Well, it seems last week’s #1 Releasing the Gods is still top of the charts – check out the overview here.
But the Teen & Young Adult Paranormal & Urban Fantasy chart has done some rearranging in the last seven days, just not for the top spot. #3 was an academy book that we haven’t seen yet in this feature but it was a little bit generic. If it weren’t for the eye-grabbing and intriguing #5, it might have ended up in this post.
So here’s what we’ve got nearing the top of the charts this week:
“Hey there. I’m Addison Blake. Orphan, college student, and amateur ghost whisperer.
Or at least I was until I was killed by the soul-eating demon trying to devour my best friend.
Okay, technically the demon didn’t kill me. I killed it. But apparently no good deed goes unpunished, because the next thing I knew, I was enrolled at Reaper Academy, a school that trains reapers on how to ferry souls to the afterlife and vanquish the demons who try to eat them. Being that the academy is in the afterlife, I had to leave my body behind. Hence the dead part. But it was either that or be devoured by demons myself, so really, what choice did I have?
As someone who already has experience interacting with ghosts, I figured the academy would be a breeze. The guys are hot, the classes are badass, and I’m starting to feel like I belong. But something sinister walks the halls of Reaper Academy, an evil spirit with a taste for reapers. Students are starting to go missing, and unless my new friends and I can figure out who’s behind it, we might very well be next…”
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The cover really grabbed me for this one but then the title clinched the deal. Have you read a reaper academy book before? Because I haven’t even heard of them!
The whole “ultimate purpose after death” for a character is a real heart-breaking plot line (see Julie Hall’s Huntress or Hear Me Cry by Amanda J. Evans for some serious tear-jerkers). Even though they’re about to go on to have an amazing adventure, the protagonists are still dead.
Still, this book really stands out and it’s a refreshing new take on the academy genre. Secretly I’m wondering if she actually uses that scythe to kick some demon ass or if it’s all for show.
Thanks for reading!