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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head

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2021 Goodreads Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge

2021 Reading Challenge
Sheila has read 6 books toward her goal of 90 books.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Review of "Don't Fear The Reaper" by Michelle Muto

Product Details:

  • Title: Don't Fear the Reaper
  • Author: Michelle Muto
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamscapes, Ink (September 23, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005P4534O
Product Description:
Grief-stricken by the murder of her twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her ticket to eternal peace and a chance to reunite with her sister. When Keely succeeds in taking her own life, she discovers death isn’t at all what she expected. Instead, she’s trapped in a netherworld on Earth and her only hope for reconnecting with her sister and navigating the afterlife is a bounty-hunting reaper and a sardonic, possibly unscrupulous, demon. But when the demon offers Keely her greatest temptation—revenge on her sister's murderer—she must uncover his motives and determine who she can trust. Because, as Keely soon learns, both reaper and demon are keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true—that her every decision will change how, and with whom, she spends eternity. 

My Review:
Don't Fear the Reaper has a beautiful cover that pulls you in.The first chapter of this book is one of the most haunting, breath-taking and heart stopping I have read. In fact, the first paragraph quickly shows Michelle's awesome,descriptive writing style.

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil, for they are with me. I repeated my version of the psalm as I watched the ribbon of blood drift from my wrist. I’d hoped it would be a distraction—something to stop me from wondering what my sister’s dying thoughts had been. Exhaling slowly, I let the emptiness consume me."
-Michelle Muto. Don't Fear the Reaper (Kindle Locations 53-57). 

 (Spoiler Alert!!)
I will be honest and tell you exactly what happens; Keely commits suicide in the first chapter of this book, because she thinks that she was responsible for her twin sister, Jordan's death. When I said that this book is breath taking, I meant it. There are some graphic scenes as she does the deed, but not so gruesome to make you sick. You literally hold your breath waiting to see if she follows through, and then to see if she is really dead. I do want you to know though, suicide is NOT glorified in this novel, in fact, it is exactly the opposite. Author Michelle Muto, does a marvelous job of showing the great remorse that Keely has about what she has done. She shows how much Keely wishes she could be alive again. She especially shows the sorrow she is enduring, seeing how much she hurt her parents, by killing herself.

The interesting concept in this book is how the recently dead person is first taken by the reaper and then either an angel takes their soul to Heaven or a demon takes the soul to Hell. In Keely's case, her fate has not been decided yet. She has to "hang out" or stay Earthbound, with the reaper that took her from her body and the demon who will probably take her to Hell because of her committing suicide. The interesting thing is that I really liked both the reaper, Banning, and the demon Daniel. They really grow on you. You start to care about them and frankly that is scary, so I chalk it up to Michelle's fantastic writing! This book is a fast read and I could not put it down. When I say that, I mean it. 

The demons in this novel are down right scary. They pull no strings and are always out for the kill. This book is more on the dark side, but not depressing. By the end of the book, you feel enlightened by the lessons that Keely learned from her experience. 

Don't Fear the Reaper is one of my favorite books of 2011. It is for upper teens and adults. This book will move you; it will make you laugh, cry, cringe and hold your breath in anticipation. I know I was left thinking about this book and the characters and I will be for a long time. 

About This Author:
Writer of urban fantasy, the paranormal, and all things eerie and curious. Lover of scary books and funny movies, sports cars, chocolate, and changes of season. Owned by two incredible dogs and an iMac. Author, wife, sister, freelance tech writer, and IT geek. 

To learn more about Michelle please visit her website at:
**I was given a review e-copy of this book. In no way did this influence the review that was given.**


  1. I agree 100% with your review, This book left me feeling all those emotions! I laughed, was scared and did cry, more than one.

    Don't Fear The Reaper is my favorite book of 2011

    Thomas Amo

  2. Thanks for dropping by Thomas. I am glad to meet a fellow admirer of Michelle's work. Thanks also for the follow.