Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper)

Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper)

by Ruth Silver


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Forget everything you know about grim reapers.

Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she's brutally murdered.

Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.

Recommended: Ages 14+

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692202531
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Publication date: 04/27/2014
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 1 - 17 Years

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Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Emma_Andje More than 1 year ago
Dead Girl Walking was a pretty average book. It had a good storyline and okay characters. I found it to be a satisfying book to read in between meaty books; it is a great palette cleanser. It was also a very quick read, it only took me two days to read during the school week. The main downside to this book, though, was that it had no overarching plot. There wasn't a major conflict that needed to be solved throughout the book, just little problems that were solved, then the next one came up, it was solved, and so on. Another issue I had, was that this book was incredibly short for a full-length novel. I wish this had been longer and combined with one or books in the future series, which would have prevented both of these problems. It just seemed unfinished, unresolved, and unsatisfying. These problems seem to be a trend in indie authors, since most of the books I have read by them lately have had them. Despite this book's need for substance, it was still a quick and fun read that I would recommend if you need a refresher between books. *I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Lilian3Roberts More than 1 year ago
“Dead Girl Walking” was given to me in return for an honest review. This is a story written using great imagination and a wonderful skill of weaving an interesting plot. Princess Ophelia Dacre, is given a rare chance of becoming a grim reaper. The story is gripping, and captivating.Paranormal is my kind of book so I definitely enjoyed each and every page each and every character. I would gladly recommend this as a great young adult read, to anyone who loves a fascinating story with a clever story.
FindingMagicInBooksBlog More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. I absolutely loved this book! I was a little worried when the book arrived and I noticed that it was not that thick. I braced myself for a possible slow start but I after reading a few pages in I learn that I judged this book a little too quickly.  I have read many books about grim reapers and death which has allowed me to read a variety authors' different takes on them. So when I started into this book I was expecting something with a scythe or maybe some kind of angel of death but what Ruth Silver has created is something very unique. I was hooked from the very beginning and I simply love it! I really enjoyed following Ophelia on her journey and struggle of dealing with her own death and learning was it is to be a reaper. The other reapers that she meets were interesting and fun to read about. I was a bit shocked at the end though, but that is all I will say about that. ;) I also love the fact that the prequel Ashes To Ashes was included in the book and it left me with sooo many more questions. I cannot wait until I can get my hands on the next book.
mathyaet More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author, Ruth Silver.   Dead Girl Walking is the first book of the Royal Reaping series.  This story is Princess Ophelia. Ophelia is a normal rebellious princess who wants to find true love.  She has been making a habit of sneaking out to meet a boy, but she is destined to be Queen until she is killed while on a trip out to meet her normal local boy.  Because she has unresolved issues, worry about her little sister and the identity of who murdered her, Ophelia has the opportunity to become a grim reaper and given a new chance at life, although it is more as an undead, than as a typical girl.  Ophelia jumps at the chance and become Leila.  As Leila she has to learn that there are rules she must follow and how to get on in her new life, or rather unlife.  Leila makes friends and may even find love, but still tries to figure out how to protect her sister without breaking any more rules than she must.   This book was awesome.  The story flows really well and keeps the reader interested.  The story is aimed at young adults and could be read by adults as well.  The characters really seem to come alive.  Be warned though at the end of this book I want to know what is going to happen next. So I am ready to get my hands on the next book and find out what happens next.    I’m giving this book 5 stars. 
dani1982 More than 1 year ago
Dead Girl Walking is my intrduction to author Ruth Silver and I am very happy with the outcome. Though it starts off a bit rushed you will not be disappointed but continuing on with the story. An obovious (well it better be) start to what is shaping up to be an amazing series. This book shakes the foundations of what you think you know about grim reapers. Princess Ophelia does not like to play by the rules, but sneaking off on midnight trysts proves to be a fatal decision. Murdered, her soul is reaped by Edon the oldest soul in the region. He introduces her to a new world, one of death. Now named Leila, Ophelia starts off shaky in her new role; but can a princess ,who is used to getting her own way and breaking the rules set before her, break her bad habits before the consequenses catch up to her and those she loves? btw Ruth if you read this hate the cliff hanger :D this is a must read if you love paranormal reads and I am on pins and needles waiting for the next book in the series!
Barb112082 More than 1 year ago
I had high expectations for this book, as I've read Aberrant by the same author and loved it. I knew this would be a different "style" since it was a different genre, but unfortunately it fell short of meeting my hopes. The premise is definitely interesting, with Princess Ophelia (Leila) becoming a grim reaper and learning how to deal with it. However, I was unable to connect or even really care about most of the characters in the book. Wynter seemed to have the most personality, as well as the most internal "demons" to struggle with, so I found myself connecting with his character a lot more than Leila. But this wasn't Wynter's story, it was hers. I spent the whole book trying to figure out why Leila was murdered, but that question was never answered, though we did find out who was responsible. I was a bit thrown by the way Leila was so in love with Larkin, and upon her death and the repercussions that arose from it, she mourned for a few days and then suddenly had feelings for the new boy she just met. I did like Leila's sister and a few of the other reapers, as they provided more interest for me than Leila did. I don't know what it was, I really don't... she just wasn't very personable. Plus, she broke all of the rules for reapers and wasn't ever really punished... that did have me wondering if there was something special about her that we will maybe find out in the next book.  With all of that being said, it was a unique plot and some of the characters were great. I will probably continue on with the series just so I can get some questions answered, but if I choose not to, I won't be affected either way.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
A unique and entertaining take on grim reapers, Dead Girl Walking was an absolute joy to read. I couldn't help but adore this story - I love reading about grim reapers, and Silver's concept was fresh and original. The characters were engaging, and I really felt for them all. It can't be easy being a reaper. And the asylum is mysterious and creepy - you'll want to know more about it like I did.    Leila breaks the rules at first, and though her choices made me cringe, they made sense to me because she agreed to become a reaper so quickly without taking time to think about what that was going to entail. Plus she has a hard time letting go of her former life, which I would, too. I think anyone would! She worries about her younger sister, and the guy she fell in love with, especially since he's been arrested after her death. The other reapers Leila lives with each have their own distinct personalities. I adored Wynter - his name, the way he helps and supports Leila without doing her job for her. He draws you in right away. Violetta was aggravating at first, but I came to admire her snark. I enjoyed Jasper's flirting with Violetta - he's incorrigible! ;) Emblyn is a quiet and friendly reaper, preventing Violetta from messing with Leila just because she's the new girl. Edon, who's the oldest reaper and kind of like Leila's boss. He's honest, brutally so, but he's gotta be in this line of work.             Dead Girl Walking is the first book I've read by Ruth Silver, and I'm her newest fan! This book went by so fast - I can't WAIT for the next installment!!   I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
Dead Girl Walking is written with such power and pace that I feel as though I held my breath throughout the story. It begins when its heroine, Princess Ophelia Dacre dies and she become Leila Bele, grim reaper! Leila is as confused as we are by her new identity; how many authors are brave enough to let their protagonist be killed off in the book's first chapter??! In becoming Leila, the Princess has to accept new rules, friends and a physical appearance. The Reaper team are a mixed bunch; caring but rebellious Wynter, quiet Emblyn, feisty Violetta and cunning Jasper. When Leila makes her first Reaper mistakes it is Wynter who supports her and it is unsurprising how their relationship develops into something more. Leila refuses to surrender all ties to her human life, especially when she discovers her sister is in a vulnerable position, but interfering leaves her and her friends with a difficult decision. Ruth Silver's writing is fluid and her descriptions detailed, so much that I was afraid of the Asylum and its secrets. I love the fact that the author is not afraid to shock her reader, frequently exposing her characters to life-changing circumstances. Although aimed at a Young Adult audience I thought this was an exceptional paranormal/fantasy story and will appeal to a wide audience. I eagerly await the sequel! I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
DEAD GIRL WALKING was such a refreshing original world that I couldn't get enough of! Ruth Silver delivers (As Always ;) in this historical-fantasy blend, with a paranormal twist of grim reapers, angels, and a romance that's sure to leave you yearning for more! DEAD GIRL WALKING was my first book on grim reapers. And to be honest, I was a little skeptical. Not because I didn't have faith in the authors work, because everything that Ruth has written has been amazing. But because I'm not a big fan of ghost-reapers, or even the angel books that I have read, there just not really my thing. BUT I was pleasantly surprised that DEAD GIRL WALKING was fantastic and enthralling! I found myself lost in the pages, and when it was over I wanted more! I wanted to continue the journey into the undead! THE PLOT... Princess Ophelia is bound to the rules her father, the king sets. She is betrothed to someone she doesn't love. She is force into a marriage she can't imagine living. But Princess Ophelia has a secret, one that will shatter her world if it's ever revealed. She has a secret lover that she loves with all her heart. And though she knows just how much danger she is putting him in by being with him in secret, she can't help that her heart calls to him. But he is ignorant to the truth. He does not know she is a Princess. He does not know that their world as they know it is about to come to an end. He does not know... but he's about to find out! Princess Ophelia is on another one of her adventures sneaking out of the castle to meet her beloved. Everything is going as planned, until the unthinkable happens. She is brutally murdered in the alley and left for dead. Her lovers meet turns into her worst nightmare! It becomes the end of Princess Ophelia, but it's the beginning for Leila the Grim-Reaper! The night of her murder was the day Princess Ophelia dies, but it's the day Leila Bele is born. She is given the rare opportunity to become something she never knew existed. Something she can't imagine doing. She is given the chance to live again, but awaken as a grim reaper, with the sole purpose to help the dead move on. Something Leila would rather not do. But with so many questions about what happen to her, Why was she murdered, who did it, what did they hope to achieve? She can't allow her soul to rest in peace. She has unfinished business here in this life. And she determined to find out! No longer Princess Ophelia, and now Leila Bele, she struggles with her new found life as someone else, watching the living die, and helping the dead move on without pain. But fortunately Leila has a group of other Grim Reapers at her side. Teaching her the ropes and helping her in her struggles. And their is one in particular that has caught her interest, and maybe her heart... Just as Ruth put it in the Blurb: "For Princess Ophelia, her greatest adventure begins with death." That is the best example for this book! It was so much fun to read. With it's nightly balls at the castle, to princesses sneaking out and defying their king. To a secret lovers meet that ends in murder. To a brand new adventure that begins with death, full of grim reapers, ghost, angels, conspiracies, murder, revenge, new beginnings, friendships, and ultimately, love! DEAD GIRL WALKING is just that great "Pick me up book" that I needed in my reading slump! It was fantastic, and I need the next book, NOW!! NOTE: I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way!
Deniz_N More than 1 year ago
Here's to another original and intriguing story! *raises imaginary glass* Here's my little spiel on this lovely: it was great. It was spunky, it was funky, it was awesome-y. First of all, I loved the characters. There was a good balance between the characters that readers naturally dislike and the characters that readers naturally like (or love). Not only that, but the characters each had a story and unique personality of their own. It was incredible to see all of these characters come together to create this weird yet real harmony. Silver did a fantastic job in doing it. Things weren't just plastered onto her blank canvas, but was intricately placed and happened for a reason instead. I also want to talk about the story/time of the book. Man, I really loved the world this book took place in! To me, it was like a mix of the olden, more sophisticated days from various different areas of the world. I loved seeing \the more vintage details of the story come to life. It was interesting, for example, to see just how much a carriage was used, bringing an emphasis to that one detail. It really leads me to believe that Silver moved with her story with purpose and that readers shouldn't take a small detail that is added within the story lightly. This book kept me entertained. It is a short read, but it satisfied me. I was constantly wondering what would happen next in the story whenever I had to put it down to do something else. This story touched me in ways that I can't describe in words... I was refreshed and got thrust back into the YA Fantasy world after reading so much NA Romance, and I remembered just how amazing these darn books from this genre can be. I loved this book, and I definitely recommend it. I can't wait to read the next books in the series!
JennylovesEldon More than 1 year ago
Dahh, this book ended way before I was ready! I absolutely love how fast paced it was!  I can't wait for the next book! So glad I was able to read this book. I wasn't sure in the beginning, not the kind of read I usually pick up, (I've had a few bad grim reaper stories I just couldn't get into)  but it turned out to be a pleasant read... Fast read and I really loved it! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Here's a YA+ book about grim reapers, with a twist.  An entitled princess named Ophelia steals away from her castle, intent on an illicit tryst with her boyfriend and is murdered. Ophelia becomes a grim reaper by taking on the  persona of Leila Bele, and live reaper's existence, rules  and all. Dark adventures ensue... I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review: Dark amusement for teens  and older.
ChocolateandCabernet More than 1 year ago
DEAD GIRL WALKING is a delightful, young adult, paranormal novel The storyline is truly unique and the characters are interesting. It is a fast read. This book is the first of a series and I believe, after finishing this story, most readers eager to read book two.
bluestocking01 More than 1 year ago
I'm always pleasantly surprised when I pick up and read a book designated for the YA crowd. I think that's because the story always blows my expectations out of the water! I'm in love with this book and can't wait for more from Ruth Silver!  This story focuses on Ophelia/Leila, once the Crown Princess of her kingdom destined to be queen. But after sneaking out to meet her one true love and she is brutally murdered- she becomes a grim reaper.  A grim reaper is nothing like I expected! A grim reaper must reap souls from the dying so they souls do not feel any pain from the death they must endure. This helps the soul cross over, where is undecided because none of the reapers truly know.  As Leila learns her grim reaper powers and makes friends, even a new romantic connection, she has a hard time leaving her old life behind. Her love that she was sneaking out to see was executed, her sister's name shows up on her scroll and one of her friends turns into a dark angel!  There is so much mischief and mayhem in this book that is make it such an enjoyable romp! The characters are so appealing and the plot is unique and original! I definitely recommend this for teens and adults alike!
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
Note: This review contains no spoilers What an engaging and imaginative story! Dead Girl Walking, sort of, reminded me of that television series Dead Like Me. Young Princess Ophelia dies, becomes a grim reaper, and has to help souls move on. Set in the time of the "dark ages," this cute story of a young princess has to learn how to take souls...or else feel the consequences for not following the rules of life, death...and after-death. Ruth Silver created an interesting and unique world filled with grim reapers...and angels of death..."living" in the world with everyone else, but their job is to maintain the cycle of life and death by "collecting" the souls "marked for death" to help the souls move on. To where...well, that is still not revealed. She has created these young adults...some are not really "young adults" since it seems that grim reapers don't really "die." Well...yah, you're going to have to read it to find out what I mean...haha! I wouldn't want to ruin the "surprise" of it. Ruth has taken these supernatural/paranormal character and made them real in this imagined world of hers, instead of in a "spirit" state. They are literally "living" in the real world with the living...hahaha!! Now, that' a twist! also had it's moments of heart-gripping drama and suspense that can make your heart race! Let's not forget the cliffhanger that Ruth Silver leaves at the end of this adventure that is only the beginning for Leila! Dead Girl Walking is a fun, yet dark, paranormal romance that is filled with some teen drama and suspense that will keep you turning the pages. I sure did....keep turning the pages, that is. I definitely got caught up in Princess Ophelia/Leila's adventure...and I am definitely wanting to read more on Leila's adventures as a grim reaper!
Kristen_Noel More than 1 year ago
  Wow, wow, WOW! This was the first book of Ruth Silver's that I've had the privilege of reading, and wow! I was blown away. The setting of Dead Girl Walking was so descriptive that I instantly felt enveloped by the world of Princess Ophelia Dacre.    The attention to detail didn't end with the setting. Each of the characters in Dead Girl Walking seemed so unique that I truly felt like I had met a new group of people. As the princess left behind her identity of Ophelia and submerses herself into a new life of Leila, the Grim Reaper, I felt like I was right there with her. The struggle with her new life and new responsibilities was showcased in a searingly honest way that allowed me to experience her resistance, too. For those of you who enjoy romance, there's definitely a budding connection in this book. But it isn't the focus of this story. I was so appreciative of that. It was enough romance to satiate my HEA-loving heart, but the focus of the book was on Leila and her journey.   I can promise you that this will not be my last read of Ruth Silver's works. Her talent is captivating, and I cannot wait for the next book in the Royal Reaper series to continue following Leila's adventures as a novice Grim Reaper. It can't come soon enough!  **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.
LyricalVixen91 More than 1 year ago
Dead Girl Walking is a story about a Princess named Ophelia who sneaks out to see her forbidden boyfriend. She is already arranged to be married, but on the night she goes to see her boyfriend she is killed by a mysterious guy and saved by Edon, a grim reaper. He gives her the option to either let her soul move on or get a second chance at life as a grim reapers under a new identity -- she accepts. When she accepts, she becomes Lelia and gets a new body to live in with different features. At first she disobeys the rules and doesn't reap souls and visits home, but eventually she learns that every choice has a consequence and things need to happen in an orderly manor. Lelia was definitely an interesting young lady. She was afraid at certain points and very bold. I love her indecisiveness, sometimes I normally despise that, but Ruth Silver made it work for Lelia's character. Mara, Princess Ophelia's baby sister, was a sweet, confident young lady. She respected her role as the princess, but when her sister died she started to question a lot of things and loved it. Edon reminded me of a warden. He was strict, kept conversation short and to the point and may be the head reaper. Wynter was such a handsome character for me. I enjoyed him from start to finish. He was caring and mysterious. The secret romance between him and Lelia was amazing. The friendship they built was rich. Definitely perfect. Overall, this was a good start to the series.
BottlesAndBooksReviewsJA More than 1 year ago
Leila Bele was once known as Princess Ophelia, but that was before she died. Brutally murdered, Ophelia is given a chance to either move on into the light or to become a grim reaper and reaped the souls of those who are lost before they suffer pain during their deaths. Not known for following the rules, Ophelia, now known as Leila, needs to learn how to become the best reaper she can be while cutting all ties to her past. Along the way there are mishaps, adventures, and Leila finds a new family in her fellow reapers and a place to call home. Dead Girl Walking is a wonderful, easy to read YA. Perfect for a rainy day indoors, I was able to read Dead Girl Walking in one setting and highly enjoyed this book. I don't read as much YA as I used to so for me Dead Girl Walking was a wonderful change of pace. Grim Reapers, ghosts, and angels of death along with royal princesses, Dead Girl Walking has it all. Prince Ophelia is a rule breaker who longs to be free from obligations. All she wants to do is love a village boy. Spunky and courageous, Ophelia isn't your typical princess...or grim reaper. Besides Ophelia, I highly enjoyed the rest of the reapers, including Wynter. Wynter is similar to Ophelia in many ways especially when it comes to breaking the rules. Ophelia and Wynter are a perfect match for one another. I absolutely loved Dead Girl Walking and for those of you who enjoy YA, I'm sure you will too.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars When first we meet Ophelia Dacre, she's a typical young princess in the fourteenth century who falls in love with a commoner, Larkin, and is afraid to tell her father, King Philip, ruler of the small kingdom of Casmerelda. He would execute Larkin, even though the boy has no idea that Leila is really the princess. This particular problem loses a lot of its punch, though, when Ophelia is murdered during a date with Larkin at a local tavern and an older man named Edon Montgomery offers her a position as grim reaper for the coming two or three hundred years. In the meantime, she can have no contact with her family or Larkin but she'll have a chance to see how her life might have been. Once she signs the contract, she becomes Leila Bele in name and in new physical appearance. And the fun---and some very bad things---begin. Naturally, Leila can't stay away from her family so the new look is handy but she creates even more problems with her meddling. As a princess who defied the king, she already has the rule-breaking mindset and it'll take a few mishaps to get her to understand the need for rules as a reaper. There are more than a few questions to be answered, though, and this new reaper is determined to find out who murdered her and why. I can't say that Leila is my favorite character ever, mainly because she's a little too interested in a potential new love not long after being snatched away from her beloved Larkin, bordering on the dreaded insta-love. All of the characters fell a little flat for me in varying degrees and the most appealing (to me) were Mara and the other reapers---Violetta Mercier, Emblyn Vernon, Jasper Elers and Wynter Gael. I didn't dislike Leila, just didn't have a strong connection. There's a table of contents and a nice little map, always a benefit, showing Casmerelda and the surrounding area, including the country of Vera, home to the asylum. I really appreciate it when an author includes these little touches. I do have to confess something a little odd: I was first drawn to this book because of the name, Leila, so close to but not quite my own name. I could spend part of every day telling people they're spelling my name wrong but I haven't got that kind of time ;-) Did I fall in love with this book? No, not really, but I liked it very much and will want to read more, especially after the way Dead Girl Walking ends. Ruth Silver is a talented writer and I'm quite sure I'll continue to enjoy her work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watch out for the grim reaper
WonderWmn More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to get the chance to read this book. The cover is intriguing, the premise original and being YA, it was right up my alley. Unfortunately, I didn’t love it. I liked it; yes, but from the get go I had such a hard time getting in to the story.  When I started reading it, the originality of the story wore off quickly. On top of that, the characters didn’t feel as developed as well as they could have been. There was a stiffness and awkwardness that needn’t have been there. When I started to get in to the story or start to get into the characters, something would happen, be it an editorial mistake or just lousy choices by the characters. It also felt that the story, as soon as it started, pretty much ended. I would have liked a much longer part of Ophelia, alive. I think there is so much that the author could have touched on and strengthened the character but was missed out on by killing her off so soon.  Having said this, there is so much more to the story that many will enjoy. It just wasn’t the book for me.
Bill_Nelson More than 1 year ago
Exciting I really liked this one. Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper) by Ruth Silver is a wild story about grim reapers. I found the whole concept exciting and original. Leila was great fun to read. Anyone into paranormal, fantasy, YA, etc. should enjoy this book. I’m looking forward to more from this author. Recommended. Five stars.
DennisWaller More than 1 year ago
Ah, so could the grim reaper be looking for you? Hmm. Talk about a great story, this one is really cool, I like the different and refreshing approach the author took with the premise of this book. Definitely a plot that is as captivating as it is entertaining. A wonderfully done book full of suspense and intrigue that will stick with you long after you finished reading it. Well written and certainly had me on the edge, not to spoil anything here but, "he does not know..." Simply great writing.
DPW1967 More than 1 year ago
Fantastic - a great plot, I have never read a book like this before. Really interesting premise. 
dianneharman More than 1 year ago
I've always been a fan of this author and this book certainly didn't disappoint. Young adult and paranormal at its best! Highly recommend it!