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Monday, March 10, 2014

Reaper's Touch by Eleri Stone + giveaway

REAPER'S TOUCH is something of a cowboys vs. zombies novel, wrapped in a paranormal romance. Eleri Stone has created a really interesting world that reminds me a lot of the setting of Firefly and Serenity, Joss Whedon's criminally cancelled TV show-turned-movie. The show was an amazing dystopian space western; the Reaper world is very similar, except it's not set in space. It's set in a very different America, in which the frontier is plagued by Reapers, people who have become infected with a parasite that turns them into cannibalistic, brutal killers who roam the fringes of the civilized world, raiding, raping, infecting, and killing. (They're quite similar to the Reavers from Firefly and Serenity).

Generally, the characters are well developed. As one of the few people with a natural immunity, Abby had no choice but to become a Ranger, part of the band that try to keep the Reapers away from the settlers. Understandably, she has quite a chip on her shoulders: she's expected to breed since every child she would have would be immune and would be drafted into the Rangers. There are some who would prefer she be sequestered away but Abby wants to be on the front lines, finding it a better alternative even though she lacks the killer instinct. She's an easy character to like and understand. Jake, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated. As a sentient Reaper almost 200 years old, he has a lot of baggage in addition to the murderous parasite that lives inside him. He's very Jekyll and Hyde in a lot of ways but he fights the parasite every step of the way because he's so invested in the search for a cure. He's subjected himself to merciless scientists as part of this quest and is willing to do anything that might help.

Watching them fall for each other is a slow but fairly natural progression. Their mutual attraction is dampened by their distrust for each other at certain points but you can see the feelings between them grow as REAPER'S TOUCH progresses. Despite that, for me, the love story was less interesting than the setting, though it is well written. I was much more engaged by the world, with its glaring class distinctions, rugged setting, and dangers at every turn. I really enjoyed the historical western setting, especially since it's been combined with some neat science.

REAPER'S TOUCH is well worth your time if you like post-apocalyptic romance, especially if you're willing to take a chance on something historical. The worldbuilding in this story is wonderful and REAPER'S TOUCH is the beginning of what will hopefully be a standout paranormal romance series. Give the excerpt a try to see if it's to your tastes.

Read an excerpt


Reaper's Touch Book Blast

I'm reviewing this book as part of a promotional tour from Book Monster Promotions so we also have a tour-wide giveaway for you today. The grand prize winner will receive one $25 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and two runners up will each receive a $10 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Check the Rafflecopter for full details. 

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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  1. Oooh, this sounds like something I'd really like! Adding it to my tbr list :)