Book Review

Keeper vs. Reaper

kvrGraveyard Guardians Book #1

Jennifer Malone Wright (GoodReads Author)

Self-pub, Aug 9, 2014

Kindle ed, 393 pages, also in paperback and audiobook

Genre(s) paranormal, ghosts, romance, NA

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Other books in this series: Keeper of the Peace #2


When her father died, Lucy Mae Estmond inherited the family business. She has known all of her life that she would be in line to watch over the souls of the recently passed, keeping them safe from the Reapers.

The soul eating Reapers have been a plague upon the Earth, stealing souls and leaving the Keepers as the only thing that stands between Heaven and Hell. The factions despise each other and have warred for generations.

Then Lucy discovers an ancient legend predicting the arrival of the Chosen One, destined to bring forth an end to the Reapers. The surprises continue when she realizes she is that person. For Lucy, being the Chosen One doesn’t change much. Fighting Reapers is just another day in the life of a Keeper.

When she meets Jack Walker, they both realize they have an insane, mutual attraction. Too bad that he’s been sent to prevent the prophecy from coming true. His only mission: to kill the Chosen One.

About the Author:  

Jennifer Malone Wright is best known for her best-selling short story series, The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter. Other works include the follow up to The Vampire Hunter’s Daughter series called The Arcadia Falls Chronicles and her full-length vampire novel called Savior (A Higher Collective Novel). Jennifer also co-authors a series called Once Upon A Zombie Apocalypse as well as another project which hasn’t been announced yet.

She resides in the beautiful mountains of northern Idaho with her husband and five children where she practices preparing for the zombie apocalypse. Just kidding!

But seriously, between the craziness of taking care of her children, Jennifer has little time left for herself. The time she does have left, usually leading far into the night, is spent working on her beloved fiction or chatting with her equally crazy friends.

Jennifer also loves coffee, has a passionate affair with red bull, wishes the sushi were better where she lives and dances while she cleans.

My Disclaimer:  I was provided a free ecopy of this book by subscribing to the author’s newsletter. I am providing an honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind. All opinions are fully my own.

~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review: 4+ Stars 

The seven Estmond children are gathered for their father’s funeral. They aren’t just any children gathered in a cemetery for a funeral. They are Keepers who have been raised since birth to protect the spirits in the graveyard from Reapers. This particular cemetery is now under the care of the youngest Estmond child, Lucy. After the funeral and everyone has cleared out of the house, Lucy walks the cemetery for some peace and quiet. But she discovers her father hasn’t passed over. He’s stayed because he has a message for her and he wants to be sure she understands the seriousness of it.

She is the Chosen One. She is the one intended to end the Reapers. She must find the information left in her Great Grandmother’s trunk in the attic. After sharing the news about her father and his news to her with her brothers and sisters, the siblings all troop to the attic and find the trunk.

Lucy meets one Reaper, but things don’t go the way they normally do. Normally when a Reaper and a Keeper touch, they burn each other painfully. But Lucy and Jack don’t burn, they attract each other. Both of them feel a very strong attraction to the other. And that causes real problems for Jack because he’s there for just one reason. To kill the Chosen One.

Jack and Lucy end up together, but not without a lot of trouble with the Empress, his best friend, and a lot of security guards. The Reapers have a prophecy, too and it seems to require some of Lucy’s blood. 

I had two questions at the end of the book. 1. Why does Emily disappear? and 2. Since Lucy and Jack had sex without a condom, any child they had would be considered combining their blood. Would that answer the Reapers’ prophecy? I definitely need to read book two, especially since when Hannah called for help, she said she’d just killed a Reaper. Things are still happening in that quiet little town! There’s violence and sex. And the writing is great! I really recommend this to those of you who don’t mind ghosts in your graveyards.

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