21 Oct 2014

REVIEW: This Is Your Afterlife by Vanessa Barneveld

Title: This Is Your Afterlife
Author: Vanessa Barneveld
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance.
Publication Date: October 21st 2014
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Format: E-book
Pages: 194
Rating: 4/5

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".

This book was sent to me for review by the publisher but this in no way alters my opinions of the book.

This Is Your Afterlife is a really fun, quick YA paranormal read. It’s one of those books that is just so easy to read that it seems like you’ve only just started the book and then suddenly it’s over.

Keira Nolan is the main character and she’s just an easy character to read about. She was incredibly relatable as she’s dealing with the grief of losing her grandmother. This couldn’t have come at a better time in my life as it really helped me come to terms with a similar situation, so I liked that part of the book. However, the main part of this book actually focuses on Jimmy- the star of the football team who’s just turned up as a ghost in Keira’s bedroom. I loved Jimmy – he was incredibly funny so he really lightened up the whole book, but I was also really desperate to know how he became a ghost. Of course, there’s also Dan – Jimmy’s super hot younger brother that Keira has some unresolved history with. Not only was he super hot, he was just a really nice addition to the story.

I think parts of the book were a little bit predictable, but as a whole, the story was just a great light, fun read. I would definitely suggest it if you’re looking for something nice and quick, especially if you’re looking to bump up those Goodreads Reading Challenges.

Thank you to the lovely people at Bloomsbury for providing me with a copy of this book. Don't forget to check out this wonderful guest post that Vanessa did for us last week.