Monster and Book Guest Post ~ Grim Reaper & Banshee with Kathy

Posted October 26, 2015 by Michelle in And A Book / 12 Comments

A Monster and Book

I had an idea of doing a guest post during the month of October so I asked a few of my friends from COYER what is their favorite Monster is (some are not so scary) and what book they read that they loved that associated with the Monster they picked. The answers are great and the recommendation are even better! Enjoy!


The Monster & The Book

Hi everyone! I’m Kathy from My Nook, Books and More and thank you Michelle for having me here today.  I am a huge paranormal fan and I love all monsters, especially vampires and werewolves.  But today we are going to talk about the Grim Reaper and a banshee from the Shadow series by Erin Kellison.

The Grim Reaper is popularly depicted as a skeletal figure carrying a large scythe and in a black hooded cloak.  His job is to guide souls into the afterlife.  A banshee is a fae woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die. I’ve read a couple of books with these creatures but there is only one that has stood out above the rest – Erin Kellison’s Shadow series. I first came across this author when the first book Shadow Bound was free for the Nook.  I was hooked as soon as I read the prologue which introduces readers to the Grim Reaper. He waits in the shadows until it is time to collect a soul. All mortals fear him except for Kathleen O’brien.  She is terminally ill and knows Death is coming for her.  She speaks to him in the shadows, thus calling him Shadowman.  His instinct says to stay away from Kathleen but Shadowman can’t help from being fascinated with her strength and beauty.  Shadowman breaks the rules and reveals himself to her as a handsome mortal.  They fall in love and Kathleen lives long enough to give birth to their daughter Talia.  Talia is raised by her aunt not knowing the truth about her father.  But Talia knows she is different.  She can control shadows and when she screams the Shadowman appears to protect her.  Talia meets Adam Thorne who needs her help in his fight against wraiths, dangerous soul-sucking fae creatures. In return Adam helps Talia control her banshee abilities. There are 3 books in the Shadow series and I suggest you read them in order:

The 1st book Shadow Bound is Talia and Adam’s story and the beginning battle with the wraiths.

The 2nd book Shadow Fall is about Custio, Adam’s friend, and his battle against an evil fae to save the woman he loves.

The 3rd book Shadowman is the story of Talia’s parents and is my favorite from the series. I never would have imagined the Grim Reaper in a romantic role but you will be surprised with how loving and determined to be reunited with Kathleen.

Erin Kellison’s Shadow series is a fresh urban fantasy that is thrilling, suspenseful and romantic. It is also dark so it is a good choice for adding a spooky read for October.

Here are the books information from Goodreads:


Shadow Bound (Shadow #1)

Published June 29, 2010

Goodreads link


Death… Some people will do anything to avoid it. Even trade their immortal souls for endless existence.

Wraiths… Secretly, inexorably, they are infiltrating our world, sucking the essence out of unsuspecting victims with their hideous parody of a kiss.

Segue… Adam Thorne founded the Institute to study and destroy his monster of a brother, but the key to its success is held in the pale, slender hand of a woman on the run. There is something hauntingly different about Talia O’Brien, her unknowing sensuality, her uncanny way of slipping into Shadow.

Twilight… This is the place between life and what comes after—a dark forest of fantasy, filled with beauty, peril, mystery. And Talia is about to open the door.


Shadow Fall (Shadow #2)

Published July 27, 2010

Goodreads link 


Custo Santovari accepted pain, blood, even death, to save his best friend. But a man with all his sins just isn’t cut out to be an angel.


One moment he’s fleeing Heaven; the next, he’s waking up stark naked in Manhattan. In the middle of a war. Called there by a woman who’s desperately afraid of the dark.


It gathers around Annabella as she performs, filled with fantastic images of another world, bringing both a golden hero and a nightmare lover.


He pursues her relentlessly, twisting her desires even as she gives herself to the man she loves. Because each of us has a wild side, and Annabella is about to unleash the beast.


Shadowman (Shadow #3)

Published September 6, 2011

Goodreads link 


They haunt the halls of the Segue Institute, terrifying the living, refusing to cross over. But one soul is driven by a very different force.

It survives even death. And Kathleen O’Brien swore she would return to those she was forced to leave too soon.

He broke every rule to have her in life; now he will defy the angels to find her in death.

The Gate
Forging it is his single hope of being reunited with his beloved, but through it an abomination enters the world. Leaving a trail of blood and violence, the devil hunts her too. Pursued through realms of bright fantasy and dark reality, Kathleen is about to be taken.

About the Guest


Kathy is a blogger at My Nook, Books & More
Wife, Mom, Book Blogger, Addicted to The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Sleepy Hollow & Outlander. YA, NA & Adult Fiction.
Kathy reads a great mix of YA, NA & Adult Fiction. Her reviews are wonderful and can be very dangerous to your ever growing TBR 😉 She is a blogger I enjoy chatting with, stop by her blog and say hello.


Thanks for stopping by to check out A Monster and A Book!

Have a fantastic day!


About Michelle

I am a mom to two pretty amazing kids, four pretty cute fluffy children and a wife to one adorable husband. I am a gamer, reader and a graphic designer with 20 years experience. I recently started my own business "Limabean Designs" to help other bloggers, authors and anyone else create amazing things that they would be proud to show off. I have been reading since forever and started blogging because I love sharing all the awesome books this world has to offer. I am also the co-host for the COYER Challenge, Reading Assignment Challenge and the Bookish Resolutions Challenge. I try to create a warm welcoming environment on my blog where authors, readers, and bloggers will have a great time. Let’s chat books, games, blogging, recipes, design, or family over a cup of coffee and a glass of wine!

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12 responses to “Monster and Book Guest Post ~ Grim Reaper & Banshee with Kathy

  1. The first book I ever read about the Grim Reaper or Death was On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony. Then it was years and years and years before I read Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series and met Lucien. Since then I’ve read a few more that have grim reapers, but very few banshees. They don’t get near enough love. 🙂

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  2. I think my favourite series with girm reapers and banshee’s is Rachel Vincent her Soul Screamers series. Beside that I’ve read only a few other banshee or grim reaper books and most of those didn’t really leave a lasting impression. I do like the concept of banshee’s and wish there were more books with them. Shadow sounds like an interesting series!