Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BLOG TOUR: Dead Girl Walking (Royal Reaper #1) by Ruth Silver - Ashley's Review + GIVEAWAY!

Good morning! Today, we're hosting a stop on the blog tour for Ruth Silver's YA novel, Dead Girl Walking. Ashley has her review for you (she really enjoyed this book!), and there's also a tour-wide giveaway courtesy of the author. 

Check out Ashley's review after the book and author info, and don't forget to enter via the Rafflecopter form at the end of this post for your chance to win a paperback copy of Dead Girl Walking or 1 of 11 ebooks! Also be sure to stop by the other stops on the tour - it goes all month! You can find the tour schedule by clicking on the banner above.


About the Book

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Title: Dead Girl Walking
Series: Royal Reaper #1
Author: Ruth Silver
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Royalty
Published By: Patchwork Press

Synopsis: Forget everything you know about grim reapers.

Princess Ophelia Dacre sneaks out of the castle to visit her boyfriend in secret. A perfect night cut short when she’s brutally murdered.

Ophelia is given the rare chance to become a grim reaper. She must become Leila Bele, cut ties with her old life, and follow the rules of the reapers. Her greatest adventure begins with death.

About the Author

Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of Aberrant, a young adult dystopian adventure series published by Patchwork Press and Lazy Day Publishing, in 2013. Author, YA Blogger, and Book Manager with Booktrope Publishing, Ruth keeps busy with writing, updating her book blogs Write Away Bliss and YA Book Deals, and promoting authors.

With a passion for reading, photography, and traveling Ruth has plenty of stories and experiences to share. She loves dystopian, paranormal, and fantasy young adult novels most of all. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

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Ashley's Review

Showtime had this show on for a couple of seasons called Dead Like Me, where this girl (George) is killed in a ridiculous was and ends up being a grim reaper. The show was absolutely fantastic (although the follow-up movie was not...), so I was really excited when I read the synopsis for Dead Girl Walking and it had a similar premise! I think it's really neat when classic characters like the Grim Reaper are given a new and different spin. 

At first, I thought Dead Girl Walking was just going to be Dead Like Me set in a fantasy world. But then once I got about a quarter of the way in, I realized that this book is very much its own unique take on the undead. Ophelia is alive for like... one chapter... so the majority of this book is spent following her new life as a grim reaper. It's really interesting to see how death changes Ophelia, and I enjoyed watching her become a new - and better - version of herself. Once she's brutally murdered, she learns so much about people and death and what her new role is and she matures so much more quickly now that she's a reaper.

This book moves along pretty slowly sometimes, and I did feel myself skimming through some parts just to get to a more exciting part. There's not a whole lot of action or anything most of the time, although there is a lot of character introduction and development. We meet more reapers, dark angels, royals, and all kinds of other people. It's a little overwhelming trying to keep track of some of the people, but eventually it gets better. There's also a pretty decent amount of world-building, and I enjoyed the mythology and magic surrounding Ophelia's world. 

When all is said and done, I really enjoyed this book. It's a shorter read and was fairly quick and easy to get through. I think fans of Dead Like Me would really enjoy it, as well as fans of YA Paranormal reads. This book is even safe for the younger YA crowd; it's pretty clean and even though it deals with death, there's not much blood and gore and all of that. I'm excited to read the next book in this series, and would give this one a 4/5!


The Giveaway!

1 signed paperback of Dead Girl Walking (US only)
5 eBooks of Dead Girl Walking (Intl)
1 eBook of Jacob, King of Portalia (intl)
1 eBook of Spirit Warriors: The Scarring (Intl)
1 eBook of Fractured Dream (intl)
1 eBook of Orenda (Intl)
1 eBook of Eyes of the Enemy (Intl)

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