Author: Rachel Vincent
Publication Year: 2010
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: E-book version borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
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….
(This is a prequel novella to the Soul Screamer series.)
I really liked this novella as a start to the series. I’m glad that I read it first, before reading any of the other books, because there’s something that I just like a lot about chronological order. Sure, maybe there’s a sense of exposition that was missing for me, learning about things that had happened in the pasts of the characters that I could’ve grown to love first … but I personally liked it this way.
Tod and Nash are both interesting characters in Reaper, though I personally liked Tod a lot better. This might also have coloured how I read the rest of the series a little: I could see how readers could take Tod as being kind of a pain in the ass, and loving Nash even more than I did, if they didn’t know about the backstory first.
Either way, definitely pick this one up if you’re reading the rest of the series. It sheds some important light on things.