How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies?
Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda.
While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.
|Publisher:||Jessica Ruddick Books LLC|
|Series:||Legacy Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.64(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
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[I volunteered to review this book] "Did the ends always justify the means?" Ava is a teenager, going through a lot of what teenage girls do. She's not into sports, or school in general in part because she and her mother move a lot. It means Ava gets behind in her schoolwork, but she doesn't care. They move around a lot because they are both Seekers: ones chosen to find people to be killed and become angels. Or so she's been told. Both of them are able to see auras and if they find a white one, they have to report it to their handler and he sends out someone to take them. Problem is right in front of her nose is her latest assignment, and instead of reporting it... she gets paired with him on a school report, and, she's attracted to him. And that complicates things big time. Written in a contemporary time frame,with contemporary hazards, this story is about ethics, and karma, and pain and standing up for what you believe in, no matter what the consequences. I really like Ava and Cole, and it's really easy to feel anger towards the "bad guy" in the mix. Good versus evil is not as two sided as you might think it is. I highly recommend this book.
**Disclaimer: I received an ARC copy courtesy of NetGalley and Penguin House in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review whatsoever.** Author Jessica Ruddick gives us a different take on the normal Grim Reaper story. Normally, we are led to believe the Grim Reaper works alone, collecting souls of the dead to transport them to heaven or hell. In this version, the Grim Reaper (actually multiple reapers) have seekers searching for specific people to choose for certain tasks. The story brings a pleasant twist to the average Grim Reaper story, adds a new kick to the YA paranormal genre, and gives girls a reliable female protagonist who fights for what she wants instead of merely talking about it. I believe this new series will spark a new brand of followers to the YA community, and I am thrilled I had the honor to read this story. I happily look forward to the second chapter in The Legacy Series.
I only have one complaint, so I'll get it over with first, since I hate this part about reviewing. I felt like political agendas were getting thrown at me through Ava's character. Regardless of where you stand on things, these digs were unnecessary, and they put a big damper on my enjoyment of what I thought was a pretty great story otherwise. The plot itself was imaginative. I feel like there's some kind of corruption going on regarding Xavier and possibly the Reapers, but I'm not sure yet. Xavier is brutal. I really disliked the dude, but I love that his character brought out such strong emotion. What I also liked, was even the people who didn't have perfect white auras could still be darn good people. Nobody's perfect right? How do they ever find totally white auras anyway? Everyone is flawed, and this book captured that. I think we've got some crazy and exciting things in store for us within this series. The ARC of Birthright by Jessica Ruddick was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
I absolutely cannot wait for more installments to this series. This book had me from page one and I need to know what is in store for Ava. Will she ever fully understand what it means to be a seeker? Will it always be something that rests on her conscious, or will she end up learning she is doing something for the greater good? I certainly hope so, or else I hope she finds a way to get out of it. This story was very well done, the characters were very well thought out and I completely related to, and loved, Ava's character. I liked that the romance in this book was insta-love without being so instant. There is an instant attraction, but it is fought. I will definitely be continuing on with this series and highly recommend it to others!
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to NetGalley and YA Bound Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review Birthright by Jessica Ruddick! Ava has always seen people's auras in color and when she turned sixteen, she became a seeker for one of the many Grim Reapers. This is her inheritance. She seeks people with white auras that could become angels and then she tells Xavier (a Grim Reaper) the person's name and he takes their life. Ava lives with her mother and they move quite often and don't have much money. Her mother is a seeker also. She meets Cole when he saves her from getting run over by a car. They end up being project partners and have to do internship work together for 80 hours at the mechanic shop where he works. Ava and Cole annoy each other and the annoyance is described perfectly in this statement of Ava thinking about Cole; "He did a good job, worked hard, went the extra mile. God, it pissed me off.". Funny! Another great line shows how mechanically inclined Ava isn't, "I couldn't tell you the first thing about a catalytic converter other than it was metal and shiny. And it probably converted something". The down to earth sense of humor is great, the chemistry between Ava and Cole is charming and the fact that both of them have less than happy backgrounds makes them perfect for each other. An enjoyable supernatural read, 5 stars and I look forward to the sequel, Retribution!