Monday, March 24, 2014

Naomi Grim (The Silver Scythe Chronicles) Book 1 (Parts 1-4 Omnibus Edition)
Author: Tiffany Nicole Smith
Release date: September 9th 2013
Publisher: Twisted Spice Publications
Series: The Silver Scythe Chronicles # 1 
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Tour organized by:  Itching For Books Tours
Purchase: Amazon
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The assignment:

Collect lifestones from humans after they die.

Rebellious, sixteen-year-old Naomi craves a normal life, but unfortunately, she’s a Grim by birth. That’s right, she sees dead people and hoards their living essence in a stone. Not a fun occupation.

In order to be good at her job, she must live among human teenagers for weeks at a time. But Naomi soon becomes attached to the kids she’s been assigned to watch over. And knowing that these teens are gonna die under less than ideal circumstances, she has the opportunity to prevent their deaths from occurring. Only one big problem—interfering with death is the worst crime a Grim can commit. If she intervenes, she’ll put herself and her family in danger.

Naomi must make the hardest choice of her career, go against the sacred covenant or watch her new friends walk blindly to their deaths.

Only one thing is for certain—Naomi has a grim knack for finding trouble and she’s about to break all the rules...
(via Goodreads)


Dunningham narrowed his eyes at Dorian. "When you break the Covenant, you make our entire colony lose credibility. That's the first rule of collecting—we only take the Fated." Dorian nodded. "It was a terrible mistake that I'll never make again."

Mr. Dunningham eyed Dorian for another moment, as if wondering whether or not he should accept his statement. He laid his tablet on the coffee table. "I said all that to say this—I like you, Nox. I think you're a wonderful leader and will make a great asset to the Upper Estates. Because of that, I'm willing to overlook your children's sins."

Father's head bobbed. "Thank you so much, Mr. Dunningham. You are a kind, fair man."

So that was Mr. Dunningham's game. He would make my father even more indebted to him by giving his "unworthy" family such a life-changing assignment.

"We really appreciate this, Mr. Dunningham," Mother said, grabbing Father's hand and squeezing it.

"I'm sure you do, dear." Dunningham turned to my brothers and me. "So do you want this job?"

"Of course they do," Father answered for us. "And they'll do great. Thank you so much, Mr. Dunningham. They won't let you down."

Mr. Dunningham stood, and his assistant followed suit.

"This is a big job, so I'll be enlisting a couple other Grims. This assignment begins in a week. I need them to study and become familiar with high school culture. You won't be invisible to them. You'll actually be living in their world as regular students, so it's very important that you blend in. I'll drop in every now and then to see how things are going. Young Grims, you will have no other assignments for the time being. I need you to focus on this."

My parents walked Mr. Dunningham and his assistant to the door. Father watched through the peephole until they drove away. Then he turned to us. "Woo-hoo!"

Bram stood and high-fived Father. "This is it! Upper Estates, here we come!"

"Son, this is going to set us up for life!"

Dorian stood and joined them, a boy in desperate need of being accepted like his big brother. "Father, I know we're going to do a great job."

Father removed Dorian's hood and tousled his black hair. Dorian looked like a satisfied puppy who'd been begging for a belly rub. He was more concerned with his science studies than he was with power and money. He seemed to be beginning to realize that was the reason Father favored Bram over him.

Mother smiled from the loveseat, but she wasn't as excited as Father.

"What's the matter, Mother?" I asked.

The boys got quiet.

Mother shrugged. "I'm just a little worried. Where you're going is so much different from what you're used to. I don't want you all to get into any trouble."

"Eleanor, don't worry. They'll be properly trained, and Bram will be there to make sure nothing goes wrong." Father patted Bram's chest. "Right, son?"

"Of course," Bram answered.

About the Author

Tiffany Nicole Smith resides in South Florida where she enjoys teaching as well as writing middle grade and young adult fiction. Tiffany enjoys reading and watching horror, action, and fantasy movies—all of which inspire new story ideas. Be on the lookout for upcoming releases.


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