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Little Read Riding Hood

Blog owner of Little Read Riding Hood - http://littlereadridinghood.com - and reader of all things fiction. Mainly PNR, UF, Fantasy, Contemporary, Horror, and whatever else strikes my interest. YA/NA/Adult

Don't Fear the Reaper (Netherworld, #1) - Michelle Muto I've never been able to read a story that includes suicide as it's focus. However in Don't Fear the Reaper it is done with such tact and compassion that you can't help but hurt for Keely. My heart broke for her over and over. Starting with her death by her own hand and her coming to terms with it. I can't imagine life being so hopeless that you think death is your only way out; but then again I don't have a murdered twin sister either.Keely's death is only the beginning of her journey. She almost instantly realizes the impact her choice will have for her parents and the rest of her family, as because she was a suicide she must remain earthbound for a period of time while her soul is basically on trial. To determine where she will end up. Fortunately for her, she doesn't have to go through this alone, as she has a reaper and a demon to keep her company. At first they do not sound like the most ideal companions, but I knew that would change.This is not a happy story. It is also not an overly sad story, though the themes throughout (death, suicide, self sacrifice, and eventually forgiveness) make you FEEL. There wasn't a moment while reading that I didn't feel something. Or a character I didn't feel something for. It is an intense emotional roller coaster that I was hesitant to get on, but once I was strapped in I didn't want it to end.I am not going to lie to you; this book is not for everyone. If you don't like deep books, or stories that make you feel some of the more unpleasant emotions, I don't recommend it. However, if you like when an author can weave a story so well that you become invested in the good and bad choices a character makes, then pick this one up. You won't be disappointed in the range of emotions Muto forces you to face.