Title: The Graveyard Shift.
Author: Angela Roquet.
Year of Publication: 2012 (UK).
Publisher: CreateSpace (UK).
Format: Available in paperback, and as an ebook.
Cost for Paperback (RRP): £9.22 (UK). The ebook is currently free; so get it straight away in case they start to charge for it!!!
Age Range: I suggest from about 16 up, if you’re younger than this I suggest asking your parents first.
This book is the first book in a series called Lana Harvey, Reapers Inc.
Lana Harvey is a Reaper, one of many, created by the legendary Grim Reaper himself to collect the souls of the newly dead and bring to the afterlife. She admits herself that she’s not as career focused as her colleagues, happy to collect the bare minimum of souls and wind up her boss.
She lives in Limbo City, the capitol of the afterlife, in a small apartment with her best friend, and spends her evenings with Gabriel her favourite Arc Angel drinking or watching old John Wayne movies.
But when a promotion is forced on her, her life gets turned upside down, and there’s no going back. The afterlife is a place where all the afterlives of all religions exist side by side, governed by the Afterlife Council. The Grim Reaper is in charge, and keeps the peace after a war that nearly tore the afterlife apart. But it could be about to crumble, and Lana is the only one who can stop it happening.
I loved this story so much; it’s funny, smart, and deals with big issues such as death and religion in a very refreshing way. I also found it very insightful about different religions, because it covers pretty much everything, except that I don’t see any reference to Judaism.
Later on in the series there are some more ‘adult’ aspects to the story, which is why I’ve put an age range of 16 and over. Some people also might find this series sacrilegious if you have strong religious beliefs, so this is me warning you not to read it if you are easily offended.
The next book in the series is called Pocket Full of Posies.
“It does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” Thomas Jefferson.