book. It was a really great read that I couldn't put down once I started.

The storyline was well constructed and interesting. It was also surprisingly original. I wasn't sure how Michelle was going to develop the reaper side of things but I really enjoyed it and can honestly say it was a new take on the paranormal characters that I have read about before. I also loved the after-life aspect. Although it was related to Heaven, Hell and Purgatory and used that as a basis, I liked how the author developed the earth-bound characters and changed how we think of the after-life. One thing I really enjoyed was reapers being the enforcers rather than just death-bringers. 

Because of this different take and Banning's relationship with Keely he was a character I could really feel compassion for and connect with. He contrasted well with Daniel's personality and the two together were great. They had a few funny moments and others where they split your opinion with their view. I also liked how Daniel developed, I'm not sure if there is anything going on with Keely or if there will be but it was subtle concern that helped me grow to like him by the end.

With the way the book started I was a bit wary about it being a book that covers teen and hard hitting issues. Now, I know death and grief is one of these but it was more the suicide aspect that I think helped put me off reading this book. I understand why it was needed and it wasn't as bad as I expected. As well as this thankfully that was the only way it was majorly involved and the way Keely comes to deal with it (and Daniel's stages of grief/blunt nature) made it more interesting. I liked how Keely comes to accept and and her journey was filled with fast-paced moments and slower moments that kept my interest well and helped me engage with the story and characters well. 

The only thing I wasn't so keen on was how the story built itself around this mystery and secrets that were kept from Keely. There were some successful moments that I couldn't predict how parts would turn out, however the main ending I saw coming a mile away and for me, the rest of the mystery became slightly irrelevant as it didn't matter what happened. Once I figured out how the characters were going to get out of the situation the rest of the secrets became a little pointless. Although saying that, it didn't stop me reading as I was really enjoying the book. As well as this even though I knew how it would end when I got there it was executed well and had a good resolve that satisfies the reader while wanting to find out more if there is a sequel. 

Overall this was an enjoyable read that had an original take on a paranormal species and stands out from other books I have read in the genre that deals with these beings. The characters were interesting and engaging, as well as easy to relate to. Although it's predictable it was a nice read and if there is a sequel I will be looking forward to it.



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