Contemporary fantasy with teenage grim reapers, fates, ghosts, and strong friendships
Hi my names Rachel! (she/her pronouns)
I live in Massachusetts and I love coffee and dogs. I’ve been writing on and off since I was a teenager but this is the first novel I’ve ever tackled a full revision on. I write mostly fantasy and I read constantly. I have a BA in writing and communication and took creative writing classes so I have some experience giving feedback and critiquing. I really miss having a writing group to bounce ideas off of. I also spend way too much time watching booktube/authortube videos.
Fantasy is my favorite genre, urban and contemporary fantasy especially. I love slow burn romantic sub plots (hate to love is my favorite), strong friendships, stories with a lot of threads woven throughout, mythology with a new spin on it, and characters with powers. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater is my favorite series ever, I also love Victoria Schwab and Laini Taylor. As far as adult authors go Madeline Miller, Jesmyn Ward and Celeste Ing are my favorites. The most recent urban fantasy that I read and loved was Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse.
- “not like other girls” trope
- the mean girl trope/female rivalry for no reason
- I don’t love present tense (especially in first person) but if I like a story I can overlook it
- mystery thrillers
- romances where things get super melodramatic
- possessive behavior in a love interest.
Virginia’s future has never been brighter, she’s in her freshman year of college, and having the time of her life–that is until a tragic accident cuts it short. Dying at eighteen leaves her with more regrets than she ever could have imagined. Waiting for her on the other side is Harold, a teenage reaper who offers her a job and a second chance, and Audra the powerful priestess who agrees to train her. Virginia finds herself drawn into a society of shadows and fates. But a rising threat could destroy both her new afterlife, and the living people she left behind.
Getting dressed for a night out in the winter was a subtle and underappreciated art. One that Virginia had mastered. In the spring and summer it was easy, you couldn’t go wrong with short skirts and crop tops. Now in the raw March air, the key was to show enough skin to be enough. But not so much that you froze while you walked home drunk.
She enjoyed the ceremony of getting ready more than actually going out. The blast of music in her friend’s dorm while they did their makeup and mulled over what to wear could always make her smile. They tried on each others shoes and offered opinions. It was a kind of sisterhood that had formed over vodka and crying in bathrooms but it had cemented itself into her everyday life as well. They also bought each other coffees and sent texts to let the others know they had gotten home safe.
Tonight Virginia’s black shirt was long sleeved, but it also had a neckline that dipped impressively low. Anna had tittered with approval when she saw her put it on. Her younger sister, Leah hear for her weekend visit wore an oversized sweater and frown. She looked distinctly out of place next to Virginia’s new college friends.
Her arms had been folded tight over her chest while they got ready as though she could make herself disappear. It had been a hard reminder that maybe Virginia’s two worlds could not be brought together no matter how hard she tried. She wasn’t giving up yet however.
She scanned the room it was loud and crowded. Music pulsed through the air, she felt the base vibrating against her throat. A group of Juniors jostled around a fold out table and set up cups for beer pong. She spotted Alyssa on the couch with an upperclassmen. He had his arm draped casually over her shoulders and gulped beer. She studied her friend’s face and tried to determine if she needed to be rescued.
I have a messy first draft about bi teenage witches that I want to go back to after this.
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