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Reaping Me Softly

3.8 13
by Kate Evangelista
 

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Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she's learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she's had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clarke, is a Reaper.

At last they have something in common, but that doesn't mean life is getting any easier. All while

Overview

Ever since a near-death-experience on the operating table, seventeen-year-old Arianne Wilson can see dead people. Just as she's learned to accept her new-found talents, she discovers that the boy she's had a crush on since freshman year, Niko Clarke, is a Reaper.

At last they have something in common, but that doesn't mean life is getting any easier. All while facing merciless bullying from the most powerful girl in school, Arianne's world is turned upside down after Niko accidentally reaps the soul of someone she loves. This sends them both into a spiral that threatens to end Arianne's life. But will Niko break his own Reaper's code to save her? And what would the consequences be if he did?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623429119
Publisher:
Omnific Publishing
Publication date:
10/28/2012
Series:
Reaper Series , #1
Pages:
226
Sales rank:
512,381
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

When Kate Evangelista was told she had a knack for writing stories, she did the next best thing: entered medical school. After realizing she wasn't going to be the next Doogie Howser, M.D., Kate wandered into the Literature department of her university and never looked back. Today, she is in possession of a piece of paper that says to the world she owns a Literature degree. To make matters worse, she took Master's courses in creative writing. In the end, she realized to be a writer, none of what she had mattered. What really mattered? Writing. Plain and simple, honest to God, sitting in front of her computer, writing. She is the author of Taste, Reaping Me Softly, Til Death, and Impulse. To learn more about Kate, please visit her website at www.kateevangelista.com or follow her on Twitter @KateEvangelista

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Reaping Me Softly 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
maida-hearts-books More than 1 year ago
Reaping Me Softly was a very pleasant surprise. There is just no other way to describe how I feel after reading it. Ms. Evangelista did a fantastic job with developing the plot, the romance and especially the characters. I was engaged right from the first page and it remained that way until the ending. In fact, on more than one occasion, I was wishing the story would never end. Reaping Me Softly was a brilliant start to a new YA paranormal romance series and I am very much anticipating the next book in the series! I enjoy my books with balance. A little bit of everything, if you will. Reaping Me Softly fell a little short in that case. Where the plot didn’t disappoint, it was mainly focused on the romance for more than eighty percent of the story. I was very much looking forward to the action and mystery - but it just wasn’t there. However, what the book lacked in action, it more than made up for with the romance. The romance was sweet and what I really enjoyed about it was - it had a nice flow to it. It wasn’t rushed, which made it seem realistic despite having a paranormal aspect present. Both Niko and Ari had me cheering for them - and their relationship definitely did not disappoint. I can’t wait to see more of them in the next book. Another aspect I found highly intriguing were the reapers. Ms. Evangelista took a very unique, yet familiar, idea and transformed it into something fun and exciting. I liked how the reapers could grow old and then be reborn, instead of the cliche of having them never die. They had normal lives, like any other person. They could make friends, have a family, and even tell them about who they are. They weren’t limited to anything - which I enjoyed very much. As for the characters, they were very entertaining. I really liked Ari as a main character. She had a positive perspective on life and she can see souls - how kickass is that!? I admired Ari for the loyalty she had for her friends and family. She was always there for her sister, mom, dad, Ben (her best friend) and even Niko. Niko, on the other hand, was simply irresistible. He had a boyish charm about him which I found very cute. But, when it came to Ari, he was a lost soul - pun intended. He took care of her and she was his heart. Niko was a refreshing character, overall. Plus, I loved their relationship! They both were there for each other, no matter what they faced. They were willing to sacrifice themselves to save the other - which is romantic in any story! There’s just one more person, I just can’t resist pointing out. And that is Ben, Ari’s best friend. I loved his supporting character and just fell in love with the love he has for Ari, but only as a friend. Thank heavens for small miracles..there was NO love triangle in this book. I really enjoyed his character and his relationship with Ari’s sister, Carrie. I can’t wait to see more of him. Reaping Me Softly was a great start to a new series. With likeable characters and a heart warming romance, it will surely capture your attention. After that bitter-sweet ending, I am very anxious to get my hands on the next installment. A definite must read for all YA paranormal romance fans!
BonnyBonBon More than 1 year ago
Firstly id like to thank Kate Evangelista for giving me this book in exchange for a honest review Arianne has be keeping a secret ability from everyone: her dying sister, her parents everyone. Until one day she decides to tell her childhood best friend Ben. She can see ghosts. Not only does she have this ability that plagues her. She has the added stress of as mentioned above her sister Carrie has kidney failure and is dying, she is the victim of intense bullying by Darla and she is still invisible to her high school crush Niko. When she spots Niko sitting on a bench across the road from the hospital after visiting Carrie she notices he seems very ill. Little does she know the consequences she must face and the secrets she uncovers about the boy she has had a crush on all these years. All because she innocently accepts his plea to help him get to his home and the basement that will help him survive. I know your probably going to ask why I gave this only a 3 star when I tell you that I really enjoyed most of the book. The answer to that my friends is that after debating with myself about 3 or 4 stars I decided on the 3 because of a couple of things. 1. First and foremost the ending now if you don't want spoilers TURN BACK NOW!!!! (view spoiler) I pity you master. Niko laughed. To not know what it means to have someone so important in your life that you would defy the fates for her saddens me. Before Arianne, I just was. Performing my duties without any thought to what I did. I even allowed myself to fade away. I wouldn't have known someone like her existed, if not for the events that brought us together. She saved me, master. She became every breath, every heartbeat, every waking moment. If that makes me less of a Reaper, then you'd do better to just kill me. I'm of no use to you anymore Last but not least. 4. The bullying by Darla. I know we are told why Arianne endured it but come on! There is a line, one that Darla crossed time and time again that you must stand up and say I wont stand for this no matter what. So I didn't understand why it took so long for Arianne to out Darla on the real reasons for the bullying. Now in saying all of that I highly recommend you still go ahead and get it because it was a well written book which drew me in from page one and there were lots of LOL moments for eg. A target painted itself on Bens back after he handed Arianne a stuffed panda. She cuddled it to her chest. She rose on her tiptoes and planted a kiss on the boys cheek. Niko caught himself thinking that if he snapped his fingers the panda would disintegrate and Ben would find himself transported to the middle of the Sahara desert. Naked. With no food. Better yet, with man-eating camels after him. What? Man-eating camels I am off to buy book two and see what happens to our Arianne and Niko.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*I received a free copy from the author to review* The beginning was so different and original and it drew me in from the get-go. I loved how it started out in Death's POV, it was so unique and exciting to read (who knew Death could get bored?). Although, the beginning was also quite slow, and could have probably been paced better. The characters were so great and enjoyable to read about. The love story was so phenomenal just because it's a about a reaper and a human. The ending was so horribly great, and what I mean by that is. It ends leaving you wanting and begging for more, but it's ends with a sad little twist. I honestly recommend picking this book up and reading!
Yzabel More than 1 year ago
What I liked: * The world of Death and the Reapers. Their hierarchical, bureaucracy-like organization formed an interesting counterpart with how some of them, at least, seemed to look out for each other. Death is a harsh master, but also one who can show some forms of concern—or the contrary, depending on the situation and on how you see it. * The Reapers being immortal in a different way: through reincarnation. This gives them the means to appreciate every step of human life, and I think this is a great idea. * Carrie. Her positive attitude and optimism, in spite of her predicament, were real sunrays, and reminders that life is fickle, and that all things considered, most of us should really be happy with what we have: bodies that aren't perfect, but that do their job nonetheless. * Ben. Such a sweet guy. * Ari being in love with Niko for years: no insta-love for her, but something that had had the time to develop and get stronger. This is believable for me. What I couldn't wrap my mind around: * Sometimes the text really went in convoluted ways, with similes that just didn't make much sense, or at best felt weird. I didnd't understand the need for those. * Why did Niko remain oblivious to Ari for years, even though they shared some classes, but suddenly started paying attention to her? I wondered if it had to do with his depression, but the latter having been lasting for longer than just a few weeks, I'm not sure. * The extent of Darla's influence. Of course, bullying does exist, and there will always be cliques and people who twirl others around their little finger. However, having everybody in her pocket, teachers included? Not believable. I would've liked to see more of what was going on behind the scenes with her, to 'get' how she managed all that. She seemed close to a sociopath profile, yet we don't learn enough about her to know for sure. Overall, it kept me entertained enough, but I admit to rolling my eyes quite a few times.
AlainaM More than 1 year ago
I would like to thank Kate Evangelista and We <3 YA Books for offering me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My rating for this story is teetering between 3.5 and 4 stars. I really enjoyed the story. It was unique and well written, with an enjoyable storyline with great characters. I liked the idea of Reapers working for Death and the fact that the story was still fun and quirky at times even though death is such a dark subject. There were a lot of cute and light parts to the story, mixed in with some other harsh subjects like bullying. I also can't get enough of the cover... I know it's been said in so many other reviews, but it is just eye-catching and gorgeous. I have a terribly bad habit of choosing books based on the covers, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. In this case I'd say it worked pretty well. I liked Ari most of the time(there were points where she got a little too childish for me), and do like her with Niko... but it started with a case of insta-love that did kind of bother me. I always want there to be something that motivates a love interest from the start, even if I like the characters together later. I really enjoyed Ben, and felt that Ari having such a close friend throughout everything she was going through was a nice touch. Ben was the perfect guy friend, never doubting any of the crazy things Ari told him, and always being there for her. I actually think that Death may have been my favorite character in the story (which yes, I realize is a little strange); he's just so much fun. His personality goes from businesslike, to fatherly, to almost cruelly strict so quickly that it amused me throughout. I also loved the image of him that was conjured in my head by all the descriptions (but... I don't like spoilers so I won't say what he looked like). The story itself moved quickly to start, but for me it seemed to slow down a little through the middle. The conflicts that came up for Ari and Niko seemed to dissolve themselves very quickly (especially the ones at school), and I wish a little bit more had happened with some of them. The end of the story, while it was a decent cliffhanger, was what really made me lean toward four stars. I really just didn't see that coming, and it left the story open for a very interesting sequel for the characters. It left me wondering what's going to happen next and how the heck they're going to explain what happened in that last chapter!
Lacy0 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author free of cost in exchange for an honest review. First, I want to thank the author, Kate Evangelista, for the opportunity to read this book “Reaping Me Softly”. This book starts out with Arianne admitting to Ben, her best friend, that she sees dead people. He handles every new surprise she throws his way with calm belief and acceptance. The relationship between these two is so deep and amazingly sweet. I instantly fell in love with them both. Then you get to meet Niko and WOW! He isn’t at all what you would expect for a Reaper to be. Not to mention how sexy and sweet he is. When Carrie, Arianne’s sister joins the story line, she touched my heart and I felt the love for her that they all feel. This book has a lot of twists, turns, excitement and heartbreak! It will take you through the ringer and back out again. I highly recommend this book and I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series!!
yalle More than 1 year ago
I found myself highly enjoying this story. The book has a nice flow to it and keeps you interested throughout the story. In fact, I could not put the book down. The most appealing aspect of the story is the fact that one of the main characters is a reaper, there is just not many books that use this theme. This is a nice break to the vampires, werewolves’ books, not that I do not like them.  The romance part of the story also has a different dynamic than other stories, which makes you want to read even more. So, as in for me, I will most definitely read the next book asap. To finish my short, but hopefully to the point review, if you like romance, paranormal stories, and YA books, you will enjoy this book.
jessicahood92 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I'm a huge fan of Kate Evangelista's work! It doesn't matter which genre the book is, I always enjoy her writing. The book focuses on the love story between Arianne, a some what normal girl apart from the fact she can see the souls of the dead and suffers horrendous bullying thanks to Darla, and Niko, a reaper who hasn't seen the point in his many lives until he meets Ari, and realises there might be a reason to stop himself from the fade. Niko is adorable. I'd love to get myself one of him! I loved the idea that Death was so beautiful that you he would not let his children see his face. The Reapers were a lovely creation, the idea that they had regular meetings and ranks based on the amount of people who had died in their location was some what amusing, even though I'm sure it wasn't meant to be! Death was my favourite character, actually! He just seemed so, charming?! The story follows the usual pattern of boy meets girl, fluffy feelings and then a terrible event tears them apart but as with all Kate's work, the pages are sprinkled with a unique world that creates interesting side stories and characters that keep you turning the pages all night. I loved the book! I finished the book in one day without feeling like I had to try to read it. Which is rare for me. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys paranormal romances, and romance novels in general. I can not wait to get my hands on the second book!
Pandwen More than 1 year ago
this is one of those books that i must admit confused me in the beginning until i realised how all the characters fit together and then it was amazing. when i asked for this book to review i did it with no knowledge of what it was about only that it was by the wonderful Kate Evangelista and i must say i am glad i did not read the blurb because on reading it after the book i was disappointed in how much is given away. that being said the book was wonderful, while paranormal romances may be a huge trend reapers are not common and this gave the book such an original set of possibilities. I love Arianne’s strength which is also fairly unusual when a mere mortal is placed alongside the paranormal love interest. while Niko was just that little bit too perfect for me he still made an interesting romantic lead with his job being enough to separate him from other male leads. one of my favourite touches was the split POV throughout the stories, not just between the romantic leads as is becoming so common, but also through the eyes of death himself. and with that ending i am not ashamed to admit i am itching for the sequel.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Reaping Me Softly is the first book in a new paranormal series by Kate Evangelista. I love how Death and Reapers are portrayed. They were brought to life in a truly unique way.The characters are well developed and believable. Even the supporting characters have significance to the overall plot. The whole situation involving Darla and her behavior through the story was a bit overboard, but she was easy enough for me to ignore for the most part. This story isn't predictable. It definitely didn't end like I expected, and the sequel can't come fast enough. I absolutely loved this book. From page one, I felt like I was a part of its world. I received the ARC of Reaping Me Softly by Kate Evangelista from AToMR Tours for review. The opinions are my own.
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
The story is told through the perspectives of various characters. While it rounds out the plot, some of the changes felt abrupt, as I went from Death thinking about something to Arianne telling her best friend Ben that she sees dead people to Niko and his Reaper life. Things improved once the characters were all introduced and I got into the heart of the story, but it still felt as though I missed out on so much of the characters' lives because we're jumping around so much. At the same time, however, I do appreciate getting to know the different characters. If the story were told merely through Arianne's perspective, I doubt I'd get to see as much of Death the desk worker as I did, and I wouldn't have gotten to know Niko half as well. The side characters held their own as well. Ben is a delight with the way he calmly takes things in stride and supports Arianne, listening to her worries and telling her what she really needs to hear. Her sister Carrie is wonderful as well. The best way that I can describe her is that she has personality. For example: “I talked to Niko Clark today,” Arianne blurted out, unable to take the hint of desolation hiding in the corner of Carrie’s neutral expression. “Way to bury the lead, sis!” By the power of the sun’s rays, the fairy princess had been revived. “How did that miracle happen? And please don’t tell me you babbled.” Awesome sister, no? I absolutely adore Carrie. She's totally worth dying and coming back for. And let's not forget the fact that Niko is a Reaper... the Reaper of Georgia. It doesn't sound very cool, does it? But it does fall along the coolness measure with Death being a major, overworked deskworker. To make up for it, Niko has some neat abilities. I don't want to go into spoilers, but say that you're the girl he likes and you're feeling down. He can cheer you up by taking you to the In Between (and kissing you). Plus, he's hot. That's always a bonus! Loving a Reaper has its attractions, but there are major consequences for breaking the rules. Arianne and Niko both make great sacrifice to be together and find happiness, and the ending to Reaping Me Softly has me wanting to read the next book Unreap My Heart to see how it all goes!
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
Arianne Wilson has had a huge crush on Niko Clark since he transferred to her school when they were freshmen. Niko Clark never even knew Arianne existed, until they were thrown together as lab partners in chemistry. With one look at her, Niko couldn't imagine how he had ever missed this "exquisite" creature. Needless to say, Arianne was thrilled that Niko finally noticed her. There is one little problem, well make that more than one, and maybe the problems are quite so little. First of all, Arianne's arch nemesis, Darla, the most popular girl in school, who is also the biggest bully in school, doesn't want Arianne to have anything to do with Niko. Then, there is also the fact that Niko isn't human. You see, Niko is a Reaper. Arianne knows Niko is different, and she doesn't have a problem with that. After all, she sees dead people. Yet when she accidentally sees him reap the soul of someone close to her, someone she loves, everything changes. especially when Niko must make a decision between love and duty. This was as interesting novel. I enjoyed the concept and found the story enjoyable. I liked Arianne's character. I really liked Niko. He was all kinds of hot. Then, there is Ari's life-long best friend Ben, who is super hot to. There are quite a few other characters in the book that were well-written and fun to get to know. The cover to this book is absolutely beautiful, but once you read the book, you understand the deeper meaning behind it. The romance was sweet. There is no love triangle, which was refreshing, and I really enjoyed the friendship that Ari and Ben shared, and the romantic relationship that developed between Ari and Niko. The ending is different and kind of sad, and I am still not sure how I feel about it, but I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series to see where the story goes from here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago