How to be Death

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How to be Death

A Calliope Reaper-Jones Novel

It is tough to take over a job that you never wanted in the first place. But that is exactly the position that Calliope Reaper-Jones is in. She is Death, like her father before her. Taking on the job of President of Death, Inc. means reading the official guide to her job and appearing at the Death Dinner, a formal party with employees of the company and an absence of magic. If that wasn’t difficult enough, Calliope’s ex Daniel is in attendance with a beautiful woman on his arm, a Goddess no less. Unfortunately, Calliope hasn’t read the book and has no idea how to go about being death. The book is more than just a guide to her job but a powerful magic item that must remain in her possession. Then the book is stolen during the Death Dinner and it is a race to find the book before time runs out and humanity suffers for it.

Callie really got on my nerves in the last book, Serpent’s Storm. I love Amber Benson’s way with words and her world building is still so intriguing but Callie just wasn’t learning from her mistakes. By the third book in a series, the heroine should be making strides to understand what is happening and improve. That didn’t happen in the third book but apparently four times is the charm. I didn’t eagerly start this book. In fact, I sort of drug my feet. And once I started, it still wasn’t smooth sailing. Callie has started to figure things out and she is trying to learn from her mistakes. The Clue-like house party with a murder mystery was where things really started to pick up. The fabulous cast of characters and possible suspects really helped keep the pages turning. Daniel, the ex boyfriend, being at the Death Dinner was a nice touch since it is obvious that they still care about each other. But again, if Callie had been a little more mature and not so determined to ignore the supernatural, they would have still been together. I was quite surprised by the twist Ms. Benson threw in. Brava, I didn’t see it coming at all. I was ready to give up on this series but I think I will stick around and see how everything pans out. Not perfect by any means but How to Be Death rates 3 and a ½ stars for changing my mind.


Book Blurb for How to be Death

All Calliope Reaper-Jones ever wanted out of life was a fabulous job in New York City and a really hot boyfriend. But now, she's the brand-new President of Death, Inc. With the Board of Death breathing down her neck and her dad's copy of How to be Death (A Fully Annotated Guide) unopened, Callie's really feeling the tension. And when the guide book is stolen at a fancy formal dinner, Callie has to figure out how to be the boss--before the powers held within the book get out and destroy humanity forever...


Night Owl Reviews May, 2012 3.50