Audio Review | Reaper by Rachel Vincent

July 28, 2013 Reviews 2

Audio Review | Reaper by Rachel VincentReaper by Rachel Vincent
Narrator: Anthony Haden Salerno
Series: Soul Screamers #3.5
Published by Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. on December 1, 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 55
Length: 1 hour 51 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
three-stars

Tod Hudson was a typical teenager. He liked girls, sports, food, and tolerated his younger brother, Nash. In fact, he had his whole life in front of him - and due to his bean sidhe heritage, it was going to be a very long life indeed. And then the car accident occurred.

Suddenly, Tod's future wasn't so sure, and he had to make a choice. Life... Death... or something Between....

A Soul Screamers series novella.

My Initial Reaction…

I enjoyed this quick glimpse at Tod, Nash’s reaper/banshee brother from the Soul Screamers series. Up until now we’ve only gotten quick glances at him, but this short story is entirely from his perspective, and answers a lot of questions about him.

The Narration…
I really missed Amanda Ronconi, though I understand the switch to a male narrator to match Tod as narrator, rather than Kaylee. It was hard to adjust to though, because Salerno’s characterization of both Tod and Nash is different form Ronconi’s. In fact, it’s almost the complete opposite – instead of Tod having a scratchy voice, now Nash does. Adjustment aside, the narration was okay. Characters do have distinctly different voices and women (there are very few) come off ok. But they don’t come to life with the skill that Ronconi has brought to the series.

The Characters…
Tod is a real treat in this short – we finally get to know who he is and how he became a reaper. You see some of the qualities you’ve already seen coming through in the novels, but definitely heightened. For example, he’s shown himself to be fiercely loyal to those he loves and this is even more true in Reaper.

We also get to know Nash and a little bit more about what he’s been through. My general feel for him until know had been that he’s a weak character in need of some personal conviction, but now I see that he has grown quite a bit. In Reaper he is so childish and selfish; I suspect we don’t see as much of that in the books in large part because of the events of this short.

The Story…
This short story starts in the Hudson home, before Tod’s death and before Nash came to Kaylee’s school. Nash has been grounded due to getting into some trouble with his current girlfriend, Sabine, and Tod is on guard duty while Harmony works her night shift. Not unsurprisingly Nash isn’t happy to be stuck in the house and Tod, with his girlfriend over, isn’t exactly thrilled to be on guard duty. Needless to say, it’s not a quite night at home for the boys and a few bad decisions end in disaster for the Hudson household.

Tod’s story is full of surprising twists and heartwarming details that will make you look at the reaper in brand new ways. Because it is a look back in time, the big elements in the story are not surprising though; you’re most certainly not on the edge of your seat. I think this might have been more enjoyable as a prequel, though I don’t know if I would have felt the necessary investment in the characters at that point to enjoy it as much as I did at this point.

Concluding Sentiments…
Reaper fits in really well as a precursor to the next book in the series (My Soul to Steal) and gives some really interesting insights that I expect to have repercussions later in the series. I’d recommend it for a fun, quick read.

three-stars

About Rachel Vincent

A resident of San Antonio, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

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2 Responses to “Audio Review | Reaper by Rachel Vincent”

  1. Pabkins

    I don’t know why I still haven’t given this series a try – but you seem to be moving right thru the audios

    • Berls

      I really have, Amanda Ronconi makes them so easy to listen to and they aren’t very long; most of them are around 8 -10 minutes, so a quick listen.

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