Author: S.L Bynum
Published: August 15th 2014
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Number of Pages: 226
Source: Received from the author for review
Purchase: Amazon, TBD
1. Do not interfere with someone's death. 2. Do not become emotionally involved. 3. Do not show yourself to the living. As a grim reaper, seventeen-year-old Xia has to follow these Rules. But when she meets Shilah, a Native American boy who can see reapers, she figures the rules don't apply. To find out why he can see her, she pretends to be human, since carrying a scythe probably isn't the latest teen craze. Things become unnerving as she begins experiencing first-time affection with Shilah, but she's irreversibly drawn to him. Suddenly Xia finds herself breaking Rule Two, even while collecting dead souls behind Shilah's back. It isn't long before she is caught red-handed by the Angel of Death himself, and then not only is her relationship at risk, but also Shilah's soul. And this leaves Xia wondering: can love overcome Death?
Grim Crush was a lovely Paranormal novel that I had been offered to review and I am so grateful for it ! I can't express how excited I get when I actually have the opportunity to discover new great novels and present them to new fellow readers!
Grim Crush can be described with 3 adjectives : funny, fluent and unpredictable.
As soon as I started reading I was dragged in Xia's world and I knew that the book was going to be quite engaging. I already read one paranormal novel about grim reapers but I was happy that the author decided to describe their most human part, instead of focusing on their dark side and job. I immediately loved the concept of Xia's work, the fact that she and her family of reapers had the responsibility to guide one's soul toward the afterlife. I loved the light atmosphere that we find through all the book, it actually eases the huge amount of deaths we need to deal with, following Xia's life (or non-life!).
I have to admit that the fact that Xia was going to fall in love with Shilah, may have been a little too predictable and I really wished the author would have focused a little bit more about the growth of their bond, instead of jumping too prematurely into their love story; I couldn't help feeling like everything they said and everything they're willing to go through, was a little too much for two teen who have barely known each other for a month.. but these are not two normal teens we're talking about, this much is true.
Something I was a little disappointed with was the fact that I cannot really have a mental picture of the characters because there were really few physical descriptions about them. I would have loved to explore more the characters' physiognomy and physicality but I really hope we would get to know them better in the following books.
And finally, when I said that this book could be defined as unpredictable... I mean it ! I was really surprised with the ending ! I had so many theories and thought that the book was going to end inevitably in one way, but then, all of a sudden, the author pulled out something totally unexpected that really made me curious about what may happen in book #2 ! So, Leiann Bynum, just HURRY UP!
Interview with the author
Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got into writing?
My name is Leiann Bynum, author name S. L. Bynum. I am twenty-five years old from Greensboro, North Carolina. I first started writing when I was twelve, when I wrote a rendition of The Three Little Pigs fairytale for a homework assignment of my brother’s. I loved being able to create my own characters with their own personalities, and creating my own world for these characters.
Describe your novel in two sentences.
Grim Crush is about a seventeen-year-old grim reaper named Xia, who enjoys carrying a scythe and helping souls of the dead. When she falls in love with a human boy, breaking a Rule of Reaping, she risks his soul and the balance of life and death.
What would you say the hardest part of writing this book was?
Putting traces of myself into my main character, Xia. Through her, I revealed part of my heart and feelings towards love and affection.
If you could work with any author who would it be?
J. K. Rowling. She inspired me to want to become a full time writer, and I love how creative she is in her work. I feel like we could put our creativity together and make something fabulous.
What books have most influenced your life?
This might sound crazy, but the Goosebumps books by R. L. Stine. They helped me discover my love of books and writing. The first novel I ever attempted to write, I was twelve, and I wanted it to be like a Goosebumps book, so I tried to make it horror. It was terrible, and that novel will never see the light of day in the publishing world.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
I’m currently working on the sequel to Grim Crush! And I have a couple other finished novels I hope to get published soon!
The author has kindly offered to giveaway 1 eCopy of Grim Crush for one lucky winner. How to win? Just leave a meaningful comment about the review and/or the interview ! Good luck !