Reaper Academy: Semester One, a new paranormal fantasy by New York Times bestselling authors Emily Goodwin & Jasmine Walt, is live!
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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Reviewed by Stephanie
Paranormal is one of my favorite genres to read so I am always on the look-out for a new book and these two authors teamed up and gave us a great read with the first book in a paranormal series filled with reapers, spells, demons and a bit of romance. Oh and I can’t forget the super hot professor and mysteriously vanishing students.
“You’re telling me that in order to save my soul, I’m going to have to die.”
Addison Blake isn’t your typical college student. Addy can see and communicate with spirits. Like they are everywhere and she’s become so used to them she sometimes forgets they are ghosts and talks to them when people are around. That doesn’t always go over well and so she is considered sort of odd and feels like she doesn’t fit in. The only person she can be herself around is her best friend Cass but she’s a ghost. A kick ass cool ghost that anyone would want for a bestie but still a ghost. One night everything gets crazy and Addy saves Cass from a soul eating demon. There’s a reason she can see spirits and has all these crazy abilities she couldn’t explain. Apparently she’s a reaper and told she needs to make a decision whether she is willing to leave the life she has always known or to embrace her destiny.
“Either take up the scythe and embrace your destiny as a reaper, or allow yourself to be devoured by demons.”
Addy ends up at Reaper Academy where she will train to become a reaper, practice magic, transport souls, save the world, you know that sort of thing. All in a typical days work at the academy. When she arrives she’s paired up with Max as sort of her unwilling mentor. Soon they start working together to try and figure out what is happening to some of the students at the academy. Max puts off the vibe at first that he doesn’t want Addy around but he really is a good guy and respects her and her unique abilities. Addy is kick ass and finally feels like she belongs somewhere after years of feeling like she was an outsider.
“I was born a human and died to become a reaper. Maybe it was all for a reason. Maybe I was meant to come here at this exact time, so I can stop whatever is lurking in the halls of Reaper Academy.”
I really did enjoy this book and can’t wait to see what happens in semester two. I did have a few problems with the second half feeling a little rushed. It was going at a really good pace and all the sudden it felt like full speed ahead. I just felt like the authors were maybe rushing through too many parts. Overall it was a great read and the authors gave us a fantastic start to a new PRN series that has me looking forward to the next book!
Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.
She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she’s not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.
Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.
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New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Jasmine Walt is obsessed with books, chocolate, and sharp, pointy objects. Somehow, those three things melded together in her head and transformed into a desire to write. Usually fantastical stuff, with a healthy dose of action and romance. Her characters are a little (okay, a lot) on the snarky side, and they swear, but they mean well. Even the villains sometimes.
When Jasmine isn’t working on her next book, you can find her practicing her dao sword form, spending time with her family, or binge-watching superhero shows on Netflix. She loves to hear from her readers, so if you’ve got a question or just want to say hi, feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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