Review: My Sister’s Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer
My Sister’s Reaper
Summary From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.
When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. 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, or let Mara die … this time for good.
Another mixed bag type of book for me. I really thought the premise was interesting and that if done the right way it could make for a great book. I mean bringing your sister back to life, reapers chasing you and magical powers make for a pretty good combination on paper. The execution here though…well I’ll just get into it.
My major issue with My Sister’s Reaper, unfortunately, is the main character Zadie. You know that proverbial box of rocks so many people seem to be dumber than? Ya, you can add Zadie to that list. Funny thing is that multiple times in the book other characters comment on it, and if they are aware of her…lack of brilliance, you can sure bet the reader will be. Why the author felt the need to constantly poke fun at how dumb Zadie is, even if it is in jest, is beyond me, it demeans your own MC. However, it isn’t just that she isn’t overly intelligent, she also feels very flat. Oh sure, she’s got the stars in her eyes going on with the main love interest, but other than that? Nada. Her sister is essentially a walking zombie for the majority of the book (not in the literal sense, emotionally) and while she shows some initial concern eventually she just let’s her do her zombie-esque routine. Um, you are leaving her at the house alone? Especially with some of the things she’s been doing? Ya that’s smart, very loving, whatever. I don’t like her, nuff said.
The sister is in the previously mentioned zombie mode for most of the book so we don’t glimpse much of her personality. I’m guessing that we’d see more in a second book but we really get no feel for her character at all. The love interest is loyal enough in the end but he has borderline stalker tendencies and he’s not the most trusting, oh and he is prone to jealousy, bleh.
Insta-love. If you follow me at all you know my stance on this. I don’t like it, at all, I never want to see it. Also, weak attempt at love triangle you do not amuse me, go away as well.
While the lore of the magical world behind the scenes is done in a little too much of an info-dump style for my taste it was interesting. There were multiple types of magical creatures introduced, some combinations that either aren’t in many books or are completely Dreyer’s own and they incorporated elements into the mix which I’m all for doing. The displays of magic are pretty cool as well, if a bit repetitive. While this is likely the strongest part of the piece it seemed like it was more for setting up another book. The little experimental phases, the training (very repetitive), and a few other details made it clear that if Dreyer wants to she can extend the series no problem.
Final battle. Without giving spoilers I will say that this was well done if only quite obvious in its execution. The displays of magic here are, of course, the coolest as they have to be bigger and stronger than ever. As an ending it works and is the strongest section of writing in the piece.
Overall this book was just meh for me. I didn’t hate it and as I was reading the book I didn’t lose interest or anything. However, the characters and I never meshed, especially Zadie who I found plain annoying. The pacing was good but the love interest that fueled all to much of the plot wasn’t great and he was a bit creepy to be honest. Cool magic-fueled ending was the highlight both in the writing and plot but it couldn’t save the piece for me. Not one I’d recommend personally but I didn’t dislike it strongly enough to say flat out don’t read it either. Thanks as always for reading!
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