Nov 3, 2012

BlogTour/Review: Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista

Hello bookworms! I am so excited to be participating in the REAPING ME SOFTLY by Kate Evangelista blog tour hosted by AToMR Tours! I want to say a big thank-you to AToMR Tours for allowing me to participate today! Also, be sure to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below for the chance to win 1 of 10 Reaping Me Softly ebooks *cheers loudly* !  


Reaping Me Softly
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Pages: 220
Rating: 3.5/5
A copy was provided by AToMR Tours in exchange for an honest review

Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she’s learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she’s had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clark, is a Reaper.

At last they have something in common, but that doesn’t mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne’s world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne’s life. But will Niko break his own Reaper’s code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?

     Reaping Me Softly is the first installment in a new trilogy by author Kate Evangelista- some of you may recognize Kate as the author of Fate. I haven't yet had the opportunity to read Fate but I have read some great reviews for the novel, so I was really excited to be getting the chance to read the newest release this author had to offer. Reaping Me Softly was a great start to a promising new YA series!

     The book revolves around the paranormal division of reapers (hence the title Reaping Me Softly). I really loved this story's take on the "Reaping Community"- it was not only an interesting world to explore, but it was unique enough to set it apart from other reaper novels I've read.

     I'm sure by now you all pretty much now that I'm a sucker for the paranormal romances- there's something really sexy about being in love with a non-human (although, if this were true in real life I probably wouldn't find it too sexy....more like "I'm-gonna-run-now-and-scream-at-the-top-of-my-lungs *sprints*") but nonetheless I love it in fiction! The relationship between Niko and Arianne was incredibly sweet, and being able to read through both of their POVs allows you to connect with them better as a couple. My one major concern with the book was how ridiculously accepting Arianne is when she finds out about Niko's true identity. She was just so nonchalant about everything- it was like she was deciding what to order for take out rather than trying to figure out what non-human being her wanna-be-boyfriend was! I understand that over-dramatic heroines can be annoying, but I just found it really unrealistic for Arianne to be completely unconcerned with the fact that Niko is a reaper! With all that being said, I will point out that Niko had no trouble in making me swoon with some of his incredible lines *faints*

     There is also a secondary relationship in this novel that almost (emphasis on the almost) got me more excited than Niko and Arianne's, and it was between Arianne's sister and best friend (Carrie and Ben). Their ending is really sad but the small glimpses we get between the two of them was really great- I'm a huge fan of the Carrie and Ben duo!

Favourite Quotes...

"Would it go to your head if I said you look really hot all brooding and dark?"
Like a fridge magnet, his gaze snapped to hers. "Definitely."
"Meeting you saved me. When you saw me on that bench, I was wondering why I was there when I thought of teleporting home after meeting with my Master. It's just now that I realized my home is with you." He kissed her with a tenderness that broke her heart. 
"Nikolas Clark," he said.
Arianne tucked and imaginary strand of hair behind her ear, forgetting that the strands were currently tied together for her own safety.
"I know," she breathed out. "Uh, I mean, Arianne Wilson. It's nice to finally meet you."
Amusement seemed to make Niko even more handsome. "Finally?"
"I, uh, mean, for the first time." Arianne returned her attention to Mr.Todd, who resumed his lecture after getting the class to pay attention again. "I mean, since freshman year. We've had freshman English together, sophomore Geometry, and now Chemistry." Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!
"That many classes together and we've only just met?" He shook his head. "Well, I'm glad this chance has presented itself. It's a pleasure meeting you, Arianne Wilson."


     Overall I'm really glad I read this book- it was a really great first installment for what I hope to be an even greater trilogy! Reaping Me Softly is a quick, fun, emotional, and swoon-packed YA read for anyone looking for a good paranormal romance! Book two can't come fast enough :) Have you read Reaping Me Softly? Are you a Kate Evangelista fan? Be sure to let me know in the comments below! Keep Reading!

Your Y.A. Bookworm,
Caitlin <3

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