Title: The Grim Life
Series: The Grim Life 01
Author: K.D. Worth
Genre: Angels and Demons, Teen Fiction
Length: Novel (180 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 12, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Max Shaw is dead.
Well, sort of.
After dying on prom night, Max was recruited by a mysterious tattooed angel named Slade to join a group of teenage reapers. Cocky and sarcastic, Max thinks he has his afterlife together, but the moment Slade assigns him to his first suicide case, everything changes.
Christian college student Kody Michaels is struggling to make sense of his life and his faith. After a failed suicide attempt at an antigay camp, Kody is determined not to fail again. Tired of disappointing his family and God, he is going to end his life once and for all.
But in a split-second decision, Max saves Kody—defying the rules of a reaper.
Max believes his only concern is convincing Kody that God loves him just the way he is, so he can save him from a hellish afterlife as a shade. Little does Max know, some shades have found a way to walk among the living as wraiths. These evil wraiths know Kody has been slated for death, and they have another, darker purpose for him.
Max has only one night to save Kody before one of Slade’s team finishes the job Max lacked the courage to complete.
Review: I have to say this story threw me when I started reading it as I never read the blurb. I only saw the genre so snapped it up. I was not expecting a story of a character, Kody, who attempts suicide only to be saved by Max, a reaper who died when he was sixteen. The religious aspect and those that seemed to hound Kody for his lifestyle really made me sad.
Kody’s mom just pissed me off at first when she sent him off to a camp to be cured from his gayness. His dad seemed to do whatever his mom told him. This is an emotional story of Kody, eighteen, who just wants the hurt and pain to go away. my heart went out to this young man and I kept yelling that it will get better you just have to wait it out.
I was glad Max was there for him. The other thing to the story is Max and his group of reaper friends and the supposing battle with the others in the paranormal realm. His leader Slade is vague when it comes to questions about this subject.
All in all it was an interesting and emotional read.