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Hereafter (A Shadowlands Novel) Hardcover – October 1, 2013

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-In Shadowlands (Hyperion, 2012), Rory Miller, her father, and her sister are put in witness protection after she survives an attack by a serial killer. Here, she finds out that she's a Lifer, someone assigned to usher people to the afterlife-to the Light or the Shadowlands-and Juniper Landing is actually a "way station" for people before they move on. Lifers are made by performing selfless acts. In Rory's case, it was killing the serial killer after he caught up with the family before they reached witness protection. Now her relationship with her sister is strained because she cannot tell her or their father about their fate because it would automatically sentence them to the Shadowlands. If that weren't enough of a challenge, bad things start happening after Rory's arrival-plants are dying, hornets show up, and people get sick-signs that a Lifer is "going bad." Then all the people who are ushered, even the completely good ones, are sent to the Shadowlands. Something is definitely going wrong and Rory and her friends are determined to track down the culprits and recover the people who were incorrectly ushered. Although the book can stand alone, most readers will find the beginning confusing unless they have read the first one, but expect them to clamor for the next in the series. Give it to patrons who like their mysteries and suspense with a paranormal twist.-Suanne B. Roush, Osceola High School, Seminole, FLα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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At the conclusion of Shadowlands (2013), Rory Miller discovered the true nature of the swanky resort island of Juniper Landing: it’s a limbo for the deceased to deal with unfinished business before they move on to the Light or to the Shadowlands. This time, Rory finds out that she is one of the Lifers, chosen to usher souls to their final destination. Being a Lifer is a forever thing; Tristan, Rory’s enigmatic crush, has been one since 1766. But disturbing changes on the usually changeless island herald a coming evil: one of the Lifers is breaking the rules, sending good souls to undeserved torment in the Shadowlands, and some Lifers think Rory is responsible. This suspenseful sequel further expands the island’s mystery and creates some emotional family scenes for Rory; her romantic angst, however, feels out of place among more serious events. Interludes from the rogue Lifer add little of significance to the story, which ends with another cliff-hanger that, though somewhat unsatisfying, will nevertheless create buzz for the third book. Grades 8-11. --Krista Hutley

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Product Details

  • Series: Shadowlands
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423164849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423164845
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a total Jersey girl. I grew up in Bergen County, went to Rutgers University, lived in Hoboken for a year (requisite post-college party time) and then moved back to Bergen, got married, and bought a house ten minutes from where I grew up. I graduated from Rutgers with a double major in English and Journalism, worked as an Editor for four years, then decided I liked writing better and struck out on my own. You've been reading my books ever since!

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Format: Paperback
This book helped to make Shadowlands actually make sense. In case you missed my review of Shadowlands you can check it out here. When I first finished the book, I was a little bit outraged because I was confused by the ending and I felt like the book had no purpose, and it was really upsetting. I was also pissed off because I thought that this book was a stand alone. What shocked me was finding out that the book was actually part of a trilogy.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked getting pulled back into the world of Juniper Landing. I liked coming back into Rory's life as she struggled with this new knowledge that she was dead, which I so don't blame her her, knowing that you died is a big deal. It was sad realizing that the nightmare she had on her way to Juniper Landing was actually how she died.

There were new people that we met in this book which was really interesting and we also got to learn more about how the entire community worked. Best of all we get to see her and Tristan together more, including him coming to her rescue again which was completely magical and swoon worthy. While I get to know more about these other characters we see less and less of her family. One thing that did irk me? Books one and two span two weeks total. Two weeks! And we have Tristan and Rory falling all over themselves "In Love" with each other.

All in all, I cannot wait to get my hands on the final installment of this series to see what is going to happen and where everything will end up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lili's Reflections on January 3, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
In order not to spoil the amazingly awesome ending of book one, this review will be rather short to avoid spoilers. I didn’t love book one as much as I was hoping, but it got much better near the end, so I had my fingers crossed for book two. Unfortunately, I didn’t think book two was any better for a variety of reasons.

I will admit that this was an incredibly fast read, though. Despite my lack of interest, it was very easy to get through because of the fast writing style and lack of info-dumping. This book pretty much takes place right where book one leaves off. The difference between the two books is that there was quite a number of time indicators in this book. Oddly enough, this served to make me rather mad. This is a trilogy and we are two books in. The first two books take place in less than two weeks. The declarations of love and mad jealousy about being a couple takes place in less than two weeks. This reasonable girl who thought logically and focused on science in school was reduced to an overemotional school girl that’s really hard to tolerate in less than two weeks. This book doesn’t even span a week. The speed at which everything moved was utterly unbelievable which led to frustration and anger on my part. The insta-love was so saccharine that it aggravated me even more because of the fact that things moved so unbelievably fast. I just couldn’t handle it.

I also found our main characters to be rather frustrating. I don’t want to explain why, but they’re supposed to be rather mature because of the professions that they all have (which is explained in this book). Instead, I often found myself disliking the main character because she’s impulsive and overemotional.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Savannah (Books With Bite) on October 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
With the ending of the last book, I knew I had to read this one. Not only is this book good, but it too also brought forth an unforgettable ending.

Plot: Rory finds out exactly where she is and what she is to become. She begins to gain lots of knowledge and secrets that she must keep from her family. Throughout this story, it builds up nicely little by little with bit of drama and past history. Certain people's motives become clear and others leave you unsure. This plot is full of entertainment and lots of questions.

Love: This love interest is very complicated and carries lots of baggage. Little bits of Tristan's past comes to light and it definitely left me intrigued as to what exactly is he hiding. Let just say that the ending brings an uncanny revelation that leave me jaw-dropped and heart broken. Tristan has a lot of explaining to do.

Ending: The build up to the ending is the icing on the cake. When everything fell nicely together before the readers eyes and it click...BAM! Major OMG! I'm anxious for the next book cause I don't want to believe that that is true! It can't be. But if it is, well they had me fooled.

Hereafter is an excellent addition that leaves you jaw-dropped. It is instantly captivating and excels in the plot Beautifully crafted into an amazing story, Hereafter is awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather on October 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover

So, I know a lot of people didn't enjoy the first novel in this series as much as I did. But I read purely for joy and happily overlook plot holes and other things if the novel entertains me. Most of the time, this is easy. Not as easy in this novel. ****If you haven't read the first novel, there will be spoilers from that novel***. So, who is the bad guy or what do you do with your characters when you kill off the bad guy in the first book? Well, you have to come up with something even more sinister, and it is. It's a good idea.

This novel is once again told from Rory's point of view with the exception of several one page interruptions of someone writing from their own point of view. This person doesn't reveal their identity. It is creepy and you'd almost believe Steven Nell was alive if you hadn't seen him killed in the last novel. But the author leads you heavily along as to who it is. And at the end of the novel - What? Oh no, not him! Of course, with such heavy pointing towards him being the bad guy, I'm sure in the next novel we will come to find out he is not the bad guy. However, it does make me wonder who the villain is???

Rory is herself as she was in the last novel. She knows a huge secret about her life as well as that of everyone else's on the island but if she tells it will harm them all, including herself. So yeah, that's kind of heavy. But she is also tip toeing around the boy she likes, Tristan, because he's very mysterious. (blech) Darcy, Rory's sister, is still an insecure, jealous child.
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