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(Secret of Alba #1)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  46 reviews
If she were caught, her life would be forever changed…

Aerina Delacroix, the wealthy daughter of an influential man, likes to live dangerously. A little too dangerously. When she is thought a traitor and nearly executed, her money and status can’t help her. The only thing that can save her is Marcus Trent.

An assassin and head of security, it is Marcus’ job to maintain p
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published July 27th 2015 by ApogeeINVENT
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4.5 - Where did this book come from STARS

*this is a super short review but I hope to come back and add more later 03/06/17

I quite literally stumbled upon this story by accident. I was googling images for a snarky meme when an image someone had created showcasing a quote from the book popped up as an option. I wish I could remember what I had actually searched or the blog I ended up on when I saw it... but I can't.


It is a Dystopian Romance as the titl
T.J. Shaw
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one! I didn’t know what to expect, but Reaper was a great surprise! The world-building was intriguing and complemented the storyline. Aerina and Marcus were well defined and had nice chemistry. All in all, Reaper turned out to be a nice escape read with a strong romance that kept me turning the pages.
Maggie H-G
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book - I loved the "perfect" world ending up not so perfect after all, a heroine who isn't afraid to stand up to anyone, and the whole structure of the society and varying cultures created in the book were awesome. Great dynamics between the main characters, too.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I've read by this author and I will be reading more! I loved this book! There are more in this series, but this is the first book and can be read as a standalone. I'm not sure about the rest, but I will let you know, when I'm done reading them. This book is about a post-war era, and is set in the City of Alba, in California, which is on the ocean. There are people who are high society that live inside the walls of the capitol, and then others that live close
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader's copy of this book provided by the author.
Over all, this was an enjoyable read. This book started out with a very slow flow to it. It did pick up almost a third of the way in and at that point it sped up & the story pulled me in, so that I couldn’t put it down. The world building could have used a bit more in the beginning since I felt like I missed some info somewhere. It did sort itself out by the the time the action picked up. The characters, Aerina
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Post-war dystopian romance about an Alpha Virmortus/ Reaper Marcus, (consul assassins that keep the peace), and Aerina the Patrician (High-society senator's daughter) who've known each other since childhood, piquing each other's interest.
Sick of her status, Aerina masquerades as an entertainer one day, unaware that the dance troupe were going to be slain because of an assassination attempt on the consul president. And slain by Marcus! Even though she survives this attempt on her life, political
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. This is the first book in The Secrets of Alba series. In this book you meet Aerina and the rest of the Patricians, a far 'superior' race of people.

She didn't like to adhere to the rules of the land and wanted to be different and spent her down time with people from the 'lower' class'.

She liked to spend time with the leader of the Virmortus, Marcus. This was frowned upon by her parents and everyone else in her town.

Their friendship grew into a relationship that brought shame
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have not read this genre in a while and was delighted to put my toes back into the water. I love the strong characters in this book. Aerina is a strong willed girl that is searching for her place in a world that has many restrictions placed on the different castes. She follows her heart and the need to do something that is right, even if it bucks the system. Marcus is the leader of the Virmortous, those that enforce the laws. He has been trained at a young age that nothing matters but his job. ...more
May 16, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting Roman take on a futuristic LA after a second civil war over some mysterious Technology. I’d describe it as Divergent with Roman inspiration. There’s futuristic tech like holo-devices mixed with villas and the equivalent of Roman senators, down to their different-colored garb. The romance is in a Romeo and Juliet style between two characters from different “castes” in the society, but for the most part it felt a bit forced until near the end. There just wasn’t a spark and the main ...more
Charlotte Isaac
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-books
This was a really good book. It's only second time I read a dystopian book and I can say I wasn't disappointed.

I really liked Aerina, she didn't know where she belonged but she didn't let anyone change her mind on anything.

I liked Marcus, he may be a hard man and doesn't show any emotions he does care about someone even though he tries and not shows it.

I can't wait to read the other books.
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reaper is a new world techy story.

The characters are intriguing and the plot is a great play on how technology impacts the world

It lost a star as there were slow points which made it hard for me to stay in the story at times.

Overall a great read. Won’t be reading the next instalment though
Sandy Frediani
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure at first, but I did enjoy this more than expected. Found a couple typos, but otherwise everything flowed nicely. Well done.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exciting, fast-paced and impossible to put down.

Reaper merges the three genres of Romance, Dystopia and Intrigue in the most exciting way. It is situated in the small nation of Albus during post apocalyptic times, where the nation is celebrating ‘Founders Day’, the escape of their predecessors from War-torn LA.

Aerina Delacroix and her family are members of the Patrician class, who set the policies and vote upon social and other issues of Alba. She is the daughter and only remaining child of Sen
Krista Ricchi
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fresh twist on a popular genre. The writing is addicting and storyline is original in its own way. From strart to finish you can't get enough. This story was so good. The plot was planned out perfectly. The writing flowed at the right pace and it never got slow or dragged out. From the first chapter you are thrown into the action. The connection between the main characters is a long time coming. I loved that Aerina and Markus were such strong characters but have weaknesses that they each compi ...more
The Magic of Books Blog
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reaper (Secret of Alba Book 1) by Lindsey Winsemius

5 stars
Reviewed by Char Webster for Late Night Books and Reviews

Reaper by Lindsey Winsemius is an amazing dystopian novel set after what the author calls the Great World War, in what today, is Northern California. The world had changed dramatically, the population was annihilated, City-states took control of different regions and the people were ruled with deadly control. Their lives were severely restricted to maintain the “balance.” Alba, the
Samantha   Vickery
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great writing. Action adventure suspense and romance this book had it all!
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that the story started out slow and a bit winded, at first, but since othe people seemed to enjoy it, I continued my reading. I'm sure glad that I did! Interesting will soud tame if I want to describe this story! It's gritty and gripping and heart-stopping! I've never reada dystopian story quite like this before.

I was given a copy for review purposes.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: dystopian, romance lovers
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What a fantastic book! I loved reading about Marcus and Aerina and the Virmortus. I loved practically everything about this book. This is such an underrated book that more people NEED to check out.

Be prepared, because the story starts with a bang. You jump right into the action from the very first page. This is a fast-paced story that never had a dull moment. I didn't even realize I had reached the end until I flipped the las
Tony Parsons
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Global War had been going on for a 100 yrs.
Marcus Trent (aka Reaper, Virmortus leader, assassin) is responsible for the state’s security.
Consul Julius is the supreme ruler. His son Niko does what he wants & unfortunately is next in line.
Ramus was the technician.

Aerina Delacroix (21, impersonating a Plebeian, Littleton college student) is a true Patrician & was raised in the Alban Republic.
Aerina family consists of: Raina (mother), Antony (father, Senator of Society), & Max (brother) who
megan wykle
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great read set in a futuristic setting. Aerina and Marcus were the perfect complements to each other, she is sunshine and he is darkness. Steamy chemistry with a good storyline.
I voluntarily reviewed this book and was not compensated in any way
Nov 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reaper by Lindsey Winsemius is a Dystopian Romance set in a post-apocalyptic future in a north American citystate called Alba. It is a very readable book; the narrative flows, the novel is well constructed, the central characters are sympathetic and there is sufficient romance, action, adventure and technology to keep the eye racing across the pages. Alba is well imagined in terms of its structure, its technology, its geography and its politics. As it has a rigid caste system it is of questionab ...more
Melissa Fisher
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved!!

I was given this book to read before knowing anything about it I loved it so much I bought it myself and plan to read the rest of the series. I have not read anything by Lindsey before. Her writing style is one to love she created this lifelike world that comes to life before your eyes. And characters you can relate to. Had a but of a Divergent feel to me and I loved it!! Can't wait to finish the series and see how it all ends!!
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is not a normal read for me and I will say I was overly surprised at how much I really enjoyed this book! I had to keep reading and find out what was going to happen and what the secret was! The romance sizzling between 2 people who weren't supposed to be together just made this story all the better!
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have never read a Dystopian novel before, and whilst it took me awhile to get into this novel, once i did I couldnt put it down.
Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 stars!
This was the first book I have read by the lovely Lindsey Winsemius and I am now in love with a new world. I couldn't stop smiling from the second I cracked this open and I loved how there wasn't a case of insta-love!
The relationship between Aerina and Marcus was perfection! I absolutely loved those two together and everything about them was amazing. They are both frustratingly stubborn and I loved how they helped each other grow. They a
Judy Miracle
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book surpassed all my expectation. When I first read about this book I thought it sounded really good. The thing that kept getting me was Dystopian. Ive read a few of them but not many. Once again i was like we will give it a try. When I first started reading i was at an impass... do i keep reading do i stop? its good and im liking it but not really getting into it. Read another chapter then that turned into another chapter and another then by the time i knew it I was at the end of the book ...more
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review free of persuasion from the author or anyone else affiliated with this book.

Would you give up social status for one night of fun? Would you give up social status for the one you fell in love with? What if the one you fell in love with was a trained assassin? What if he tried to kill you on your one night of fun?

Those are all the questions that Aerina had to go through when she was caste out of her social status for her one night of fun when eve
Jennifer Zamora
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. Could not put it down in fact. And am now a dedicated follower. I cannot wait to continue this journey into the next book! And that is what this was for me. A journey. Not just a simple book that held my attention.
Aerina is a Patirican, basically royalty. As such she is expected to behave, look, and well just BE a certain way. But she cant. What begins as a little defiance by dancing with one of the other castes, ends in tragedy. It also opens her eyes to so much more that ha
Angeline Brown
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It follows the story of Aerina who is a member of the ruling caste in the city of Alba. In this futuristic new world, the different castes in their society live separately with their own roles to play and mixing is frowned upon. Aerina is curious and strong willed and as well as having friends among the different castes, is in love with a reaper, a man trained to defend the city and a trained killer. Marcus fights the attraction he has for Aerina and almost kills her ...more
Lynz Johnston
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC for my review, my thoughts are my own.

I will admit, I had trouble getting into this book at first. I started to read it and put it down and came back to it and I'm glad I did. At first, I wasn't sure what was happening but as soon as Marcus saved Aerina, I knew I wouldn't be able to put this book down and I couldn't.

Marcus and Aerina live in a dystoptia world and they are of different castes. Aerina is the daughter of a Senator and Marcus is a Reaper-think death, he is a kill
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Lindsey Winsemius learned from a young age that books hold the key to new worlds. As a young adult, she was often caught with forbidden romance novels under her mattress.

Lindsey only reads books with happy endings (with a few rare exceptions), and has been known to flip to the last page to ensure just that. She is fortunate enough to be living her own happily ever after in Grand Haven Michigan wit

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