The truck should have turned Libbi Piper into a Libbi Pancake—and it would have, too, if Aaron hadn't shown up and saved her life. The problem? Aaron's the local Grim Reaper . . . and he only saved Libbi's life because he needs someone to take over his job. Now, Libbi has two days to choose between dying like she was supposed to, or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. Talk about a rock and a hard place. And the choice goes from hard to sucktastic when her best friend shows up marked: condemned as a future murderer. Libbi could have an extra week to stop the murder and fix the mark . . . but only if she accepts Aaron's job as Reaper, trapping herself in her crappy town forever, invisible and inaudible to everyone except the newly dead. But, if she refuses? Her best friend is headed straight for Hell.
4 Out Of 5 Stars
Libbi is being followed by a strange boy. He may be attractive, but it still freaks her out. When he saves her life and gives her the option to either take over his position as a Grim reaper or to complete her fate and die the next day, Libbi is torn. If she chooses to accept his job offer, then she has a week to say goodbye to her family while training, but will ultimately be alone forever after. Libbi is torn by her choices, until her best friend’s fate is revealed, sealing Libbi’s future, whatever is remaining.
This was a teen drama mixed with death, supernatural powers, tons of mystery, and just a hint of forbidden romance. I absolutely loved the mystery aspect of the book, trying to figure out the real deal with Aaron the Grim Reaper as well as the motivation for her friend to be marked. The story dealt with some very dark topics like murder and rape, as well as watching people die from all sorts of reasons, but what can one expect from a book about a Grim Reaper.
A good majority of the book deals with Libbi learning how to be a reaper, be it flying, speed, invisibility, to removing a soul from a body. It was interesting to see the structure of the reapers as well as the world and rules the author built. I really liked how ghosts were explained in the book, as souls that get trapped in a dead body and end up tearing themselves apart to escape, leaving only fragments of them behind, such as a smell or glimpse. It adds a whole new creepy factor to the traditional ghost story.
At times I rooted for Libbi and her strength, and other times she frustrated the begeebies out of me with how dense she could be. It was so obvious how her best friend really felt, yet Libbi never even considered it to be a possibility. Not even for a second. It made me what to palm smack my forehead in her general direction. And then the making out with another guy when she had confessed her love that same day to previously mentioned friend. Total bonehead move for a fairly smart practical girl.
The ending of the story took a surprising twist that I never would have predicted, keeping me on my toes. I look forward to what has to be more to come because now I am dying to see how everything plays out and what kind of trouble will follow Libbi.
I received this book form the author in exchange for my honest review.