The Reluctant Reaper (The Reluctant Reaper, #1) by Gina X. Grant

The Reluctant Reaper (The Reluctant Reaper, #1)

Life for Kirsty d’Arc might not be perfect, but it’s far from hellish. She likes her job, has a great BFF and truly admires Conrad, her boss. But when she dives in front of a lunatic’s blade to save him from certain death, she finds out Conrad isn’t so admirable after all. In fact, he’s traded her soul to the Devil!While her body lies comatose on the Mortal Coil, Kirsty’s spirit is dragged straight to Hell…which is not quite the fir...

Details The Reluctant Reaper (The Reluctant Reaper, #1)

TitleThe Reluctant Reaper (The Reluctant Reaper, #1)
Release DateJun 17th, 2013
PublisherPocket Star
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Paranormal Romance, Mythology

Reviews The Reluctant Reaper (The Reluctant Reaper, #1)

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    I wish I could say that I connected to this one like I wanted to. The premises held so much promises and I was really looking forward to this read. And while I wouldn't say I was disappointed, I did feel a little let down by it.This was a witty read. There were some funny moments but a lot of those moments felt over done to me. Like the author was trying too hard to make the protagonist funny and likeable. I sadly just never felt any kind of conn...
  • Fangs for the Fantasy
    Kirsty D’Arc is happily living her life, doing her thing when her day is spoiled by being attacked by a stapler. A stapler. As if violent office supplies weren’t enough, she then finds her boss is actually trying to sell her soul – to get an extension on his old contractA dizzying series of terrible accidents finds Kirsty down in Hell, the afterlife. And nothing is what she expected but nor is it easy to fix such a blatant mistake. She’s ...
  • Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
    I received a free ARC of The Reluctant Reaper from Simon & Schuster via Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review*This was a fun story! So many 80s and 90s references, and word-play galore!This and other reviews can also be found on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews.On the night of her 25th birthday, Kristy’s life as she knows it takes a huge turn for the worse, or maybe actually better. As her soul is reaped by mistake, her body is in a coma,...
  • Feminista
    Rating: 2.5 out of 5.Kirsty d'Arc has been reaped accidentally.Now stuck in afterlife hell, she is awaiting for the hell's version of court of appeal, to hear her case.In this widely quirk and unusual novel, we are introduced to several after-life creatures, funny puns and a wholly different world.ARC Courtesy of Edelweiss and Pocket Star.
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy THE RELUCTANT REAPER is exactly what one would expect from the illustration on the cover, goofy and a bit ridiculous. While it wasn’t perfect, I did enjoy this first installment in The Reluctant Reaper series, despite its flaws (and puns — so many puns). It was as advertised in the book description, quirky and wacky, and I liked learning about the hell Grant created with all of its oddities, such as...
  • Charlotte
    The teaser for this book sounded really quirky and fun. Like a mish-mash of Piers Anthony and Dead Like Me. I love the Xanth novels. I loved Dead Like Me for the 2 seasons I got to enjoy it (thanks alot Showtime). Combining the two seemed like a good idea.In fact I still think it is a good idea. Just not as executed in this book.Gina X. Grant fails to create characters that are sympathetic or even really likeable. Kirsty is an annoying whiner. Sh...
  • Kris Pittman
    The Reluctant Reaper by Gina X GrantReview by Kris (with I Heart Books)5 stars – Loved it!I was looking for a quick and quirky read in the paranormal genre, but also wanted something different than anything I’d read before. Picky aren’t I? Well, The Reluctant Reaper… NAILED IT!Kirsty was a great, if not slightly flawed, character. Her flaw? Not really living life (or afterlife) to its fullest and being content in just getting by. In one b...
  • Becky Hutchison
    THE RELUCTANT REAPER, the first book in Gina X Grant's series of the same name, introduces single, orphaned, Kirsty d'Arc a PR marketing specialist at Iver PR. The story begins on the momentous morning of her twenty-fifth birthday, when strange things start happening. First she's attacked by a stapler in her office, and her boss, Conrad Iver, rushes in to use her dripping blood as a signature on a soul-selling contract. Next, at a celebration wit...
  • Dragana
    Kirsty d’Arc's life just went from bad to worse. She was just trying to save her boss and friend Conrad from some creep in a black Snuggie who threatened him with some kind of laser scythe and the next thing she knows Kirsty is having out of the body experience. They say: go toward the light, but floating through the electric lamps on the ceiling didn't help. What is Kirsty going to do? And why does it seems that the only person who can help he...
  • Melliane
    Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewWhen I read the synopsis of this book I was excited to be able to discover the first volume of this new series. I must say that it is always a pleasure to read more about reapers. They are not featured a lot in books, even if we can see them a little more now. I had a lot of expectations and hopes for this book, maybe a little too much…Kirsty is a young woman who loves to help people, and don’t have any g...
  • Shelley
    *Genre* Adult Satire? Not sure*Rating* 3.0*Thoughts*"My new motto was going to be Trust no one. It had worked for Mulder."I went into reading The Reluctant Reaper with no expectations other than to enjoy it and see what happens. The basic premise of the story is that 25 year old Kirsty D'Arc, without knowing the consequences of her actions, steps in front of a Reaper who came after Conrad, her boss, and ends up in Hell while her mortal body lands...
  • Lelia Taylor
    Oh, my, I can’t remember the last time I read a book that had me smiling, chuckling. sometimes outright guffawing on every single page but Gina X. Grant has accomplished that very feat with The Reluctant Reaper. This is just one of the funniest books ever and here’s the weird thing—a LOT of the humor involves puns and I have never been enamored with puns. Until now.Kirsty D’Arc has just been accidentally reaped by a guy named Dante who ca...
  • Amélie
    Arc received via NetGalleyI was a bit disappointed with this book for several reasons. Firstly, the humour seems unnatural and too forced; I didn't find it funny and since it is overused and omnipresent it quickly annoyed me. As for the story, the premises were original and interested me but I don't really care for what the author has done with it. Kirsty doesn't really do anything in the story apart from wandering around and I didn't grow attach...
  • Deborah Armstrong
    In all honesty, I did not know what to expect when I decided to read Gina X. Grant's The Reluctant Reaper. Okay - so the cover reminded me of Christopher Moore's books and I hoped I'd be in for a treat. Immediately, the chapter titles had my attention such as Supplies Attack, To Gnome Me is to Love Me and Live Wrong and Prosper. Added to my instant enjoyment was the pairing of the two settings - Toronto and Hell. Perfect.The Reluctant Reaper is t...
  • Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
    The premise of this book sounded so intriguing, yet the story epically fails.Girl (who's name I can't even remember)is accidentally reaped because she's inanely stupid. Her reaper is an Italian stud named Dante - yes, the Dante who wrote The Divine Comedy. (view spoiler)[ Then she has to live in Hell for a while until her case concerning her accidental reaping is heard and judged. During which time she lives with Dante. (hide spoiler)]My problem ...
  • Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
    Looking for a little zany adventure into hell? Me neither but as far a story goes this is a quirky little book that may entertain you. I call these “waiting room books.” No thought process no plot-lines to keep up with. Just frivolity and a quick read.Kristy a very naïve girl finds herself traveling into hell with the grim reaper. Ultimately she wants to get back to her life as she is somewhere in a coma. Kristy untimely death/coma was an ac...
  • Scott
    I copied this from my amazon review:The book clocks in at about 227 pages, which would usually take me about a week to finish. I'm a slow reader, I've got toddlers in the house, and being mildly dyslexic makes casual reading something that requires a lot of attention.I finished this book in less than a day.I was hooked from the first page. Kirsty is a relatable, real character that I was rooting for all the way. The story moves along at a nice cl...
  • Christina Sdao schmidt
    I really liked this book. The premise is interesting, we all go to hell to get recycled unless you're really bad you go to Heller. The fact that Kirsty gets none of Dante's terrible poetry is well, like poetry. I'm a big supernatural fan so this kinda played right into that fandom. Totally a Canadian book too. Heaven and Hell play interfaith hockey league on Tuesday night to settle their differences. Hilarious!
  • Missi
    I was able to read this first book for free on and I am so glad I did! I loved this! Dante as a grim reaper! And oh my, I never thought of him as hot! The 80's and 90's references really brought back memories too. As soon as I finished, I went straight to B&N and bought the next book.
  • Joan Leacott
    I don't usually read fantasy, but the premise tickled my fancy. I'm glad I surrendered to temptation. This was a fun read--chuckled my way through the whole thing! Can't wait to get my hands on book two.
  • Stacy
    I enjoyed the first installment of Kristys new life. She just turned 25, thinks she is were she should be. Then the big "D" happens. Yup~ death, well, sort of. I like the characters, the story line, snark and humor. I cant wait to read the next in this series!
  • Ann
    I liked the premise of this book but I was disappointed to find the ending was , look for book 2. Didn't realize it was a series. Kristy mets the grim reaper before her time and goes to hell till her appeal can be heard.
  • Brandy Kruse
    Super punny! I really enjoy this take on hell. Can't wait to meet Lucy and see what kind of job Kirsty ends up doing. Plus, Dante writing the Inferno to be a joke? Fantastic!
  • Norma
    Reaping the ReluctantLoved the play on words through out the story.So funny and entertaining.Author has a witty way with spinning a story.Love it and look forward to the next book.
  • Irene Jordane
    The best quirky fun read I've had a in a long time.
  • Wealie
    2.5 stars - Started strong, got lost in the middle, rushed over the good stuff and ended on a soft cliffhanger - pretty MEHThis is the first book in the The Reluctant Reaper series by Gina X. Grant and ends on a soft cliffhanger without fully resolving the protagonist's main issues. Plot synopsis Kirsty has been going through the motions, her job is the most important thing in her life and she really likes her boss Conrad, father to her best frie...
  • Frances
    This review was originally posted at:“Dead or alive or somewhere in between, I could still kick a guy in the brimstones. Dante dropped to the ground, clutching what was probably his crotch under that stupid Snuggie he’d no doubt bought from a late-night infomercial.”Kirsty, The Reluctant Reaper by Gina X. GrantThanks to Netgalley, I was able to read The Reluctant Reaper as an advance reader copy. The...
  • Jen
    Lots of nothing in this book, and it ends with a "to be continued..." finish that doesn't inspire.
  • Dark Faerie Tales
    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: Kirsty d’Arc is going about her daily life when she is attacked by her stapler. This sets up a chain of events that will eventually have her winding up in Hell. Suddenly, her ordinary life (or afterlife) just got a whole lot more complicated…Opening Sentence: The morning of my twenty-fifth birthday, I dragged myself into the office feeling hungover and half dead.The Review:I found myself in a...