Publisher: Etopia Press
Series: Living Dead World #2
Jen MacLellan can’t get the hang of being a reaper. She’s been separated from Jack, the man she loves, and is stuck with an annoying telepathic link to her ill-tempered mentor, Sam. Now Death is breathing down her neck, promising to remove that annoying link if she gives him what he wants. But when reapers begin to disappear back on earth, leaving behind walking, talking dead people, Jen and Sam are thrust into a dangerous mission to recapture the souls, and a passionate physical relationship that complicates everything.
Jack Norris has no memory prior to waking up on the half-demon Nulcifer’s couch six months earlier. As he begins to investigate his past, he discovers a string of past lives tied together by a beautiful, mysterious brunette. Who is she? And why does finding her seem like a life or death proposition?
When Sam falls victim to fate during a routine visit to earth, Jen’s devastated. Desperate to get him back, she runs smack into the man she never thought she’d see again—Jack. She tries to keep her distance, but there’s no time to be awkward if they want to save Sam. When sinister plots are revealed, and betrayals threaten everything, she’s forced to make some tough choices—and learns that life is just as difficult when you’re dead.
Reaper Madness is the second of the Living Dead World series, and the author keeps with her style and continued to not hold back which easily kept my interest with her intriguing descriptions and her literary imagination was enough to make me never want to get off the ride. Now beware, possible spoiler alert.
I enjoyed the format of this book going between the views of Jen and Jack, and that the dual storylines were easily passed between until they came together. I really enjoyed the tasks that Jack was given, but I would have liked a few more situations of Jen being a Reaper, whether it was failing at it or working at it. The additional characters in this book were described well, I found Nulcifer entertaining, Brigid intriguing, Feargal made me quite curious, and the elaboration on Sam was well put together, but my favorite in this book would have had to have been Baba-Yaga and her “living” house. The house itself still has me curious.
The imagination used for the afterlife and how things are structured was interesting to say the least, and I truly was engaged in the portrayal of how souls exist after death. The circumstances between Jen and Sam was heated enough to tug at one’s interest when it comes to love triangles, but without saying too much, I found the ending seemed to be a bit too abrupt of a change from one to the other like it was rushed instead of naturally flowing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nessie is a Massachusetts native and mother of two who has dabbled in everything from abstract painting to freelance sports reporting. She also loves a good story, whether it's reading or writing one. Active membership in a writer's critique group has helped erase the memory of two horribly written practice novels.
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