This is Your Afterlife

This is Your AfterlifeTitle: This is Your Afterlife
Author: Vanessa Barnevald
Genre(s): Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 194
Published by Bloomsbury Spark on 2014-10-21
ISBN: 978-1619637771
ASIN: B00NWBQBE8
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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When the one boy you crushed on in life can't seem to stay away in death, it's hard to be a normal teen when you're a teen paranormal.

Sixteen-year-old Keira Nolan has finally got what she wanted—the captain of the football team in her bedroom. Problem is he’s not in the flesh. He’s a ghost and she’s the only one who can see him.

Keira's determined to do anything to find Jimmy's killer. Even it if means teaming up with his prickly-yet-dangerously-attractive brother, Dan, also Keira's ex-best-friend. Keira finds that her childish crush is fading, but her feelings for Dan are just starting to heat up, and as the story of Jimmy’s murder unfolds, anyone could be a suspect.

This thrilling debut from Vanessa Barneveld crosses over from our world to the next, and brings a whole delightful new meaning to "teen spirit".

My Review

This is Your Afterlife is the debut novel from Vanessa Barnevald and I can’t wait to see more from her.  I enjoyed the characters and the story line was rather engrossing, although there were moments that were perhaps a little slow in pacing.

There were so many things to like about the main character, Kiera.  I love flawed characters, characters not created to be anything more than a real person.  That is Kiera.  She is not the popular girl.  She has made mistakes.  She has real problems.  That makes her someone I can relate to and understand.  Her character is grieving for her recently passed grandmother, something I can all too easily understand.  Her grandmother had her own special gifts, gifts that Kiera herself may finally be inheriting.

Dan and Jimmy are brothers and a source of contention for Kiera.  The two brothers could not have been more different and the contrast and how Kiera relates to each of them is interesting.  In a bittersweet twist, it was death that brought the three of them together in the ways that it did.  There was definitely a touch of irony in that.

Even the antagonist, though this is a person that you are predisposed to dislike, was an interesting character.  There were some deep issues there and it made for an interesting twist.

This story had a great blend of themes… friendship, betrayal, loss, adjustment, family, love, forgiveness, loyalty, right along with a little bit of humor.

My Recommendation

Barnevald’s storytelling is quite nice and this is a story that touches on some very real issues without going overboard with the heavy emotional toll.

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Overall: 4.2

About Vanessa Barnevald

I live on the east coast of Australia with my musician husband and two photogenic cats. My Young Adult books are represented by Beth Miller of Writers House literary agency. Three of those works have received nominations in the prestigious Golden Heart® Award in 2009, 2010 and 2014. On most days you will find me chocolate addled and trying to convince my cats to sit somewhere other than on my keyboard. The best thing about being an author is the free rein to make up tall stories, as well as short ones.

Speaking of short stories, one of mine was published in HarperCollins Australia’s e-book anthology, URL LOVE. I was inspired to write THE TWEETEST THING after my boss took me to a Duran Duran concert in 2012.

I’m excited about the release of my debut novel, THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE, on October 21, 2014. The cats? They’re not all that impressed – they’ve already appeared in the AWKWARD FAMILY PET PHOTOS book and the 2012 I Can Has Cheezburger desk calendar.

Be sure to check the blog page regularly for more news about my books, my cats and my baking disasters.

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Tethered Wings

Tethered WingsTitle: Tethered Wings
Author: Cameo Renae
Series: Hidden Wings #3
Also in this series: Hidden Wings, Descent, Broken Wings
Genre(s): Fairy Tales, Folklore, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 219
Published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing on 2014-03-21
ISBN: 978-1939769619
ASIN: B00J4XVYLI
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited

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Kaitlyn and Erik are sent on a mission to track down Vance Dasvoik, a ruthless monster. His latest thrill—abducting and selling young women.

Vance's current victim: Aaliyah, a seventeen-year-old who never imagined walking her brother home from school one evening would change her life forever.

The mission quickly turns personal for Kaitlyn when she finds Aaliyah beaten, her mind and soul fractured from abuse of the worst kind. Kaitlyn knows firsthand what it's like to be haunted by the past and resolves to bring justice to the elusive Dasvoik.

My Review

This was my favorite book of the series this far.  There is a lot of action, a lot of unexpected moments, and a whole lot of frustration!!  The story twisted and turned so many times and I honestly don’t know where it is going to go next.

Emma’s very being is the focus of this book, her heritage that makes her who and what she is.  And it manifests itself in some pretty interesting (and frustrating) ways.  As much as I want to believe that things are going to go in a particular direction, this little twist (no spoilers!) puts all of that in question and really amps up the anticipation.

Although Emma, Kade, and Ethon are really the center of this book, I can’t help but love Dom.  He is so funny and so unexpetedly sweet that he is impossible not to love.  I truly hope he gets a bigger story in future books.

My Recommendation

This is a great addition to the series and not to be missed if you are a fan of the series!

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Overall: 4.4

About Cameo Renae

My family is what keeps my heart beating, and my world a happy place to be.

I was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with my husband and children to Alaska.
I’m a daydreamer, a caffeine and peppermint addict. I love to laugh, love to read, and love to escape reality. One of my greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance, and sharing it with others.
One day I hope to find my own magic wardrobe, and ride away on a magical unicorn. Until then…I’ll keep writing!

Favorite quote: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” Albert Einstein

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Broken Wings

Broken WingsTitle: Broken Wings
Author: Cameo Renae
Series: Hidden Wings #2
Also in this series: Hidden Wings, Descent, Tethered Wings
Genre(s): Fairy Tales, Folklore, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 296
Published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing on 2013-06-01
ISBN: 978-1939769282
ASIN: B00D4KN9BK
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited

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Emma’s world is falling apart, and Kade, the only one who seems to hold her together, is missing. With death lingering right outside their door, decisions must be made before it’s too late.

The Midway has refused to send help, so they are left to seek out the only other who can stop Lucian.

A perilous quest sends Emma and a few Guardians into the Underworld, where the unimaginable abide, to beseech the Prince of Darkness himself. Lucifer.

Now, they must endure the deadly levels of Hell, which not one …mortal or immortal… has ever survived.

Prepare for love, loss, and the unexpected.

My Review

I think that these books get better with each installment!  There were plot points in the first that I wasn’t crazy about, but as the books progress the more those points are developed and the more sense they make.

The main character, Emma, has grown a lot from the first book and that really has helped me like her a whole lot more.  I think the fact that Kade and she were seperated for much of this book also helped her be her own person as a character.

There is a lot more action this time and that really made the book for me.  Instead of the romance, other relationships were at the forefront of the emotional side of the story and I liked that switch in focus.  There were a lot of unexpected moments in this story, with some twists and turns that I didn’t see coming.

My Recommendation

The story is really getting good in this book, but I recommend reading Hidden Wings and the novella Descent first.

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Overall: 4.3

About Cameo Renae

My family is what keeps my heart beating, and my world a happy place to be.

I was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with my husband and children to Alaska.
I’m a daydreamer, a caffeine and peppermint addict. I love to laugh, love to read, and love to escape reality. One of my greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance, and sharing it with others.
One day I hope to find my own magic wardrobe, and ride away on a magical unicorn. Until then…I’ll keep writing!

Favorite quote: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” Albert Einstein

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Descent

DescentTitle: Descent
Author: Cameo Renae
Series: Hidden Wings #.5
Also in this series: Hidden Wings, Broken Wings, Tethered Wings
Genre(s): Fairy Tales, Folklore, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 108
Published by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing on 2013-05-15
ISBN: 978-1939769251
ASIN: B00CSEJ386
Format: eBook
Source: personal purchase

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Kaitlyn and Erik are sent on a mission to track down Vance Dasvoik, a ruthless monster. His latest thrill—abducting and selling young women.

Vance's current victim: Aaliyah, a seventeen-year-old who never imagined walking her brother home from school one evening would change her life forever.

The mission quickly turns personal for Kaitlyn when she finds Aaliyah beaten, her mind and soul fractured from abuse of the worst kind. Kaitlyn knows firsthand what it's like to be haunted by the past and resolves to bring justice to the elusive Dasvoik.

My Review

This novella takes place before the events of the first book, but I definitely think it should be read as it was published… after reading the first book.

In a lot of ways, I think I enjoyed the novella more than I did the first book.  It takes place over a long period of time, but it also explores the mythology and back story of the series to come.  We learn so much about some of the characters that we met in Hidden Wings and it answers a lot of questions about where things began before the time of the first book.

My Recommendation

It’s a short read, but one that I think is important to the series.  I almost wish it had been a full-length book in itself!

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Overall: 4.4

About Cameo Renae

My family is what keeps my heart beating, and my world a happy place to be.

I was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with my husband and children to Alaska.
I’m a daydreamer, a caffeine and peppermint addict. I love to laugh, love to read, and love to escape reality. One of my greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance, and sharing it with others.
One day I hope to find my own magic wardrobe, and ride away on a magical unicorn. Until then…I’ll keep writing!

Favorite quote: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” Albert Einstein

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