- Series: RIP (Book 1)
- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (November 30, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781494237226
- ISBN-13: 978-1494237226
- ASIN: 1494237229
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,346,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Choices After Death (RIP) Paperback – November 30, 2013
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About the Author
Daniel Sherrier is a writer based in central Virginia. This is the guy who writes the Earths in Space and RIP series, which you’ve doubtless heard much about. Occasionally, a play he’s written gets performed somewhere. He graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2005, where he earned a degree in the ever-lucrative fields of English and Theatre. Recently, he achieved his black belt in Thai kickboxing. And there was that one time he jumped out of an airplane, which was memorable.
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The story follows Rip, who discovers that he is able to see, hear and feel ghosts. He discovers that it is his job to send the evil dead (which it turns out is most of them) where they belong. He's helped by an angel named Serissa (well, she's trying to be an angel) and a crush from his past - a girl named Kalli who can't see ghosts, but has no problem believing Rip when he tells her he can.
While I loved both Rip and Kalli, I didn't necessarily feel a lot of chemistry between them. I wasn't ever really sure if Kalli was actually interested in Rip. While I liked them together, I wish I'd seen a few more sparks or meaningful moments between them.
What I loved:
Like I said in my intro, this book is formatted with novelettes of about 50 pages each that felt like TV episodes, and the volume kind of felt like a "season" (albeit a short one). I wasn't sure how I would feel about that, but I ended up really liking it. It was kind of fun!
I loved the snappy dialogue in this book. It often made me laugh and it kind of reminded me of the type of humor you saw in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which I LOVED!). Serissa was especially funny - it seemed like she always had a quip in any situation. I loved that she was always kind of torturing Rip. After all, he was the only person she could talk to, so she wanted to hang out with him - all the time. Sometimes Rip just needed a little breather! It was all just witty and humorous. Once again, this book just came across as a fun paranormal TV show - perfect for me!
Kalli was a really interesting character because she was interacting with people she couldn't see (or even hear). I especially loved her attempts at "conversation" with Serissa. Because of her belief in God, she seemed to have no problem believing in other things she couldn't see (her reaction to Rip's confession that he can see ghosts is monumentally underwhelming - she just kind of shrugs and says, "Okay, how can I help?"). Of course, helping is a bit complicated when you can't see, hear or touch the enemy. Still, she found plenty of ways to pull her weight!
This was a fun paranormal read with lots of humor and a few spooky moments. If you're a fan of this genre, I think you'll find a lot to love in Choices After Death. I'm eager to read the next installment! 4/5 stars.
***Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own***
I wish the book would have kept up the "scary" for me. I LOVE scary. It turned out to be quite a hilarious read actually. Rip's one of the "Seven" on earth who are here to send "ghosts" back to heaven or Hell. Serissa is ghost assigned to Rip to help him fight the ghosts. She is a crack up. Kalli is his friend that is a girl, that seems to be there for him at all times. I do think it was a little unrealistic when Rip told Kalli about what he does for her to just "accept" it right away. It worked, but it seemed a bit fast. Then Rip asks her out right after a fight with a ghost. It seemed a little out of place. I do wish that there was more "love" story between Rip and Kalli, but the story worked.
I still don't quite understand how the ghosts were able to hurt Rip, but I did like how the "feelings" came into it. Some of the ghosts could bring on "good" feelings like Serissa and some of them brought on feelings of "fear". It was interesting. People couldn't see them, but they could see the after math of what the ghosts were making the people see. Made them look a little crazy. It was interesting. I liked how Kalli couldn't "see" the ghosts but she was willing to help and could "feel" Serissa. She could tell if it was a good or a bad ghost by the feelings she was having. I like how she seemed to be connected without actually being connected. I would have found it quite entertaining to see some guy talking to himself all the time. It seems that Rip was doing that quite often because no one else can see the ghosts. The pulling out of his phone and talking was quite clever :).
I found this book to be quite entertaining. Not at all what I expected it to be. Especially after reading the first few pages. I thought I was in for a "scary" ride. I would have loved that, but this turned out pretty good. It's such a different take on ghosts than I have read before.
Source: I was given this book by the Author in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way for this review, and these are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.