Soul Reaper by Crymsyn Hart

Soul Reaper Series Book II: Soul Reaper by Crymsyn HartIn spite of an interesting premise and a tough, intriguing heroine, Soul Reaper is a book that I wish I could unread. Told from the shifting first-person viewpoints of Brenna/Raven and Miranda, Soul Reaper is an intense, dark, deeply disturbing, horror-filled exploration of the demonic nature and darkest and twisted desires of vampires that is not for the faint of heart.

Presumably picking up from where Book 1 in the series left off, Brenna/Raven has returned to her work as a psychic at the Boston Tearoom. Building a life with the love of her life, Veronica, a vampire who saved her life by turning her, she struggles to balance her humanity with her vampiric nature. Brenna is something more than a gifted psychic with vampiric abilities and hungers, but exactly what she is no one seems to know. Azrael, the Angel of Death, keeps showing up to flirt with her and leave her cryptic hints about her future which appears to be tied to a young woman who comes to her for a psychic reading.

Haunted for most of her life by nightmares, insomnia, suicidal tendencies, and an unnatural craving for blood, Miranda hasn’t had an easy life. She takes advantage of her deep fascination with vampires by using vampires as a theme for Crimson Liquids, a café she opened with a friend and roommate, Gina. Miranda’s life takes a tragic turn just when things start looking up for her after she meets the gorgeous man from her dreams, Julien. When he kills Gina and abducts her, Miranda discovers her horrifying connection to an evil, manipulating master vampire. Brenna is driven to protect Miranda regardless of the cost. In the process, she grows closer to Azrael and becoming whom she is meant to be.

While Soul Reaper has well-written descriptions, action, and horror and nice character development, many scenes are gory with gratuitous graphic violence, particularly sexual violence perpetrated against Brenna and Miranda, including multiple scenes of rape and virulent misogyny. There was too much explicit detail, which, along with experiencing those scenes via first person narrative, makes this an excruciating read unprepared. With an unrelenting tone that is grim, nihilistic, and disquieting, and lacking sufficient elements of positive intimate and sexual interactions between the characters, Soul Reaper fails as a romance. However, readers looking for dark, edgy, urban fantasy who are not easily offended by violent sexual content may enjoy the novel.

Book Stats:

  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: Purple Sword Publications, LLC (May 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612920381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612920382

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In spite of an interesting premise and a tough, intriguing heroine, is a book that I wish I could unread. Told from the shifting first-person viewpoints of Brenna/Raven and Miranda, Soul Reaper is an intense, dark, deeply disturbing, horror-filled exploration of the demonic nature and darkest and twisted desires of vampires that is not for …

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A deep and abiding love for words—written, spoken, or sung—drives Lacy in everything she does—work, creativity, and spare time. I love reading, writing, listening to music, and watching movies and TV. My love affair with books began as a young child and shows no signs of stopping. A number of my earliest and fondest memories are of going to the library and checking out books with my sister and my mom. As children my sister and I spent a lot of time at the library, and as we’ve grown older we’ve amassed so many books that we don’t need to go to the library quite as much but it’s still such a treat to be in that place that stores so much knowledge, adventures, and new experiences. In my spare time you can catch me either at the bookstore, reading, writing, or watching movies at the theater, or watching movies and TV shows at home. Watching movies and TV is a close second for my favorite way to chill out. Although I love to read and can be found reading just about any type of fiction, my first and current love is for romances. So, if you find me reading a book that’s not romance, chances are it has a love story either at its core or somewhere in the novel. I’m fascinated by the relationships and connections forged between people and I think that’s why I love romance so much in books, movies, and TV.

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