There’s bragging, there’s trying to impress a boy, and then there’s Sixteen-year-old Zadie. Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she’s crushing on that she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake? Actually doing it! When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong (you think?). Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human, and to top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul no matter what. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper, intent on claiming both girls, or let Mara die … this time for good.
Best Bits: So, how can I write this review without spoiling the magical portion of the story? Usually in YA the main magic is vampire/werewolf/angel/etc, but I can't recall a YA book that covers the topic that My Sister's Reaper does. Sure, you can probably guess some of it based on the title, but there is quite a bit more to it. It was very unique, which is rare in supernatural teen fiction. I also kind of dug the fact that the major conflict of this book was brought about by Zadie trying to impress her crush. How many of us have done stupid things to impress people? The fact that it creates a huge oopsie moment just makes it even better. Sure, she gets the attention of the boy, but it sets things into motion, and helps her to learn more about her family and herself.
Nit Picks: I think that my main nitpick is that I felt the beginning of the story is telling, not seeing. We begin the book after Mara, Zadie's sister, has been seriously injured and is in a coma. We don't see the build up of it, we don't get to feel out the relationship between the two sisters, nor do we really get an intro to the magical portion of the book. Zadie brings it up at a party, and while I really enjoyed the magical aspect of the book as a whole, it was a tad bit confusing.
My Sister's Reaper
By Dorothy Dreyer
Published by Month9 Books
Received for Review
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Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. She loves reading, writing, movies, and spending time with her family and friends. Half-American and half-Filipino, Dorothy lives in Germany with her husband and two children.