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Beyond (Afterlife Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Willow Rose
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- Willow Rose definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. She balanced fantasy and intense emotion brilliantly. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys the paranormal. - Fictitious Musings
- I loved this book! It was really good and just warm with a touch of darkness to it (...) It’s good stuff! - That Chick That Reads
- Death & Life meet with a twist. Definitely worth a read - Becky's Barmy Book Blog


Meghan is 16 when she dies.
She wakes up on a flying steamboat on her way to a school run by Angels in a white marble castle.
On the boat she meets Mick who has been dead for more than a hundred years but still looks like a teenager. He helps her past the difficult beginning at the new school in a new world filled with magic.
One day some of Meghan's roommates find a mirror in the cellar of the school and they persuade her to go through it with them - well knowing it is strictly against the rules of the school. Meghan ends up back on earth where she meets Jason. But Jason is in danger and Meghan knows something important. Something that is a matter of life and death. Soon she is forced to choose between the two worlds. The one she belongs to now and the one she left.

Beyond is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance and the first book in the series Afterife. The sequel Serenity is also available for sale here:

Editorial Reviews


- Willow definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. She balanced fantasy and intense emotion brilliantly. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys the paranormal. /Fictitious Musings 
- I loved this book! It was really good and just warm with a touch of darkness to it (...) It's good stuff! /That Chick That Reads 
- Death & Life meet with a twist. Definitely worth a read /Becky's Barmy Book Blog

From the Author

Other books in this series:
  • Serenity (Afterlife#2)
  • Endurance (Afterlife#3
  • Courageous (Afterlife#4)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1017 KB
  • Print Length: 267 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467905763
  • Publisher: DMC; 3 edition (September 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ME7P8Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,930 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had just read the free preview. November 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Definitely not what I expected. The premise is cool. The cover art is gorgeous. My first problem was when the main character refers to this being a book. I don't like books or movies wherein the writer has to point this fact out. This annoyed me but I went on.

Spoilerish comments follow.

First, we have our newly dead heroine who has no clue where she came from, or how she got there. One presumes that this mystery will be cleared up.

Meghan's Afterlife begins with finding herself on an outmoded form of transportation, to wit: a steamboat. (As I continured to read, I thought, it should have been a train.) The newly dead are called Ru'ach. BTW, after this initial bit of information, the term Ru'ach seems to have been replaced by the term students. It annoys me when an author doesn't use their own universe's terminology correctly or consistently.

A tall lady spirit introduces herself as a teacher at the Academy of the Spiritual Realm. The train, excuse me, boat, took all our newly dead, aka students, to a castle where a tall man with a beard called out "New students, follow me" and he leads them to the door. Did I mention there are twins? Mischievous Twins? Anyway, the newbies are led to a door and are met by a tall woman and introduced by Hagrid. I mean, by the tall un-named man with a beard. After arriving at the castle/school. The headmaster wore a long white robe and had long white hair and beard and told the students they must be sorted. I had to read that twice. Yep. Sorted. It said sorted.

The castle has no stairways, because spirits don't need stairs. There is a magic bell that students can use to summon help but are warned against unnamed, dire consequences if they ring it unnecesarily.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beyond--T.P Boje March 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
My Opinion:

Beyond is a whole new world that explains what happens to people after they die. It's a creative read that shows people exactly what happens when you start messing with other people's destiny. Mehgan is a brave, caring girl that just wants to help, but you know what they say about good intentions: The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

The Good:

Beyond was an easy book to peruse, due to the delightfully descriptive prose. T.P Boje did an excellent job at making sure every image she tried to portray was accurate and clear. I really enjoyed her way with words.
The whole Spirit world is so original (except The Academy), but we'll get to that later), I have never heard dying explained quite like that before. The whole idea that people die and go to school to learn how to survive as ghosts is so new and intriguing; that was one of the novels main draws for me, when I started it.
When Meghan was taken by Mick to see how ghosts are taken by other Spirits to join them in the Afterlife, my favorite part the lady that was in a car accident was allowed a second part at life. It was another very unique way of explaining how people come back to life after their hearts stop.
I loved the part about Michael Jackson. I cracked up when a kid in Mehgan's year at The Academy asked the teacher if, since he saw MJ, does that mean he's innocent? Hilarious, T.P.
Rahmiel is a favorite, as well. She sounds so adorable and kind (which would make since, as she is an Angel...), I kinda wish she was real, so I could give her a big, cuddly, hug.
Funny quote:

"Where are your rabbits?" I asked him.
"Where they always are," he said with a smile.
"Making more rabbits?"
"You said it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A quick read with a great story. February 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
There's the age-old question "What makes a book, the writing or the story?" Most of the time, I say that both components are essential to creating a book worth reading, but sometimes elaborate prose that flow off the page and twist your mind are overwhelming and you just want to be told a good story. That's what it was my experence reading Beyond. The writing was not bad, please do not misunderstand me, but it wasn't particularly stunning. Some of the dialogue was stilted and there could have been a lot more details, but the book was quick and refreshing and told a story that was interesting.

The world was set up very decently. I still have some questions, but there are more books in the series and I can't expect (or even want, really) all the worldbuilding in the first book. There were a few things I found slightly unbelievable or inconsistent, but in the end, those things didn't matter. I also found a few things to be slightly similar to the world set up in Harry Potter. Not exactly the same, but just similar. That's not a bad thing, persay, but it subtracts from the originality, obviously.

Now the plot and main storyline were what I really adored. I loved reading about this whole new life after death and I liked how the characters in this novel didn't just turn into all-knowing being when they died. Instead they have to attend an academy, no matter how old, where they learn special things like how to fly or walk through walls. The religious aspects in this book are there, but not preachy or overwhelming. There are good spirits and there are bad, and the good must continuously fight the bad spirits' influence. There are hints and talk about an ancient war and Heaven and I'm hoping there are more of those things in the next books--in the same nonpreachy way, of course.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of Willow Rose ( one of he best anyway.
Very fast paced, did not want to put it down, I enjoyed the book so much i got book 2 and waiting for book 3. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Unknown
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Read
All I can say is keep the books coming Willow! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's very different from her other books but I could not put it down! Can't wait to read the sequel. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars I like the first few Emma Snow books Willow Rose wrote ...
I like the first few Emma Snow books Willow Rose wrote and had high hopes for this series. It had an interested premise and honestly I couldn't wait to read it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Red M
4.0 out of 5 stars Alwyas good author
Interesting, and good. Anything by Willow Rose will get my attention
Published 3 months ago by Beverly Sims
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 4 months ago by DIANE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is like a Hogwarts school for ghosts. Well written and keeps your interest waiting for the next book.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but genre of paranormal is misleading
Well written, but the label paranormal is misleading, it would find a better target market if labeled christian or spiritual. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Phoenix
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Great read
Excellent book Great read. Willow Rose really knows how to bring the characters to life. Would recommend to others to read.
Published 6 months ago by Darlene Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
Beautiful story. I kept reading until the end! ;)
Published 6 months ago by Peppermint P.J.
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
20% into it and pretty bored. i read 3-5 books a week and usyally only review the few really bad or really good ones. this one is sophomoric at best.
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Willow Rose is an international best-selling author. She writes Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Paranormal Romance and Fantasy. She is inspired by authors like James Patterson, Agatha Christie, Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Isabel Allende. She lives on Florida's Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. When she is not writing or reading, you'll find her surfing and watching the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. She has sold more than 900.000 books.

Books by the author:


Rebekka Franck:
- One, two ... He is coming for you (Rebekka Franck #1)
- Three, Four ... Better lock your door (Rebekka Franck #2)
- Five, Six ... Grab your crucifix (Rebekka Franck#3)
- Seven, Eight ... Gonna stay up late (Rebekka Franck #4)
- Nine, Ten ... Never sleep again (Rebekka Franck#5)
- Eleven, Twelve ... Dig and Delve (Rebekka Franck #6)
- Thirteen, Fourteen ... Little Boy Unseen (Rebekka Franck#7)

Emma Frost:
- Itsy Bitsy Spider (Emma Frost #1)
- Miss Polly had a Dolly (Emma Frost #2)
- Run Run as Fast as You Can (Emma Frost #3)
- Cross Your Heart and Hope to Die (Emma Frost #4)
- Peek-A-Boo I See You (Emma Frost#5)
- Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Emma Frost#6)
- Easy as One Two Three (Emma Frost#7)
- There's No Place like Home (Emma Frost #8)
- Slenderman (Emma Frost#9)

Jack Ryder:
- Hit the Road Jack (Jack Ryder #1)
- Slip out the Back Jack (Jack Ryder #2)


- Rock-A-Bye Baby
- Nibble, Nibble, Crunch
- Eenie, Meenie
- Humpty Dumpty
- Edwina
- Chain Letter

Paranormal thrillers:

- Beyond (Afterlife #1)
- Serenity (Afterlife #2)
- Endurance (Afterlife #3)
- Courageous (Afterlife#4)
- Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar #1)
- Broken (Daughters of the Jaguar #2)
- Song for a Gypsy (The Wolfboy Chronicles)
- I am Wolf (The Wolfboy Chronicles)

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