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The Next Thing I Knew (Heavenly Book 1) by [Corwin, John]
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  • File Size: 595 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
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  • Publisher: Harper Young Adult; 1 edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CK4X5Q
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At the author's request I'm posting my review original posted on Goodreads!

First I would classify this book as beginning much like a dystopian novel then ending for science fiction. I read all genres for the most part, so this didn't bother me.

I have mixed feelings about this book. The first half behaved with the right mix of dystopian with a bit of romance for good measure. Then the second half of the book fell apart for me.

Let me explain. The author introduces us to a girl who behaves very much like a girl leaning toward being a girly girl. She loves and thinks of boys, clothes and shoes. Then the second half of the book, she starts to act and think more like a boy which may be natural because the author is male, but it threw me for a loop. The romance went from some to none for a good part. I understand Lucy must grow into the leader she is destined to become, but she is like a shadow of the character we thought her to be in a blink of an eye. I understand there is an event that precipitates that change, but I had a hard time accepting. I found myself skimming parts of the story to get back to where we had been led all along. We do get back there kind of. But there are also holes in the story with characters that go missing in the story with no explanation as to their whereabouts until they show up again. By the end of the story I found myself getting back to the good place I'd been in the first half. But sometimes it's a little too late.

Although I read and love many book without romance, I hate to be teased. Don't start romance and decide later that's not the objective of the book. The story just lost its luster for me by the second half. Maybe I agree with some of the others that the story would have been better without romance.
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I have to admit, the book ended in a far different place than the initial blurb. The Next Thing I Knew is a YA book, but does involve many adults themes. Betrayal, Murder, Death... Everyone has suddenly died as the book begins, but the journey only starts there. Once Lucy and others find themselves as ghosts, they begin to search for missing family and friends, learn to "live" without their usual physical forms, and search for the reason everyone was dead. Lucy learns about herself, blossoming into a true leader while finding her way in this new "world." From there... it takes an entirely different direction than I anticipated.

It was well written, the characters were diverse and human. All were genuine in their feelings of jealously, love, retribution... it really showed the range of human behavior, including first love and fanaticism. Seemingly benign characters turn out far different than their initial impressions.

One of the few complaints I had about this book, was the feeling of "missing time". I would read a paragraph, and by the end of it need to re-read it because surely that much could not have happened in one single paragraph. But it had... it felt like many things were just barely scratched across the surface, but I wanted more details of all the events. I wished for more detail in several key events.

Overall, I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone interested in Ghost/Apocalypse (End of the World)/Science Fiction.

If you haven't read the book, please don't read the last paragraph... Id hate to spoil anything for you!

Aliens? Wow, I did not see that coming. And then the different kinds, fantastic! It was really well thought out, included complex alien language for names and to add flavor. The alien terms were not distracting or jarring, but rather flowed with the story.
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I've never read a book like this before, I think it is more Sci Fi than paranormal but good just the same.. I would have given this 3.5 stars as opposed to 4.

I started of by being very very curious, how was a story going to be built upon starting with death? I soon found out...

I got to a part where Lucy found out about another species (I don't want to say much because of spoilers) and this part almost made me put down the book, it just wasn't for me but the curiosity on how the book would develop won over... thankfully...

I did enjoy this book, different as it was, a good 3.5 stars! I liked the love story, I enjoyed the fun bits, I did have a huge amount of curiosity that kept me turning the pages... but sometimes I could just of easily put the book away.

However, I am pleased that I finished the book, a little strange in places for me but it would definately suit Sci Fi fans as opposed to the paranormal genre (just my opinion).

The author has written this book well, the plot was amazing when looked at from an overall perspective and the imagination that has gone into the story is out of this world!!
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The Next Thing I Knew (Heavenly) by John Corwin takes us to the land of the Dead - Earth after all have perished - and the spirits of the teenages who are determined to make their afterlife have more meaning than their mortal lives, their deaths, and the presentation of the Afterlife View of others with whom they strongly disagree. Our brave souls must fight a religeon they disagree with, invading aliens they disagree with, and the controlling masters of the initial invading aliens. Innovative thought patterns must be forged, mental discipline learned, leadership skills, the skills to follow leaders, and technical skills to outwit a "master race" mentality larger than life are only part of the many challenges they face. Little do they realize...they are growing up.
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