Friday, June 26, 2009

Guest Review: "Death's Daughter" by Amber Benson

Reviewed by Drey Calliope Reaper-Jones is hiding from her family. You would, too, if you wanted to live a normal life... Especially when your family runs a huge corporation, and your dad is Death. So she puts herself under a Forgetting Charm, and lives a rather lack-luster life in NYC. However, before she knows it, Callie is dragged from her "dream-world" and dumped into a competition for dad's job--because he's been kidnapped. Not only does she not want the job (except for the saving-her-dad thing), the competition comes in the form of Daniel, who's also the Devil's protege... Callie has to complete 3 tasks before she's deemed worthy of stepping into dad's shoes, all while being hounded by Daniel and Detective Davenport (who's investigating dad's disappearance). Death's Daughter has a myriad of characters from various mythologies. LOVED Cerberus' pup (Callie called her Runt. Really.), and thought Kali was hilarious, if a bit overdone. It's quite the rollicking adventure, and definitely entertaining. However, Callie got on my nerves. Quite a bit. She's feisty, alright, but she's also whiny. And bratty. And clueless. And yet she manages (by the itty bitty tips of her fingernails) to cling on to her mission, and survive. All while figuring out whodunit. If it weren't for the supporting cast and humor, I'd probably have put this book down. Thank you to Theresa from Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin' News & Reviews for my copy! Title: Death's Daughter Author: Amber Benson ISBN-10: 0441016944 ISBN-13: 978-0441016945 Paperback: 359 pages Publisher: Ace, 2009

5 comments:

Michelle G said...

I read this book a few months ago and I completely agree with your review. I couldn't decide if Callie was supposed to be 'Cher from Clueless' or the daughter of 'Death'. She displayed characteristics of both and the blending just didn't do it for me.

The concept was there and the story could have been so much more. I just couldn't figure out if the book was supposed to be funny with a little drama or dramatic with a little humor. Either way, it fell flat.

Thanks for the review.

M

SQT said...

I read the first couple of pages in this one, like I do with a lot of my books, and couldn't connect. I figured it was me-- I get tired of a lot of paranormal fantasy tropes. But I guess it wasn't me...

Sci-Fi said...

Deaths Daughter - I've always to think about Susanne, the niece of the death (Terry Pratchett) :)

drey said...

Michelle--Totally! I couldn't decide, either. And Sci-Fi--I definitely prefer Terry Pratchett's version of Death & his family... =)

Another "eh" factor for me, was the cover. LOVE the dog. The girl was just so-so. Somehow I can't reconcile the girl on the cover with the clueless Callie in between the pages.

Daelith said...

I may have to add this to my wish list just to read about the dog. I'm a sucker for books with dogs in them.