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Posted June 20, 2013
Life after Theft follows the story of a new student Jeff who is
Life after Theft follows the story of a new student Jeff who is the only individual who can see Kimberlee, a previous student that had passed away some time before and now haunts the halls of his new school. Together they put together the pieces of why she is stuck there, and what they can do to help her cross over to the other side, that is, if she is ready to.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Perhaps I may be a tad bit critical here, but I have to state that while reading, I couldn't really distinguish the main narrator as being a significantly different or unique person. He seemed to blend into a shade of grey that was flat and hard to sympathize with. It was refreshing to see a male character lean more toward the sensitive side than the typical "I'm a tough guy with a secret heart of gold" thing, however there was something that was still lacking that kept it from truly embodying a solid main character.
This plot has existed many times over and in many incarnations. There wasn't anything too fresh here to help it stick out above the others, but it was still an entertaining read to pass the time with. It was fairly breezy being in that it is a light read that doesn't require much to follow what is going on throughout the book and has a satisfying ending, depending on the reader.
All in all I'll say that Life After Theft was exactly what it's supposed to be: enjoyable. The ground is still intact, and far from being broken here, but if you're looking for a cute, light, breezy read, I suggest you read the first few sample pages on official sites to see if it is something you would be into reading. With a few noticeable blemishes here and there Life After Theft doesn't quite stand out above the others already in the world, but perhaps, offers a new setting and characters to indulge for the mean time.
*An ARC of this novel was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Posted June 4, 2013
I knew there was a reason I loved Aprilynne Pike, and after havi
I knew there was a reason I loved Aprilynne Pike, and after having read her latest lovely, I think I've finally pinned it down- she writes paranormal and fantasy characters that are exceptionally realistically human. Hence my genre heading above; Life After Theft is a contemporary, and a good one at that, masquerading as a paranormal. The combination is engaging and satisfying.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
These characters are all spoiled rich kids, yet they all still have achingly familiar problems. The prime example is Kimberlee, who takes things because she can't fill the hole inside. Took things, that is- she can't anymore, because she's dead. Jeff is trying to navigate the social waters as the new kid in school, Sera struggles to erase her past, Khail works to be what his parents expect him to be. . . they're all a bit of a mess, and I love them all, in the end.
I really enjoyed the tasks Jeff has to perform in his quest to help Kimberlee with her situation. These are the fun spots in the plot that make this book unique in the pool of current YA. I also appreciate that this is a well-done stand-alone; I got a great story that wrapped up in just a few hours of reading, and I don't have to wait forever for a resolution to a cliffhanger.
Because of some of the content and language, I'd consider this upper-range YA- though there isn't anything here that is more objectionable than most teens see and hear on a typical day. I appreciate that Pike included these elements just enough to enhance the realism, and doesn't go for the shock value. Because she's able to walk the line, this book feels very honest, and just flirts with enough campiness to boost reader interest in the early pages.
If you're looking for a fun, quick read that won't leave you pining for months for a sequel, this is an excellent choice.
Posted July 28, 2013
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