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Manipulating the List (Immortal Companion #1)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Katherine Sheppard is the exception to the rule. That is, as long as she continues to run from the law; murder innocent people; and manipulate the Collector’s List…

Shouldn’t be hard, right?

Since the tender age of six, Katherine has always loved to hear Jonathan’s nightly stories about tracking, stalking, and collecting his victims. She’s even had the privilege of watchin
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 4th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published January 1st 2012)
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Airah ♔
First of all, I’d like to disclose that this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I’m open to new reads and I happen to like the premise of this one. Minus the cover, not really eye-catching. To be honest, sometimes book covers influence the way I prioritize my top tbr.

Anyway, this book takes the grim reaper stuff to a whole new level. This is a story about Jonathan and Katherine.

A story about the weird friendship between a boy who collects souls based on a list AND t
Jan 08, 2013 Heidi rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author for an honest review.

When I started this story I was only going to read a few chapters. Before I knew it I was so far into the story I couldn't put it down until it was done. And the cliff hanger at the end!!! I can't tell you about it or it will ruin the story for you! Lets just say that this is one of the best paranormal stories I have read in a long time. It is unique, has well developed characters and really does pull you in right from the start.

To witne
Jan 05, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing
I am glad this was one of the books that started off my new year! The story line was AMAZING! I enjoyed the suspense, romance, tragedy, and complexity of this book. I do not want to divulge too much information, but this story is all about realistic, survival of the fittest choices. Katherine Sheppard, the main character in the book, has been surrounded the majority of her life by the grim reaper or "The Collector" as she calls him. She witnesses the passing of people throughout her childhood, ...more
Sep 09, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
This book joins the short list of books in my life that once I started it it took over my life until I finished it. Seriously it was maddening every time I sat it down it teased me until I came back to the adventure. I am almost embarrassed to say it took me under a day to read it even though it says a lot for the book itself. I am counting down the days until the adventure continues again in the second book.
Jan 07, 2013 Katie rated it really liked it
This is probably a 4.5 star book actually. This was an innovative, original, intriguing book. Someone mentioned this was a series and I hope it is! I would of given 5 stars if it wasn't for the extensive detail about Australia. It was just too much. The characters were great and the plot was exciting. That was quite the ending!
Peggy Swearingen
Sep 23, 2012 Peggy Swearingen rated it it was amazing
K.B. Lever has created an innovative story that is filled with many surprising plot twists and turns. Very imaginative, fast paced,and with amazing attention to detail, this author keeps you on the edge of your seat until the last written word. A goodread.
Jan 09, 2013 Renee rated it it was amazing
This is out of my usual reading genre, but I loved the cover and the romance tag too. I was into it by the first chapter. I won’t go on about the plot because it will have to be read to feel it. The main character is Katherine, and she is the only one who can see Jonathan, aka the Collector. When she is only six she witnessed her fatally ill Aunt be lead to heaven by him. It is explained as in a way that is not scary, not dark, but very intriguing. This quote got me to gasp and it was on page #6 ...more
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
Like, wow! This book right here will make absolute certain that I never read another self-published book for a very, very long time. I was lured in by the blurb but the blurb and the book are two very different books, apparently.

I'll give the warning that I might just stalk away mid-review to come back when I'm less angry. That's a little heads up, kk?

I thought this book would be more like this: she makes a friend with a reaper and when her name comes up, she tries to save those above her name t
Charlotte Jones
Jan 13, 2013 Charlotte Jones rated it it was amazing
The author of this novel sent it to me for an honest review and since that is what I aim to do with these reviews, I felt that I could honour her wish.
This book was written by K. B. Lever and is about a young woman named Katherine who, throughout her life, keeps coming into contact with the Collector. Suddenly, after her name appears on the Collector's list, she becomes a killer at the age of twenty-two, in order to manipulate the list. She soon realise that she must assist in the deaths of othe
Apr 09, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and away we go…
Let me start off by saying that even if I hadn’t been given this book to review, I would’ve picked it up anyway by the cover alone. There’s something haunting about those blue eyes, something that prompts you to turn the pages, to find out what list, who’s manipulating who or what and why. Unfortunately, however, beyond that, I didn’t find much to keep me anchored to the story.
It’s not that I didn’t like it—it
Mar 16, 2013 Madiha rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, blog-tour
3.5 stars
Received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Also part of a blog tour!! Head over to The Smell of Parchment and check it out!!

Manipulating the List is the story of Katherine and Jonathan. A story about the weird friendship between a boy who collects souls based on a list and the one girl who could manipulate the list when her own name sneaks into it.

I actually enjoyed reading about Katherine's childhood and how she befriends Jonathan aka The Collector. But the story soon b
Jan 21, 2013 Samantha rated it it was ok
While I thought the story idea for this book was very unique and original, I was not a fan of the actually story. The beginning was excellent, and throughout the book, the author did have a distinctive voice, but the plot seemed a bit all over the place the more I read. The main character starts out very strong. She's a very independent woman, and besides having Death as a best friend, she's fairly normal seeming. However, as she goes through all these steps to change the list, I don't feel any ...more
Nov 30, 2015 Moriah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, r2r
I received this book in exchange for an honest review (Lovers of Paranormal).

This book is a bit like a watercolor painting on a plastic canvas. It's picturesque and beautiful, but vague. The cover a bit misleading here. Most of the time I didn't quite get where it was going.

This is a story about Jonathan and Katherine. ever since Katherine was a young girl, she have a friendship with The Grim Reaper, the collector, Jonathan, who collects souls based on a list.

The very first sentence annoying me.
Cheryl (Collier)
Mar 05, 2013 Cheryl (Collier) rated it liked it
I was given this book by the author in exchange for a review. The concept is enticing and I really looked forward to reading the book. I enjoyed the story but wish the primary characters had been more developed. I actually felt that I knew many of the other characters much better. Throughout the entire middle of the book I wondered what Katherine really did in her life and what she would do with the rest, if allowed. The author has an exceptionally fine tuned talent (even in a debut novel)for ...more
♡ Kristina
Aug 24, 2013 ♡ Kristina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-books
I really enjoyed this book .... much more than I had anticipated. The story was pretty unique and not like anything I have ever read before. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this series and would recommend it to anyone who likes Young Adult fiction.

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Reading is my Time Out
Jan 10, 2013 Reading is my Time Out rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author for an honest review. I am an avid reader and LOVE all genres so I was
extremely excited to be a part of this. My honest opinion of this book is.....just WOW!!! I loved it!!

Manipulating the List had me hooked from the very beginning!! I love how the backstories of the characters are
told to allow personal connections to be made. Jonathan's character pulled on my heart strings and his hero
complex totally drew me in. I wondered about Katharine the entire book. Wh
Jan 11, 2013 Autumn rated it it was amazing
My Review:

I received this book from the author to give an honest review.

WOW! First let me say I have never read a book like this before! I was hooked from the beginning, and I honestly did not want to put this book down at all. I have to say at the end that was a surprise I totally did not see coming!
I enjoyed reading the back stories that was given on each character and the stories of the people that were collected! K.B. has a wonderful imagination and for her to be a first time author she has
Jan 25, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Manipulating The List was brilliant, I didn’t want to put it down for a moment. The story starts off with Katherine a young girl of six seeing her aunt who was ill with leukaemia dies in the park and a man in a black hoodie take her aunt to a beautiful garden. Throughout her youth the man in the hoodie visits her and they get very friendly. Katherine calls him the Collector as he collects people who are to die. He tells her stories of the lives of the people who are about to die and lets her ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Elizabeth marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
DNF so I'm not going to rate but I'll give a mini review. I read about 35% before I gave up. First off, i really couldn't understand what this book was about. It seemed to be one long voice over about the girl's relationship with the Collector. When her name came up on the list, she was supposedly trying to 'manipulate' it so she wasn't collected, but maybe I missed something because I didn't see how finding other people on the list should have made any difference...seriously did I miss ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it
Wow! You really got to give this a try. A fun, quick read and well worth it. I thought a few lines might have been a little cheesy and was starting to suspect the protagonist would become a wimpy female relying on some romantic interest to save her. Far from it. I'm hooked. When do the other books come out!?
Jan 09, 2013 Margaret rated it it was amazing
This book was great. Once I started reading I couldnt put it down. It was short but just the right length to read in one sitting. It was captivating right from the very beginning when it describes how she first meets the collector and how their odd relationship develops. The end had a clever twist, which I just love in books.
Jan 08, 2013 Ariella rated it it was amazing
very good book
Sep 15, 2015 Amy rated it it was ok
First and foremost I do think that Manipulating the List was a really great attempt for a debut novel. The core premise of the story was an interesting one. As a child the main character Katherine befriends the embodiment of Death, or The Collector as she calls him. What a wonderful grain of sand around which to build a pearl of a story. I rather enjoyed the first part of the book, reading about a little girl growing up around death, and speculating about the kind of long term effects of such a ...more
Jan 13, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it
In my younger days, there was an amusement park just over the Canadian border on the northeastern edge of Lake Erie. One of Crystal Beach's attractions was a roller coaster called the Wild Mouse. It had little 2-seater cars, and didn't move at an incredible rate of speed. Its attraction was its sudden, last minute turns – you' d come to the end of the track, feel like you're about to go over the side, and suddenly the car would veer 90 degrees. And before you could get too comfortable, it would ...more
Charli ღ Denae
Apr 04, 2013 Charli ღ Denae rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

'Manipulating the List', is a paranormal, young/new adult story. In it, a form of the Grim Reaper is a young boy named, Jonathan. Jonathan died tragically and became the collector of souls in the after-life. He follows a list to know whose soul to collect next.

When the heroine of the story, Katherine, is six years old, Jonathan befriends her. He visits her every night to tell her stories about the people who's souls he collects. Th
May 03, 2013 Paula rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2r
Manipulating the List (Immortal Companion #1)

I received a free copy, in exchange for a review.

Katherine, since a little girl had a friend. This friend would tell her stories, of other people's lives. She once watched him perform his job, that of a Collector. A Collector of souls, to help transition them to the next level. He explains that he receives a list, of names(s) and a date, for the collection to take place. Life continues on like this, Jonathan coming over at night, for his nightly bedti
Jennifer R  Ricketts
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through the Goodreads group Lovers of Paranormal.

The first chapter was pure magic - the book took off with a bang, and I was in love with it quickly! It was hauntingly written in such a beautiful way. The idea behind the plot was intriguing, and I couldn't wait to delve further into the story. I had high expectations going in, which were met enough for me to like and enjoy the book but not enough to love it.

After the first chapter
Valerie Mcqueen
Jan 30, 2013 Valerie Mcqueen rated it really liked it
Manipulating the List by K. B. Lever

Rating 4****

This book was received from the author for honest literary review.

Katherine always knew she wasn't an ordinary child. As long as she can remember, the Collector always came to visit her. He told her stories of his life. He told her the stories of those who were on his list. Now, the Collector haset it be known....Katherine is on the list.
The list contains names of people who's time in this life has run out. It takes everything Katherine has to av
Danielle (Dannie)
This book was very different from what I thought it was going to be. I do have to say that there are some words that are misspelled or used incorrectly, but not enough to hurt the story. It took me a bit to get into the story, but then I was hooked. Without giving anything away, the plot was much
different than I thought it would be. I think that Jonathan (aka The Collector) could have a little more back-story to how he and Katherine relate, but the relationship does unfold some during the course
Feb 25, 2013 Kimm rated it did not like it
Le *sigh*! I really wanted to like this book! It started off great. But after maybe 20% in I felt no sympathy for the protagonist AT ALL! This story read more to me as though Katherine might have been dealing with mental illness rather than truly experiencing these events the way that she perceived them.

I had to suspend my belief one to many times to feel comfortable with the story. The "short" international flights in the baggage compartments no less, in a post 9/11 world? The insta-love with
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