Book Review: Aftermath

23941559Title: Aftermath (Book 1 in the Afterworld Saga)

Author: Sandy Goldsworthy

Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Length: 393 Pages

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

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Ever wonder about the possibility of past lives and soul mates who find each other in each life? In Aftermath, the first book in the Afterworld series, by Sandy Goldsworthy, Ben, an undercover agent for the Afterworld’s Bureau of Investigation, has been waiting for his soul mate for what seems like forever. He soon finds her in Emma, a senior in high school. After she suddenly loses her father and is forced to move into her aunt’s house, she finds comfort in new friends, including Ben, but he seems distant and preoccupied, so she finds herself turning to Lucas, the boy other people are warning her about. Instead of being able to focus on the love of his life, Ben has duties and responsibilities that he needs to take care of. In order to keep her safe, he may lose her in the process.

What a unique plot! I really like the idea of an afterworld agency where you work after you die until you get a new life contract. While it sounds nice to know that you still exist in some form after your death, it gets complicated when you miss your loved ones who are still in your former life or who have whole new lives. Even though the story was a bit longer than it should have been and I wasn’t a fan of the end, the book as a whole kept me interested and wanting to finish it to see what happens to the characters I grew to care for. I also really liked the alternating points of view. It was nice to see two different perspectives. Being equally suspenseful, romantic, and eerily magical, Aftermath is an enjoyable read that I would recommend to fans of young adult and paranormal fiction. Sandy Goldsworthy is a great storyteller with a vivid imagination that is clearly reflected in her writing. Looking forward to the rest of the series!

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Book Review: The Demon Inside

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Title: The Demon Inside

Author: M.L. Sparrow

Length: 299 Pages

Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤

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Eighteen-year-old Darcy had her whole life ahead of her. She had her loving family, the grades she needed to get into the university she wanted, and Alec, her devoted boyfriend who she saw her future with. Then, things drastically changed. In The Demon Inside by M.L. Sparrow, creatures begin possessing humans, turning them into soulless cannibals that will attack and kill without hesitation. Suddenly, Darcy loses her parents, her home, and the world she once knew. She and Alec must now learn to survive and keep their loved ones safe. Even after finding what seems like a secure place to live, they struggle to adapt to their new life. And are things as safe as they seem? Can they survive in this world that is rapidly filling with dangerous monsters?

This book had me hooked from the very beginning. It started out as almost a young adult romance novel. I was so immersed in Darcy and Alec’s new relationship that I forgot what the book was really about and was so surprised when people began transforming into crazy monsters. I absolutely loved that because it wasn’t your typical zombie book that jumped right into blood and gore and carnage. We got to know and care about these characters first, and we were completely taken by surprise right along with them when the world took a turn for the worse. I’ll be the first to admit that I cried a few times along the way, which isn’t usual for me in an apocalypse-type book because I don’t usually care about the characters as much as I did with this story, so I give M.L. Sparrow credit for doing such a fantastic job of bring the characters to life. Yes, there was action and violence, but the focus wasn’t on that. It was on this group of survivors trying to live in this new world, which makes this book stand out. With unforgettable characters and an imaginative plot, The Demon Inside is a must-read. I can’t wait to read more from this fantastic storyteller.

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Book Review: The Rearranged Life

25379397Title: The Rearranged Life

Author: Annika Sharma

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Length: 268 Pages

Genre: Contemporary Romance

My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

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In The Rearranged Life by Annika Sharma, college senior and future doctor Nithya comes from a traditional Indian family. Her parents have always planned on an arranged marriage for her. She has always obeyed her parents and tried so hard to please them, so an arranged marriage isn’t out of the question for her. But then she meets James, an American, and he and her feelings for him make her question everything she’s ever known. Does she really want to marry someone she doesn’t love? Does she even want to be a doctor? What if her decisions until now were made because she doesn’t know anything else? And if she changes her mind about things and goes against her culture’s and her family’s traditions, will she lose the people she loves?

They say not to judge a book by its cover. Sadly, I am guilty of doing this all the time. However, I’m glad I did in this case. I absolutely loved the cover of this book, and it immediately made me have to read it. And I’m so glad I did. What an incredible story. I am the product of an interracial couple, so I’m always interested in books where two people from completely different cultures have this undeniable chemistry. And that is exactly what Nithya and James have. They couldn’t be more different in regards to the worlds they come from, but none of that matters; they connect on a whole other level, and they understand each other like no one else does. But this isn’t your typical forbidden love story. Nithya loves her family, and she wants their approval. Disappointing them is extremely hard for her, which a lot of us can relate to, no matter what our background is. So, it’s difficult for her to make a decision when it comes to whether she should be with James or not. That is one reason I enjoyed this book so much; it is completely relatable and realistic. With such a real love story, characters you can’t help but connect with and root for, and authentic cultural references, The Rearranged Life is a must-read book. I couldn’t be happier about finding this amazing author. Annika Sharma, I hope to see many more books from you!

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