The Grim Assistant
Sam is a postal worker and avid surfer. After a freak accident that leaves Sam technically dead, Sam meets Margo wh ...more
Imagine going about your day as you normally do only to soon realize that you're about to die. If you were offered the chance to be with your loved ones again, would you take it? Even it means becoming the assistent of a grim reaper?
Formerly deceased Sam finds herself helping souls with their u ...more
Sam is a surfing mail carrier who has a crush on a customer on her route, Lauren. Lauren is a school teacher who is having some issues with her live-in girlfriend, Bethany. When Sam encounters rough waters while surfing alone one morning, her future is suddenly cast in doubt.
Sure, you can say that this is reminiscent of shows like 'Dead Like Me' and 'The Ghost Whisperer.' But ultimately, I think this story stands on its own. With a unique paranormal world and very interesting char ...more
So Sam the main MC was very likable, and even Lauren the other MC didnt bother me that much :) while the sex happened too fast, i still felt it was very HOT so that's another po ...more
What I enjoyed most about this ...more
But one thing I’ve learned that holds true is that if the author is having a good time spinning the tale, then the reader is going to have a bla ...more
"What was she going to do–fight a ghost?"
This was a fun paranormal romance with quite original worldbuilding as I don’t read that often about grim reapers. I had some issues but it was mostly well-developed for its length.
The main character, Samantha, has been in love with her customer Laura but unable to make her move since the later is in a relationship. With Sam’s former high school bully, to make things worse.
Here, cue — Sam’...more
I've been on a bit of a paranormal and sci-fi kick lately and perhaps that's why I enjoyed The Grim Assistant as much as I did. While I wasn't blown away, I found the main and secondary characters likable and relatable, even the grumpy Grim Reaper, Margot. It was the world that truly drew me in.
Hutchins paints a good picture of this new world with Grim Reapers, fantasy creatures who hide in plain sight, and of poor Sam's dilemma a ...more
I'm unsure how to feel about this after reading it.
The book starts strong, Sam's a charming surfer with a caring streak and unconditional love for her family, the sort of person you'd instinctually trust your life (or death, ha) with.
Then there's Lauren, my favorite. Passionate school teacher with a strong assertive streak in some areas. Relationships had treated her rather badly and once she stands up for herself and ditches her current ...more
Ah, I really don't know how to rate or review this book in a way that'll convey what I felt, but I'll try. I really fought between trying to figure out whether it was a 2.5 or a 3 but eventually decided on the 3. Would I recommend this book to someone else? Yes. It's a good light read, but you do have to adjust your expectations. Still, I'd be inclined to read another book by this author - maybe.
Short summary: Sam ...more
Themes: surfing mail carrier turns to the Grim Reaper’s assistant by mistake.
Samantha spends her early mornings surfing and the rest of the day delivering mail. The rest of her time is spent pining over her friend, Lauren, and supporting her sister while she goes through a bad divorce. Life is as simple as it can get when there’s drama surrounding a divorce until Sam drowns while she’s out surfing one early morning. Waking up in the space between life and death, Sam is given a choice ...more
Samantha finds herself offered with helping a Grim Reaper, after accidentally finding herself dead after an incident when she has been surfing early one morning. It’s an offer she couldn’t really refuse, but it doesn’t really turn out to be as simple as it sounded, and it isn’t without consequences.
So I got more than I expected with this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it because it was different and not what I thought it might be at all. Despite the title eluding to a dark par ...more
I think the best way to describe my relationship with this book is to admit that I checked my progress at the end of EVERY chapter. I was literally counting down until the end. The reason is that I was BORED. This book seemed focused on all the wrong places, the pacing was inconsistent, as was Lauren's character. It's predictable, repetitive, and written largely in tell (instead of show), so I didn't feel connected to anyone. ...more
The premise of this book was interesting and I want to say fun, and although the subject matter of death does not lend it itself to being fun, it still was. Sam is fine with her life. Her job is fine and she has a sister and nephew she is close to and she surfs with her best friend when she can. Her love life is not going as smoothly and the customer on her route, Lauren, certainly turns her head, but Lauren is taken. Lauren has not had the best time with relatio ...more
I enjoyed this book! There's something satisfying about reading urban fantasy, like if you look around the right corner at the wrong time you'll end up seeing *something*. This is something that The Grim Assistant provided along with a nice sprinkle of romance. The characters were likeable, believable, and witty, and Sam and Lauren seem like they make a good match.
In the second half of the story, it feels like the dialogue and the sequencing gets rushed. Afte ...more
Loved this book and an off to start the sequel immediately.
Jodi Hutchins is a wonderful author; her writing style flows smoothly and her characters have superb depth and humanity. I love the quirkiness and humour in this tale of love and unlikely alliances
Apart from that, no complaint from me. It was a fun book to read. ...more
When I first read the summary I was so happy- this was the book I've been looking for. A gritty, thrilling novel with LQBTQ romance galore. I was met instead with a very cute urban fantasy that though did not meet my expectations provided me with something I did not know I needed...FLUFF. Throughout the book, I really believed Sam was real, she had depth and I was rooting for her and her bae the whole time! I thought the exchang...more
I was very pleased with the main characters, Sam and Lauren. They for sure had chemistry! If you’re looking for a quality LGBTQ fantasy then this is it. There’s a great deal of world building that is very intriguing and a wide array of characters that are unique and fun.
The representation in this book is a b ...more
Sam is a surfer and postal carrier. Things go a bit haywire when a morning surf doesn't quite go to plan and she dies. What follows is an interesting journey as a Grim Assistant while navigating a new relationship with Lauren.
What I liked was that this book surprised me. It was very open, fast paced and didn't rely on angst to draw the reader ...more