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3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  217 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
There's no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth grim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue Mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.

She’s supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.

It doesn’t take long for Quincy to realize the only way out of the game is to play along espec
Paperback, 212 pages
Published January 7th 2013 by J. Taylor Publshing (first published December 29th 2012)
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Jocelyn Adams
Oct 09, 2012 Jocelyn Adams rated it it was amazing
I finished this book in one sitting yesterday, and it's taken me this long to figure out how to express my feelings about it.

The first sign telling me this is a five star book -- it haunted my mind all day long.

Reaper is not predictable. Far from it. I started out not liking Quin very much, but I'm not sure I was supposed to. Her growth through this novel as she discovers her destiny as a reaper is cleverly subtle around the middle, and by the end it's profound. I not only liked her, I was root
Julie Reece
Jan 31, 2013 Julie Reece rated it really liked it
I really loved the premise of this story. Sixteen year old Quincy Amarante is in her sophomore year when she learns she’s to become the next Reaper—Reaper as in sickle and hooded cloak. Yes. That doesn’t sit too well with her self-absorbed, spoiled agenda to rein queen bee (along with her other shallow friends) over her high school body. (No, you won’t like her at first, but you’re not supposed too.)

L. S. Murphy uses the idea of death and responsibility to force her heroine to think about life a
Emi Gayle
Oct 13, 2012 Emi Gayle rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Readers of: UF, PNR, YA, undecided girls, lost friendships, lost love, relationship dangers
Fun. Powerful. Timely. Relevant. Admirable.

Full Review to come!
Lauren (Sugar & Snark)
Blah! I'm not rating it. OK fine I rated it but I don't like it and I just give up! *sulks* What a disappointment! :(

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J.A. Belfield
Oct 17, 2012 J.A. Belfield rated it really liked it
I haven’t read many reaper-type stories, involving death and ‘passing on’, but I thought Reaper was pretty fresh. Possibly because it had a mixture of genres and has the potential to please more than one type of reader preference. I have a feeling this may be marked as urban fantasy. Personally, I believe that’s pushing the boundaries a little, as the fantasy side of it seems to add an extra kick to an otherwise contemporary tale rather than hold the most dominance. I also think the ending is ...more
I got a copy for review in exchange for an honest review.

This will be a difficult review to write. I actually almost didn't finish this book, because I just didn't like the book. I did convinced myself to continue reading and I ended up liking the end, the last 20-10% of the book. I do believe that a book has to capture my attention earlier than that and that's why I still went for the 2 stars. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't what I expected and it was not the book for me
Death calls at the most inconvenient times.

Hahahaha I like the tagline :D

Excerpt of Reaper and interview with L.S. Murphy now posted on my blog! Here are the direct links-
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Apr 02, 2013 Dvora rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
I loved this book!! It was different than anything I have ever read. It was such an amazing concept. I felt so connected to all the characters and the stories she speaks of when the girl goes out with the reaper really makes you think, a lot. Loved the ending!!!!!! :)
Jennifer at BookShelfery
Jan 05, 2013 Jennifer at BookShelfery rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
I didn’t expect to like Reaper after I began reading it. What I thought would be cute and fluffy, despite some of the deeper connotations in the synopsis I clearly missed, turned out to be profound and soul-searching…something not as often found in young adult novels of the paranormal variety.
Quincy is your (less-than) average American teen: popular, blonde, on the dance squad and school and all the boys want her. She gets good grades, she and her friends play games and do a bit of backstabbing,
♏argot  (The Bookworm Experiment)

This review also appears on my blog, The Bookworm Experiment.

Actual rating: 1.5 star

If you thought there couldn't possibly be a main character more annoying than the one from the House of Night series, you're in for a surprise.

Quincy Amarante gives Zoey Redbird a run for her money.

This book is short but boy, does it feel like it never ends. Mostly because I wanted to strangle the MC, but also, for the most part, there was not much going on about the premise, just the freaking usual school drama
Terri Rochenski
Jan 07, 2013 Terri Rochenski rated it really liked it
What a unique (to me anyway) morbid premise. I’ve read of MCs whose touch kills, but an MC who is an actual reaper??? Great idea, but you just know this story can’t end well.

Quincy is your typical high-schooler, but something happens during her sophomore year that changes her life. Majorly. She’s to become the 5th grim reaper. It causes just a smidge of trouble for this girl to say the least.

I’ll preface this review by stating that most of my yuckies aren’t against the star rating. They’re thing
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
This book has been on my wishlist for quite a while now, so when I was asked to take part in this blog tour I jumped at the chance, and I'm so glad that I did, the book was fantastic and definitely deserving of the five stars that I gave it.
This was such a fresh and original storyline, the fact that the heroine of the book Quincy is to become a Reaper and no matter how much she fights it, it's her destiny whether she likes it or not, I liked her journey into finally accepting the fact that this
Jan 27, 2013 Kristin rated it really liked it
I don't know why I'm having such trouble writing this review. I loved this book and by the end I was crying my eyes out, only trying to muffle the sobs because it was 3am and my boyfriend was sleeping! I loved and hated Quincy. She made no sense at times and really got me angry with how she treated Ben. She did have good character development though. Her evolution from popular bitch to caring girl was interesting and slightly convoluted but it was good nonetheless. On to Ben, oh Ben He was the ...more
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
The ending hit me like a tons of bricks.

I got misty, and my chest was tight, eyes even brimming with tears...
More to come...

I receive a free eBook from J. Taylor Publishing via the Making Connections Blog Tours in exchange for an unbiased review.
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Sep 23, 2014 Brooke (The Cover Contessa) rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, j-taylor
I was given an eARC of this book from J Taylor Publishing to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free in no way influenced my opinion or review.

Blurb from Goodreads:
There's no way sixteen year old Quincy Amarante will become the fifth grim reaper. None. Not over her shiny blue Mustang. Her Jimmy Choos. Or her dead body.
She’s supposed to enjoy her sophomore year, not learn about some freaky future Destiny says she has no choice but to fulfill.
It doesn’t take long for Quincy to
Rain Jeys
Apr 20, 2013 Rain Jeys rated it really liked it
For Dusty Bookshelf Challenge 2013:
Dusty Bookshelf Challenge
Has been on my to-read list since January 2013.

Oh, this book. Just finished it. Haven't quite decided how I feel about it yet.

All in all, I enjoyed the read. The high school environment is highly believable, which helped ground the book. The relationship between Quincy and Ben is sweet and authentic. Actually, all of Quincy's relationships feel real and nothing about the world seems off.

I was frustrated by the supernatural aspects, though I think that was pr
Sandra "Jeanz"
Jan 19, 2013 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-wishlist
I received an e-arc of this book from J Taylor Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
I do find the cover attractive, with deaths scythe making you want to know more. The girl on the front cover representing Quincy holding the scythe, she looks so innocent and not at all what you would expect a reaper to look like. I find the font of the title etc is appealing to the eye too. I think by now everyone knows I love a good by line too, so the "Death calls at the most inconvenient times
Romancing the Book
Mar 26, 2013 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: April
Book provided by: Publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

Reaper by L.S. Murphy is a unique YA paranormal story that grabbed me from the very beginning and hooked me until the surprise ending.

Imagine suddenly learning that you are predestined to become a Reaper – aka Death and still being in High School and thinking that your life is looking pretty darn good. One day as you are going about your everyday life, everything and everyone freezes around you and a stra
Stephanie Ward
Jan 11, 2013 Stephanie Ward rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

'Reaper' is a young adult fantasy novel that follows future reaper Quincy Amarante as she learns about her fate and tries to deal with reaper training alongside her normal teenage life. After securing her spot in the popular crowd by saying the right things, being the right weight, wearing the right clothes - Quincy realizes that the person she's become isn't the real her. After her childhood best friend Ben moves back to town, Quincy finds herself at a crossroads - she must choose betw
Jenea Whittington
Jan 31, 2013 Jenea Whittington rated it really liked it
This has been on on my wish list since the moment I saw it a few months ago. It had an interesting premise and the cover alone caught my attention. Our main character Quincy, is in for the shock of her life. She is to be a reaper, but it isn’t really the glamour life she is used to and wants nothing to do with it.
Quincy is the normal popular high school girl. She can have any guy at school, but she doesn’t go for the popular guys, which is problematic for her popular reputation. She can be selfi
Feb 04, 2013 Eileen rated it really liked it
(The review below appears in my blog)

Reaper is a pretty deep read, but it's done in such a way that it doesn't hit you over the head. Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the movie, not the show) where Buffy learns she's a Slayer and realizes there are way more important things than dances and shopping and popularity. It's like that, only with Destiny and Fate and a few distant relatives tossed into the mix.

From the beginning, you can tell Quincy isn't quite comfortable in her own skin. Murphy does a
Danielle Smiley
Jan 20, 2013 Danielle Smiley rated it really liked it
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Publisher Type: Small Press/Indie (J. Taylor -- I love these guys)

My Review:
So when I recieved Reaper I was really excited. It has a great premise and it's from my favorite publisher (I've never not liked one of their books). Then as I got to reading, I started worrying. Yikes, Quincy isn't a likable character (think Austin's Emma). Nope, not likable. Not at all. In the beginning. But then..... her character growth is subtle and is masterfully entwined throughout the story
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Where to start this review. Man I have to say that I really enjoyed this story. I have read a few books about Reapers and they have been kinda scary but this one was refreshing and funny but it had a life lesson in it. See sometimes we make decisions that are selfish and that causes our behavior to become erratic which in turn causes us to do and say things we don't mean but we do it anyways. In this story our main character Quincy has to make a decision that effects her life and she is set on ...more
 ☆∞Love Frances∞☆
Quincy, our MC, is 5th in line to become a “Reaper” after she passes on. She is 16, and it’s time for her to start learning about her future. She’d much rather “deny” the inevitable and live the life she has now. It’s a good life: full of popularity, friendship, teenaged drama,boyfriends, gossiping with the gals, etc. Her characters progression is what I’d call typical in this style of book. She starts out pretty unlikable, and as the story progresses, life, and learning experiences toughen her ...more
Melissa Robles
Aug 07, 2013 Melissa Robles rated it really liked it
This turned out to be a very emotional read for me. The tears constantly flowed freely here and there while reading certain parts, and there was no point in wiping them off since they would continue to fall for a while.

We sometimes don’t imagine how tough it would be to be a Reaper, (if they even exist, I can’t say for certain if they do) but here we come to learn that it’s not all about just reaping souls, a Reaper has to coax and guide them to take the next step towards their final resting pla
Emily (Falling for YA)
Reaper and me got off on a rocky start. At times I was a little bit confused about what was going on and I had a hard time relating to Quincy but as the novel progressed I really can to enjoy the story and am so glad I had the opportunity to be a part of the blog tour.

Quincy Amarante is the quintessential mean popular girl she also happens to come from a long line of Reapers. At first I couldn’t stand Quincy she was rude, didn’t care about those around her, and only cared what the “it” crowd wa
Heather B (Owlnestly Reviews)
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This book is indescribable At first, when I first started reading it I thought that it might be one of those typical YA novels where the girl is the 'queen bee' and falls for the 'loser.' But, this book is so much more than than; it goes a lot deeper. This story is about life and death and how to enjoy life to it's fullest. I found myself actually crying while reading this book because I felt so many emotions. Reaper did not only appeal
Jan 02, 2013 Cherie rated it really liked it
An emotional novel, REAPER by L.S. Murphy leaves a reader looking at death and life in a different way.

Sixteen-year-old Quincy Amarante stands at the pentacle of her sophomore class. She’s beautiful, popular, and the girl all guys desire. But all that changes in a stop of time when her ancestor greets her and tells her she’s the next reaper. Is she having a mental break? Did someone slip her drugs in her water? As her popularity goes down the drain, she must decide what is important in her life
Jun 09, 2014 Christy rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

How do you handle popularity, a forbidden love, and knowing your to be the next Reaper, when you are only 16 years old?
I picked this book on a whim, thinking it would be something funny to past the time with. I cannot say how shocked I was that this book is so much more. Yes, there was plenty laughs at the antics of teenagers along the way, but I also got a look at knowing death can change. Quin world was change forever the
Jan 17, 2013 Lora rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book and will be recommending it to others. While it made me feel reminiscent of my high school years, it is a book that can appeal to people of all ages. It was quite an adventure. It was a roller coaster of emotions for made me laugh, while others made me sad and I even found myself feeling nervous at times. I found myself thinking about Quincy and her situation and death in general and it would make me eager to get back to reading it. I love the symbolism of ...more
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  • My Sister's Reaper (Reaper's Rite, #1)
  • Broken (Broken, #1)
  • Crux
  • After Dark (The 19th Year, #1)
  • Deadly Kisses (Deadly Darkness Trilogy #1)
  • The Gathering Dark
  • Ashes and Ice (Ashes and Ice, #1)
  • A Shimmer of Angels (Angel Sight, #1)
  • The Last Academy
  • Don't Fear the Reaper (Netherworld, #1)
  • Uses for Boys
  • Tidal Whispers
  • Unavenged (Unavenged, #1)
  • Furious
  • Make Believe
  • PODs (PODs, #1)
  • Darker Days (The Darker Agency, #1)
L.S. Murphy lives in the Greater St. Louis area where she watches Cardinals baseball, reads every book she can find, and weaves tales for teens and adults. When not doing all of the above, she tends to The Bean (aka her daughter), her husband and a menagerie of pets.

She is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the St. Louis Writer’s Guild.

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