Mar 1, 2014

Reaper by Mina Carter *Review*

The World after the End of the World will never be the same again…

Sanctuary. Clichéd name, but the sentiment is still the same. Ten years after the end of the world, ex-soldier Mason and a small group of humans defend their fortified town against creatures of myth and legend made real. But with dwindling game to hunt and a lycan pack in the area looking for an easy meal, just surviving is getting harder every day.

Andy has a few screws loose, and she knows it. She’s been on the road since the bombs fell and changed humanity forever. Driven by inhuman instincts, she tracks the newly and soon-to-be dead and dispatches their souls to the afterlife. Sometimes they go quietly, most put up a fight. She doesn’t care either way. Her ambition in life is to find her next hit of coffee and one day, maybe, sleep in a real bed again.

Then Andy’s instincts bring her to Sanctuary and its enigmatic leader, Mason, and even the world after the end of the world will never be the same again…

Warning: Contains a snarky female Reaper with a hair-trigger temper and a caffeine addiction, a hot ex-commando with an attitude and a twisted sense of humour and a happily ever after that defies death itself.

I received a copy of this story for an honest review. Pictures used as part of this review are for fun and do not belong to me.

Reaper made me one very happy paranormal fan-girl. Author Mina Carter has created a solid dystopian/paranormal romance with a wicked sense of humor and a refreshingly simple couple. Human boy meets not-so-human girl, sparks ignite, and one may have to kill the other to survive if they both aren’t killed by other monsters first. See… simple. 

Ten years ago the world literally went to hell. Vampires, Werewolves, Ghouls – every scary monster turned out to be real and the carnage they wrought was epic. With humanity decimated survivors are left with two options, either band together for safety or take their chances wandering alone.

Mason’s background as a soldier prepared him for the worst. Those skills coupled with his ability to detect non-humans have made him invaluable to the small community he has helped build. When a dark young woman enters looking for a place to stay for the night Mason’s loyalties are tested. He knows she’s not human but for the first time ever he’s compelled to get up close and personal with a monster.

Andy knows death. She’s killed herself several times but has the pesky habit of coming right back. It tends to happen when you’re a Grim Reaper. Resigned to her fate, Andy spends her days in solitude walking the roads looking for the souls she’s duty bound to collect. Drawn to a well-armed and well-warded community, Andy is thrown for a loop by the attraction she feels for a brawny military man who gladly wants to send her non-human self packing. 

Can Mason and Andy give in to their attraction without betraying their responsibilities? Or will they need to turn to each other to face much scarier monsters?

For as dark as the plot sounds, Reaper was a really fun read for me. The writing was solid, the plot moved lightning fast and was a twist on the end of the world as we know it, both Mason and Andy got their own POV’s with clear/distinct voices, and the romance between the leads managed to be sweet and pack some zing. The best part for me was the balance of dark elements with humor. I have a weakness for any author that can work in some levity and Carter does that frequently with great dialogue and the lead characters inner monologues. One of my favorite lines:

“Oh, for God’s sake girl, get a grip. He’s a good-looking guy and you’re an intelligent woman. No need to start thinking with your damn ovaries.” 

Do yourself a favor and read Reaper. Even if you’re not a paranormal fan, this is just an original read that is worth checking out. If author Mina Carter revisits Mason and Andy, I will definitely be back for more. 

Happy reading. 

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