Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hereafter Book #4

I really enjoyed this book. The premise is fresh and intriguing, and for those of us who spend our lives in YA paranormal romance fresh is getting harder and harder to find. The characters are well developed and the story is AWESOME!!! Page one starts out with dead girl, Amelia, trying to help Josh out of the water before he dies, and the story keeps going from there. The romance is strong. I don't know if it's quite Twilight strong, but it's definitely stronger than what has become the status quo.

But as much as I loved this book, I can only give it a 3.5 star rating. Because I feel some things should have been done differently. A sub-plot magically appears somewhere between half way and 3/4  through the book. This bothered me in part b/c there was no evidence or reason to believe it was even a problem and the MC was overly concerned about it. Once I'd gotten to the end, I felt the new sub-plot was part of a set up for a sequel. That would be okay, except it didn't feel organic.  Also it's true that the characters were well developed, but that being said there were a lot of eye brows being raised. Sometimes, it felt like a natural reaction, when someone was questioning something. But it often felt like a default reaction which seems like that would be a trait of one person, rather than everyone in a novel. I've been told this is a picky  critique, but to me it didn't feel that different from an overused word, which many reviewers would point out.

Overall, this was a good read, fast and fun. I recommend it for fans of the YA paranormal romance. Actually, if I have enough interest, I'd like to mail this one around for a blog tour. Let me know in the comments section if you'd be interested in reviewing it and sending it on to another person.


  1. sure, count me in. Send me an email elizafaith13 (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Beth, I love an honest review, so I'm glad you pointed out what didn't work for you. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and you presented yours in a respectful way that wasn't hurtful to the author. I applaud that.

    Unfortunately, I can't take on another book to review right now. I'm deep into a review already.

  3. I did it for the Show the Love Possession Blog Tour for Elana Johnson. It was a blast. If you need me, I'm there. :)