Reaper's Novice (Soul Collector, #1)
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Reaper's Novice (Soul Collector #1)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  94 ratings  ·  69 reviews
**Reaper's Novice is not on sale at the moment. It's being re-edited and will be published again soon***

17- year- old Ana Maria Tei’s life has always been perfect: loving parents, good grades, and a future so bright it outshone the sun. But now words like “separation” and “divorce” are sending her world plummeting to hell. Determined to keep her family intact, Ana plans a...more
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published January 8th 2013 (first published October 7th 2011)
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KaSonndra Leigh
The Grim Reaper is a short story taking place in the romantic setting of Vienna. Although it has strong elements of an urban fantasy it could also easily cross over to the paranormal arena as well. I love the way the Ms. Robert sets up the beginning. All five senses are taken into consideration. I truly feel as if I'm in the MC's shoes. The description of Vienna made me ache for a chance to walk along its historical streets. So when our protagonist is suddenly thrown into the life of a reaper of...more
Kevis Hendrickson
Cecilia Robert's Reaper's Novice is a beautiful coming-of-age story that marks the beginning of a brand new urban fantasy series. The heroine Ana Marie Tei embarks on a journey of self-discovery after making a life-altering decision to save her family that puts her in the service of Grim, the literal personification of Death. As a Soul Collector in-training, she must undergo the training required to acquire the souls of other human beings in order to satisfy her soul-debt to the Grim. We journey...more
What happens when 17-year old violinist Ana, who loves her best friends and a boy named Rolf, loses her whole family in a flash? When faced with such a tragedy, she trades her own soul for the souls of her family by agreeing to becoming a novice Soul Collector to a man named Grim aka Death, who prefers to go by Ernest, just because.

For the next thirteen months she will apprentice, learning the tricks of the trade in collecting spirits of people at the time of their death. Figuring she can keep...more
Libertad Araceli
I first heard about this book via amazon after endless searching for people of color on ya books. The cover definitely speaks for what I love in books , which is diversity, so I jumped on the chance when the author offered it to me for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

The book deals with a young Viennese girl who after a tragic accident with her family offers her soul to the grim reaper in exchange for a second chance with her family. I've never gotten a chance to read a book like this s...more
Since this is not a short story, but rather the first installment of the author's debut novel, Soul Collector, which Trestle Press is publishing serially, I want to hold my full review until I've read every installment. But you can bet that I WILL read every one. I definitely find this intriguing; the author writes well, has created an original (even unique) fantasy vision, and set it in what for most American readers is a very fresh locale. Of course, this first installment raises many more que...more
Five stars for the cover alone! Someone must be listening to me in publishing-land. More women of color on the covers of paranormal books! Keep it coming and I'll keep a reading!
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Reaper's Novice started out as a Novella and grew into a book and I have to say that I was glad when Cecilia did that. The Novella left me wanting more and more and when I found out she was going to do a full length book with it I jumped up and down like a crazy reader I am.

In Reaper's Novice we meet Ana who has a loving family. She loves school and plays the violin. She is very talented in many ways. Then one day she over hears the ugliness and truth of what is to become of her family. See she...more
WAW-oh-WAW, this story was very exciting, thrilling and fast-paced- the characters were amazing and the story wholly unpredictable, all of which made for a fab novel.

I'm glad Cecilia decided to make this into a full length novel series. There is so much potential with the plot, this book just leaves you wanting more and more, this is a very fresh and addictive series. I can't wait to get my hands on book 2.

This whole story is so original and new, unlike anything I've read before. Otherworldly, m...more
Darren Sant
The author uses some very effective descriptive writing. She creates what is an interesting universe complete with a solid setting and a colourful cast of characters. There is a lot of scope in what the author has laid down in this first episode and I am looking forward to forthcoming episodes. There is clearly a lot of heart in Cecilia Robert's writing. She writes with a sense of humanity and a her heart very much on her sleeve. A keener eye in the editing prior to publication would have made t...more
Eve Langell
Another book thanks to NetGalley. The Reaper’s Novice, is the first book in a series and came out on January 8th. Reaper’s Novice takes place in Vienna (Austria), I always wanted to visit and the place sounds amazing. The culture and the life, sound beautiful and diverse. However, there were some phrases and such I needed to look up to help my understanding. I had a slight hiccup with the names and what I assume is the way people are properly address at first (Herr, Fraulein, Frau,etc) until I g...more
Shilpa Mudiganti
What I loved about this book is Ana - You get her story from the beginning, her conflict, her love for the family, her insecurities, her strengths, everything. Right from the moment she is introduced. She is very likeable and you feel this need to know more about her. I almost prayed for her during her "graduation" test which is an entirely different story.

The story is unique with Ana being Grim's novice - She is getting ready to graduate as a soul collector and that I hadn't read anywhere befor...more
I was really excited to recieve a copy of this book for review and even if it wasn't free I would have bought it. The book starts by introducing Ana and her family whose parents are very close to divorcing. On the day they planed to leave for their vacation Ana's parents, brother, and sister get in a deadly car accident but then the grim reaper shows up offering her a deal to save their lives. Grim... I mean Earnest is the funniest grim reaper I've ever read. He is a great character who cared ab...more
I am well accustomed to the concept of Reapers...mainly because I adored the TV show Dead Like Me (if you haven't watched it - go and check it out!) so I was actually rather surprised at how much I liked this new take on I guess 'old' tale.

To begin with isn't it sort of logical that a Reaper has to be trained? Since it is pretty much a job, wouldn't you only want the best possible applicants to take your soul onto the next plain?...I know I would. Hence - bring in Ana and the wonderful world cre...more
This review and others can be found on my blog She Has A Knack For It.

I received a copy of this book for free in return for my honest review, through the Never Too Old For Y.A. Books Group on Goodreads. However, I received a copy of the book directly from the author. This in no way effects my final review of this book.

I have to say that I'm a little conflicted with this book, so I'm going to break it down by what I liked and didn't like.

What I liked:
1. The cover. Isn't it pretty? I love the posi...more
S.M. Blooding
There were things I liked about this book, and things I didn’t. I LOVE this cover! It’s what hooked me in the first place. This is one of the very few books written in present tense that didn’t piss me off because it was in present tense. I will say that Ms. Robert discovered the way to write this tense without it sounding weird and very off.

I loved the premise of the book. There aren’t an overwhelming amount of reaper novels out there, so I’m not inundated with them yet. It came off unique. The...more
Brenda Ayala
I sat here racking my brain for a while trying to decide if I wanted to rate this 3 stars or 4. It was a pretty tough decision for me, but in the end I'm giving it 4.

I had such a hard time for a few reasons, and I'll start by naming all of the things that made me want to rate it at 4...
-I loved that the setting was in Austria. I have a very good friend from there (who I one day hope to visit), so it was really fun for me to read about her home town as well as nearby areas. I wish a little more...more
Kirsty Vizard
Reaper's Novice is an original edition of the paranormal story - there are no werewolves, vampires or traditional angels. However, as the title suggests the reader meets the Grim Reaper called Ernest (!), who accepts a novice, Ana, after she exchanges her soul for her family's after they were killed in an accident. The deal is that she must complete her training within 13 months and the souls of her family will be free but she will continue to be immortal.
However, as Ana discovers life as a Reap...more
Nanette Bradford
Reaper's Novice by Cecilia Robert
Reviewed by Nanette Bradford
YATR Review Panel

First off as one of my New Year's resolutions I'm going to stop not reading a book because of it's name or cover. I've done it a couple of times and I've read some awesome books that i didn't read sooner because of this reason. That is what happened here. I almost didn't read this book because of the title of it. Stupid, Stupid me.. This was a great book and i almost missed out because I thought it was out of my eleme...more
Carrie (ICanHasBooks?)
First off I would like to say I was given a copy of Reaper's Novice for an honest review.

Secondly I LOVE the cover!

If you where given the chance to have your family back would you take it? What if it meant trading your soul for it? Turing you immortal and being owned by death for eternity?

Ana's family is falling apart, her parents are fighting all the time, and she takes it up on herself to mend the pain and put it back together. She figures a holiday would be a great place to start. Except thi...more
I would like to thank the author, Ms. Cecilia Robert and YA/NA Fanatics group, for giving the opportunity to read the book in exchange for an honest review.

Spoiler Alert:
Reaper's Novice is supernatural fantasy read about a teen girl who is primed to become a soul collector in exchange for the return of her family's souls.

I am going to do things a little different because I really liked this coming of age spin on the soul collecting/death genre and really liked it's characters however there were...more
Mar 04, 2013 Majuchan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Janus Vielle
I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

So Enticing
Hold my breath every turn of events

I didn't expected this book to be this so good. To be honest, the cover didn't made me all giddy. ("Don't judge the book by its cover" hits me!)

What if all your life you know you are surrounded with normal ... but in truth, they are not and they are keeping an eye on you. They waiting for you to save or destroy your race, that all your life you didn't know of...

WELCOME to ANA's BREA...more
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
I'm so glad that I joined up to be a part of this blog tour otherwise I doubt that I would ever have come across this book, or the fantastic storyline that Cecilia has created.
Full of all the things that I love to read about in any book: action/adventure, love, angst, loss and the main character coming into their own.
I grew to care so much for these characters, our heroine Ana is a character that I really liked, and besides a couple of characters that I didn't care for (the baddies) I found no f...more
A big thank you to Cecilia Robert for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

When I first saw this book, I knew I just had to check it out. I mean, look at that cover! It is gorgeous. And then I read the description and that sealed the deal:) Thankfully, I was not disappointed. I was drawn into the story after reading just one chapter. Cecilia Robert's writing is very descriptive and I needed to know more.

This was a story of great characters and a ton of surprises. Ana feels she canno...more
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, I was expecting a decent read, but nothing crazy awesome. I am so happy to be proven wrong! Ana shined in this novel, her irrepressible personality always showed through. Ana went through some craziness, and I felt the same frustration as she did, especially when nobody would give her information. The world building was pretty developed, I would've liked maybe a little more information more spaced out. I felt like we learned right along with Ana, which is...more
Victoria Watson
Two years ago, Ana traded her soul in order to save those of her family. To make the deal, Ana had to become the Grim Reaper's Novice. Her job is to collect souls and she doesn't have a problem with that, provided the souls are old and ready to leave. Soon, she will need to sit her final exam to become a Soul Collector Graduate however, the exam may not be as easy as Ana expected.

This is a really unique premise and Robert writes it confidently. The character of Ana is introduced well, giving ple...more
When I read the blurb for this book I was intrigued. I thought the idea of a young girl giving up her soul to save her family and as a result become a soul collector for none other than the Grimm Reaper a great premise. And as the story began it followed through with my expectations. Although Ana has this new role in life she doesn’t get to ditch her other life. She still has to deal with school, friends, her boyfriend, and her blossoming music career PLUS go off and collect souls for Grimm (aka...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Ana had hopes and dreams – long term she wanted to finish school and become a musician. Short term, she wants to hold her family together, to bring peace to her constantly warring parents

That is, until her parents and siblings were all killed in a car accident, leaving Ana to make a desperate deal with Death to ensure her family had any future at all.

She is now bound as Death’s Novice, learning how to collect souls to pass on and seeing it encroach onto her own dreams. There’s a lot to learn and...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I seem to be saying this a lot already this year but I can't help it, this read took me completely by surprise. Honestly, I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. Not that I didn't think it would be good, I just wasn't expecting it to be so full of secrets and mystery, not to mention some great characters that I really found myself liking and caring about.

Ana was a strong female character. She was brave and smart and loved those she loved with all that she had. I wouldn't necessarily say...more
Jenea Whittington
Reaper’s Novice got a new cover and I have to say, I really like it, because the new cover matches the story much more. Anna’s perfect life has began to slowly unravel. With family issues and faced with a decision that no seventeen year old should have to make, this turned out to be a great start to a new series.
Anna is a likable girl, she is strong and would do just about anything for her family. After making the decision to save her family’s souls, she begins her training as a Reaper’s Novice....more

I was very happy to join the tour for this book. The premise looked very interesting and the new cover is just beautiful. I couldn't wait to dig in. I was not disappointed it was a very captivating read.

Ana is 16, lives in Vienna with her parents, younger brother, and little sister. Her parents have been constantly fighting and she fears for her family relationships. She plans a trip to Italy, hoping the trip will rekindle the relationship between her parents. Before they can escape to Italy an...more
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I write YA, NA and Adult. My motto: Passion rules. I enjoy writing stories about people finding love in the most unexpected places, coupled with adventurous journeys, whether it's urban, fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary or paranormal romance. There's always a happy ever after, no matter how long it takes to get there. When I'm not working in my full time job, I don my supermom cape, or in most cases...more
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“Normal life? Nothing about this is normal, Novice. I’m Death, not a Genie. I don’t go granting wishes unless absolutely necessary.” He levels his face to mine. “You do remember your family’s souls, don’t you?” 2 likes
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