Title- Dead Girl Walking
Series- Royal Reaper Book #1
Author- Ruth Silver
Genre- YA, Paranormal, RoyaltyPublished By- Patchwork Press
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.
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~My 4* Review~
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Dead Girl Walking in exchange for nothing more than an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Princess Ophelia is betrothed to a Prince, her heart however; belongs to another; Larkin. Larkin is a commoner and has no idea that 'Lelia' is really Princess Ophelia. In order for Princess Ophelia to see Larkin she has to sneak out of the castle at night. Once again Princess Ophelia has snuck off and met up with Larkin. Their evening is going to plan until Princess Ophelia leaves the tavern to use the out house. She never makes it to the out house as someone else is out there and murders her.
The death of Princess Ophelia is the beginning for Lelia the reaper. Now Princess Ophelia is dead she is given a choice; pass on and cease to exist or give up her old life and exist as a grim reaper. As a reaper she will have to help other souls to pass on when their bodies die.
Can she really give up her old life? Walk away from her father and sister? Can she help other souls to pass on? Lelia wonders if whilst she's a reaper she can find out who murdered her and why.
Dead Girl Walking was a refreshingly different book. I've never actually read a book about grim reapers.
Princess Ophelia has her life suddenly ripped away from her when she is brutally murdered. Then she is launched into a world that she never knew existed; where she must help souls of others who have died to pass on painlessly.
Lelia the reaper has 4 other experienced reapers who serve the area, and who have been tasked with teaching her the ropes. One of these reapers has even managed to catch Lelia's eye, could there be a reaper romance blossoming??
Dead Girl Walking was an easy read. I was quickly engrossed in Lelia's story and adventures. Lelia was a great character, it was easy to believe and experience Lelia's 'life' as a reaper. Lelia has plenty of character too, she enjoys bending the rules to suit herself. The other reapers are also good and realistic. I would love to know more about them.
I enjoyed how Ruth's writing seems to flow effortlessly from scene to scene. The world that Ruth has built is realistic and I could picture both the characters and myself there. I enjoyed the way Ruth has chosen not to have lots of supporting characters, as I felt there was more intimacy with the main characters.
Dead Girl Walking was a fairly quick and enjoyable read. I definitely want to read book #2 to find out what happens next. If you love paranormal, angels, grim reapers or murders then give this book a chance. I'm glad I did and I'm looking forward to my next encounter with this series or any of Ruth's works.
~About The Author~
Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing. Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy young adult stories. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.
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