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Monday, 18 February 2013

Review ~ Hereafter by Jennifer Snyder {Giveaway}


Today's the Release Day for Hereafter, the second part in the Reaper Novellas by Jennifer Snyder. In honor of this event, I have for your reading pleasure a review of Touch & Choice, the first story in the Reaper Novellas (pls click on the link provided for the review), a review of Hereafter, an excerpt of Hereafter, in case your still indecisive at this stage on whether this book is fantastic or not, and last but certainly not least is a giveaway. Hope you enjoy your visit and I certainly hope I entice at least one of my Readers to read this fantastic novella series. 


About The Book


Title: Hereafter
Author: Jennifer Snyder
Series: Reaper Novellas #2 
Release Date: February 18, 2013


Hereafter


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 ally provides information that could change everything, Rowen 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 it's grip looming above their heads.


Paperback Princess Review 


Hereafter starts where Touch left off; Rowan is now reluctantly a part of the Reaper Council. Visiting and seeing her Father in a downward spiral due to the loss of his Daughter and Wife within months of each other, unable to see Jet, seeing her best friend move on without her and the constant calls to Reaper Rulings has Rowan questioning if her seemingly lifetime position at the Reaper Council has a way out, an alternative path, another option of some sort...she wants the life that was prematurely taken away from her back!

Hereafter, was absolutely fantastic! From mid way through to the end I could not devour this book any faster than I did! It became a need to finish it, to see what happened with Rowan. The plot was absolutely amazing! The build up, the execution and the well thought out story line is not one that will be easily forgotten by most readers that enjoy this genre. I cannot begin to explain how much I loved Hereafter. After reading Touch, I had thought that the plot couldn't get much better but I was pleasantly surprised to be proven otherwise.

Jennifer Snyder wrote a fantastic novella that was fast paced but at the same time complete. I never felt like there should have been more to the story or the characters than what was presented to me. Sometimes I feel this with novellas, short stories and even first books in a series.

Rowan and Jet was so relatable and real that I enjoyed reading about them. Granted I did not like their fast-paced "love at first sight" and "I can't live without you" moments considering their short time together, but I did enjoy their relationship excluding these aspects. The secondary characters were also well written and developed, the pages where Rowan's Father made an appearance was heart breaking, and Snyder wrote the scenes so well that his emotions felt like it was tangible and lifting from the very pages of the book.

Hereafter and this novella series as a whole was an exceptionally well written and well developed story.  It was thought provoking and the concept of death according to Jennifer Snyder's Reaper Novellas is so creative and so well executed that it has you thinking if this is in fact what truly happens when we die.

Loved It! A Must Read!


Excerpt 

Sadness swallowed me, erasing the emptiness I’d felt earlier. I touched my fingertip to the edge of the glass and focused all of my energy into moving the dust beneath. I felt the coldness of the glass finally meet with my fingertip and glanced to my dad, taking in his sobbing frame as I concentrated harder on moving the dust partials beneath my finger. As I lifted my finger away to be sure I’d succeeded in making an imprint at all within the dust, I felt the familiar tugging of my soul and noticed the first few tendrils of blackness snake around my ankles.

Dread filled me.

Blackness swirled around me like a dense fog, making me lose my concentration before I could do anything more with my message. Dread turned into panic and panic turned into frustration quickly as I took one last glance at my father. I watched as he tipped back the bottle he’d held in his hand and stared at the old picture of my mother and me.

I wouldn’t get the chance to console him with my dust-written message today.

The blackness swirled around my hips moving upward, slowly encasing my shoulders in its thick fog as it formed my cloak. The tugging grew stronger with each second that passed, until I could feel the summoning of the ruling humming through my soul. It was a sensation not to be ignored, although I had tried to before. It left me feeling as though my soul were a rubber band stretched too tight, to the point of snapping, and if I didn’t close my eyes right then and release myself from my unwillingness to go, then I surly would have ripped my soul in half.

This tugging was nothing new. I knew exactly what was about to happen—I was being called to another Reaper Ruling.


About The Author





Jennifer Snyder lives in North Carolina were she spends most of her time writing young adult fiction, reading, and struggling to stay on top of housework. She is an instant coffee lover with an obsession for spiral bound notebooks and smooth writing pens. Jennifer lives with her husband and two children, who endure listening to songs that spur inspiration on repeat and tolerate her love for all paranormal, teenage-targeted TV shows.

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1 comments:

Brandi Kosiner said...

Rowan and jet sound fun to read about despite their love at first sight.
I haven't read either but sounds like I should.
Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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