Title: Reaping Me Softly
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Publication: October 30th, 2012
Rating: 3/5 Stars
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?
Ari is always optimistic. She believes that everything will turn out okay. After everything she faces in this story, will she continue to battle thought it? When Niko reaps someone she loves more than anything, will she be able to forgive Niko? Will she be able to save Niko from himself and from Death?
I really liked Arianne as a character, because I was able to relate to her She was strong and loyal to her friends and family. She always put them first and I loved her because of that. Arianne has the ability to see souls. The souls appear completely nude so that lets her know who is actually dead and who is not. I loved her friendship with Ben. They were very close, like brother and sister. I loved how well they knew each other and how comfortable they were together. They had each others backs no matter what. I definitely would have been Ben's best friend!!!
Arianne has it tough in school. She is constantly bullied by Darla. Anyone who tries to help her out, gets bullied as well. This aspect had a huge, shocking twist. I so did not see that coming!!! I had to read the page a couple of times, because I was shocked speechless. I love when books do that. Darla gets worse and worse through the series. She kinda goes crazy when Arianne gets even with her.
I also loved the relationship between Arianne and her sister, Carrie. Carrie was such a strong character as well. She is really sick in the hospital, but she was so strong willed, that she didn't let that get her down. I felt the hope that both sisters had. It was truly touching.
Niko pretty much gave up on life. He was so depressed and questioning his purpose of existing. As a reaper, he retrieves souls to be processed. That is all he does. All the lives, he has lived, he has never been truly happy. He got so depressed, that he started to let himself fade. He believed his angel, Arianne, saved him by stating a simple quote.
Arianne always had a huge crush on Niko. He didn't know she even existed until they got put together as lab partners. I loved their relationship even though it borders on insta-love. It was just too fast. One minute he didn't know her and the next, he was fully entranced. Don't get me wrong, I loved watching the things he would do for her or things he said to her, but I would have loved watching their relationship grow and build as they hung out.
I loved the book until the ending. I absolutely hated the ending. I love my happy ending, and this one doesn't end happy at all. One minute I am happy and the next I am crying, ready to throw my Nook. I thought it was a little too much at the end. So many things went wrong at the end.
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