*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Title- Dead Girl Walking
Series- Royal Reaper Book #1
By- Ruth Silver
Genre- YA, Paranormal, Royalty
Published By- Patchwork Press
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.
Princess Ophelia Dacre suffers from an arranged marriage, but all she wants is the freedom to choose who she loves. And she is in love with a boy who has no idea who she really is, a boy that she secrets away. She knows that she must one day tell her father, but fate has something else in mind when she is murdered and offered the opportunity to be a grim reaper.
Dead Girl Walking starts off with an explosive tale of Princess Ophelia's brutal murder. We are immediately swept up in her story as she goes from a Princess with everything ahead of her to a grim reaper who has to start over. New friends, new job, new name, new identity, new life. And it's not as easy as Princess Ophelia thinks. There are rules to follow and jobs to do all of which Ophelia, now known as Leila has a problem with. I guess the princess doesn't like rules.
Naturally Leila is placed with other grim reapers who mentor her, but she quickly finds herself in trouble as she is lured back to the life she left behind.
Dead Girl Walking is a very fast paced read from the second you open the book and at times seemed to move too fast. There was a lot going on in this story which made the story feel rushed at times. I love the idea of grim reapers that Ruth Silver gave me in Dead Girl Walking, but I wanted more. I really wanted to know more about reapers. You get a glimpse of it, but really it was only enough to leave me sort of confused. Frankly at times I just didn't see how the story got there.
I liked the characters enough to read the book, but I really never bought into them. I didn't find myself thinking about them when I walked away. Again I wanted more. I wanted to know the reason why the person who killed Ophelia did and many other things. Unfortunately I just didn't get those answers. But it didn't ruin the story. It was just a detail I glazed over because they were not essential for the story. Would it have made the story better, yes. Was it crucial for the story no. Which is why I was able to finish the book and actually enjoy it.
But all that being said, I enjoyed the tale of Dead Girl Walking and Princess Ophelia. It was an easy book to get lost in. Something that allowed me to put my worries to the side and step into someone else's. Ruth Silver presented us with a lot of great ideas on grim reapers and dark angels in Dead Girl Walking I just wanted more. It is definitely a story that you should judge for yourself.
Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of ABERRANT, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing, in 2013. Author, YA Blogger, and Book Manager with Booktrope Publishing, Ruth keeps busy with writing, updating her book blogs Write Away Bliss and YA Book Deals, and promoting authors.Find Her: Website | Facebook | Twitter
With a passion for reading, photography, and traveling Ruth has plenty of stories and experiences to share. She loves dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy young adult novels most of all. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.
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