After Life Lessons (Book One)

After Life Lessons (Book One)

by Laila Blake, L.C. Spoering



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ISBN-13: 9780996005418
Publisher: Lilt Literary
Publication date: 03/20/2014
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

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After Life Lessons (Book One) 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Aeranthae More than 1 year ago
Zombies and romance? An interesting combination, but hey, why not? That's what Blake and Spoering mash together in After Life Lessons, following the life of Emily, her son, and another survivor of the infestation, Aaron. Zombies are plaguing this dystopian world, forcing these three people to flee for their lives. This novel focuses on their lives and how they handle this new world. For my first zombie book, I thought After Life Lessons was a decent start. The authors provide an excellent hook to start off the first chapter (always a plus) and created a very dark world. As a avid fantasy reader, I love good world-building but this book didn't have quite enough for my taste. I found myself more interested in what happened to bring the zombies about versus what the characters were doing. This made it hard to connect with the characters, causing a few...issues when the romance became the main plot point. Now I certainly wouldn't call this novel a romance, but it did make up a decent portion of the story. Thankfully, Blake and Spoering spared us from a hot cup of unexplained chemistry and spoonfuls of lust. Aaron and Emily took it easy, working their way into a relationship full of tension from an apocalyptic world and their own survival as well as that of Emily's son. Granted, I wasn't completely on-board with the love. Too much stilted dialogue and a regular stream of apologizes turned this sexual tension into watching paint dry. It's a shame as I think this was one of the better-developed romances I've seen in a while. As for the novel itself -- writing, formatting, etc. -- it took a little bit of adjustment time with the changing points-of-view. I'm an avid fantasy reader so having the story switch between characters isn't by any means new to me, but it did take a while for me to get used to the way Blake and Spoering present it in After Life Lessons. Each author, or authors, writes in a different way so no two books are identical, so this wasn't a big issue by any means. What did bother me was that the choice of PoV in third person, and the constant switching between characters, gave me the feeling of an outsider to the story, like watching a movie. I wasn't involved with the story or characters; I was on the sidelines occasionally cheering them on. I think a more personal involvement with the novel would have made me like After more. So if you're looking for a zombie-apocalypse romance, this is the book for you. Be prepared for not enough zombies and maybe a little too much character relationships. For those of us who like a little more action in our zombie novels, you might want to hold out for a more action-packed story.