Book Review: Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings by Sarah Graley

Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings by Sarah Graley is a graphic novel that collects the first four issues of the comic. Like most university students, Kim works a part-time job to make ends meet. Unlike most university students, Kim's job is pretty cool: she's a grim reaper, tasked with guiding souls into the afterlife. Like most university students, Becka has a super intense crush. Unlike most university students, Becka's crush is on a beautiful gothic angel that frequents the underworld. Of course, she doesn't know that.Unaware of the ghoulish drama she's about to step into, Becka finally gathers up the courage to ask Kim on a date! But when she falls into a ghostly portal and interrupts Kim at her job, she sets off a chain of events that will pit the two of them against angry cat-dads, vengeful zombies, and perhaps even the underworld itself. But if they work together, they just might make it and maybe even get a smooch in the bargain.

Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings is a fun, fast read with cute and compelling artwork. I was already familiar with the artist's work, so the style is exactly what I was expecting. I like the combination of sweet, sassy, and strong for the lead characters. I also like the combination of humor and danger inherent in Kim's job and the complications that it involves. I would have liked a little more of the relationship side- one minute Kim does not know who Becka is and the next she is trying to impress her with haunted, sunken ships. However, the fast pace of the story and the quirky nature of it made the read enjoyable. I think most of the people that would pick this graphic novel up- based on the cover, author, or summary, will fully enjoy the read. 

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