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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*


Anton Strout and Amber Benson’s Joint Signing

Published February 28, 2010 by Nerdy_Faery

Yesterday -February 27th, 2010- was AWESOME [for lack of a better word.] I met up with Jen (@undeadapproved), we had lunch and then hung out until it was time for—THE SIGNING!

YES! Amber Benson and Anton Strout’s joint signing at Midtown Comics.

First is first though, Jen and I met up early. Now, I do not mean early in a 9am fashion, I mean early like at 12:00pm. We went out to eat something [BBQ’s babeh.] Let me just say that I lurv this girl. I almost cried happy tears just because I had someone to talk books with, and also be a fangirl with. And when I say talk books with, I mean it; you have no idea how many books and authors we discussed… And video games as well, well, she did and I took mental notes on which ones to buy.

We walked to Midtown Comics and our dearest authors were not there yet. So, what to do then? Buy some stuff then go out and walk around for a bit. We visited a Candy Store, can you say “Yummeh,” please and thank you very much? [nope, not the one from the 50 Cents song =P.] We also went to this awesomely amazing Japanese bookstore where I wanted to buy gazillions of stuff, and ended up buying nothing *shame.*

By 2:30-ish, we decided that it was time to head back to Midtown Comics to get in line—Just in case… And good thing we did that, because by the time when we got there again there was already a fairly ‘long’ line. Okay, not that long, but it was for us. Why? Because we were in the cold, waiting… and waiting… and waiting… [it keeps going and going for more than an hour.] All that time was spent laughing our asses off [at least I did,] listening to weird/random/funny as hell- snippets of conversations, complaining about the cold, and coming up with funny stuff that would be great to see them for real *wink wink.* Oh, and my twittering.

Now I feel mean though *snort.* My tweets were about what was going on during the waiting time. Now imagine: Jen and me, trying to protect ourselves from the horrible cold that was chilling out bones. Also laughing at something the girl in front of us said [Girl: Her personality is like syphilis… C’mon, you gotta admit, it is a good analogy.] So, the correct thing to do [at least in my world] is-> 1st: Start calling our dear author Mr. Strout a Diva [all in good fun though,] and 2nd: Tweet about it. Here is my Tweet Feed:

• Gee… @antonstrout is such a diva! *Grin* standing in line with @undeadapproved [it] is cold.. They are torturing us, making us beg for entry.
• – In line… Cold… With @undeadapproved
• So… Just heard the diva [aka] @antonstrout is doing so interviews… Fiirst we [were] not invited (@undeadapproved) 2nd- that’s why we are freezing *g*
• It is all in good fun @
undeadapproved and @antonstrout (aka The DIVAAA!) LOL

*Grin* I know… I ‘is’ mean [sometimes.] But hey, he has to thank me [or the guy that let us in at the moment] because I did not post this one: “Our feet are freezing, toes are falling any minute now, cannot feel my limbs… @antonstrout will have to kiss out boots, or in @undeadapproved’s case—sneakers. LOL.” Yes, we truly are the fangirls everyone wishes they could have. *Evil Laugh*

We went in; I had my sockey-monkey in hand. While in line, we see our dear authors talking calmly to some other fans when Jen says something like this:

Jen: Hey, wouldn’t it be cool to start throwing paper balls at Anton.
Ale: *Mischievous grin* YES! *Starts looking for some piece of paper*
Jen: ::Laughs::
Ale: Dang, I can’t find anything… *Looks at sockey-monkey* Hey, I can throw my monkey.
Jen: No, don’t throw the monkey… You are mean!

I just wanted to point this out: I am the Mean one?? *ROTFLMAO* She was the one who gave the idea; I just resorted to different methods.

All in all it went fantastic. Both Amber Benson and Anton Strout are lovely. I was dared, by Jen, to act like a fangirl and cry. I did the fangirl part, but I forgot to cry. Amber liked my kitty ears and my kitty bookmark *grin.* And the best part? When Jen gave Anton his prezzie. It was an adorable Simon (HERE) and Anton’s childlike excitement when opening it. It was quite funny because they were trying to identify the character; and when Jen told them it was Simon, their faces were priceless.And the afterward Tweets: 

• Just met @antonstrout and @amber_benson with @undeadapproved awesome! Beware Anton, fan appreciation day coming– soon, mwahahaha!
• Oh noes! @
undeadapproved, I forgot to make @antonstrout take a pic with my sockey-monkey ::sulks:: lmao… I had fun, thank you! Xoxoxo
• Signing was phenomenal @
amber_benson is a sweetheart and @antonstrout is… Anton -lol…. Just jk… They are both made of awesome! 🙂

I think that the guy behind us in line was pissed because we talked to them for a bit and took pics with Anton. But I could not care less *MWAHAHHAA.* Hey, it was our turn after all the waiting; and we got there before he did! =) But like I said; I had an amazing time with Jen [we should do that again soon.] And Amber and Anton are amazingly awesome as well. If you did not go—you have no idea of what you missed =P hehe.

Trust me, it is awesome to go to a signing with someone who is there for the same exact reason.

And I think that is it… I got a question: Why is it that you like Anton Strout’s book that much?… But I am afraid that that is a story for another day because this blog is already long enough as it is! =)

For the pics you can go HERE! On my LJ ^-^

 And yeah, that was our day! ^-^ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ Hopefully soo, again!

You can check Jen’s website HERE!
 Thanks for reading!