Published March 12, 2015
Genres and Themes: Young Adult, Fiction, LGBT, Death, Suicide, Religion
Length: 180 pages, ebook
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Ebook ASIN/ISBN: 1632168928 (ISBN13: 9781632168924)
Characters: Max, Slade, Kody Michaels
I abso-freakin’-lutely loved this story! It started when Max lost his life on prom night and he was recruited as a ‘reaper’ by a very mysterious ‘angel’ named Slade. Three years after joining the group of teenage reapers, he was assigned his very first suicide case and that’s when he defied the number one rule of his job – saving a life!
After failing his first suicide attempt, Kody is determine to end it all by jumping off a bridge. Until Max intervened and made him realized that there’s got to be more to life.
I had so much fun reading this one because it’s an interesting premise with charming characters. I loved Max’s character the most because he was very likable and relatable. I loved that he wears his heart on his sleeve.
I also want to give poor Kody the tightest hug ever and let him know that it’s gonna be alright. Such a darling boy. I’m excited to learn more about the mystery of his character.
It’s interesting how the author tackled sensitive topics like suicide, gay conversion therapy, religion and bigotry. These are issues you’d rather avoid in a book but the author was able to breeze through it in a way that doesn’t sound preachy and all that shit.
It was a well-built world where we get to see “reapers” differently. Although there’s still the usual bad guys ala-Dementors which are equally interesting as well. We get to see the mindset of people all too real in this world. And we also get this message in the book that makes you wonder why it’s so hard for people to accept other people’s differences.
This is a really good book and I thought a lot of people should give it a go. It’s all worth it!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
About the Author
K.D. Worth has always considered herself to have the heart of a teenager with an old soul. When not talking to the characters living in her head, she loves to hang out at her favorite townie bar then go dancing and partying with her husband and friends. There is always music playing in her home, and if it’s too loud you’re too old! On the flip side, K.D. enjoys spending time in her vegetable garden, canning the food she grows, and making homemade jams and jellies. She also is known to crochet washcloths and blankets for her closest friends and smiles when they tease her for her “grandmotherly” ways. These two different sides to her personality create a layered tapestry of life experience that brings depth and believability to the characters she writes. She loves to hear from her fans almost as much as she loves her cocker spaniels. You can find her on Facebook or get updates about upcoming books on her website.