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Don't Fear the Reaper (Netherworld #1)

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Grief-stricken by the murder of her twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her ticket to eternal peace and a chance to reunite with her sister. When Keely succeeds in taking her own life, she discovers death isn’t at all what she expected.

Instead, she’s trapped in a netherworld on Earth and her only hope for reconnecting with her sister and navigating the afterlife i
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published September 23rd 2011 by Dreamscapes, Ink
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Michelle Muto
Sep 25, 2011 Michelle Muto added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Since this is my book, I don't think it fair to rate it.
Courtney Cole
Nov 21, 2011 Courtney Cole rated it it was amazing
I sat down yesterday to read Don’t Fear the Reaper by Michelle Muto and I didn’t get up until I had finished it. It was the kind of book that you just don’t put down.

I am struggling with figuring out how to explain why this book is so good. I know that I can’t simply say “It just is” and you’ll take my word for it. You want details, right?

Part of the draw for me is this author’s amazing writing style. It’s dark and haunting, but beautiful and delicate even while dealing with a sensitive, ugly
Thomas Amo
Sep 28, 2011 Thomas Amo rated it it was amazing
5/5 Stars....not nearly enough! More stars needed!

Author Michelle Muto has done something for me, no other author ever has, she made me cry. This is a good thing! Don't Fear The Reaper for me was absolutely the perfect read. The story so well executed and flawlessly written. Only a few times in my life have I devoured a book and not wanted it to end. I won't do the typical rehashing the plot, because this book is too good to give anything away about it! Just read the preview blurb that should ho
A Book Vacation
Nov 16, 2011 A Book Vacation rated it it was amazing
I am in awe of Muto’s sheer writing abilities! This book sucked me in and didn’t release me until the final page was tucked neatly inside my head. I can’t get over how amazing, how breathtaking, and how riveting this book is. Don’t Fear the Reaper is one of those books that I’m going to read again and again. It’s one of those books I wish could hit the big screen; it’s that good. This is that book that leaves you stunned and wanting more, much more, upon its conclusion. Seriously, why are you st ...more
Oct 28, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing
In One Word ~ Stunning

I have been trying to start this review for an hour. I have typed and erased my opening at least ten times now. I just don't think I can explain what this book did to me. I don't know what I expected from Don't Fear the Reaper. I do know that I was really excited when author Michelle Muto sent me the book. I had read another of her books, The Book of Lost Souls, and adored it. So I went into reading this one with no trepidation, an awesome feeling.

I knew I was in for an em
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
3.5 out of 5

Too much explaining in the middle, rather than showing. However, the actual story was good enough to keep me reading. Really liked the characters.

I'll explain more later.
Nov 17, 2011 ѦѺ™ rated it it was amazing
Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me. The Carriage held but just ourselves And Immortality - Emily Dickinson

Keely Morisson lost more than half of herself when her twin Jordan was murdered. wallowing in grief and hoping to be reunited with her sister, Keely commits suicide. the afterlife, however, was not what she expected. with a reaper and a demon for company, she finds out what being dead really is and that the battle for souls including her own is being wagered.
Sep 28, 2011 Shirley rated it it was amazing
I put this review off for a day after I finished. Not because it was something I didn’t want to do, but mainly because the book was so good I wanted to make sure I did Michelle’s story justice. I’m still not positive that I can do that, but here it goes.

Don’t Fear the Reaper is a dark story about the afterlife of a teen who commits suicide. It doesn’t glorify suicide and not once is Keely happy with her decision. As a matter of fact, almost immediately she regrets doing what she did and wants to
Christie Rich
Mar 21, 2013 Christie Rich rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rocking-original
I really hate to cry, so I usually avoid reads that I know will get me all teary eyed. When I read the first chapter of this book I not only cried, I bawled. Michelle Muto is a talented author that captured the feelings of grief exquisitely. Not only did I feel sorry for Keelie in that opening scene, I ached for her.

If you've ever felt despair or know someone who has, you'll probably connect with Keelie. She just lost her sister (identical twin), who was murdered and couldn't deal with the pain
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Mar 06, 2012 Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah* rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like deep, thought-provoking young adult books
Wow. This book was so poignant and thought provoking I almost don't know how to describe it in words. What happens when you commit suicide? What do your parents go through? Your friends? What sort of afterlife awaits you? These types of questions are addressed in this book in such an emotional and intense way I found myself in tears throughout the story. It's beautiful and moving, and probably one of the best young of the best books that I have ever read. Seriously, go read this ...more
Dec 05, 2011 Larissa rated it it was amazing
4.5 STARS: A really great read, I highly recommend!

From the moment I picked up this book I was instantly drawn into the story. Don’t Fear the Reaper opens with the protagonist, Keely, taking her own life, and reflecting on the things that lead to that moment. The pain she felt throughout the book felt very real to me even though in most of the book she is “living” through very different situations than one generally faces.

Michelle Muto’s writing is absolutely beautiful, and all the characters ha
Dale Ibitz
Aug 21, 2013 Dale Ibitz rated it really liked it
My Thoughts:
This was a very well crafted, written, and executed story. I really, really, really liked it! Has got to be one of my faves this year so far.

You have characters that are real, three-dimensional, and distinctive. The book opens with Keely's death. Her response to her own death is so believable, you actually think it's real. Like maybe the author followed Keely into the afterlife and wrote down her reactions.

Loved the bounty-hunter reaper, his name is Banning. He has that mysterious to
Keely’s twin sister’s dead. Her parents are grieving. And reformed bad-girl Keely has had enough of being left to sorrow alone. Her moods have driven everyone away. Now she drives herself on one last journey, but finds the end somewhat different to all she’d expected. Isn’t hell a given if you kill yourself?
Deeply intriguing, filled with haunting and haunted characters and no easy answers, Michelle Muto’s Don’t Fear the Reaper introduces a very different grim reaper from legend, his curiously sy
Dec 05, 2012 Tom rated it it was amazing
Some part of me has always been attracted to those who work between the Living and The Other Side. From dramedies like "Dead Like Me," where Reapers collect their assignments at Der Waffle Haus, to Wim Wenders' elegiac masterpiece, "Wings of Desire," I've been fascinated by these go-betweens. It's almost like I'd rather send somebody else into The Light than go there myself.

Michelle Muto's novel, "Don't Fear the Reaper" attempted to create such a world. She had a number of things working against
Jan 14, 2012 Ashton rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, legendary
I can't even begin to express how I feel about this gem from Michelle Muto. Superb, excellent, amazing... there aren't enough adjectives out there to do this novel justice! Having read The Book of Lost Souls, which I absolutely loved, I couldn't wait to read something else by this extremely talented lady, and I am so glad I did. This story is by far one of the most imaginative, and creative that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. And definitely one of my all time favorites. While the subje ...more
Christine Butler
Dark and exquisitely beautiful!

My first impression upon opening this book was: Best first chapter in a novel - Ever! Michelle Muto hooked me from word one and kept me gripped until the end. This is a beautifully written dark tale of life, death, and everything that comes after. It was absolutely mesmerizing.

This is hands down, one of the best books of 2011! From the opening chapter that all authors should learn from, to the bittersweet ending, Don't Fear the Reaper will keep your heart on edge
Solitaire Parke
May 02, 2012 Solitaire Parke rated it it was amazing
"Don't Fear the Reaper" by Michelle Muto was a devastating view of what happens to not only the family after two daughters die, but also to the twin sisters, Keely and Jordan...the deceased. Heart breaking, scary at times...the book just doesn't stop pounding on your senses. Add in Angels, Demons & Reapers and what you've got is a thrill ride that makes a roller coaster look flat! I recommend this book to anyone still breathing. A strong round of applause to Michelle Muto!
Mar 02, 2012 Halyna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
Skilfully written book, emotionally challenging, dark, deep, amazing and unusual. Definitely not relaxing reading - it makes you feel, hurt, think, cry, sympathize, sometimes shudder and in rare moments grin ( but it's only thanks to our charming Daniel). Highly recommended!
Heather Adkins
Jan 23, 2013 Heather Adkins rated it it was amazing
There are some books that a writer picks up, and within the first few pages, she's envious. Envious of the flawless writing, the vivid scenes, the raw emotions, and the fresh, unique story line. This was one of those books for me.

I loved Muto's "The Book of Lost Souls" when I read it a little over a year ago. But "Don't Fear the Reaper" is worlds different from that debut novel. Where Book of Lost Souls felt like Buffy - lighthearted, fun, full of magick - Reaper is dark, hard and painful - a tr
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
Jan 28, 2012 Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota* rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
After reading The Book Of Lost Souls, Michelle Muto became one of my favorite authors. Her books are funny and original, so i couldn't really say no to Don't Fear The Reaper.

Don't Fear The Reaper is a lot darker than Book of Lost Souls but it keeps a light feeling when you read. We follow Keely's after death time, while she tries to find her sister and avoid going to hell accompanied by a reaper and a demon. I think the strongest aspect of the book are the characters. Don't get me wrong, the sto
Nov 21, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
Original review:

This book is not for the faint of heart. And it is tough. Keely, the main character, does not spend much of her story alive. Instead, we are first launched into her suicide in grim detail from the very beginning, and then into her utter disbelief and denial about being dead. I have long since wondered if people who commit suicide think of the consequences of their actions on other people, and that thought is explored in detail in Don’t Fea
Courtney (Fuzzy.Coffee.Books)
What I Liked: 1) All of the characters. It seems strange to say that I liked all f the characters in the book, especially when none of them belong to the land of the living. Keely is an earthbound (ghost), Banning is a Reaper (as in Grim), and Daniel is a demon. But they all have such lively personalities that I couldn't help but be drawn to them. Especially Banning. He made me think of, like a big brother, or maybe like a father-figure. I liked him a lot. 2) The themes. I don't talk a lot about ...more
Tom Harris
Jul 16, 2012 Tom Harris rated it it was amazing
Guilt-ridden former drug addict Keely Morrison, 17, commits suicide after the death of her sister. Waking in a bath of blood, she has no idea if she is alive or dead until the appearance of a reaper, Banning. Although Banning seems to want to help her, a demon accompanying him, Daniel, seems more keen on escorting her straight to hell. Keely has unfinished business though and ridden with guilt over her sister's suicide is determined to track her down before she will let anyone take her to hell.

Nov 25, 2012 Hud-c rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent start for a series.

Keely Robinson is a very disturbed girl. Having lost her twin, she succumbed to the chance of ending it all - she committed suicide. Little did she know that the afterlife has more troubles than the real world.

Don't Fear the Reaper, the first of the Netherworld series, written by Michelle Muto is a bit controversial for me. It start with a suicide event which I found agitating. Well, I'm open-minded to such things but still I have a Catholic upbringing. And I don't
Nov 15, 2011 Sheila rated it it was amazing
Don't Fear the Reaper has a beautiful cover that pulls you in.The first chapter of this book is one of the most haunting, breath-taking and heart stopping I have read. In fact, the first paragraph quickly shows Michelle's awesome,descriptive writing style.

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for they are with me. I repeated my version of the psalm as I watched the ribbon of blood drift from my wrist. I’d hoped it would be a distraction—something to
Dean Mayes
Nov 14, 2012 Dean Mayes rated it it was amazing
I originally read Michelle Muto's novel back when it first came out in 2011 and it just happened to be around the same time that news reports about two Australian twin sisters having shot themselves in an apparent suicide pact in Colorado. I have to admit that I couldn't go any further with the book at that time. I just felt uncomfortable with the premise of the novel despite the fact that Michelle Muto is an author of considerable talent and one whose work I've read and enjoyed before.

I return
Jun 22, 2012 Aliraluna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
Keely Morrison, a rebel girl that had a past were she used to use drugs, likes to hang out with a lot of people, have fun, go out of the house with or without permission meets death. She had everything that made her happy; a twin sister that was just like her- enjoys life-; when suddenly both of their lifes and their family as well change when Jordan(keely sister) is killed. Keely doesn't enjoy life anymore, she feels like crap and needs to be with her sister. She wonders is her sister is alread ...more
E.M. Tippetts
Dec 31, 2011 E.M. Tippetts rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, indie
I've been aware of Michelle Muto for months, but only just got around to reading one of her books. She's an up and coming indie writer whom I hope we'll be hearing a lot more from.

If it weren't for holiday craziness, I'd have read this in one sitting - partly because it's well written and easy to devour, and partly out of desperation to see if things ever get better for the protagonist. I should warn you, the main character commits suicide in the first scene, and Muto doesn't pull punches when d
Emma Adams
Feb 16, 2013 Emma Adams rated it it was amazing

When seventeen-year-old Keely commits suicide, she expects to be reunited with her murdered twin sister Jordan, whose death she never recovered from, in the afterlife. Instead, she wakes up looking at her own corpse and in the company of two men in suits: Banning, a reaper employed to escort her to the afterlife, and Daniel, a demon. Suddenly death doesn’t seem so simple.

Now in purgatory, bound to walk the earth amongst the other souls unable to move on, Keely is faced with a choice. She wants t
Sep 23, 2012 Josie rated it it was amazing
this book was heart breaking and beautifully written, Don't fear the reaper is about life, love and loss , keely and her twin sister jordan are soul mates and when jordan get's murdered keely looses a part of herself with her sister . grief stricken and desperate for the pain to end keely decides to take her own life and is met by the reaper , banning and a demon , Daniel. keely soon finds out that death isn't exactly what she first thought it would be and there the story begins , keelys only th ...more
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Writer of urban fantasy, the paranormal, and all things eerie and curious. Lover of scary books and funny movies, sports cars, chocolate, and changes of season. Owned by two incredible dogs and an iMac. Author, wife, sister, freelance tech writer, and IT geek.

Author of The Haunting Season, The Book of Lost Souls, & Don't Fear the Reaper. Read the 1st chapter of Don't Fear the Reaper here.

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