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Gr 8 Up--Immortal Agents Ben and Molly work for the Afterworld's Bureau of Investigation, tracking serial killers, thwarting robberies, and ensuring that the police can solve the toughest crimes. Using the powers of the Afterworld, they can change appearance, compel the living to do their bidding, and use telepathy. Throughout the decades, Ben's highest goal has been to find his lost soul mate. When Ben missed her return to the Afterworld, she was given a new life in the world of the living, one without any memory of him. When Ben finally finds her, he is faced with the challenge of wooing her all over again while simultaneously trying to capture the most diabolical criminal ever. Initially, the short chapters, dual perspectives, and shifting chronology may prove challenging. However, once readers become accustomed to the fast pace, the intertwined stories make this novel impossible to put down. Many threads are woven throughout the book that are carefully drawn together in the end. The few loose ends that remain will most likely be picked up in later sequels. The multidimensional characters and complex writing will help teens share in the frustration, disappointment, excitement, and hope of the relatable protagonists. This book is an exciting murder mystery with a love story at its center.
VERDICT A fun addition to paranormal romance collections.--Paige Rowse, Syosset High School Library, New York
About the Author
Sandy Goldsworthy was born and raised in a small Wisconsin town. Her passion for writing began when her high school English teacher inspired her to be more descriptive in her work. Today, Sandy is writing the second book of Emma and Ben’s story. When she’s not writing, Sandy enjoys spending time with her husband, Mike, and two children, Brittany and Kyle, or playing with her English Mastiff, Miles.
Sandy Goldsworthy signed Aftermath—her first novel, with Clean Teen Publishing in 2014.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication date : December 2, 2014
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Clean Teen Publishing (December 2, 2014)
- File size : 4094 KB
- Print length : 393 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00OBPA7G2
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,522,498 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Instead, it sets up the background regarding Ben and Emma, and their relationship in the 1940's, and Ben's attempt at finding the woman he lost on December 7, 1941. This is where the most interesting, to me, part of the book comes into play. It's a unique take on the afterlife, and I'd say goes deeply into the idea of reincarnation, immortality, and multiple lives.
It is this aspect of the book which I thought the construction was quite good, and I found myself intrigued by the concept. One of the things I found myself wondering at the beginning of the book is what the commander was, as there was a definite air of mystery about what he was. My initial thought was an angel of sorts, as it seemed to make the most sense.
As far as the two main characters, I didn't find myself drawn to either one as a reader initially, but by the end of the book, I found myself liking both characters. I think Emma made some bad choices relationship-wise, but I'm glad she eventually found that she had a bigger attraction to Ben after all as opposed to Lucas, the town's bad boy.
There is a lot in this book that revolves around high school, so it's very much a YA book. Overall, my rating is 4/5 platypires.
Ben has been searching for his wife Elizabeth for years while serving as an Immortal Agent, but he had almost given up hope when he learned that his beloved Elizabeth was reborn as Emma.
I will admit that I had a hard time getting into the story and I think it was mostly due to the chapters narrated by Ben. The story is dual narrated from Emma and Ben so that that the reader gets to see both worlds and motivations, and I do absolutely love romances narrated by both love interests. The portion told from Emma was relatable and engaging, you can feel her sorrow and despair, as well as her attempt to heal. Ben and his world was way more complicated and I was just thrown into it with no real backstory or description. I think he is kinda sorta like an angel, since he can see and know all, take the shape of others and put thoughts in heads, as well as make hearts start beating again. After I got the hang of the plot I was more able to read and enjoy the story instead of analyzing every aspect of it.
This was overall a paranormal romance dealing with reincarnation, as well as a mystery interwoven in between the love. The author was able to create a romance that spans time, full of love and loss, while still being a good read for both YA and adult readers. This is just the first in the series so I am interested to see what will play out for Emma and Ben next- I hope it can lead to a happily ever after, but it may not be in the stars.
I am voluntarily reviewing an advance, complimentary copy of this book.
Both characters are wonderfully written and the plot and story line held my attention from beginning to end. I loved how the author gave you just the right amount of information at the right time creating suspense, intrigue, and surprise at every turn. I'm one-clicking the second book right away!
I loved the antagonist. Just enough evil with a mix a good that kept this reader wondering if he/she was just putting on a show.
I enjoyed this author's use of light descriptive and not filling the pages with useless information. Also, each character is given just enough back story to keep this reader turning the pages.
I would love to give this 5 stars put it is part of a trilogy so i must withhold final judgement.