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Graveyard Shift

(Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. #1)

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The Inferno has Evolved

Lana Harvey is a reaper, and a lousy one at that. She resides in Limbo City, the modern capital of the collective afterlives, where she likes to stick it to the man (the legendary Grim Reaper himself) by harvesting the bare minimum of souls required of her. Shed much rather be hanging out with
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Kindle Edition, 236 pages
Published September 28th 2012 (first published 2009)
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Lakea You can read them as standalone but I suggest starting from the beginning of the series.

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Sara
Not sure how to rate this one.

Initially, I was drawn in by the "every religion has a place in the afterlife" concept of the book and really enjoyed the quotes that preceded each chapter and the subtext woven throughout it. I chuckled when it was revealed that spirits were tossed into the Sea of Eternity if they were agnostic/atheist until it was their turn for reincarnation while those who believed went on to Nirvana, the Summerlands, Heaven/Hell etc. I wasn't crazy about the idea of floating
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Carrie
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Graveyard Shift by Angela Roquet is the first book of the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc. series. This one is a paranormal urban fantasy in which the main character is a reaper. Lana Harvey doesn't like her position of being a reaper and scrapes by collecting the minimum of souls that she can. This one reminded me heavily of a show I'd once watched that I can't quite recall the name of but that means I didn't find it overly original either. That also made it a bit tougher to really connect with this ...more
Char
Aug 03, 2015 marked it as dreaded-dnf
Shelves: audio-book
I am setting this audiobook aside. I'm not sure if it's me, but it's not working for me at this time. I was looking for something with more of an edge, but this not so grim reaper is getting excited about a dress for a ball, and that's not very edgy to me. :(
No rating.
Runningrabbit
This was a fabulous novel which I absolutely loooved. It was sooo funny, I enjoyed every moment. Yep, lots of overuse there, but Im finding this a convincing expression for the moment.
Our leading lady is compassionate, dry, droll and dizzying all at once. She has some great kick-ass moves and doesnt get on with her boss, who by the way is none other than the Grim Reaper himself. And yep, office politics continue to play a difficult part in life (or afterlife?). The support characters are
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Aisling Zena
Jun 26, 2015 marked it as to-read
Free on Amazon.co.uk at the time of posting.

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Mary Rose
Jan 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Its like fan fiction for the most boring YA book series. Why do I say that?

The entire book screams of wish fulfillment. The kind of thing we used to read a lot on fanficion.net back in the day, where impossibly cool author-insert characters got to go on vacations with main characters from popular books. And the main character can be as unlikable as you please because shes too busy being cool.

Lana, the main character, is an absolutely unlikable character. Shes lazy, bitchy, rude, stubborn,
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Deena
Meh. Pretty weak. Interesting premise, whiny, lazy, proud-under-achiever protagonist, too many side characters to keep straight - a problem exacerbated by super sloppy editing. Cannot imagine that there would ever be so little to read that I'd read any more of the series, despite the fact that I should have been a prime target for them.
Laura
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Definitely a good start the world was introduced and wow what an imagination this Author has.....

Lana works in Limbo as a reaper, not fully invested in her job she gets by.... The plot thickens when someone on the council is suspected of treachery and a very important soul has to be found.

I like there didn't seem to be a complex plot going on but as the books go on and we get to know the characters more i can see some great story potential, it was fab that the first book didn't overwhelm me....
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Nərmin
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Supernatural fantasy fans
Recommended to Nərmin by: Pouya KHD
That was a creative book with an equally creative premise. Afterlife, blending religions and reapers sparked my interest right away. The plot was flowing, quick-paced and simple. The characters were interesting, a mix of characters from different religions. The writing style was good and neat. My complaints are that the ending was kind of flat and Lana should have been portrayed more ambitious maybe. There were some small mistakes related to the lack of research (such as a Chinese deity wearing ...more
Jagged
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
This wasn't that great, but it wasn't horrible either.

I liked the way that Roquet had the afterlife in regards to its existence. But I didn't care for how it was run pretty much the same way that the world is run. It didn't feel like a foreign place and it left out a lot of world building that this book really could have used.
When you're introducing a new, foreign, realm, it really helps to have it feel and be foreign. I was looking for a whole different, otherworldly experience than what this
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Katherine Luttmer
Feb 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
While the proposed premise of the afterlife was interesting, I found the story very flat. The characters felt very stale and I emphatically Did Not Care about cookie-cutter Lana. (Sorry, but she felt like the placeholder female character that seems to feature prominently in a lot of new fiction.)
While I was impressed with the research the author clearly did in regards to various Afterlife beliefs, she didn't do enough in terms of actual cultures. seeing as how she dressed Chinese folks in
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Bunnycore
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
My full review here

Between the Sheets

This was a fun one yall. We have Lana Harvey an 8th Gen Reaper. Death a.k.a Grimm no longer collects souls. Now he runs Eternity and has little baby reapers do his dirty work.


Eternity is a city all souls go to before heading off to their respective religions. What I love about this book is that Roquet doesnt push her faith on you. Graveyard Shift has them all. No one is wrong, every religion has their heaven and hell and it is up to the reapers to get you
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Lance
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know why, but I love it when an author has a book that could easily go the route of traditional publishing (i.e., getting an agent, shopping the book around, getting published through established publishing companies, etc) and instead goes all independent and either self-publishes or goes through a small-press type of company. Graveyard Shift is the perfect example of what I'm talking about. It's well written and edited. It had a good take on the Grim Reaper, the after life, and about a ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
4.5 Stars

"A reaper and an archangel walked out of a bar. I almost had to laugh."

Then how about an archangel and a Hell archangel? Too funny!! This small novel had me chuckling all of the way through it. Lana Harvey is 300 years old, an 8th generation reaper. A baby really. Also, she has a special talent. A talent desperately needed by her boss, Grim. If Eternity is to survive, Lana will have to vanquish some rogue demons and a few powerful Council members.

"Limbo City is considered the new
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Jana
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate it when I read great reviews & get my hopes up. Some of these glowing reviews have favorably compared this series to several of my favorite urban fantasy series, and unfortunately I went into this story with high expectations. Our heroine is NOT as humorous as Queen Betsy, nor is she as spunky as Sookie Stackhouse or as tough as Mercy Thompson. It's an okay story with no grammar issues, but other than grossing me out a time or three, it just didn't grab me. Meh. Life is too short to ...more
Amra Alihodzic
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
something different and great !!!!
Andrea
So Lana is a reaper, a kind of indentured lower class citizen in a Limbo where all the mythologies have mashed together in a careful peace following a war between the conflicting godly traditions. Her job is to conduct souls to their respective afterlives (or chuck atheists and agnostics back for rebirth).

This is kind of Bridget Jones' Sex in the Afterlife, with a lot of talk about clothing and attractive gods and angels, but Lana maintains a reasonable amount of competence. Lana has a solid
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Lisa
Lana is a Reaper, living in Limbo City, making a living collecting souls on their deaths and delivering them to whatever Afterlife suits them best - it turns out that all religions were sorta right, you see, and so their believers are simply measured against their own beliefs before being ferried on to Heaven/Hell/Nirvana/Summerland etc. Unless they're unbelievers, in which case they're thrown into the Sea of Eternity. Despite not being a very good Reaper - she breaks rules, is insubordinate, ...more
Deby Earl
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its a helluva mess in the Afterlife, but it would be worse without Lana and her fellow Reapers. The more humans fill up the world, the more their souls fill up the Afterlife and someone has to control all the trafficReapers.

Reapers dont cause death they merely guide the often befuddled souls and deliver them to whichever place their Earthly lives and various religions (or lack of) destined them for. First stop for all souls in Limbo City and, of course, wherever you have a city you have politics
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Amy
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I picked this up as a free Kindle deal online and thought, "Sure! I'll give it a whirl." I did have some issues with the writing. It felt a little lazy in parts and the ending was really kind of abrupt. It felt like the author had a great idea for a story, wrote the whole thing, then chopped it up into awkward bits to be able to sell more books. Nothing was really cleared up in the end. It just stopped before anything was resolved. It left me going.... Was that really the ending?

That being
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Gina
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed my attention and never left go. I loved the premise of the book, the characters, and the vivid descriptions of Lana's life in Limbo City.

You see, Lana is a reaper, and she's downright bad at it. Like a kid in calculus class, she does the absolute minimum, barely reaching her quota. She's more of a party girl, loves hanging out with her favorite archangel in a place called Purgatory Lounge. The author does a great job describing these locales and you will find yourself partying
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Shelly Burrows
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've had the pleasure of working with Angela but hadn't had the opportunity to read her work, until now. I have to say that it is delightfully different than the other stories I've read in this genre. I was intrigued by the different deities and loved how she was able to skillfully weave them into the fabric of her work. I look forward to reading the rest of the Lana Harvey Series of books and I will definitely share these tales with friends.
Liz
Sep 21, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf
Wonderful idea for a book!
It just didn't grab me as much as I would have liked... It dragged on a bit too much for me- I found myself skipping pages upon pages, focusing on a sentence here and there...
Donna
Lana, a Reaper whose job is to collect souls, gets involved in the replacement of a major (but unknown to most) character.

I actually can't really even sum up this book in a sentence because it seems so squishy. What really happened? Lana collected some souls, battled some demons, got irritated at demon guts in her hair, went shopping (a few times), attended a ball, and got an angel boyfriend. It had a neat premise but I was expecting/hoping for more. It leans more toward paranormal romance than
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Ekaterine
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, angels

Review at: One Night Book Stand

*****4.5****

I believe in God and after life. But my belief of it isn't as black and white as Christianity teaches. Actually, this book is exactly how I see the after life.

It's a wonderfully crafted work and absolutely brilliant. I loved the way author portrayed the Eternity and Limbo City. Giving every faith it's rightful place in the after life and making it enjoyable to read. The author did amazing job of creating new world and describing in the way that
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Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:

We have an Event planned with Angela in April through Book Monster Promotions, so I decided to give the book a shot so we'd have a review to go along with the post. While I figured I had nothing to lose going in for the read, my immediate reaction upon finishing the book was quite different, all I could say was "Ooh I love it when review books turn into new obsessions! I LOVED this book and cannot wait to read more. Way to go
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Debra
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Reaper Lana Harvey pulls souls from dying people, then transports them on her ship (co-owned with her friend Josie), across the Seat of Eternity, to other realms. Lana lives in Limbo City, a bureaucratic world with little pay, an obnoxious boss, and a love interest. For reasons Lana doesnt understand, demons are trying to kill her. Those who may be in a position to help her, however, have hidden agendas and power-plays at stake.

Graveyard Shift is a fun, entertaining read that had me laughing in
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Donna
I'm always looking for a good reaper book. From the time I first read On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony and watched Dead Like me and Defending Your Life - this has been a favorite theme to read and there are FAR too few good books with this theme! I am always pleasantly surprised when I find one. Graveyard Shift was definitely one of the better "reaper" books that I've read. Light and humorous with plenty of snark, Graveyard Shift takes place in an afterlife that encompasses all beliefs and ...more
Namitha Varma
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book is a fantasy fiction with female reaper Lana Harvey as the protagonist. Lana is a talented but laidback reaper who is entrusted with restoring the fabric of eternity.
As far as the story and plot go, it is very entertaining. There's love, there's action, there's politics and there's grief, not to mention humour and a satiric take on the human world. I love the way Roquet has woven the idea of Limbo City, Eternity and Gods as a manifestation of human souls - humans created gods and not
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Jessica
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book could have been so much better!!!

The idea for the premise: like it.
Our quirky heroine: like her
Those friends that surround our heroine: Amusing to say the least thanks to Gabriel.
The actual story: pretty meh.

The dangers never feel really like danger. Any threat or punishment that should be seen as a hinderance seems like pretty empty threats from the start. That paired with the awesome feeling you get when you realize you were dooped into a book of purely exposition for the sake of
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USA Today bestselling Angela Roquet is a great big weirdo. She collects Danger Girl comic books, owls, skulls, random craft supplies, and all things Joss Whedon. She's a fan of renewable energy, marriage equality, and religious tolerance. As long as whatever you're doing isn't hurting anyone, she's a fan of you, too.

Angela lives in Missouri with her husband and son. She's a member of SFWA and HWA,
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