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  • Posted January 11, 2013

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    I almost never like the main characters. They're usually so naiv

    I almost never like the main characters. They're usually so naive and helpless, never having much of a story to tell unless someone else is willing to tell it for them. To me, the minor characters are the ones to watch. Their history is rich with imagination, and they can afford to be kind and selfless where the main characters cannot. They have the greatest personalities because they're not the ones trying to stay in the proverbial spotlight. They don't need to.

    Grave Intentions really surprised me by refusing to fall for this trap. Yeah, I still liked the minor characters (I mean, really, who could resist Pearl and Adam?) because they still kept all of their unique depth and stories to tell on their own, but they weren't the only ones. David really surprised me by being pretty freakin' awesome.

    Sure, I may tolerate the main character, but I don't usually like him, and he is certainly never my favorite. David is the exception. He had more history and depth and reason to him than most characters in any book could ever dream of having. He was certainly not perfect, but what else could you expect from that line of work? Being a reaper means being detached or losing your humanity to the countless deaths that surround you, like his boss did. Every time I saw David truly feel the pain from the souls he took, I couldn't bear to see him so saddened, but I was also happy in an offhanded sort of way. When countless lives lost starts meaning nothing to you, that's when you become less alive than the bodies you leave behind. And that is unacceptable.

    David may have come close a few times. He wasn't there yet, but in a few decades, if his time refused to run out, he may have reached his breaking point. David was probably more human in the beginning that most of the other reapers out there on their first day. Listening to his story of how he was damned to this nearly eternal torture broke my heart, and that's when I decided that no matter what, he deserved the happiness that was taken away from him too quickly.

    I was very pleased with the ending of this novel, even if it did seem a little predictable when it started coming to a close. I don't really think that there could have been a better option for the author to choose, but because it seemed like the only reasonable choice, it may have lost a bit of it's affect. Perhaps if more angles had been looked at before, I wouldn't have expected it as much, but honestly, it wasn't that big of a deal. In the entire novel, that was the only minor complaint I had, and if you ask me, that's not too shabby.

    Taylor

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2013

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    I loved the story and Lori Sjoberg is an author to watch.. Her

    I loved the story and Lori Sjoberg is an author to watch.. Her style is confident and consistent, the plot is tightly written and the pacing brisk. The characters are so fleshed out and realistic I feel like I know them. David is my favorite kind of hero. He's strong, conflicted, stoic and brooding.
    David and Sarah truly get to know each other and fall in love, but David refuses to act on this, terrified that if he lets his love for Sarah flow, then all the other emotions he has locked away for the last half century will come flooding back. And keeping his emotions locked away is the only thing that has kept him sane while reaping thousands of souls after their unnatural, often horrific deaths.

    Eventually David decides that after 60 years he is willing to take a chance on love. I really liked the fact that David and Sarah had a relationship first, and their love grew from a delicious combination of chemistry, respect, humor and friendship. It was realistic and sexy as hell.

    As other reviewers have mentioned, the secondary characters in this story are so interesting, they come right off the page begging for their own book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

    A fun read with a great assortment of characters! I highly reco

    A fun read with a great assortment of characters! I highly recommend Grave Intentions. Reapers have never been so sexy and enticing. Not only will you love the main characters, but you'll be begging for more from the others.

    I thought David and Sarah were perfectly wonderful, and I hope the author has plans for Adam and Dimitri (among others) because I definitely want more of them. A unique series. I'd say Lori Sjoberg is off to a great start!

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  • Posted January 5, 2013

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    Memorably Colorful Characters With a Heartwrenching Ending to the Story

    Those who've watched Dead Like Me on TV will find this storyline easy to understand. David, and his group of friends, are Reapers who collect the souls of those about to die. He's been doing it for so long that he's become numb inside to the pain and horror he sees every day. The day he meets his next door neighbor, who has a unique ability of her own, is the day he finally starts feeling alive. With her ability to see ghosts, Sarah finds David's job fascinating and is fully accepting and soothes his battered heart like nothing else before. Their connection starts out as friends and morphs into a sexy and emotionally-charged relationship that almost ends before it starts when David's forced to make a decision he never thought he'd have to in an ending that is heart wrenching.

    David is gruff at the start, full of pain he keeps hidden but is still charming in his own way. I ached for everything he's gone through in his life and afterlife. He was sweet and caring in Sarah's presence. Sarah was a tough cookie with a scientific mind that made her quick acceptance of David's job believable. They were a truly sweet and cute couple that brought a smile to my face which is why the story became such a tearjerker towards the end.

    Along with enjoyable main characters come a colorful and entertaining cast of secondary characters with unique personalities. Adam is young and sweetly charming, Dmitri a badass who hides his compassion, and Ruby is a tough chick with a heart of gold. I look forward to their stories being told and applaud this exciting and emotionally draining start to an entertaining new paranormal series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 31, 2013

    Lv it

    Love it

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    Posted October 20, 2013

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