A Reaper Made by Liz Long

ReaperMadeGrace had finally gotten used to her new afterlife as a “Made” – a Reaper who used to be human. When Made Reapers and souls begin disappearing, however, Grace and her mentor Tully suspect demons. Grace’s worst fears are confirmed when her living family is threatened.

She’ll have to break every rule in the Reaper book to save them, including using a little magic to become temporarily human. With the help of Tully and her witchy friend Tessa, Grace goes undercover to save the fates of kidnapped souls – only to discover that demons aren’t working alone. Betrayal and distrust runs deep and Grace discovers that sometimes even Reapers are prone to humanity.

I was introduced to Liz Long with her Donovan Circus series. I knew then that she was going to be on my radar. A Reaper Made pretty much cinched it. 😉

CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1Grace was not only a ‘Made’ Reaper, but a fairly new one. She was still still learning and trying hard to keep her mentor happy. Tully played strictly by the rules, no exceptions. When the only way to find out what was really happening and to ultimately stop it was to break one of the biggest rules… well, that’s when things got interesting.

I really liked Grace. She was strong, loyal and she loved fiercely. Tessa was fun and the perfect side kick. Tully… well, I can’t say I really liked him, but by the end I loved him. Once you read A Reaper Made, you’ll understand.

A Reaper Made had a little bit of everything. Danger, action, magic, suspense, humor, an unexpected evil villain and even a little bit of romance.

I have to be honest and let you know that even though I enjoyed A Reaper Made, I liked Gifted and Burned in the Donovan Circus series more. Looking back, the only thing that sticks out in my mind as far as differences go is the fact that the Donovan Circus series is a lot darker. I’m pretty sure that proves a couple of things. One, my taste is a little warped (that should come as no surprise to anyone who’s visited here before) and two – Liz Long’s talent isn’t limited to one ‘type’ of writing. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.


Death Times Two by Brux Boone and C.J. Ellisson

1477713_3736214339733_675921960_nThe V V Inn has a ghost problem, one that requires the help of Lisa Carron, resident Alaskan grim reaper. Tasked with helping her, fledgling vampire Asa soon realizes that not only can she provide the dead a peaceful passing, but offer him solace in a way no other woman can.

This novella combines not only two authors’ talents but also two series. It not only reminded me that I need to continue reading C.J. Ellisson’s VV Inn series, but it introduced me to the characters in Brux Boone’s Grim Reality series. That in itself was enough to make this a treat. The fact that the story was fun and intriguing was an added bonus. 🙂

The story was told from both Lisa and Asa’s POV and I enjoyed getting inside both of their heads. It kept things interesting, that’s for CreativeDeedsReadsDisclosure1sure. I loved Lisa’s character. She was fun and witty and ‘real.’ Since I’ve already read a couple of books in the VV Inn series, I was familiar with Asa, but I loved getting to know him better and seeing a different side of him. These two were perfect together. The attraction between them was strong, but the inevitable romance wasn’t rushed. Even though this one was short, it wasn’t lacking in action or romance.

There’s always a danger in picking up a novella that falls in the middle of a series. I didn’t feel lost or confused. It helped that a lot of what was referred to in the VV Inn series happened in early books and even though Death Times Two made me want to get to know Lisa better, readers were given enough of her back story to be comfortable with it. I suppose it also helped that Asa was just meeting her too. Regardless, it’s made me put the Grim Reality series on my TBR list. It also made me hope that somewhere down the road these two characters meet again. *sigh*

ParanormalNightsSetI read this separately, but this novella is part of the Paranormal Nights set that includes 7 more stories. This set is not only on my TBR list, but it’s waiting for me on my Kindle. I can’t wait to see what the other authors have to offer in this collection. From the descriptions I see a few more authors and series added to my overflowing pile of books that are begging to be read.