Birthright [Book Review & Giveaway]
Ava Parks would have killed for an iPod for her sixteenth
birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of
being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel
ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any
seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and
sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with
her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the
system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate,
Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to
her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to
intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda.
While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he
has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not
the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to
make choices Cole may never forgive.
soon as I discovered that this novel had something to do with Grim Reapers, I
was hooked. I wanted to read Birthright because
something about death is kind of fascinating, especially the paranormal
perspective where there is someone who comes to take you somewhere when your
time is up. This novel is told from the perspective of someone who is that
person that determines it is your time to die, because they can see when your
aura is ready. Uh, does that sound amazing to anyone? It certainly did to me! I
wondered if the execution of the novel was going to be good enough to pull it
off, and Ruddick did not fail me.
time with unnecessary backstory, and that worked just fine with me. Ruddick
gives you enough information to know what is happening, and gradually you paint
enough of a picture to understand all the paranormal elements as well. No info
dumps. No confusion. I really liked the beginning, and that is rare because the
opening of books usually just don’t do it for me.
style was so easy to sink into, making it the ideal young adult read. The style
fits the teenager kind of vibes perfectly, without sounding too juvenile. It
was like I was completely immersed in the protagonist’s mind, which is exactly
as it should be when reading a first person narrative where emotion matters as
much as it did in this novel. The pace of the novel made sure I was never
review, the world building in this one is brilliant. I love the world, and all
the roles it includes – from the grim reapers, to those who are higher up in
the chain of the entire practice, and Ava’s role as the selector for those who
need to pass on. Everything was so captivating and well explained. There are
some gaps in our knowledge, but those are gaps that Ava has as well, and is
pursuing in the novel. Nothing a reader can’t handle to add to the suspense.
pages the most. I wondered how things were going to work out for them, because
Ava kind of put them in a situation which didn’t seem to have a resolution to
me. But there were lots of different twists and elements which all contributed
to the main plot line, making it more intense. Some things didn’t quite add up –
if she projects her aura while sleeping, why isn’t she nervous about sharing a
room with Cole? – and a few things like that. But aside from them, it was a very
enjoyable plot to follow.
bizarre, out of the pattern of the rest of the story. It also seemed to go a
bit too fast in comparison to the build of the story, and I wanted it to have
been explained a bit better. However, I do know there is a sequel and I am sure
that holds even more answers for me in the future.
out what happens in Ava and Cole’s story next!
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