Review: Reaper by L. S. Murphy

Reaper - LS MurphyPublisher: J. Taylor Publishing (January 7th 2013)
Source: J. Taylor Publishing
Rating: 3 of 5 stars

There’s no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth grim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue Mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.

She’s supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.

It doesn’t take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along especially since Death can find her anyway, anywhere, anytime. And does.

Like when she’s reassuring her friends she wants nothing to do with former best friend Ben Moorland, who’s returned from god-knows-where, and fails. Miserably.

Instead of maintaining her coveted popularity status, Quincy’s goes down like the Titanic.

Maybe … just maybe … that’s okay.

It seems, perhaps, becoming a grim reaper isn’t just about the dead but more about a much needed shift in Quincy’s priorities—from who she thinks she wants to be to who she really is.


Quincy and her best friend has decided they want to be Queen Bees of the school and things are going pretty well, the hot new guy has his eye on Quincy and her popularity is rising, there’s only two problems in the way. Quin can’t stop thinking of Ben, the “scrub” (aka bottom of the high school totem pole of coolness),  who was once her best friend before he left and having Destiny and Great-great-great-great grandpa Forsyth show up telling you that you’ll be the fifth grim reaper can really put a kink into things too.

Reaper is a pretty cute teen read. I actually found that for about 3/4 of the book it was definitely more high school drama rather than paranormal reaper story. Forsyth wants Quin to know what her future holds so basically she’s gets to shadow the fourth reaper (Forsyth) on his job. These moments are pretty interesting and you get to understand a little more of the reaper world and how it works. Only thing these moments are only randomly inserted among the high school drama of Quin (who starts off pretty shallow) and only make a real impact near the end of the book. The majority of the story is actually seeing Quin working towards accepting her destiny as a reaper which is putting a toll on her high school way of life. Like most teen novels, there’s (inconsequential) love triangles, bickering friends, jackasses and some moments of clarity. The ending  is what got me. I’m a little conflicted, I enjoyed it but at the same time I felt it didn’t really quite fit with the rest of the book. It’s a bit of an emotional roller coaster there.

Overall, a fun, light, and quick read, just don’t put your hopes too high on the paranormal aspect because it definitely falls under high school drama genre.

{*Thanks to J. Taylor Publishing for providing an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

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0 Replies to “Review: Reaper by L. S. Murphy”

  1. I love Reaper books but this sounds a little on the young side for me. I like them to be a little darker or snarky..LOL awesome review

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