Thursday, 16 January 2014

Review: Unreap My Heart

Unreap My Heart (Reapers #2) 
by Kate Evangelista

Only a villian can save the day. 

During his thousand year banishment in the Nethers, Balthazar thought of nothing but taking over the Crossroads from Death. 

One the day he puts his plans into action, Balthazar finds the Crossroads on lockdown. Death has been stabbed by Brianne's Bitterness, a blade that slowly leeches him of his powers. In order to challenge Death for his seat and prevent utter chaos, Balthazar is forced into a mission to find the Redeemer, the onyyl being capable of pulling out the blade from Death's chest. The only person who can identify the Redeemer is a human girl in the Crossroads whose soul is still attached to her body. 

Meeting Arianne Wilson pushes Balthazar's patience to the limit. In a deal he makes with Death, he must protect Arianne during their journey through the Underverse using all the resources available to him. He soon realises the one he needs to protect is himself. For as much harm as it inflicts on Balthazar's body, trekking through the Underverse with Arianne is proving dangerous for his heart and soul. 

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A copy was provided by Kate Evangelista in exchange for an honest review.


Wow. I have just sat here for a while now staring at the blank screen, willing something to magically appear and be able to perfectly describe what I have almost dubbed the indescribable feelings I have towards this marvellous book. You know how people say that bad reviews are the hardest to write? I completely disagree: the amazingly good books are definitely harder to review. How am I supposed to find the words to describe all these feels? The emotions? The simultaneous pain and pleasure? That tug of your heart when you have just finished an amazing book and your heart is going through the blender? I think all of that really just cannot be put into words, at least ones that can justify it.

I want to thank
Kate Evangelista from the very bottom of my heart for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was expecting a good, enjoyable read since I liked Reaping Me Softly but, honestly, this was not what I was expecting in the slightest!

At the end of
Reaping Me Softly Arianne was confronted with a rather bleak option by Death in exchange for Niko’s humanity – she was to give up her eyesight and all memories of him. 

In Unreap My Heart, we pick up a little after this with both Carrie and Ben dead, Arianne separated from her body as a soul at Crossroads which is in a state of chaos after an attack on Death which left him slowly “dying”. Ironic right? His only chance of survival, and to save the Underverse from falling into a state of utter confusion, is to find the only one who can pull out the knife, the Redeemer. The only one that can see the Redeemer is Arrianne but she needs a guide and who better than the bad-boy Balthazar who has just escaped from the special brand of hell known as the Nethers?

Only problem is that Balthazar isn’t one for helping, especially his nemesis Death but with some bargaining and deal-making, Arrianne and Balthazar find themselves on an extremely dangerous journey across the Underverse. With witches, fairies, ghouls, demon kings and other powerful beings striving to stand in their way, they’re going to be in for the ride of their lives. Only problem? Bad boy, almost-devils and teenage girls don’t mix too well, so with motives of their own they must live through the next few days to save Death and maybe themselves along the way.

The character, the plotline, the mysteries and subplots, the writing, the mythology, the settings: nailed. This is one of those intense books where just as you begin to think you know where the book is heading, BAM! With enough twists and turns to make you the slightest bit dizzy, everything you thought you knew is thrown out the window and blown to bits – leaving you aching and sad and happy and filled with a sense of giddy elated-ness. You can take nothing for granted, so much can change in milliseconds and it keeps you on your toes.

The characters were simply stunning. Developed gradually, we get to see every layer slowly peeled off them and examined. It’s wonderful to not just to know the characters but to see them grow and shape and become better people because of it.

Arrianne really grew up in this book. A problem I had with
Reaping Me Softly was Arrianne's immaturity, and while there were a few rather gullible scenes with her, this was dramatically redeemed. She has become this strong (with a “bit of backbone”, as Balthazar likes to say), witty protagonist that I adore.

Balthazar was exactly what this book needed. He is charming, funny, raw, real and dangerous. He makes me laugh, scream and want to rip out my hair – all in a good way, of course. I loved him. He’s a jerk and a douche and maybe a few more things that I shouldn’t say but we saw him through his own eyes. He's a little messed up, a little crazy, but by God, I am in love and I don’t tend to fall for the “bad boys” types, maybe excluding Colt from
Eliza Jane’s In Too Deep.

Added to the impeccable character development, the dramatic, intriguing, positively delightful, twisting and turning plotline this book was incredible. It took my breath away and I couldn’t stand being away from it for too long. I would have easily read it in a single sitting if it wasn’t for things like eating and sleeping which kept getting in the way.

Overall, apart from an extremely confusing first few chapters, this book was marvellous. I loved it. I would definitely recommend it to all YA paranormal fans and thanks again
Kate Evangelista.

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