Lost Reaper, Shelley Russell Nolan

Beautiful Brunette Girl with Healthy Long Hair“The first dead body I ever saw was my own.”

For twenty-five-year-old Tyler Morgan, being murdered was easy. Easy in comparison with working for the Grim Reaper.

Jonathan Grimm may have brought her back from the dead in exchange for working as a reaper for her hometown, Easton, but she has to find his lost reaper before she can enjoy her second chance at life.

Only… the lost reaper isn’t actually lost. He has a new body and a new life and no intention of turning himself in, even if it means giving Tyler her life back.

Tyler begins the grisly task of reaping the souls of Easton’s dead while searching for the reaper. He could be anyone- the intriguing detective, Sam Lockwood; the handsome, wealthy Chris Bradbury, or the serial killer stalking the women of Easton. Women who beat an uncanny resemblance to Tyler.

But what is the ancient secret, hidden from mankind, that has motivated Grimm to choose Tyler for the morbid task?

As the killer closes in and Grimm’s deadline draws closer, Tyler discovers she is fighting a much bigger threat than the Grim Reaper and time is running out for everyone.

fuckload of spoilers because I just couldn’t with this book

Genre: Paranormal & Urban
Title: Lost Reaper
Series: The Reaper #1
Author: Shelley Russell Nolan
Publisher: Atlas Productions

Source: NetGalley
Date: 9.1.16
Rating: 2.9/5

US | UK | CA | AU

Dear Reader,

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This was creepy and darkly mysterious, but I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters or find them endearing, except maybe Grim, and that definitely worries me. Oh, and be warned. This is more of a pissed off rant than a professional review.

(For non-psychotic review click here)

“There’ll be no more second chances.”

So I have a lot of issues with this book, and it all stems from the one main thing here: I got bad feels from it. There are three things that happen with a book I read, and usually it’s 1) good feels, 2) no feels, or 3) bad feels. Option 1 gives the book an automatic 5-stars unless the editing is atrocious. Option 2 all depends on how technically well the book did. Option 3 also depends on how bias I’m being and how well it did technical-wise.

The beginning started off great, and I was really into it. Even when the Grim tricked her into serving him for another thousand souls, I could relate to her frustration because who does like to be tricked? I should’ve taken it for the warning it was, however. I followed her out of the gas station and back home, where she then finds her boyfriend and best-friend-forever-sister gal pal having some sexy time with the wine glasses in her room. She freaks. Again, I was pissed off right alongside her. Her anger was justified and she’s old enough to know her own feelings.

Now, I won’t go into the whole book on here, but I really didn’t like the characters. Ty’s family? They’re fucking crazy if they think they can blame her for her cheating boyfriend. I mean I get it, she was a bit at fault for neglecting him (as men have needs) BUT if a guy is already cheating, there’s no reason to keep him. I hate cheaters and in my honest opinion, if she wasn’t good enough to be his only leading lady, then he doesn’t deserve her. So I’m glad she gave him the boot, and I was extremely disgusted with her family for what they were saying. It just sounded so ignorant and sexist and heartless, like their opinions on the matter were really reflecting how little they actually thought of her or something.

Sarah, her BFF who was making out balls deep with Ty’s boyfriend?

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I couldn’t stand her ass, because of the constant crying. Grow the fuck up, woman. You cheated, whether you meant to or not in your drunken state. Seriously stop sobbing every time you get turned down by Ty in trying to act like nothing changed. You fucked her over with her boyfriend, dumbass. You just don’t do that.

Now my problem with Sarah and Ty? She (Ty) turns down her ex-friend and cuts her off whenever she tries to conciliate their life-long friendship, and I’m fine with that. What I wasn’t fine with was the way she kept feeling sorry and going on and on and on about how much it hurt to see her friend so lost and sad. For fuck’s sake, Tyler, if you feel bad, grow some balls and get over the fucking betrayal. You either forgive her or you don’t. There is absolutely no reason to draw it out. It certainly didn’t add anything to the story!

And speaking of the story… I liked it. I liked how creepy it was with the Grim and the reaping business. The mystery lasted a good while until halfway through the book, when I was fed up with everyone’s shit and a major hint clued me in on who the killer was.

Please Note:
If you’re going to disguise the killer, make sure he doesn’t look like the only fucking sane male in Tyler’s life. It really gives it away.

Ty herself was hard to like. She seemed so hilariously tough in the first few pages, but then she turned into this whiny, passive-aggressive person who made me feel like she was always victimizing herself whenever shit didn’t go her way. FOR EXAMPLE:

She practically shoves Chris away but the second he decides to back off, she acts disappointed.

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You just gave me the impression that you were firm and sure in your decision, and then all of a sudden, you’re wondering why he’s not chasing after you? You just made me feel like he was a sleaze who wouldn’t know what NO was if it was tattoed above his own ass in jail. What the fuck? Why would you make me feel like he was one of those horrid men only to then get indigent when he stopped? I don’t understand you at all.

And don’t even get me started on the love-triangle. I hate love-triangles, but this one was just plain annoying for me. She couldn’t choose a guy and she kept going back and forth, getting all overwhelmed and helpless and pathetic when something wrong happened. And Chris? I didn’t like the way he kept using women to get her jealous. It just felt rude and stupid. And it’s a shame that I feel this way, cause when I found out who he really was, I was actually starting to kind of like him. And then he had to go fuck it up.

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So in conclusion, I nearly hated this book if not for the cool idea of Reapership and the Grim, who sadly was the only character who didn’t annoy the fuck out of me. I won’t be reading anymore of this series, and I wouldn’t recommend it to my friends. I’m just going to say I couldn’t click with them, though, because hey, people come in all shades of sane, right? Maybe you’ll be able to relate to one or all of these characters.

Happy Reading,

A Little Darling


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