Thursday, January 24, 2019

Audiobook Review: Mated to the Reaper by Alexa Riley

Audiobook Review @ Ruby's Books 

Mated to the Reaper by Alexa Riley
Author: Alexa Riley
Series: Virgin Blood #5
Audience: +18
Genre: Paranormal romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: January 14th 2019
My Rating: 4 Cups
Source: Read Me Romance
Blurb (from Goodreads):
He’s dying for her.

The Grim Reaper will stop at nothing to find her… let’s just hope she’s ready to be claimed.

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*Disclaimer: This book contains mature content. As a result, my review may contain references to content intended for mature audiences only.

I adored this story so, so much. You guys know I love me some vampires, and I love what Alexa Riley did with these mythological creatures.

Mated To The Reaper is the story of Grim and Ariella finding each other, and their struggle to be together, even though everyone from her family is against them. Even though this was the first book I read in the world of the Virgin Blood series by Alexa Riley, I was able to enjoy the book as if it were a standalone and I wasn't lost or anything. I loved how the mating aspect is described in this book. Ariella describes what she's feeling as "dying", not knowing that she's actually experiencing pain and loss from being separated from her mate. No one from her family actually knows what is happening to her, so the idea that she may be suffering from not being near her mate isn't even something her parents are considering. Then Grim shows up on their doorstep, and everything makes sense, it's like instant relief for both Ariella and Grim.

The first thing that drew me to this book was, of course, the mention of vampires. And the vampires in this particular world created by Alexa Riley are special, because in order to survive, they have to find their fated mates. That is a very unique concept to me, when it comes to vampires, and I liked how Alexa Riley created this whole new world. I also loved the concept of the Grim Reaper. Grim is in charge of taking the souls of the dying supernatural creatures, and his role is something inherited from father to son. I love how his role was explained in this book, and I'm curious to see if this is something that is discussed in the previous books.

The narrators were Jack Stella & Robyn Verne. Jack Stella was an amazing Grim, he made him sound very wise and old, like he'd seen many generations come and go, and I really enjoyed that. Robyn Verne did a good job showing how Ariella was sick in the beginning, but I would have liked to hear a difference between that first chapter, when Ariella didn't know she was mated, and the rest of the story, when she was clearly feeling better because she was with her mate. Other than that I think the narrators both did a great job at giving life to these characters, and I'm actually looking forward to listening to some of their other projects together.

I really enjoyed this book and I'm planning on reading the first 4 books in this series soon. I really love the writing style the two authors behind Alexa Riley have, and I definitely will be checking out more of their books in the future.

4 cups rating @ Ruby's Books

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