Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper #1)
Published: 27th April, 2014
Forget everything you know about grim reapers. Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered. Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death. Recommended: Ages 14+
What I liked: I loved the idea that went into this book, especially with the way reaping a soul is done. The summary also is interesting, it makes you wonder what’s going to happen. What’s the adventure? How did she die? Why is her name changed? Who was the boy?
What I didn’t like: Ophelia is supposed to be a princess, and frankly her acceptance on the fact that she no longer has anything she’s grown up with (servants, the prettiest gowns, fancy balls, the best food, carriages, etc.) came way too easy. I expected her to be fussy and whine a lot about the fact she didn’t have any of that anymore, because that would have been realistic since that’s really all she’s ever really known. Even if she was sneaking out to meet a commoner boy she liked, she wouldn’t have really accepted the things they eat and drink and the way they live when she still lived in a castle. There’s also quite a bit of inconsistencies within the book, especially when Ophelia starts her job as a reaper. She says something she couldn’t know and maybe a few lines later she asks about the exact same thing she said a few lines earlier was true. The characters felt flat, there wasn’t any real world building, and there was no emotion to drive me into continuing the book….I just kept flipping to finish because I wanted the book to be over with. No breaks between scene changes, travels seemed to just happen and we were given no sense of time passing in the book at all. The descriptions lack all the way through the book except in a few places, and of course Ophelia gets her descriptions but we know little to nothing about the others throughout most of the book. While the summary does make you ask questions, it’s bland, boring, it doesn’t really make me want to read the book like the summary did for Emeralds and Pearls. Or The Clockwork Scarab.
Overall Review: I wanted to like this book, especially with its high rating but it just did not work. I don’t see how this book got four star ratings, much less five. I felt it deserved a two, and that’s exactly what I gave it on Goodreads because it was an “okay” book. I didn’t do anything to wow me, it just simply was there. It read more like a first draft than a finished book to me, and I was really upset about that. I tried, and this is the second book by this author that I’ve read that I didn’t like. Nothing against her personally, her writing just falls flat compared to what I’m used reading every day, so this is the last book by her that I’ll read.
Recommend?: For those who don’t really read books, yeah. It’s simple enough and short so that for someone who doesn’t read a lot like some people they can breeze through it pretty easily. And maybe they’d like it.
My Rating: 2.9/5
Review by Bri