My Sister's Reaper

My Sister's Reaper

by Dorothy Dreyer

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Overview

My Sister's Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer

There's bragging, there's trying to impress a boy, and then there's 16-year-old Zadie. Her first mistake was telling the boy she's crushing on that she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake? Actually doing it! When Zadie accidentally messes with the reaper's rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong (you think?). Mara isn't the same anymore—Zadie isn't even sure she's completely human, and to top it off, a reaper is determined to collect Mara's soul no matter what. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister's reaper, intent on claiming both girls, or let Mara die . . . this time for good. This refreshing paranormal love story encloaks a deeper lesson about sisterhood, consequence, and facing one's responsibilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985029494
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Publication date: 06/18/2013
Series: Reaper's Rite Series
Pages: 275
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 13 Years

About the Author

Dorothy Dreyer is a paranormal young adult fiction enthusiast who specializes in urban fantasy.

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My Sister's Reaper 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
terferj More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was just okay. Nothing too exciting for me. I did like the folklore that's behind this story but unfortunately this felt very juvenile at times. The characters are 16-17 but most times they had the personality of 10 year olds. The story had potential to be an amazing story but for me it wasn't all that it was cracked out to be. Even though most of the book dragged (very slow to get to the point), I did like how it ended. I must say I did like in the end there was no cliffhanger. This story finished completely and the next book is a start of a new story. I may pick the next book later on to see if it was any better but not now.
amyshan More than 1 year ago
Entertaining! This is a great YA paranormal story with a lot of twists and humor. The hint of love and a crush that makes one claim to do almost impossible things, such as Zadie claiming to be able to raise her dead sister only to impress a boy ... Goth boy Gavin. The impossible turns out to be not so impossible. It's a very interesting and entertaining story. There's a lot of magic that goes on in the story and it's very well written. I can't wait to read the next one in the series.
hpgirl2008 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was very intriguing and something you don't read everyday. It took the paranormal idea to a different level. Zadie loves her sister Mara who is in a coma, and Zadie knows that something about her sisters coma and the events leading up to it were not right but can't tell anyone. And on top of that Zadie also realizes that something in HER is not right and even goes so far as to believe she is not human. When she finally figures out what is happening it leads her to meeting the "reaper" who was supposed to take her sisters life (called the Reaper's Rite) in which Zadie intervened and stopped. So now Zadie has to make a very difficult decision - she either has to take on the reaper and defeat him to save them both or allow the reaper to take Mara as fate intended. Highly emotional read, you can really feel how much Zadie truly loves her sister and how she would do anything for her even knowing that Mara is somehow different after the coma. I really feel for Zadie's character as she struggles through life and it is pretty easy to see that Mara is the more popular sister and the kids are always making comments to Zadie, so bullying is definitely a theme that runs through the novel. But Zadie also faces normal teenage problems like having crushes and finding herself. The plot was tense and fast-paced, keeping me on the edge of my seat while reading it! I am now excited to read the second book "Tethered" :) ***I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an open and honest review***
TylerHJolley More than 1 year ago
Zadie has always been special.  If she wants something, and she thinks and wishes hard enough, it happens.  She’s never been able to explain it, and she has been careful to never want anything too much ever since she was a kid and made her sister mad after an incident with frogs.  One night at a party she blurts out to a boy she really likes that she could use witchcraft to wake her sister, Mara,  who’s in a coma.  Faced with the pressure of impressing him and not wanting to let him down, she and her friend set up a fake séance and it works.  But her sister comes back different, almost like a shell of who she used to be.  Then bad things start happening to people when Mara gets angry, and all the bad things are direct at people who have wronged her. Zadie must contact the local witch in town and find answers before her sister hurts someone permanently.  Zadie learns that she’s actually from a long linage of very special people.  She also realizes that a reaper is after her sister, and by saving her she’s unknowingly taken away the “reapers rite.”  He’s after Mara’s soul and Zadie is doing everything she can to save her sister and those around her. My Sister’s Reaper was a great paranormal, YA novel.  Dreyer did an awesome job at creating Zadie’s linage and having it make complete sense.  I love when books come together like that, having that “ah-ha” moment is awesome.   It’s a great stand-alone book, but is also open to a sequel so I’m excited to see if there will be a follow up
acornucopiaoflove More than 1 year ago
Best Bits: So, how can I write this review without spoiling the magical portion of the story? Usually in YA the main magic is vampire/werewolf/angel/etc, but I can't recall a YA book that covers the topic that My Sister's Reaper does. Sure, you can probably guess some of it based on the title, but there is quite a bit more to it. It was very unique, which is rare in supernatural teen fiction. I also kind of dug the fact that the major conflict of this book was brought about by Zadie trying to impress her crush. How many of us have done stupid things to impress people? The fact that it creates a huge oopsie moment just makes it even better. Sure, she gets the attention of the boy, but it sets things into motion, and helps her to learn more about her family and herself. Nit Picks: I think that my main nitpick is that I felt the beginning of the story is telling, not seeing. We begin the book after Mara, Zadie's sister, has been seriously injured and is in a coma. We don't see the build up of it, we don't get to feel out the relationship between the two sisters, nor do we really get an intro to the magical portion of the book. Zadie brings it up at a party, and while I really enjoyed the magical aspect of the book as a whole, it was a tad bit confusing.
Kelly_Hashway More than 1 year ago
Okay, reapers, zombies, and death? Yeah, I was definitely reading this one. Zadie is an amazing character. She has this ability to make things happen by wishing for them. What she doesn't know is that it goes so much deeper than that, but when her sister, Mara, is hit by a bus and put in a coma, Zadie knows she has to try to use her powers to bring Mara out of the coma. What she doesn't realize is Mara dies before Zadie brings her back. And because of this, the Reaper who is supposed to collect Mara's soul is after not only Mara but Zadie, too. There are spooky scenes and scenes that will make you cringe, which is exactly what I love. I had a hard time putting the book down. The suspense kept me turning the pages, and when Zadie learns more about her abilities and where they come from, you can't help but become engrossed in the story. And while she's training to fight this Reaper and save her sister's life and her own, she ends up in a sort of love triangle. I can't say it's a full-on love triangle, so if they aren't your thing, I don't think this will bother you in the least. I won't mention who is involved because I don't want to give spoilers. This is definitely a book worth reading and a great debut from Dreyer.
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This is a super book. Anyone looking for a great beach read should give this new author a try. The story line is well thought out and the subject matter provides intrigue. It's a little scary but definitely not too intense for young adults. I think it would make the perfect movie!
salarsen More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced action and fluent descriptions carry this tale from ordinary to something more as a teenage girl unearths her fate in defeating her sister's grim reaper. Zadie is an average high school girl: working father, older and more popular sister, and a BFF who can talk up a storm. Her mother is in the picture, but not really, for reasons the reader eventually discovers. As the story begins, the reader first hears Zadie's great young adult voice. It's assured and honest, yet a quiet thread of caution weaved throughout. Similar to most teens--they wear one facade on the outside, while keeping another stifled inside. And there is reason for Zadie's apprehension. Something has happened to her older sister, giving the appearance of one thing yet Zadie's gut tells her it's another. From here, secrets about things Zadie can do begin to emerge, coxing an emphatic nerve with the reader. She's always kept this hidden. Although Zadie's problem(s) is unique, it's relatable and easy to follow. Zadie just wants to be happy and ignores anything that doesn't seem normal, welcoming her sister, Mara, back to school. But that can't long with Mara acting all weird. Both Zadie and the reader can't help but question everything. Many mysteries slowly unfold, teasing the reader as each crumb is revealed. When I first began reading, I would have never guessed elements such as faeries and witches would be involved. Let's not forget about the character of reapers either. This technique gave a strong variation on an average tale. From Zadie's childhood uses of magic and apparent ability to wake her sister from a coma to the witchy lady and her grandson down the street, and her sister's zombie-like demeanor since home from the hospital, it's obvious lots more is going on in Zadie's life than the cute guy at school who sudden paying her attention. When people start getting hurt and even killed, after being near her sister, Zadie knows danger has upped the ante. With the help of a few, Zadie takes that thread of caution from the beginning of the story and molds it into courage. She's willing to fight for her sister, her family, and a future that seems uncertain. At books climax, there is quite a bit of action that added to the story's appeal. The writing is what drew me most. Word choice and flow captures confusion and hesitance from the characters beautifully. Setting descriptions are vibrant and the dialog choices are unforced. Ease weaves from one word to the next. Character thoughts and actions progress naturally, feeling quite plausible. The writing style challenged me to read on. I'd recommend this book to YA and suspense/mystery lovers. There is a ting of romance in there, so romance enthusiasts would surely like it too.