Welcome to my stop for Afterlife Academy Blog Tour hosted by Megan @ Reading Away the Days Blog Tours! Featured in this stop is my 4-star review of the book and a tourwide giveaway of Afterlife Academy swag pack. Make sure to read on until the end of the post for a chance to win! ^__^
Author: Jaimie Admans
Age group: Young Adult
Genre: ParanormalPublished: March 15th 2013; self-published
Buy Now: Amazon
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.
First of all, I really love the cover! It's so pretty and honestly speaking, the cover was the first thing that drew me into reading this book. ^_^
Okay, time for the review. I enjoyed Afterlife Academy a lot. This was the first book of Jaimie Admans that I read so I really did not know what to expect from this author. Turns out that Ms. Admans is a talented writer and Afterlife Academy is a proof of that.
It was brilliant and funny and smart. I was easily hooked into the story. I liked the concept, the characters, the pace of the story. It was light but not boring. The ending of each chapter actually made me eager to read more. The setting is also great. I think it was a good idea that what made the main characters different from the rest of the school is that they are already familiar with the place. A vampire pumpkin and a microwave that gives you any food you want? Very creative.
The characters are also cute. Riley can be frustrating a lot of times because of her obsession to her pathetic excuse of a boyfriend, but for the most part, she's okay. I really enjoyed being in her head because you can't tell what she's going to think of next. She has this wild and exaggerated imagination that always makes me laugh. It was easy to dislike Riley because of the things she did when she was alive but following her journey through Afterlife Academy made me understand her.
On the other hand, I think Anthony is cool. Not just because he's a geek but because he treated Riley nicely even though they're practically enemies in life. He could have easily ignored Riley or treated her the way she did to him before, but instead he tried to be friends with her. And I admired him for that. A lot of times I felt bad for Anthony especially when he or Riley relives how he was bullied in high school. I couldn't imagine being bullied like that and when I was reading those parts, I hated Riley. Good thing she was able to realize her mistakes and somehow managed to redeem herself.
"You might not be able to make up to all the people you've hurt, but just accepting that you weren't always fair goes a long way to righting the wrong."
I also liked the other characters Caydi and Narcissa. Narcissa is awesome. She's understanding and trustworthy. It was a good thing that Riley found a friend in her. And I soooo want to have a microwave like hers! Caydi is also nice for not shunning Riley just because she's different.
I love the ending! Up until the end, this book will still keep you guessing what will happen next. For a moment there, I was afraid Riley would push through her original plan. But all's well that ends well. I'm just glad that Riley found something new to be happy about even though she's dead.
All in all, Afterlife Academy is amazing. Equal parts funny and serious, this book is really an enjoyable paranormal read. I definitely recommend it to fans of Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley.
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!Author Links:
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