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Reaper (Secret of Alba Book 1) by [Winsemius, Lindsey]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Secret of Alba (3 Book Series)
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About the Author

Lindsey Winsemius learned from a young age that books hold the key to new worlds. As a young adult, she was often caught with forbidden romance novels under her mattress. She lives in Grand Haven, Michigan with her husband and two young children. She is often at the beach with a book, or making up stories featuring her children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2300 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Publisher: ApogeeINVENT (27 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012UF4YYU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #546,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Good read, Generally I use my kindle for reading fantasy and the other odd book from other genres. I still buy lots of print books but these are books I want to keep, pass on(sometimes !) There are so many books in the science fiction/fantasy genre that are absolute rubbish and my children could have wrote better. I downloaded this book by mistake and thought I would try and read it anyway. The book was good, maybe a bit more background to the city (dystopian, generally is not my thing, so might be me) the war and how the different castes in the society were created. I found Alba itself difficult to visualise, maybe in the next book it might be expanded upon.I found the two main characters Marcus and Aerina a little annoying to begin with but as the book progressed they grew on me a bit more. Would you really chase after someone who tried to strange you with a wire ??
But without seeming negative, I did give 4 stars, the book is definitely worth a read and I think there is great potential to develop some of the other characters. I would have no hesitation reading something by this author again in the future as I didn't notice typos etc.. that can be off putting; but I noticed that she has edited in the past
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I really enjoyed this book. It follows the story of Aerina who is a member of the ruling caste in the city of Alba. In this futuristic new world, the different castes in their society live separately with their own roles to play and mixing is frowned upon. Aerina is curious and strong willed and as well as having friends among the different castes, is in love with a reaper, a man trained to defend the city and a trained killer. Marcus fights the attraction he has for Aerina and almost kills her when a member of the dance group she has joined (unknown to her people) tries to assassinate the Albian leader. He lets her live but she becomes an outcaste among her own people for her association with a different class. Even after being seriously injured by Marcus, Aerina still cannot keep away from him and he fights his feelings for her but they are thrown together as Aerina is targeted by someone wanting her dead and as she figures out details about an impending threat to their city. This book was well written and keeps a good pace throughout. I shall look forward to the next one in the series!
I received a free electronic copy of this book for an impartial review.
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The reader is seamlessly drawn into this world, without the clunky info dumps that are often a feature of scifi/fantasy works. Both leading characters are appealing, one a wild odd-ball girl intent on experiencing thing 'unsuitable' for someone from her privileged position, the other a controlled death dealing man who has had emotion ground out of his psyche.
This is an action and romance packed story, only thing that could have possibly made it better was a little less 'fade to black' in the love scenes but that is a very personal quirk. It certainly doesn't detract from the quality of the story, or my enthusiasm for reading the sequel. Definitely one of the better books I've read this year.
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Reaper by Lindsey Winsemius is a Dystopian Romance set in a post-apocalyptic future in a north American citystate called Alba. It is a very readable book; the narrative flows, the novel is well constructed, the central characters are sympathetic and there is sufficient romance, action, adventure and technology to keep the eye racing across the pages. Alba is well imagined in terms of its structure, its technology, its geography and its politics. As it has a rigid caste system it is of questionable moral value but the reader is provided with no valid alternative; the world beyond Alba is primitive and violently chauvinistic. While the threat posed to Alba is internally generated the fire power comes from a rival southern society which, again, is not presented as a viable alternative to Alba so that the reader is to some extent conflicted; both condemning Alba for its inequalities and yet rooting for it to survive the external threat when it happens.

There is a similar conflict in terms of genre in that the presentation of the main characters is typically romantic; the eye and hair colour of both characters is regularly referred to as are their individual physiques and the clothes and shoes that they, particularly Aerina, wear at any given time. This romantic preoccupation sits uneasily with the science fiction elements of the novel and would, I think, tend to alienate either target readership. I struggled to visualise Alba in any great detail and feel that the emphasis on the appearance of the two main protagonists was developed rather at the expense of depictions of the wider environment: I was left with no mental image of the Delacroix house, Marcus’ house, the sounds and smells of this terraced city state and wish that I could have been given more descriptive detail.

Overall Reaper is a good read and I am certain that with such a competent debut Lyndsey Winsemius’ work will find its niche.
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