Friday, 10 April 2015

Book Review: My Sister's Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer

Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.

When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human, and to top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul no matter what. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper, or let Mara die … this time for good.

My Review:
I've started thinking that my school must have been really boring and dull as all these American schools are overflowing with bitches and bastards waiting to bully or abuse you. Lovely. I get so tired of this utter cliche in YA paranormal books. Mean Girls. Horrible Guys. Say what you like about Twilight, at least the kids were a nice bunch who welcomed the new girl.

I really did not take to Zadie. For me she was a really selfish, dumb and annoying girl. She has a sister in a coma after an alleged suicide and she rarely bothers going to see her or their sick mother because she doesn't like spending time at the hospital. Oh poor you, does it interfere with hanging out with your boy hungry airhead best friend? Yes you just leave your dad to do the visits instead. Selfish cow. Naomi is the kind of character that has now stopped me reading YA paranormal books-the brain dead, super dumb, boy crazy ditz with no brain and who can only think of boys and nothing else. These dumb asses get on my nerves and I could drown them all.

It gets worse with Zadie though. We learn that she has powers and using these against her sister to scare her is what destroyed the close bond they once had. Nice Zadie. And Zadie suspects that she might be able to use these powers to bring her sister out of the coma. So does she do it as soon as her sister goes into hospital? No. She sits and does nothing while her dad suffers. What makes Zadie finally decide to bring her sister back? Doing it to impress a hot goth guy at school! Yes, selfish cow of the year is showing off at a party, bragging that she can bring her sister back which impresses Gavin and that is the only reason that she tries to help Mara. Hurrah, I've snagged Gavin from under the nose of Mean Girl by playing the hero! I really despised Zadie for that. And her friend Naomi is excited by this planned event as she can hook up with Gavin's friend Danny. Oh spare me from these vain and selfish little twats. And when Mara does come out of the coma and behaves weird, Zadie just leaves her alone to concentrate on her own little dramas. Nice caring sister.

The book than happily launches itself into every YA cliche it can find that I hate. The new love interest is a jealous and possessive git and what he sees in our airhead MC is questionable. Insta-luv which always makes me pull my hair out is not well done here. A pathetic weak attempt at introducing the dreaded love triangle falls flat when the characters have no personality about them. Are there any cliches that the author missed? Ugh, this was poor.

I wasn't impressed with the lack of imagination from the author who instead of following through with a few ideas about reapers and magic, decided to fall back on the boring cliches that we see in every YA book these days.

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