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{Tour Stop} Hereafter (The Reaper Novellas #2) by Jennifer Snyder: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway

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Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: February 5, 2013
Series: #2 (The Reaper Novellas)
Length: 102 pages
Source: author (review copy)

In Death I could finally see the importance of Life…

After being forced to become a Reaper Council member and being torn away from the one she loves, Rowan Harper must learn to accept her altered Fate as well as her death and move on. A task easier said than done, especially when witnessing those you love suffer in the wake of your death.

When an unlikely alli provides information that could change everything, Rowan sets out on a journey through Purgatory with her beloved by her side and a nonchalant Tracker to learn the true meaning of the word sacrifice. Another task which seems easier said than done, especially with the threat of Purgatory’s ability to corrupt your soul the longer you’re in its grip looming above their heads.


In my 16 years of existence, this is legit the first time that I cried while reading a book. Who would have thought that I would cry while reading a ya paranormal.. PARANORMAL! Not a contemporary, but a paranormal book. I’m glad to say that I enjoyed Hereafter more than the first book. I love it when the 2nd book is better and has more twist to it. In my  review of Touch which is the first book, I said I had a feeling that the sequel would be better. I was right. Hereafter did not disappoint at all. Like Touch, I read it in one sitting and was hooked on since the first chapter.

This book is about a teenage girl named Rowan who became a reaper in place of her mother who committed suicide. It wasn’t her mother’s time to past away yet, but since she cut herself from the world, her daughter had to take her place. Now Rowan wants her life back (this might sound selfish) but in order to do that, she must find her mother who is in Purgatory and ask her to accept to become a reaper again.

There was definitely more adventure in this book, but not a lot of information about the reaping world. Instead, the author sets off Rowan and Jet’s journey to the Purgatory. I completely love how Snyder described the Purgatory. Wow. I was amazed how she pictured the place and how the souls were punished. It was unique, scary, and exciting all at the same time. I felt the same way as Rowan. I felt how she was eager to find her mom, how she was frightened and worried during her journey to Purgatory, but most of all her sadness. The best part of all (and the part where I cried) was when Rowan, her friend/lover Jet, and Val (a Tracker – someone who finds the souls) goes through the process of searching for Rowan’s mom. Oh my goodness. It was the saddest thing ever! I don’t want to say how the process was because if you read Hereafter, I want you to be surprised like I was. My nose was running as much as the tears in my ears were. I love how in this book, we get to know more of Jet and how he died.

I really recommend this to everyone. It’s such a touching paranormal story which also reminds me of a contemporary book because there were so much emotional stuff going on. Choices, sacrifices, and forgiveness, this is more than a paranormal book. The only part that I did not understand and wanted to know more of is why Rowan’s mother’s mom didn’t know that they had the blood of the reaper? Hmm.. Anyways, you should totally check this out. I really enjoyed it and I still can’t believe I cried. xD

4.5 of 5

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Torment and sin, pain and evil floated through the air in a near suffocating haze. I could feel it surrounding me, brushing up against me, attempting to lure me in deeper and away from the door so I couldn’t escape as though it were alive. I licked my lips and tasted the bitterness of this place on my tongue. Jet’s hand tightened around mine, and I could sense his tension as he glanced at what lie before us. My eyes darted about in wonder, taking in my surroundings.
Purgatory was eerily beautiful, in a gothic sense. It was as if stepping through the door had taken us deep underground without taking any stairs. Cold, dark dirt lay beneath my bare feet, etched with deep ruts and grooves. There was no sky, only more dirt above me, bumpy and full of ridges. I felt as if I’d stepped inside a damp cave long ago forgotten by even the smallest of creatures. White fog bubbled from a crater a few hundred feet away from where Jet and I stood, and danced across the ground hypnotically.
Gripping my hand even tighter, Jet put one foot in front of the other, and we began making our way through the silent darkness that was Purgatory, toward the crater that dipped into the ground. After only a few steps, I noticed something at the cliff-like edge of the crater, something shinny and black that caught the small glint of light available and reflected it.
“What is that?” I asked, pointing, just before I realized what the objects were. “How are there crows down here?”
We’d taken a few steps before Jet shook his head and finally answered me. “Those aren’t crows; those are ravens.”



Book Feature + Excerpt + Giveaway: Stitch (Stitch Trilogy #1) by Samantha Durante

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Stitch (Stitch Trilogy, #1)

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance and Dystopian SciFi
Published: August 1, 2012
Series: #1 (Stitch Trilogy)
Length: 314 pages

Her heart races, her muscles coil, and every impulse in Alessa’s body screams at her to run… but yet she’s powerless to move.

Still struggling to find her footing after the sudden death of her parents, the last thing college freshman Alessa has the strength to deal with is the inexplicable visceral pull drawing her to a handsome ghostly presence. In between grappling with exams and sorority soirees – and disturbing recurring dreams of being captive in a futuristic prison hell – Alessa is determined to unravel the mystery of the apparition who leaves her breathless. But the terrifying secret she uncovers will find her groping desperately through her nightmares for answers.

Because what Alessa hasn’t figured out yet is that she’s not really a student, the object of her obsession is no ghost, and her sneaking suspicions that something sinister is lurking behind the walls of her university’s idyllic campus are only just scratching the surface…

The opening installment in a twist-laden trilogy, Stitch spans the genres of paranormal romance and dystopian sci-fi to explore the challenges of a society in transition, where morality, vision, and pragmatism collide leaving the average citizen to suffer the results.

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Nikhil and Alessa were pressed together ever closer by the crowd, their bodies moving as one in time with the music.  Alessa could feel the hair sticking to the back of her neck as her skin started to glisten, but she didn’t care.  She threw her arms up and tossed her head with the beat, reveling in the moment.
Nikhil gently placed his hands around Alessa’s hips, seemingly mesmerized.  The crowd swelled and they were pressed together once more, his arms wrapped around her waist, her hands on his taut swimmer’s chest and shoulders.  He leaned over, nudging his face so close to hers that she could feel the heat rising off his skin.  Alessa parted her lips and looked up at Nikhil, preparing to surrender to her body’s impulses.
But instead of the dark brown eyes she expected, she saw only blue.  Unfathomable, sparkling blue, glittering with facets of ocean and sky, boring deep into her soul and clutching at her heart.  Once again, a single word rose in the back of her throat – Isaac – and she knew this night was over.



Book Feature + Excerpt + Giveway: Forty Days (Neima’s Ark #1) by Stephanie Parent

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Forty Days (Neima's Ark, #1)

Genre: YA Historical Fiction & Romance
Published: February 12, 2013
Series: #1 (Neima’s Ark)

The entire village knows Neima’s grandfather is a madman. For years the old man has prophesied that a great flood is coming, a flood disastrous enough to blot out the entire earth. He’s even built an enormous ark that he claims will allow his family to survive the deluge. But no one believes the ravings of a lunatic…

…until the rain starts. And doesn’t stop. Soon sixteen-year-old Neima finds her entire world transformed, her life and those of the people she loves in peril. Trapped on the ark with her grandfather Noah, the rest of her family, and a noisy, filthy, and hungry assortment of wild animals, will Neima find a way to survive?

With lions, tigers, and bears oh my, elephants and flamingos too, along with rivalries and betrayals, a mysterious stowaway, and perhaps even an unexpected romance, FORTY DAYS is not your grandfather’s Noah’s Ark story.

FORTY DAYS is approximately 45000 words, the length of a shorter novel, and is the first installment in a two-part epic story. It does contain a cliffhanger ending.

Readers looking for a traditional, religiously oriented version of the Noah’s Ark story should be warned that FORTY DAYS may not appeal to them. The novel will, however, appeal to lovers of apocalyptic fiction, historical fiction, and romance, as well as anyone who’s ever dreamed of having a baby elephant as a pet.

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A crash comes out of nowhere, a sound not of water but of something solid rending, splitting, falling, followed by shill screaming.  I run to the door without thinking and the water hits me like a wall, blinding me, pushing me back.  It takes all my strength to force my way outside, where, eyes narrowed, I make out children bracing themselves, hands on knees, some down on all fours in the now-slippery earth.  The rains can be ferocious, yes, especially when they first arrive…but have they ever been like this before?  Not in my lifetime, I don’t think.

I struggle forward till I can just glimpse the cause of that solid crash, blurred through a curtain of rain: a cottage has crumbled to the ground, its roof split down the middle, its foundation collapsed under the weight of the roof and the water.  My throat tightens: that is—or was—Hannah’s dwelling.  As a widow with no sons, Hannah had no one to shore up her cottage before the rainy season.  How many years have passed since anyone’s even offered to patch her roof?

I look for Hannah herself, knowing Mother would want me to offer her shelter, but I can’t see past the crowd of taller villagers quickly forming around her cottage.  Someone will take care of her, at least.

Another crash rings out over the rain, the sound reverberating down to my bones, and before my eyes the roof of another cottage slides forward, over the still-standing walls and all the way down to the ground, as easily as mud sliding down a hillside.  And this is Emir’s house.  I saw him repairing his roof just a day or two ago.

I’m trapped in place, suddenly, my body turned solid as stone in my bewilderment and fear, even as the world is tearing to pieces before me and the rain seems determined to knock me onto my knees.  And then, through the swirl of wind and water, a single word rises, a harsh, cutting word, repeating and gathering strength like a chant:

Curse.  Curse.  Curse.  Curse.  The ark has brought this curse upon us.”




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