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BBNYA Blog Tour: The Reaper’s Quota – Sarah McKnight

BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 15 finalists and one overall winner.  If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website or Twitter @bbnya_official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (if you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.

Meet Grim Reaper #2497. Behind on his work, he must complete his quota of thirty Random Deaths or face termination in the worst way. Faced with an insurmountable task and very little time to complete it, Reaper #2497 struggles to hang on to the one thing he’s not supposed to have – his humanity.

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Sarah McKnight has been writing stories since she could pick up a pencil, and it often got her in trouble during math class. After a brief stint teaching English to unruly middle schoolers in Japan, she decided she wasn’t going to put off her dream of becoming a writer any longer and set to work. With several novels in the making, she hopes to tackle issues such as anxiety, depression, and letting go of the past – with a little humor sprinkled in, too. A St. Louis native, she currently lives in Pennsylvania with her wonderful husband and three cats. You can find her on Twitter @mcknight_writes and

My thoughts: a Reaper is someone who, for whatever reason, committed murder while alive and is now fated to collect the souls of the dying. Oh, plus 30 random deaths that they have to pick themselves. Talk about a moral dilemma. At least it is for Reaper #2497, formerly known as Steve. He’s not a cold blooded killer, and is having trouble making his monthly 30. Especially after meeting Heather, a living person who can see and speak to him.

He tries, with plenty of black humour, to pick 30 fairly awful humans or at least ones with only a few years left to live. Should a Reaper feel guilt? Well Steve does. And that’s not going to end well. He can’t find a loophole or an answer to his problem anywhere at Reaper HQ and the Big Boss is getting cross with him. What’s a Reaper to do?

Blackly comic and smart, this is an entertaining read that asks a pretty pertinent question – could you follow an order blindly like Reapers are supposed to?

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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