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Mistress Grim

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The Mistress of Death discovers that hearts never truly die. The Grim Reaper has been collecting souls of the dead for hundreds of years, but even the Master of Death has to pass on his reign. Unfortunately, his progeny is not quite ready to replace him.

Cora Grim, daughter of the Grim Reaper, is suddenly thrust into her father’s role. Leaving the Underworld on her own to bring back the dead souls, she discovers that the Master of Death neglected to tell her one thing. She can still fall in love.

©2018 Jane Redd & Heather B. Moore (P)2018 Mirror Press

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Great!

What a great story! I haven’t listened or read anything focusing on the Grim (Reaper) that have been memorable but Mistress Grim is about his daughter who is soon to be Queen. It kept me interested from early on.
It was a quick listen and fast-paced.
The narration was faultless.

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Well done fantasy world building.

I don’t read much fantasy, but really enjoyed this story. Cora and Leo captured my attention from the start and I related to them and their goals easily. For a quick read novella, it felt complete with all the elements one expects in a full novel, moving swiftly along to a satisfying climax. The narration was excellent, as well, and I look forward to listening to them in other works. #AudibleObsessionReviewer

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Missing Character Connection

There are some great things about this book; for example the world building is great, the writing is pretty good, etc. that would justify a higher rating than 3 stars. However, what really makes this a 3 star for me is that I didnt really connect with the characters, the story wasn't written in such a way that we can really get to know them and get any kind of emotionally invested in them, which is a must for me.

The narrators did a great job, I'd be interested in hearing them in other performances.

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Standalone!

For this being a standalone I thought it was very short, but still good! I would like to have another book to find out more, though I was pleased with how it ended. Narration was good for both parts! Could listen to Steve all day!

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When Death becomes Her...

I was really enthusiastic about starting this book as the premise was so intriguing. It made me think of an expanded, high-fantasy version of Susan's story from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. There, too, a half-mortal descendant of Death has to embrace her family business and both halves of her nature. In Mistress Grim it is Cora's uncle, Swan, who occupies the villainous, power-hungry role filled by Mr Teatime in The Hogfather, though there is none of the humour of the Disc in this novel.

I loved the author's description of Death's library at the beginning of the story as being a vast athenaeum containing every book ever published in the human world. I felt a similar affection for the ratty, too-small armchair in her father's room later on. Far be it for me to wish for greater intimacy with the Reaper, but I would have liked more of those glimpses into the minutiae of Cora's extraordinary after-life. 

I felt that Leo's humanity contrasted well with Cora's otherness, and helped her discover the strength that can be found in her mortal 'weakness'. It is a trope often employed in romance novels where the hero helps the heroine to fulfill her potential but I enjoyed this particular twist on it. 

Unfortunately, many of the action sequences felt as though they were lacking the pace and tension needed to really draw me into them, and I think much of that was down to Cora's remoteness. Despite the first-person perspective during her chapters, Cora always felt a little distant. I presume that was intentional, she is only half human after all, but it sometimes felt like a barrier to finding the emotional engagement needed to really experience the characters' peril.

The narrators Steve West and Katharine McEwan did a good job, with the story switching between Cora's POV (narrated by McEwan), and Leo's (narrated by West). Their complementary performances prevented this from feeling disjointed, as it can in some audiobook duets. 

I instantly loved Steve West's voice and his characterisation of Leo. The hero's passion and sincerity were evident from West's earliest words, but he also did a great job with the other characters and I'm excited about listening to other books he has narrated. 

I took longer to connect to Katherine McEwan's Cora, but the slight detachment in her portrayal at times was perfectly pitched to make the character feel suitably otherworldly. McEwan's performance grew more earnest as Cora's love for Leo made her more human, which worked well.

I'd recommend this book to people who like fantasy and paranormal romance, and those who enjoy duet narration. 

*I received this audiobook free of charge from Audiobook Obsession in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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Good storyline

This was a good take on the underworld. Good strong characters that will not disappoint. Great narration from both Steve and Katharine.

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  • Nickie.long.al
  • 29-10-19

amazing audio book

amazing audio book that i couldnt put it down
loved it so much
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five star audio book

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  • A. Petersen
  • 28-10-19

Nicely reimagined Grim Reaper tale

Inventive story, unique perspective. loved the dual narrator to represent two characters' perspectives. Normally don't go for dark themes, but this one wasn't too heavy and I enjoyed the story.

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  • Bethany
  • 19-10-19

Quick Listen

This was the first book I have read/listened to by Jane Redd and Heather Moore. This story was unique and different from other paranormal books I have listened to. It started out slow but got into it a few chapters in.
The narrators did a great job and both were new narrators for me.
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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 19-10-19

Great

This was a good take on the underworld. Good strong characters that will not disappoint. Great narration from both Steve and Katharine.
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  • Melissa
  • 04-10-19

Hard to put down

I was really surprised how much I liked this audiobook. I've wanted to read it for a long time but I've been super busy so when it came out in audio, I snapped it up.

The writing was so well done I felt like I was there with the characters. It was also a very unique story. I found myself looking for excuses to listen.

Great job!

4.5 stars. Clean.

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  • J Herrin
  • 01-10-19

Intriguing twist on the Grim Reaper legend

This book popped up in my “recommendation” list several times before I decided to try it. The idea of a story about the Grim Reaper’s daughter didn’t seem my style. I’m so glad I finally gave the story a chance. The plot line quickly caught my attention and kept it through the entire book. I loved how the author kept switching between first and third person POV. The narrators were superb!

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  • Lydia R.
  • 23-09-19

Umm hello? What's not to love?!

A story about the daughter of the Grim Reaper, is not something you come across every day. Plus it was such a fun story with twists and turns it is sure to delight! I can't wait to read more and see where the story goes next!

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  • Amanda S
  • 22-09-19

great story

loved the unique, short story. the narration was great. story had a great pace and kept me interested.
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  • Andreas
  • 20-07-18

Well written fantasy and a impossible love story

Coming from more of sci-fi, litRPG, monsters and spaceflight I find my self blown away by how the writers paint and weaves things with beautiful words and describe it fluidly with ease.The opening chapter read by Katharine Mcewan is absolute brilliant made. I have re-listened to this a few times, had my wife and eldest son listen, we all agree that this is professionalism and really good stuff. This had me hooked in from the beginning and totally fixed to the book.

The story is from the point of view of Cora, the daughter of the Grim Reaper, king of the underworld and how her uncle want to overthrow him. The story quickly sets its course towards politics, how Cora is thrown into a role of her studies too soon, forbidden love between a prince from the mortal realm. It is pretty obvious that the author know romance when those parts in the story are described and I find my self thinking that it is really good balanced with everything else. I might, perhaps... like it.

The characters are well described and grow throughout the whole book, so no lack of development. The story has a very good beginning, a little too short of things in the middle (I think it should have been longer and dived much deeper in the lore and politics) and a satisfying ending. There are two voice actors where Stevie West portraits the male chapters and Katharine Mcewan the female, both really do it very good. Throughout the book there is an obvious change of how the descriptions and the dialouge are changing and it feels more like two styles of writing and towards the end of the story it's obvious. The lengthy and beautiful sentences become shorter and shorter, but not as something written in a hurry but more to emphase the gravity of the situations that take place. I found that part very interesting and a nice touch.

All in all, yes... this is a really good book. It is different and interesting, a little too short but well worth the read.

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  • Ballet in AK
  • 15-07-18

Great world building!

Wow! Those readers’ voices are amazing! I’ll search out other books they’ve narrated...

The story is a wonderful YA fantasy with a very romantic hero and heroine. Magic and immortality and love all wrapped up in an enjoyable package!

YA is my favorite genre, but this story is great for any age person who wants a clean, romantic escape from reality.

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