Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Review, Interview & Giveaway: The Reaper's Daughter @KM_Randall

The Reaper's Daughter
Title: The Reaper's Daughter
Author: K.M. Randall
Release Date: May 9th 2015
Format: Ebook & Paperback
Publisher: Booktrope Publishing
Source: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review.


I’ve always felt like an average girl ... except for my strange relationship with death. You could say I like to court it. Whether I’m soaring through the air as a flyer for Specter University’s cheer squad, or speeding down the steepest mountain with only grace and balance keeping me from an icy end, I’ve always needed to feel a rush. But now Death is courting me―in more ways than one. First, there’s Rishi, a rogue death deity who has a penchant for annoying me nearly to my grave and whose intense gaze has the power to see right through me. Then there’s Hades, who I’d rather had stayed just a myth. Now that he knows I exist, he’s not going to leave me alone until I meet the same end as my mother.
Oh yeah, did I forget to mention her? I spent my whole life thinking she had died when I was a baby, but now I’ve found out she’s much more than dead. Fifty years ago, Hades banished my mother from the underworld and took away her ability to cross over souls―souls that have wandered lost through the world ever since. Now she wants me to clean up the mess. You may have​ heard of her before ...
They call her the Grim Reaper.

K.M. RandallAs a girl, K.M. always wished she'd suddenly come into magical powers or cross over into a Faerie circle. Although that has yet to happen, she instead lives vicariously through the characters she creates in writing fantasy and delving into the paranormal. 
When K.M. is not busy writing her next novel, she is a copy editor for an event industry publication, an editor with Booktrope Publishing, and a freelance editor and writer. 
She has a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a bachelor's degree in English-Lit from Nazareth College of Rochester. 
K.M. lives in Upstate New York's Finger Lakes region with her husband, her extremely energetic little boy, and her crazy golden doodle, Luna.

Hello K, thanks for agreeing to do this!
Ruty: First of all I would like to know what inspired you to write The Reaper’s Daughter? 
K: I was inspired by a confluence of factors. I was editing a collection of short stories by Booktrope author Alex Kimmell, and he had written a story about Death who tries online dating. So this idea of Death personified was a thought already in my head. Around that same time I kept noticing the crows that would settle in my yard and in the tree outside my office window. I always think symbolically when I see them, being harbingers of death and all that. I imagined a teenage girl looking out the window and gazing upon the same scene. I was struck by the idea of a teenage girl finding out she’s Death, and the whole idea of The Reaper’s Daughter just sort of flowed out of me after that.

Ruty: How long took you to write it? 
K: From conception to finish it took me a little more than a year to write it. A little longer if you count editing.

Ruty: Was it difficult to include the mythological aspects (like Hades and the other deities)?  
K: Greek mythology is always the easiest for me because I was obsessed with it for a while as a kid and read plenty of books. Plus, Greek mythology continues to be popular in YA lit. I have a little bit of background in a number of religions, as I studied religious studies as a concentration in college, and I continue to have an interest in all beliefs and traditions. But I definitely had to do a bit of research, although the second book will really go much deeper than this book does into the various mythology of different deities.

Ruty: Is it a standalone or are you planning to write more books in this universe?  
K: There will be more in the series, although I’m not certain just how many yet.

Ruty: What’s your favorite writing scenario?
K: Well, I have a little office nook that I redid this past year with the help of my father, and it’s become my haven. Give me coffee, a window with a view of nature, my books, and my trusty laptop, and I’m a happy writing girl. Other than that, I love to write sitting outside at night when I’m camping or on the porch at home during the summer.

Ruty: If you couldn’t be a writer, what would you like to choose as a profession?  
K: Well, I’m also an editor, so if I couldn’t be either I’d probably choose graphic design or something in environmental studies or resource management.

Ruty: What’s your ultimate goal as a writer?
K: I just want to continue to write and make stories for readers like myself, who love magic, impossibilities, and romance.

Thanks for having me! J -KM


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The Reaper's Daughter presents us a girl who could be described as an adrenaline junkie, a sweet college girl, a loyal friend or a good girlfriend. However, none of those labels could really do justice to her heritage because Blake is Death's daughter.

There’s not much introduction or preambule because Blake discovers this new world just a few chapters after the story begins. The general picture is quickly described and from then on we join Blake in this new life.

At first the book takes a dark tone, the atmosphere is kind of depressing and the pain is too much. I mean, something happens in the story that justifies what's going on but it makes it sad nevertheless. But don't worry the dark mood last a couple chapters because once the action begins and Blake discovers everything that comes by being related to the reaper, the book becomes more exciting, faster and enjoyable.

This is a story with a good paranormal argument, the plot is solid and the author provides a believable story where she has taken care of all the details. The writing style is really good and the dialogues have humor and drama as well. I think the souls are a strong element and their descriptions make the book even better.

Blake is a likeable character. For moments I was mad at her because I felt like she was moving on too fast but when she explains why she behaves the way she does everything makes sense. I love her BFF, Shelby is the friend we all need. She is an amazing girl. I have to mention Rishi, I can't wait to read more about him. He is mysterious and intriguing.

Overall, The Reaper’s Daughter is a really good paranormal book that could be labeled as YA or New Adult, the main character is an eighteen-years-old college girl so it's up to you to decide the genre.

I have to mention that I really liked that the romance wasn't the main topic here, it plays a secondary role and there are moments of tension between Blake and the boy but the story is about her and Death, and all that comes with the underworld.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds pretty good, I love the aspect of death in the books! Great review!


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