Title: Deadly Kisses
Author: Kerri Cuevas
Series: Book #1
Publisher- WiDo Publishing
Published- March 5th, 2013
Source- Xpresso Book Tours
Aiden Grant is dead. But, he still walks the earth. He's able to walk the earth still because when he died he held on to his regret which made him a grim reaper. He brags that he's a pretty good one too. Then he gets his next assignment from his "mentor" Abraham Lincoln, and it's Bee. Bee, the girl he once looked at with eyes full of love. Now he has to take her soul. He's resolved to do his job but when he tries to take her soul away she flat out surprises him by fighting him off. She actually speaks to him because for some reason she can see him. It's a race to discover how she's able to see grim reapers and what her other powers have to do with her history. This needs to be done by the seven day time limit when Aiden has to take her soul away. If not Aiden gets in some trouble ... well some big trouble. He would get sent to hell if he messes this up.
The story gets a little more complicated than just the regret and wanting he has for the life he had and the life he could have had with Bee. Ancient grim reapers start to get involved and wreak havoc but before that it's just Aiden and Bee. The thing is that Bee doesn't know Aiden is her grim reaper because he keeps himself covered up. So there's this whole drama with that. Aiden has to act like someone who doesn't care about what he has to do. He puts on a false voice so Bee won't know who he is. Everything gets complicated when things get too personal. Of course nothing can get more personal than taking the soul away from the one you love.
With Aiden you can tell he's a nice guy who really cares about Bee and her family. His regret has to do with her and her family. The way he died has to do with a lot about her family particularly Bee's cousin who was his best friend. You do feel some of his emotions about his death. Sometimes I felt the story could be a little dramatic at points but other times I did feel truly sorry for what Aiden had to go through. I got a little bit emotional for him because when you really think about it Aiden died so young. He was robbed of his life. The book is even partly inspired by the "If I Die Young" song so no wonder this book got me a little emotional.
Bee was just awesome. She was really strong. I particularly liked her entrance to the story which started with a bang. I didn't expect her to be so different. I didn't expect her to be able to heal him the way she did. I guess it makes sense she would be unique. I kind of really wished she was normal. There are some times I didn't want this complicated part of her to be in the story. I just wanted to feel like I could connect with their situation a little more. Only in that it didn't really need that extra bit of paranormal for me to like this story. Saying that I did really enjoy the story. The characters were great. I loved that it was about grim reapers too. I think a lot of people will like that this book deals with death and grim reapers because it's such a big thing in YA. The addition of the ancients I thought was unnecessary though. Other than those couple of things I pointed out this was a nice, fun read.
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About the Author
Kerri Cuevas was born and raised in Rhode Island. She moved to New Hampshire with her husband, three kids, cats and a rabbit named Hercules in 2005. When she's not writing, she's chasing chickens on her small farm or searching for the ultimate mac-a-cheese recipe.
Kerri went to college for Early Childhood Education but now writes books for young adults full-time. Her storytelling stems from watching too many horror flicks as a teen, but she no longer needs to sleep with the lights on.
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