Review of Birthright by Jessica Ruddick – 4 Stars

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Book Blurb: How do you live with yourself when you decide who dies?

Ava Parks would have killed for an iPhone for her sixteenth birthday. Anything would have been better than coming into her birthright of being a seeker for the Grim Reaper, an arrangement made by her fallen angel ancestor in exchange for his re-admittance to heaven. And she isn’t just any seeker—she finds souls that have the potential for becoming angels and sentences them to death. A year and two souls into her role as a seeker with her conscience overflowing with guilt, Ava comes up with a plan to thwart the system. When it goes awry, she is forced to submit the name of a classmate, Cole Fowler, an ornery, rough around the edges guy who always seems to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not. Her feelings for Cole prompt her to intervene, and she saves him from death, upsetting the Grim Reaper’s agenda.

While Ava schemes to find a way to save Cole, she learns he has some secrets of his own. She lets him believe he is protecting her, and not the other way around, until a final showdown with the Grim Reaper forces Ava to make choices Cole may never forgive.

Book Review: Birthright is the first book in the Legacy series by Jessica Ruddick. The concept of having to name someone to be killed as part of your function as a seeker is an intriguing one. Ava has to find a pure soul, one whose aura is white, and give the name of that person to her handler. Who would be comfortable with that? Especially when the only one she can find is that of Cole, a fellow student who exhibits none of the virtues of having a pure white aura, and who she finds herself falling for.

The book was fast-paced, with intrigue and twists that just kept coming. Ava is full of rebellious spirit who has to deal with the consequences of her actions. I felt for her from the start.
Overall, this is a nice start to this series and I would definitely be interested in continuing to read after the cliffhanger ending of the first book.

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