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4.47  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  27 reviews
How far would you go to be free—to make your own choices without being subjected to punishment for doing what you felt was right? Could you kill for it?

After being abandoned by her father as a child, Aster spent ten years of her life as a servant for the leader’s House in the broken city of New Bethel. She’d known, even as a child, that the cities of her world were corrup
Paperback, 308 pages
Published December 4th 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published December 3rd 2013)
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
After her father disappeared when she was a child, Aster has spent 10 years as a servant in the leader’s house of the city of New Bethal. Even as a child Aster knew that the city is a corrupt place full of assassins, called Reapers, but everything she has known changed when a new young leader takes charge. She is ordered to look after an assassin staying in the house. As Aster gets to learn more about the Reapers, and herself, she realises that she may not know the whole truth about her life.

Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reave is a story about a young woman who has been a servant for most of her life, living on an estate where the Leader of the house only lives for a short period of time. Any time a servant speaks out, or does something wrong they are severely punished. Aster is no exception having more than her share of beating and whippings throughout her life. However, all this changes when the new Leader arrives and challenges Asters perspective on the world, and herself.

Although lacking in action, the journ
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Just a second, I have to catch my breath.
Oh, wow.
My heart is still pounding as I am writing how taken away I was with this book. I can still feel its effects in my veins. That wonderful adrenaline that makes your breath hitch and puts a smile on your face through the joyous effects...
I'll definitely be feeling this one tomorrow.
C. Miller did a remarkable job in catching a readers attention from the start and holding onto it with texted iron fists. When I was first learned what Reave was about I
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given a free copy of this thru the Author for my honest review. I was hooked from the first page to the last. This is about a girl that has to overcome fears. Aster has been a servant for most of her life & any time a servant speaks out, or does something wrong they are severely punished. Aster is no exception having more than her share of beating throughout her life. She is a slave and cant come & go as she wants she cant leave the house and is only permitted to speak to those higher to h ...more
Sydney Hall
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be asked to do an ARC of "Reave" so that I may leave an unbiased review of the book when it became published onto Amazon. Happy to oblige, I'm here to tell everyone that this was an incredible story.

When it comes to character development, Miller is amazing. You watch the characters grow throughout the story and you become deeply invested in their growth and their lives. It's hard not to fall in love with the main character, Aster, and begin to root for her throughout the en
Susie Fitzwater
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! I truly loved it and had a hard time putting the book down. These is a girl named Aster. She was left when she was a child by her father and lived with some friends of his. They couldn't keep her so they turned her into the reavers. She went to a house in New Bethels and was there as a servant. The entire tine she was growing up she was told she was property. She would sneak into the library which would give her beating for it. Then a new leader is placed into the house an ...more
Deborah Bean
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found Reave by C. Miller to very a thoroughly great read. I was not sure if I would like it or not, but once I started reading it, I could not put it down. These are not your usual characters. There are no vampires, werewolves, millionaires or rock bands in this story. Well, I guess the leader of the village may be rich, but it really does not say. There is no sex or BDSM in this story. So, if that is what you are looking for, this is not the book for you.
This book is about a slave that learns
Casia Courtier
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
(High in the 4 star range, rounded up to a 5) More like 4.85 stars, but 5 stars made more sense.

Reave is a young adult fantasy that brings up some pretty interesting questions. It is written by indie author, C. Miller, and depicts the life of a servant (more like a slave), Aster.

To begin, as a reader, you won't know much about this world from beginning to end. And you may not like that it is a slow paced book. However, the writing is well done and kept me going. The character, Aster, is a stron
Lauren Tydings
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I feel extremely privileged that the author sent me this book in the mail along with her second novel, Elude. Thank you!
This novel is about Aster who will only let herself remember her life as a slave to prevent any painful memories about happiness and freedom. She has always relied on her ability to remain invisible to everyone, but that all changes with the new Master. He takes a special interest in her for an unknown reason. When he assigns her to care for Chase, the Reaper staying there, Ast
Amanda Shelley-Masters
*This Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*

Amazing story! C. Miller's characters and story blew my mind! I have never read a book more complex and intriguing in thought and context. There was never a moment that didn't make you think more and I loved every single sec.

I loved all the characters in this one I don't know that I could pick a fav as they were all so intricate. I loved them each differently as Aster would but in this one, the one that stuck
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Reave was a fantastic story about Aster, a teenage girl who works as servant in New Bethel. Aster always tries to blend in with her work, and make sure she goes about her duties unnoticeable. One day when the new leader of her house assigns Aster to be a servant at a party for a Reaper (or assassin), she gets the Reaper himself.

This story was very intriguing and hooked me from the beginning. I loved Aster as the main character. She just tries to go about unnoticed, but she actually
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First off this novel was given to me by the author for a down right honest review and I plan on giving her that. With that said this novel was beautifully written and I loved almost every bit of it! It took me forever to read the book only because it was hard to get into at first. Even though it was hard to get into I am so glad I decided to pick it back up and finish it! Aster really surprised me at the end of the book and I am surprised that the characters came together quite nicely. I didn't ...more
Sam McManus
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Reave is a journey into another world, where killers are celebrated, and where people are treated as commodities, to look pretty or to serve, and nothing else. It starts after a new leader has come to the Valdour House, which is a microcosm of the city of New Bethel itself, but this new leader is different from the dozens who have come before. The protagonist, Aster, does a great job of showing her vulnerable but sturdy nature through her interactions with other workers and with the new leader h ...more
Tianna Green
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Wow! This book pulled me in from the very beginning! I had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next! A lot of surprises, twists, and turns! The end shocked me! I did not see that ending coming! A wonderful romance! I can't wait to read the next book! A wonderful read! Absolutely fantastic!
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When you start reading this story it sucks you right in. The characters are great and the storyline is awesome. Once you start reading it you won't want to stop. Would definitely recommend to everyone. Congrats C. Miller on a great read. ...more
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was soooooo good. I could not put it down. There were so many plot twist that you did not see coming! The characters were really developed. I loved how Aster was very ignorant about love. I can't wait for the second book. ...more
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
wow what a story I really loved it thank so much to mrs. miller for giving me the opportunity for enjoying such a wonderful book. the story took me off guard. a must read for any person who wants to have a suspense drama
Stephen Reese
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Lots of excitement and intrigue with a bit of romance. I can't wait to read the next in the series. ...more
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I thought I knew how I would start this review as I was coming to the end of, but that ending was a real brain scrambler. Not in a bad way, but in a way that what I thought was going to be revealed wasn't exactly right. I was getting curious about the story's slow pace since it felt like the ending would be rushed. Instead, it's left on a fantastic cliffhanger with one of the best final lines that I've read in a long time. Very thankful that I read this after the sequel came out because of this. ...more

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This was a very good book! I really loved the main character, Aster! C. Miller is a great author and she's a awesome at character development and world building. I could not put this book down once I picked it up and I read it fairly quick too! All the characters grow so much and I got to know them all which made it easy for me to connect to the story even though it's fantasy. I'll be honest, I had my doubts before I started this book because the b
Pamela Beckford
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I follow the author's blog and purchased this book a few months ago to support her. I finally started reading. I had no idea if this was going to be fantasy, paranormal, romance, YA or comedy.

I was immediately transported into Aster's world. Hers was a simple existence. She was considered property. Not a person. She thought she was invisible. But suddenly her life gets complicated. And she was no longer invisible. The key characters were fully developed and I felt like I was a part of their wor
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
(Really 4.5*)

I was lucky enough to be sent this by the author in exchange for an honest review and I absolutely loved it.

I'd been in a reading slump for a few months and this book dragged me straight out of it and inspired me to start reading again.

It has quite a medieval feel to it because of there being servants and superiors all living within a kingdom, and right at the end there were a few surprises which I found interesting and made me instantly buy the sequel Elude.

The only reason that I
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! As I began reading it, I could hardly put it down. I thought that C. Miller created an interesting world and brought her characters to life. The story was very well written and captivated me from the beginning. I am anxiously awaiting what comes next for our beloved Aster. I look forward to seeing more from C. Miller.
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received this book from the author in a giveaway*

I won't waste time with a can look that up :)

A refreshing take on YA. This book divulged from the tendency to base dialogue on attempts at witty comebacks and used a refined style that moved the story along smoothly. Other than that, this is a nice fantasy book and I think if you don't mind a bit of romance it has enough intrigue to keep you reading. The author tried pretty hard to make deep revelations which got kind of old by the
Morgan Rogers
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I give it four stars. Miller writes in active voice, which I really liked. Reave had a great plot and subplot, with all sorts of Easter egg clues hidden that when everything is added up at the end, suddenly make perfect sense, but I was less enthralled with the characters. I kept finding myself stopping to scratch my head and wonder “huh?”, “seriously?” and “What’s wrong with them?” For a more in-depth review and an interview with the author, check out my review site, The Book Fairie, at ...more
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C. Miller lives in Kentucky with her husband, a Weimaraner that is very suitably named Pig, and a fluffy cat named Poo that gets accented voiceovers periodically throughout the day. She spends most her time taking solitary trips to Writer Land. If she isn’t there, you can usually find her playing video games with her husband or staring off blankly into space while contemplating over what to do dur ...more

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“He sighed loudly, but it was interrupted part of the way through with another short laugh. “You’ve spent the majority of your life being forced to show respect to people who have no respect for you.”
“And you’ve spent the entirety of yours being shown respect when you deserve none.” My hand shot to my mouth and I added, “I apologize for my words, Sir, but I do not appreciate being compared to a monster.”
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