Death's Daughter (Calliope Reaper-Jones, #1)
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Death's Daughter (Calliope Reaper-Jones #1)

3.23 of 5 stars 3.23  ·  rating details  ·  2,011 ratings  ·  381 reviews

For the last few years I'd been in a state of bliss--living under a self-imposed Forgetting Charm, because I so did not want to go into the family business. What I wanted was a glamorous career in New York City and the opportunity for a normal life--buying designer shoes on sale, dating guys from craigslist, Web surfing for organic dim sum for my boss. A...more
Paperback, 359 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Ace (first published January 16th 2009)
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I had my doubts about this book for the first 100 pages. Calliope Reaper-Jones is a shallow, silly, whiny girl. She is obsessed with designer-brand fashion and she's kind of a fat person hater/sizist. I'm all about fleshed-out characters; protaganists with real flaws and pecadillos, but if there is nothing to like about the hero, how can we become invested in their journey? Also, while I am always a huge fan of a female hero (I am a BIG believer in running the "Bechdel Test" on everything I read...more
Tim Simard
Review final version:
I came at this one from the wrong point of view & with the wrong attitude. Like any first installment, quite a bit of background info must be introduced & that can slow a storyline down to a crawl. As I read this book, the character grew and I grew right along with her. Now, I find that I care about the characters & want to see how they develop. And there are so many places this one can go! I eagerly await the next installment!

Review version 2:
The more I read thi...more
It's really a 2.5, but I just couldn't give it my average/3 rating. The main character is a wise-ass, but not clever. As much as I hate to do Buffy comparisons, the author was Tara on Buffy and has written a character who's clearly supposed to be very similar to Buffy. Smartass, dumb blond moments (although not a blond I think, but there sure are some dumb comments), etc. The thing is, the book doesn't have the Buffy wit or heart. It's got the fluff but no substance to hold it up. I like the ide...more
You'd think the titular character would possess some brains and a little gravitas, considering she is the daughter of Death. But she doesn't. Well, that's fine - dumbot characters can be fun too - but she isn't. She is a boring moron who gets overwhelmed by smudged mascara and messy hair.

The plot propels her into a situation where her family entrusts her to save the day and their lives, in the form of completing complicated tasks with her limited brain power and physical abilities. This is a ra...more
I love me some Buffy, and I love me some Tara, and that's why I stuck it out on this book. And I know that Amber Benson is on Goodreads and I would love for her to love me, but I guess she's just going to have to hate me. I tried to like this.

1) Calliope put herself under a forgetting spell. Tara from BTVS fell under the prey of a forgetting spell. It's kind of hard to ignore that.
2) Calliope likes to make sizeable ironic statements and then deadpan, "NOT". It's not 1996, this is not a...more
I'd give this book zero stars if I could and it would still count as "rating" it. However, I can't.

Let me just say that I really wanted to like this book the concept is really interesting. The daughter of death! How cool is that. I mean Terry Prachett writes about Deaths grandchild and does it well so I was looking forward to something at least that good. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.

First, I didn't finish the book. I made it half way through and realized if I tried to read any more of it...more
Bry the first chapter has revealed Calliope to be a forgetful space case, a bit spastic, super over-reactive, and a somewhat snobby weightest. Great. And good grief, the italics!! I mean really? Does there have to be an italicized word in every single paragraph? I get it, you are trying to emphasize, but when you emphasize every single sentence it makes everything seem unimportant - an annoying. A bunch of other reviews say that once you get past the first few chapters though and it's worth...more
Oh how I wanted to love this book. I love Amber Benson, and I've read some of her work on comics, so I figured even with the kind of lame premise this book would turn out ok. But unfortunately, it's pretty terrible.

For starters, there is exactly one mildly likeable character in a cast of dozens, and it isn't the heroine. The "heroine" mostly sits around and whines, and waits for other people to save her. Also, she's pretty much obsessively attracted to anything with a long as he's no...more
Mar 26, 2009 BizarreLibrary rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Hard core Amber Benson Fans
Calliope Reaper- Jones is a sad young woman living in New York, working as an assistant for a company called House and Yard. Lately, things have been a little off for her. She starts seeing things that shouldn’t be there, and some random stranger comes to kiss her feet. She’s left totally and utterly confused and blows it off, until she eats a charm breaking cupcake and all her life long memories emerge. She finds out not only did she put a Forgetting Charm on herself 3 years ago, but that she i...more
Kendra Recht
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Calliope Reaper-Jones, longing for a normal life and a glamorous career, is called into the family business when her father, Death, is kidnapped and, in order to step into the CEO slot on the company board, must compete against the Devil's protégé to find three objects of power in hell. Original.
Calliope Reaper-Jones so just wanted a normal life: buying designer shoes on sale, dating guys from Craig's List, web-surfing for organic dim-sum for her boss... But when her father -- who happens to be...more
(3.5 stars) She thought the devil wore Prada...until she met the real one!

Before I begin this review, a confession: I'm a sucker for any novel containing cute hellhounds.

Calliope Reaper-Jones is living the life of a typical New York office flunky, dealing with a diva boss, less-hunky-than-advertised blind dates, and a lust for designer clothes she can't afford. That is, until her father, who happens to be the Grim Reaper himself, is kidnapped and Calliope is swept back into a dangerous supernatu...more
Not a bad beginning to a series at all.

Calliope Reaper-Jones is literally Death's Daughter. Add the Devil sulking about, and his son, plus God kinda makes an appearance, and all sorts of gods and mythical monsters (I want offspring of Cerberus I can name Runt), and I really can't wait to read the rest of the series. The ending of this has me wondering about the other books, since it ends in a very defined way, and hopefully Amber won't keep using kidnapped Death as the catalyst for everything.

The fact that this book got published is an insult to all authors and readers who have come before. The tone is snide, selfish, snobbish, and rude. The complete and total massacre of the English language should shame the writer and the editor. This book was so bad that I threw it away instead of selling it to a used bookstore as no one else should be traumatized by it.

" I mean, I hadn’t had a real date in, well … It was so pathetic an expanse of time that I didn’t even want to talk about it." --...more
First, I think the premise of this book is a great idea: Death's daughter (one of three) is reluctantly drawn back into the family business when her father goes missing. Calliope Reaper-Jones is trying to live as normal a life as an immortal can, seeking fame and fortune in the New York fashion business, when it all comes to an abrupt end. She's off on the adventure of her lifetime navigating the social circles of the gods and their realms with the Creator looking over everyone's shoulder. Again...more
The main character is far too Gossip-Girl-fashion-frenzied for my tastes; the surprise twist villain is not so very surprising; the actual writing leaves something (!) to be desired. That said, this book is fun. The pan theism is well done, the quest itself is interesting enough to make me Wikipedia some facts, and the characters (my personal approval of their traits aside) are believable. For instance, I generally dislike Buffy-esque "just want to be a normal girl" characters like the novel's p...more
An interesting introduction to what I hope becomes a longer series. Amber Benson creates a universe similar to Piers Anthony's On a Pale Horse. Like that series, the role of "Death" is suddenly forced upon the main character, who quickly must learn to cope with a multitude of other Powers who might have other agendas.

The story weaves numerous pop culture references with a first person point of view that quickly lets the reader identify with the main character.

The writing style makes me wonder...more
This was a very fun book! From the first page, Calliope has such a fun voice that you just want to keep reading. It's first person POV, so you can hear all of her hilarious, snarky, and sometimes a bit naive thoughts as she bumbles her way around, proving to the powers that be that she is a worthy successor to her dad. Who is Death. THE Death. He's been kidnapped, along with most of his helpers, and Callie's taking the blame unless she can become the next Death and solve the mystery. Tons of fun...more
This book was awful. I barely finished it. The main character was dumb as bricks and a coward. The writing was unnecessarily vulgar; added nothing. At the same time the book was drawn out, going into random tangents that were ridiculous. I don't want to know why you hate throwing up and the story behind it. If you want to get into the head of a brainless valley girl who can't put two and two together, thinks in exclamations, and is the worst sort of coward, be my guest.
While I am on a month-long break from grad school, I wanted to do some fun, light reading, and this definitely qualifies. While the main character, Calliope Reaper-Jones, is likable, she's a little too girly-girl "why me?" for my taste. However, the story was interesting and the deities well-researched enough to bring me back if a sequel is published. It's no "American Gods" or "Jitterbug Perfume" but it was a good first novel by Amber Benson.
Barbara ★
AWEFUL book! Calliope is a twit and acts like a teenage girl. She is literally Death's daughter and is such an airhead. There really aren't any likeable characters in the entire book...except maybe Daniel, her rival for the CEO position at Death, Inc. At least he has personality and chutzpah. All in all, just not a good book. The premise sounds rather interesting but the novel just falls short.
I don't have high expectations for actors turned writers. The terrible looking cover didn't reassure, but this still failed to live up to even the low expectations I had.

The main character is completely vapid and every event that comes her way is random, and resolved just as randomly. Is there an underlying logic to the world here? Perhaps, but it's not revealed by this story.
When the opening lines of the description is "Buffy fans will go wild!SHE WAS TARA ON BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER." that should tell you something. This is one of the highlights of the book. Calliope was generally dull and mean-spirited. Her clever remarks were usually fairly obvious. Bleurgh. Avoid.
After reading many of the reviews of this book, I have to wonder if they read the entire thing. It is definitely a coming of age story. The point of the shallow character is that she needs to grow a lot, and I mean a LOT. While Death's Daughter had a solid storyline with lots of action and some enjoyable characters, it was missing something for me. It is possible that it had more to do with my state of mind than anything the book did wrong, but I just wasn't attached to it the way I am most book...more
Katherine Bell
This was one of the hardest books I have ever tried to get through. I badly wanted to like it and even dive right into it. Instead the main character plucked at my nerves to the extent that it made it stupidly difficult to get through the book. I won't be continuing the series.
Oh how i adore snarky & sarcastic heroines! Amber keeps me guessing about the motives of the love interest right until the very end. I can't wait to read the next book.
I REALLY wanted to like this book. I stuck around in the beginning because I love Amber Benson, but once I reached the halfway mark, I was fueled with the (misplaced) hope that it would get better. It never did... The story itself is interesting enough and I think it could be even better in the hands of a stronger writer, but there were so many other things that detracted from this being a book that I looked forward to reading. The characters are flat and two-dimensional. The main character, Cal...more
Sort of urban-fantasy/chick-lit crossover. Fun read for the most part, liked the family stories a lot. Looking forward to book 2.
This book sounded so very promising that I had to add it to my stash of to-read books. When I first sat down with it, however, I was disappointed, as the main character was a mouthy, man crazy, shopaholic. She was also whiny and a bit of a loser.

However, once the bottom dropped out of her world and she returned to the reality-that-was, the story picked up. She was still a whiny brat, but she stepped up and tried to do the right thing. Even though she was still a shoe crazy brat, it was in a lov...more
Love the story and the quirky family. Can't wait to get the next book from the library.
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