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2.0 out of 5 starsWaiting...waiting...still waiting.
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2016
I really like the concept of these books. Life, death, reapers, afterlife ... but this book really doesn't deliver. You wait and wait and wait and wait for something to happen and ehen it finally DOES, it's sort of like "that's it?" For a series about death and the gods and religions it dwells on the mundane. A chapter about going out for the might and having drinks with friends - while lovely, it doesn't DO anything for the story. And if the author mentions Lana's hair one more time I will scream. The woman is obsessed with her character's "curly black hair", "black ringlets", "taming her unruly hair". This book and its predesssor could've been so much more. It's like that sneeze that just won't come - but less exciting.
5.0 out of 5 starsLots of action, good writing, suspenseful, funny, and more.
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2018
I love all of the Reaper books. Although I'm 70 years old and this book is clearly written for a younger audience, I found these books clever, funny, and suspenseful. The action"scenes weren't overly bloody but done well enough to get the point across. The main character, Lana, is a perfect portrait of how a twenty-something woman's mind and emotions would be--a little self absorbed, sometimes emotionally reactive, interested in clothes, romance, and social life. She's brave, smart, and just flawed enough for us to like her. The supporting characters of reapers, angels, demons, and dogs are believable and well written. There could be a single book written about any one of them.
As for the writing, Angela could use a better editor, but overall the writing style was good, held my interest enough to overlook the few errors.
3.0 out of 5 starsNot as good as the first volume Graveyard Shift
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2017
I was so excited to continue this series, I bought the second book Pocket full of Posies, before finishing the first one. I was so impressed with the authors writing style. This book felt rushed and the first quarter is spent explaining characters and settings from the first volume. I didn't feel the same connections to the characters. They all seemed bland and lacking. I disliked the "filler" multiple sex sections. This book read like it was written by a different author, or one that just didn't care and wanted to be done. So disappointed in this book, enough so, that I'm not going to purchase any more of this series.
5.0 out of 5 starsdark, supernatural read: Lana's dangerously caught in the middle of opposing political ambitions
Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2015
In Short: Politics of the after-life continue to thrust Lana around and about making her own survival more questionable at every turn. Reapers don't exactly get a happily ever after if they get snuffed out. They simply cease to exist. So when demon assassins start showing up, Lana's resistance to her required demon defense training dissipates quickly. Beezlebub makes the endeavor pretty exciting when he turns his attentions to Lana. Great timing since Maalik seems to be too busy to pay her any mind. Josie, Kevin and Gabriel assist Lana once more as she tries to navigate her personal life, escape demon executioners and maneuver through her political blackmailers. All Lana wants is to stay good and alive.
Book two turned out to be better than the first I think. The story held onto the humor and spunk from the first installment and carried it right into the next. There is really a lot going on in this book, but I found it much easier to follow than the first. Everything was much simpler and more straight forward. I was disappointed in the significant loss of time with her sidekicks (Josie, Kevin and Gabriel) but the plot made up for it in the end.
I hope book three adds more time with Lana's A-Team and I am anxious to see what she has up her sleeve. She finally seems to be fed up with being a pawn and there is no telling what she will do about it. Or how much it could affect Eternity.
5.0 out of 5 starsA reaper's life is definitley not boring.
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2015
The second in the Reapers Inc series, this takes us on a dangerous week in Lana's life. No wonder she hates taking courses, it could be the death of her.
In the week she has to fill between study and graduation, Lana is put into more danger than ever. Demons are rebelling against the council. Someone is trying to find out who killed a demi-goddess, and Lana has to take defense lessons from Beelzebub. Who knew that the safest place for her would be Hell?
In order to fulfill Grim's needs, Lana has to take two courses. In order to safe her life, she has to promise to hunt for a new soul to run the afterworld.
If you liked the last book, Graveyard Shift, you'll love this continuation of Lana's adventures. If you haven't read it yet, and like paranormal stories about collecting souls, check it out.
5.0 out of 5 starsI have really enjoyed this book series
Reviewed in the United States on May 27, 2016
I have really enjoyed this book series, I am on book 4 as I write this now. These books have created a whole new world to explore. I love reading about fantasy worlds that have some of the same real world problems we have. The characters in her books are well written and in each book you get more and more character development. She has created an entirely new and interesting realm with these books. I was torn between some violence and graphic violence so I chose graphic since there are many scenes with rather violent demon attacks and also rather violent demon killings. But overall I would highly recommend reading, plus they are a good quick read unless you just like to read slowly, which I don't .
I can't imagine how an afterlife story gets written. You have to research what different people believe in and people your tale with the essential workers of that belief system. Then figure out job descriptions for said individuals. Lana, a reaper of souls, still finds herself with school and job searches.
This second installment was not as engaging as the first. I rate it between 3.75-3.90 stars. I was hoping Lana would be more...MORE! Extra mojo from Khadijah, Demon training, hellhounds, nifty weapons. I guess I was just expecting more spunk from her. She took 10 steps back in this book. Why is she getting her butt handed to her now? She had more snark and did more fighting in the first book. I was expecting the same with this one with more use of her newly found and acquired skills. Not sure what that's about. Wouldn't be the first time I stopped reading a series in the middle when the storyline started to go wonky. But way to go making Bub all delicious!
5.0 out of 5 starsSecond book in the Reapers Inc series, just as good as the first.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 24, 2015
Second in the Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc series. Angela Roquet has nice style of writing, easy to read, amusing, witty, sometimes edgy and scary, in all, a good mix.
I enjoyed this book very much, reading several chapters every evening, having to pace myself so as not to finish it too quickly. This book follows on very nicely from the first in the series, with all the familiar characters from the first book. The settings and characters are well thought out, and its very interesting to have a slightly different view of different deities from around the world.
4.0 out of 5 starsThe story also benefits from a calming down as to the number of new characters being introduced (I felt like I needed a scorecar
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 28, 2014
Pocket Full of Posies sees our heroine move on (and up) in the afterlife, gaining more unwelcome attention on the way. We find out more about what makes her special (even amongst Reapers) and her relationships develop... not always in expected directions. Angela Roquet clearly decided the time was right to introduce some more adult themes, and they sit well.
The story also benefits from a calming down as to the number of new characters being introduced (I felt like I needed a scorecard at times in the first book).
Great fun, interesting idea that continues to grow, I am enjoying seeing where Lana's (after)life takes us.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 9, 2018
Was a really good read, loving the characters and story lines.. was surprised how fast I got through it and disapointed when I got to the end, maybe it could have been a bit longer but that doesnt take away from the book.