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Smashwords book reviews by sephirial

  • Between on Feb. 10, 2012

    Ok, so I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, the premise was what sucked me in originally. A hot grim reaper you could fall in love with? Sign me up! On the other hand, I felt that the book didn't live up to it's true potential. Starting off with the plot, I felt pacing could use a bit of work. It was never unbearably boring but there were parts that I felt dragged on a bit, especially towards the end. I also felt that there was no real tension in the form of challenges for the characters. The romance had virtually no development which I really hate in books. The leads went from strangers to using the "L word" before even reaching the middle of the book so I couldn't really believe in their love. Suspension of disbelief only goes so far. Also, I felt there could have been a bit more explanation regarding why God did what he does rather than simply 'god works in mysterious ways'. This is not to say the book was terrible. On the contrary, I thought that the narrative was fairly well written and descriptive. The characters could have used a bit more development but the reader does get to see into their pasts and understand their history which helps with understanding the characters themselves. I'll admit I didn't fall in love with the characters like I do in some books but I didn't find them desperately annoying either which is good. Overall, I'd say it was a good debut effort and I look forward to seeing this author's writing improve. A 2.5 out of 5 stars.