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

3.21 of 5 stars 3.21  ·  rating details  ·  2,428 ratings  ·  439 reviews
Buffy fans will go wild!


Now she’s the author of Ace’s hottest new series— killer novels featuring Calliope Reaper-Jones, who doesn’t want to be daddy’s little girl anymore...

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Calliope Reaper-Jones so just wanted a normal life: buying designer shoes on sale, dating guys from Craig’
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published (first published January 16th 2009)
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Warning: Really annoying use of pop culture references all the way through the book. I was kind of nervous when I found out that Amber Benson was one of the actors from the tv show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Turns out that I had good cause to be worried. The entire book seemed to be written in a cheesy(er) version of Buffy-language. Don't get me wrong, Buffy was a fun show to watch. But what was cute and funny ten years ago...meh, not so much anymore. Also, I found Calli to be an annoying heroin ...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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Mar 26, 2009 BizarreLibrary rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Having just finished reading the first solo effort as an author by the remarkable Amber Benson, I have to say I was really surprised! I was quite caught up in the continuing & sometimes very unexpected adventures of Calliope, who is also the middle daughter or none other than Death himself!

It took me a little while to get into the style of first person inner monologue, perhaps because Calliope - also known as Calli to her friends & family - has such different aspirations from me... I ca
Kendra Recht
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Mary (BookHounds)
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
(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
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." --
K.J. Bryen
You have to go into this book with an open mind. The plot line is interesting, with some good twists in the story. The problem lies with the characters. The main character seems to possess zero intelligence. She is snarky and stubborn, but not in a likeable way. Also, the events that transpire are fast paced, some unexpected, so you really have to keep up with what's going on. It was a decent read, but you have to go in with an open mind, and be prepared to want to punch Calliope.
Jeremy Preacher
I admit that I picked up this book entirely because of the author's turn as a beloved character on Buffy. I did not have very high expectations, and the book exceeded them, I suppose - but not by too much. The writing is competent and clear, the plot, while a little muddy at times, moves along at a reasonable clip, and it's definitely not the Terry Pratchett ripoff I expected when I read the synopsis.

That being said, I am not sure I'll go out of my way to read the next ones, and there's really o
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
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
I am loath to give one-star reviews, and I hate myself for giving this book one. I've heard good things about Amber Benson's writing, and I'm a fan via Buffy, but I am not a fan of Calliope. There are hints of great world building in the book, and if you strip away all of the elements that get in the way of the story, I think the story works. It would have fared better as a short story, or maybe even flash.

But there's so much other stuff getting in the way. In short, the protagonist is an unlike
Nessie Smith
This book is a joke. The lead female is a whinny baby. She acts like a 6 yr old. actually a 6 yr acts better. She grew up around weird things, had weird experiences yet its like she never grew up. She throws her self at the first man she sees when she gets home. Slutty much? i was willing to continue reading, that this untill i got to this part

'Nipping her attack in the bud, I stuffed my fingers in my ears and began to hum the theme song to the Smurfs cartoon like some passive-aggressive two-ye
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.
I like the supernatural world which surrounds Calliope Reaper-Jones. I like the supporting characters which helped Calliope Reaper-Jones complete the tasks she was given to take on the mantle of Death in the wake of her father's kidnapping. I love Runt, Calliope Reaper-Jones' hellhound puppy, adopted from Cerberus himself.

I do not like Calliope Reaper-Jones. I thought she was too slow on the uptake to be believed and too "woe is me" in her outlook on the tasks set before her. Yeah, she didn't c

I read Death's Daughter as it is the alternative pick for The VFH this month.

I have to be honest I didn't have all that many feelings about this book. It was ok. I wanted to like it more than I actually did.

I found it difficult to connect with the main character, Calliope Reaper-Jones. She lacked depth for me. Plus she moaned constantly throughout the book, which got on my nerves a bit. She did grow-up by the end, through the various tasks (which I didn't wholly understand the point of)
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.
if i had read this book in the series first, i likely would not have read the others. The main character, Caliope, with her whiny self obsession, got on my nerves and never really got off. But since i read the second installment first, (Rules Of Swoop MUST be adhered to - no exceptions!) and was interested in the proclaimed parallels to the Divine Comedy, as well as the majik/mythological aspects - I had to read this to "catch up" - so i trundled through it. By the end i could appreciate the gro ...more
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