Death’s Daughter by Amber Benson

Published March 3, 2010 by Nerdy_Faery

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (February 24, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0441016944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441016945

Calliope Reaper-Jones so just wanted a normal life: buying designer shoes on sale, dating guys from Craig’s List, web-surfing for organic dim-sum for her boss…

But when her father — who happens to be Death himself — is kidnapped, and the Devil’s Protege embarks on a hostile takeover of the family business, Death, Inc., Callie returns home to assume the CEO mantle — only to discover she must complete three nearly impossible tasks in the realm of the afterlife first.

After years of hiding from her family, Calliope Reaper-Jones’ Forgetting Charm is broken. Her father has been kidnapped, and her mother called for her. Now she is expected to run her family’s business—“DEATH;” which was the same reason as to why she left in the first place. Now she has to complete three “impossible” tasks in order to be accepted by the board and become the new “Reaper,” like her father before her. This will not be easy, especially with both Daniel, the Devil’s protégé and her competition; and Detective Davenport, who is investigating her father’s disappearance- “harassing” her.  Here is where our journey into Mythology and a new magical universe begins.

At the beginning I was doubtful about it, mostly because of the voice—I mean, I usually read books in first person’s POV, but this one is different. As it kept going I realized that I liked it because it talks directly to the reader, which [in my opinion] makes it more personal. It was a slow start almost until page 100, but after that it picked up the pace and got more and more interesting.

I must admit though, at moments I hated Callie; but it was mostly because our beliefs clashed at times. This made me like her. She is a character who believes in what she wants and fights for it, which makes her strong despite her shallow ways at times. She grows during the book and surprises the reader with her randomness. I loved Callie’s inner dialogues, even at the moments when they turned into senseless ramblings. Though I liked some secondary characters better—and loved the evil one. I had an idea of who it was; there were hints, but it was not too obvious either.

Overall, Death’s Daughter was an interesting reading, and I cannot wait until I get Cat’s Claw. I enjoyed reading it and could not stop laughing at times. It was creative and not overwhelming with details. I just hope that we can see a grown [just a bit though] Callie on the next book. *grin*


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