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message 1: by Sweetmarbel (new)

Sweetmarbel | 3 comments After vampires, weres, fairies and angels, I would like to see sth. related, but seldom seen:

Does anybody know of romance novels or books with a romance subplot, involving some kind of personification of death (think along "Rendezvous with Joe Black")?

I would appreciate any kind of recommendations with Grim Reapers, Death Gods etc.

I've tried searching, but only came up with Showalters "Darkest Kiss", what about you?


message 2: by Michelle (new)

Michelle  | 22 comments Try Keturah and Lord Death. You might also like On a Pale Horse. Those are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head.

Sweetmarbel wrote: "After vampires, weres, fairies and angels, I would like to see sth. related, but seldom seen:

Does anybody know of romance novels or books with a romance subplot, involving some kind of personif..."



message 3: by Michelle (new)

Michelle  | 22 comments I will add more if I think of any.


message 4: by Brenna (new)

Brenna Lyons (BrennaLyons) | 177 comments How about RIDING A PALE HORSE by Piers Anthony? I highly suggest the entire Incarnations of Immortality series, and that's the first of them. So far he's done Death, Mother Nature, War, Chronos, Fate, the Devil, God, and Nox...unless I've forgotten one along the way. Nox's book is the only one that's not with NY conglomerate press. It's a Mundania title but much more erotica than the others. The others are sensual romance.

Brenna


message 5: by The Flooze (new)

The Flooze (the_flooze) | 1593 comments My Soul to Take involves banshees and reapers. It's YA.


message 6: by Steph (new)

Steph (Angel4492) | 177 comments That's a good one, Flooze. I really like Tod and wish he had a bigger part in the series. I was happy see more of him in Book 2, My Soul to Save.

I haven't read it yet, but Amber Benson's series "Calliope Reaper-Jones" might work. Her father is death.

Death's Daughter (Calliope Reaper-Jones, #1) by Amber Benson Cat's Claw (Calliope Reaper-Jones, #2) by Amber Benson

Reapers also play a part in Kim Harrison's "Madison Avery" series. Don't know if that's what you're looking for though.

Once Dead, Twice Shy (Madison Avery, #1) by Kim Harrison Early to Death, Early to Rise (Madison Avery, #2) by Kim Harrison

Eve Silver has a new series "Sins" starting in August with Sins of the Heart and the description states: "As the son of Sutekh, the lord of evil, Dagan Krayle is one of the most powerful soul reapers. ....

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I can also vouch for Piers Anthony's On a Pale Horse, which I really liked (when I read it back in the 80s).


message 7: by Joseph (new)

Joseph  (BlueManticore) | 202 comments I don't think this is really what your looking for, but I wanted to suggest it because it has a really interesting take on "sensing" death. Check out The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting.


Diane ~Firefly~ | 96 comments Steph wrote: "I haven't read it yet, but Amber Benson's series "Calliope Reaper-Jones" might work. Her father is death. ..."

I read the first one and I don't remember there being much about the actual workings of the office of death. The heroine seems more like a teenager than a young adult and was pretty annoying at the beginning of the book.

I highly 2nd (or 3rd) the recommendations for On a Pale Horse and A Dirty Job and the Soul Screamers series.


message 10: by Sweetmarbel (new)

Sweetmarbel | 3 comments Thanks for all the suggestions up until now, it seems like I'll really need to check out the Piers Anthony one next :)

I've already read "A Dirty Job" and I absolutely adore Pratchett's Death - it's really what prompted me to look for him as protagonist :)

I've read "Keturah..." last night and was pleasantly surprised - even though it's really tame YA and the beginning kind of drags, I somehow couldn't help but get into it (okay, it's rather short, which probably helped...)

Regarding your other recommendations, even though it's another YA and I'm more of a smut reader nowadays, I'm going to get "My soul to take". I dig urban-fantasy and for a YA the charcters seem to be quite good based on the reviews (In my experience, there's an awful lot of wangsting going on in YA, which prompts me to read around the unless I really like the plot).

I'm still somewhat undecided about "Once Dead..." and "Death's Daughter". While the plot of OD looks absolutely intriguing, the reviews seem rather mixed, especially regardng the protagonist's actions and thoughts. Same problem with DD. Well, I'll try to order them via the library or wait until I find them cheap.

The "Sins" series seems to fit this trope pretty well and I'm probably going to check them out in August, as well as the Body Finder, even though it doesn't seem to be quite what I'm looking for - anyway most people who read it seem to have liked it, so...

So anyway, more suggestions? I'm going to start a Goodreads list about it, but we'll need more suggestions! :)


message 11: by Steph (new)

Steph (Angel4492) | 177 comments I look forward to checking our your GR list, Sweetmarbel. I might find something I'd like as well. I'll let ya know if I find anything else that might fit.


message 12: by Chris (new)

Chris | 2 comments This is the first in a new paranormal series, followed by part of a review by Publisher's Weekly:

First grave on the right / Darynda Jones

The grim reaper gets a shiny cool makeover in Jones's blazing hot debut, a paranormal romantic thriller. Charlotte Jean "Charley" Davidson, a 27-year-old PI and consultant for the Albuquerque, N.Mex., police department, exists on two planes-one for the dead, the other for the living. As the grim reaper, she escorts the recently departed "into the light."


message 13: by Steph (new)

Steph (Angel4492) | 177 comments I just finished reading that one and really, really liked it. Looking forward to #2 later this year! :)


message 14: by Kyle, (new)

Kyle, E | 14 comments Grave Witch by Kalayna Price is a PNR with Death personified. I was literally JUST thinking about this topic when this popped up in my notifications lol. I find Death as a character really fascinating. I first found him in The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I adore that book, he's the narrator. It's really sweet and tragic, I highly recommend it. There is also the obligatory Pratchett's Death. He's hilarious. I read Reaper Man and loved it, Pratchett's writing is brilliant but it isn't PNR.


message 15: by Steph (new)

Steph (Angel4492) | 177 comments I read Death, the Vamp and his Brother not too long ago. It's by Lexxie Couper and was a hot, fun read. If that's your cuppa. :)


message 16: by Bird (last edited Jun 03, 2011 03:06PM) (new)

Bird (thebird) | 20 comments I would definitely check out Grave Witch. Death is a very interesting character in that one, and it looks like the sequel (due out this summer) will have even more of him in it.


message 17: by Ann aka Iftcan (new)

Ann aka Iftcan (Iftcan) | 2437 comments Mod
More Terry Pratchett "Death" books are Hogfather and Thief of Time. Personally I totally LOVED Thief simply because Susan Sto Helit (aka Death's Granddaughter, and occassionally Death Herself) uses chocolate as a weapon to help protect life on the Diskworld. (Yep, thought that would get your attention. Read and enjoy all.)


message 18: by Ila (new)

Ila | 18 comments First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) by Darynda Jones is possibly one of the best books I've read this year and the heroine is the grim reaper!


message 19: by Jeanine (new)

Jeanine (truejourney) | 315 comments I second the Soul Screamers series. It's YA but it's good. If your not sure you want to spend your money on the books Reaper (Soul Screamers, #3.5) by Rachel Vincent and My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers, Prequel) by Rachel Vincent are both free. They are both prequels to the series and contain two of the main characters.


message 20: by Taja (last edited Jul 06, 2011 06:54PM) (new)

Taja Meadows (Tajanator) Sweetmarbel wrote: "After vampires, weres, fairies and angels, I would like to see sth. related, but seldom seen:

Does anybody know of romance novels or books with a romance subplot, involving some kind of personif..."



I heard that the Succubus series is pretty good... It involves a girl who sucks the life out of the men she chooses, she falls in love & slowly will kill her lover if she isn't careful because she is a succubus...

Book one is Succubus Blues of the Georgia Kincade series by Richelle Mead




message 21: by Rachael (last edited Jul 06, 2011 07:00PM) (new)

Rachael (RachAelT) | 21 comments Sweetmarbel wrote: "After vampires, weres, fairies and angels, I would like to see sth. related, but seldom seen:

Does anybody know of romance novels or books with a romance subplot, involving some kind of personif..."


The Fetch is the only thing I can think of. It is one of my favorites. It is a PNR book too. The one way I could relate it to what you are looking for is: Angel of Death


message 22: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (IvashkovLover) | 31 comments ^ I love the Succubus series! by Richelle Mead! Fabulous


message 23: by Lauren (new)

Lauren (MsThestral) I've read Sins of the Heart (Otherkin, #1) by Eve Silver and Sins of the Soul (Otherkin, #2) by Eve Silver by Eve Silver. This is a great series about 4 brothers who are soul reapers.


message 24: by Lisa M (new)

Lisa M (lamessegee) | 248 comments Death, the person, is a secondary character in the Soulfire series by Stephanie Rowe. It's a very funny series. In the second book the heroine is one of Death's guides. The Grim Reaper also makes a cameo appearance.
Kiss at Your Own Risk by Stephanie Rowe Touch If You Dare by Stephanie Rowe


message 25: by Amy (new)

Amy | 10 comments Steph wrote: "I read Death, the Vamp and his Brother not too long ago. It's by Lexxie Couper and was a hot, fun read. If that's your cuppa. :)"

The sequel is great! I just finished it!


message 26: by Taja (last edited Jul 11, 2011 06:30PM) (new)

Taja Meadows (Tajanator) Ila wrote: "First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) by Darynda Jones is possibly one of the best books I've read this year and the heroine is the grim reaper!"

I just heard about that series!! I read the 2-chapter excerpt and it looks rad. Its actually had me laughing pretty hard, I am excited buy it & read the rest!

For those who haven't heard of it:
Book one called First Grave on the RightFirst Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) by Darynda Jones.
Book two is Second Grave on the Left Second Grave on the Left (Charley Davidson, #2) by Darynda Jones

Its about a woman named Charley Davidson who is a Grim Reaper. She talks a lot and has a funny sort of sick sense of humor with her dead people. The first chapter had me laughing out loud in parts.



SubterraneanCatalyst (TheLazyAbsentmindedReviewer) | 12 comments I definitely second the recs for First Grave on the Right and the Grave Witch series. Death is supremely sexy in both series.
An OT aside: every time I see the cover photo for First Grave on the Right I always think "wow that woman is proportioned horribly". Her feet in the cover pic make her seem like she needs to be eight feet tall to be appropriately proportioned LOL.


message 29: by Ila (new)

Ila | 18 comments Taja wrote: "Ila wrote: "First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) by Darynda Jones is possibly one of the best books I've read this year and the heroine is the grim reaper!"

I just heard about that series!! I read the 2-..."


Yes! it's awesome, can't wait for the second one. And I also second the Grave Witch recommendation, just finished reading Grave Dance
and it's really good.


message 30: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey | 13 comments Great recommendations! Thanks. I'm going check some of these out. :D


message 31: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay Weigel (lindsweigel) | 19 comments Photojim wrote: "Two fun versions of Death are:

A Dirty Job A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

and

Death Trilogy: Mort / Reaper Man / Soul Music [bookcover:Death Trilogy: Mort / Reaper M..."


Heck yeah, Christopher Moore is genius!


message 32: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay Weigel (lindsweigel) | 19 comments It's not YA it's a bit more on the Erotica side but Larissa Ione has great books with all kinds of demons etc.


message 33: by The Flooze (new)

The Flooze (the_flooze) | 1593 comments Lindsay wrote: "Heck yeah, Christopher Moore is genius!..."

As is Terry Pratchett! :)


message 34: by Tom (new)

Tom Adams | 1 comments Try this one...it's new and funny...
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13...


message 35: by Amy (last edited Feb 09, 2012 06:58PM) (new)

Amy (RomanceMeSir) | 25 comments Th Dark Angels series by Keri Arthur is really good. The main love interest is a reaper. He's among my top 5 favorite UF/Para men. This is a spinoff of the Riley Jenson series but that one's mostly about werewolves (awesome take on them btw, esp. the sex clubs for moon fever). Darkness Unbound (Dark Angels, #1) by Keri Arthur


message 36: by namericanwordcat (new)

namericanwordcat | 221 comments Also, Lord of the Abyss (Royal House of Shadows, #4) by Nalini Singh is very good.


message 37: by Sara (new)

Sara (Principessa_Sara) | 1 comments Date with Death by Eve Langlais Date with Death

The Reaping (The Fahllen series) by M. Leighton The Reaping

Don't Fear the Reaper (Netherworld series) by Michelle Muto Don't Fear the Reaper


True Love Forever (TrueLoveForever) | 102 comments Grave Witch (Alex Craft, #1) by Kalayna Price
Death is one of two love interests.


message 39: by Michelle (new)

Michelle (UrbanFae) | 213 comments This is in a different vein, but I loved The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It isn't an UF or PR, but it is a wonderful story. I had a lot of sympathy for death after reading it.


message 40: by Ana (new)

Ana (Aegils) | 1 comments I'm a bit late to this thread, but here's a couple sugestions that I liked.
Dark Kiss Of The Reaper by Kristen Painter (although unrelated, her comarré series is very good!)
Death and the Girl Next Door (Darklight, #1) by Darynda Jones


message 41: by Nadine (new)

Nadine | 15 comments Larissa Ione's Lethal Rider Lethal Rider (Lords of Deliverance, #3) by Larissa Ione features the horseman of the apocalypse who symbolizes Death. He's not exactly the Grim Reaper himself, but he is very closely connected to death on an essential level, with powers over souls and the like. Lethal Rider is the third book in the series and the book where Thanatos = Death is the main protagonist, but he also makes appearances in the previous books, as well as the one after his.


message 42: by Chels (new)

Chels | 2 comments It's YA but Poison Princess Endless Knighthas death as the main love interest... amazing read


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