Even being dead isn’t enough to get you out of maths class.
Dying wasn’t on sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson’s to-do list. And now, not only is she dead, but she’s stuck in a perpetual high school nightmare. Worse still, she’s stuck there with the geekiest, most annoying boy in the history of the world, ever.
In a school where the geeks are popular and just about everything is wrong, Riley has become an outcast. She begins a desperate quest to get back home, but her once-perfect life starts to unravel into something not nearly as great as she thought it was. And maybe death isn’t really that bad after all…
Welcome to Afterlife Academy, where horns are the norm, the microwave is more intelligent than the teachers, and the pumpkins have a taste for blood.
Afterlife Academy is a Young Adult paranormal romantic comedy, suitable for approximately ages 14 and up.
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
My Review: Honestly, this book started out rough for me. After the first ten percent, I probably would have stopped reading it had I not promised to review it for a blog tour. I’m glad I plunged ahead, because it turned out to be an excellent read. By the time I was about halfway through, I couldn’t put it down. Part of the reason it was hard to read at first is because Riley was such an unlikable character. It wasn’t just that she was stuck-up from having been popular in her former life, it was that she was so completely delusional. Her persistence in loving her horrendous boyfriend–to the point of believing he would somehow come and rescue her–was a little tough to swallow. Gradually, there were flashes of decency in Riley that made me want to continue. For someone as intolerant as Riley was during her ‘life,’ she was remarkably accepting of the horned lunchroom attendant.
One of the best aspects of this story is that Riley does undergo an incredible amount of character development and that the reader will connect with her by the end of the story. I absolutely adored Anthony. He was the shining light in this novel. The sweet romance that develops between Riley and a friend in her new afterlife (sorry, no spoilers here folks) is another highlight of the book and one that will make you fall in love with the story. And, the author’s worldbuilding is top notch. Afterlife Academy is a unique backdrop for a YA story and the author did a wonderful job creating an intriguing setting. Despite the slow start to the story (at least in my opinion), this was worth the read. I gave it four stars.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Jaimie is a 28-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps.
She has been writing for years but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people.
Afterlife Academy is her third novel and she hopes you enjoy it. There are plenty more on the way!