Reaper (Soul Screamers #3.5) by Rachel Vincent
Publisher:  Harlequin
Published:   December 1st 2010

ebook, 64 pages

Challenge:  100 Books in 2011, YA Series, A-Z Reading Challenge

Tod Hudson was a typical teenager. He liked girls, sports, food and tolerated his younger brother, Nash. In fact, he had his whole life in front of him–and due to his bean sidhe heritage, it was going to be a very long life indeed. And then the car accident occurred. 

Suddenly Tod’s future wasn’t so sure, and he had to make a choice. Life… Death… or something Between….

Reaper is a wonderful look into the troublesome, quirky, yet fun and handsome Tod.  I was not expecting the events to play as they did (I can’t say though! No Spoilers!!).  In the previous installments Tod comes across as very self consumed, even though he shows a softer side here and there.  In Reaper he is all human, both literally and figuratively.  Reaper also gives us a glimpse of the relationship Tod and Nash had before Tod died.

Novella’s such as these are a perfect chance to authors to develop characters from their full novels that might not get as much development as others.  Rachel Vincent was not lacking at all in this department.  While in the previous installments, especially in My Soul to Save, you are given glimpses ans scenes of Tod’s human side, it is in Reaper where he is nothing but human.  I fell in love with Tod in this novella.  He is hilarious!!

“So, ‘reaper’ is really just a nice word for ‘covert pervert?’ Is that what you’re saying?” 

“So you’re saying the afterlife is hard on the libido? FYI, that’s probably not a good bullet point for your recruiting brochure.” 

It was also nice to get a different view of Nash as well.  In the full novels he is this almost ‘perfect’ guy/boyfriend, standing by Kaylee’s side no mater what.  In Reaper is pretty selfish and self involved.  Completely different! Now we know what made him grow up: Tod’s death.  We are also given a glimpse into Nash’s relationship with Sabine, who makes her presence in the next installment, My Soul to Steal.  

Unlike with My Soul to Loose (#.5), where I think you should read after the 2nd installment, I highly recommend you read this after My Soul to Keep and before My Soul To StealReaper offers insight into many things that have passed and many things that will come up in the series.  Rachel Vincent has done it again!! A must read for all fans!

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