When the one boy you crushed on in life can't seem to stay away in death, it's hard to be a normal teen when you're a teen paranormal.
Sixteen-year-old Keira Nolan has finally got what she wanted-the captain of the football team in her bedroom. Problem is he's not in the flesh. He's a ghost and she's the only one who can see him.
Keira's determined to do anything to find Jimmy's killer. Even it if means teaming up with his prickly-yet-dangerously-attractive brother, Dan, also Keira's ex-best-friend. Keira finds that her childish crush is fading, but her feelings for Dan are just starting to heat up, and as the story of Jimmy's murder unfolds, anyone could be a suspect.
This thrilling debut from Vanessa Barneveld crosses over from our world to the next, and brings a whole delightful new meaning to "teen spirit".
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About the Author
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Vanessa Barneveld lives in Australia. She has one husband, two cats, and three Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® nominations. When she's not writing, devouring chocolate, or dreaming of intergalactic travel, Vanessa works as a closed captioner for the deaf and audio describer for the blind.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoy reading YA paranormal books, they are refreshing and intriguing without being full of raunchy scenes. There are a lot of YA Paranormal Books out there and this one will entertain Young and the Young at Heart alike. I liked the main character Keira Nolan, she is not the popular girl, she tries to fly under the radar, Her gran had a gift, and although she taught Keria all about it, both her and her mum thought she had not inherited the gift... One day she finds the captain of the football team in her bedroom. Problem is he’s not in the flesh. He’s a ghost and she’s the only one who can see him. Jimmy was the towns hero, and Keira like all the other girls idolised him. Keira is determined to help him figure out who is his killer. But it means her enlisting the help of his younger brother - Dan, someone Keira has had feelings for a long time. But due to a misunderstanding the friendship ended years ago. Keira finds that her childish crush on Jimmy is fading, but her feelings for Dan are just starting to heat up, so she's got her hands full! As the story of Jimmy’s murder unfolds, anyone could be a suspect. Would I recommend this book - YES, the storyline hooks you in from the beginning, I loved how Jimmy as a ghost could be 'himself' he really was a nice guy, and in a way it was a shame he was dead. Keira, well she knew she never fitted in with the 'IT' crowd, and I like that in my main book characters... I never was in the it crowd either and when my granddaughter is old enough to read this book, I would be happy for her to read it, as Keira is a good character role model. As Keira, Jimmy and Dan unravel the mystery surrounding Jimmy's death in the midst of the Police investigation and the towns grief, the suspense kept me glued to the pages. There's the usual suspects and a few twists in the story, get engrossed in this suspenseful story of "teen spirit" and see if you can work out 'who dun'it' I will keep an eye out for more books from Ms Barneveld. Hopefully this debut novel from Vanessa Barneveld will do well enough that it comes available in paperback, as I would love to add it to my shelf of YA Paranormal books.
This is Your Afterlife is the debut novel from Vanessa Barnevald and I can't wait to see more from her. I enjoyed the characters and the story line was rather engrossing, although there were moments that were perhaps a little slow in pacing. There were so many things to like about the main character, Kiera. I love flawed characters, characters not created to be anything more than a real person. That is Kiera. She is not the popular girl. She has made mistakes. She has real problems. That makes her someone I can relate to and understand. Her character is grieving for her recently passed grandmother, something I can all too easily understand. Her grandmother had her own special gifts, gifts that Kiera herself may finally be inheriting. Dan and Jimmy are brothers and a source of contention for Kiera. The two brothers could not have been more different and the contrast and how Kiera relates to each of them is interesting. In a bittersweet twist, it was death that brought the three of them together in the ways that it did. There was definitely a touch of irony in that. Even the antagonist, though this is a person that you are predisposed to dislike, was an interesting character. There were some deep issues there and it made for an interesting twist. This story had a great blend of themes... friendship, betrayal, loss, adjustment, family, love, forgiveness, loyalty, right along with a little bit of humor. My Recommendation: Barnevald's storytelling is quite nice and this is a story that touches on some very real issues without going overboard with the heavy emotional toll.
A den made of clay and moss. A flap is able to drape over entrance to make enimies think you arent there.
A light, sweet, and enjoyable YA read, This Is You Afterlife was a lovely book that I really liked. It was a nice, fun read and I thought it was great. Keira was a good heroine. She was easy to relate to, with her grief for her recently departed grandmother, her old crush that literally came back to haunt her, and her unresolved feelings for Dan. She was an overall likable character and I thought she was lovely. The two other major player in the story were Dan and Jimmy. Jimmy was a sweetie. Lighthearted, sweet, and charming even in death, he was a lovable character. He was wonderful and I adored him. Dan was similar to his brother in that he was also a genuinely good guy. But, he tended to be more internal about his feelings, quieter in general and, because of that, more intense when he did reveal his emotions. He was sweet and more compassionate than he let on. I thought he was wonderful as well. The romance was lovely. Keira and Dan had been friends as children and that had started to become more as they grew older. Until Keira let slip that she used to have a crush on Jimmy and Dan bailed. When they started talking again to help find Jimmy's killer, it was clear that those feelings hadn't gone away and continued to grow. They were very sweet together and I thought they were a perfect couple. I only had one issue with this book and it was that the murder mystery was pretty easy to solve. For about the first third of the book, I didn't know who it was and I was really into the mystery. But, after that, I started to have suspicions about who it was and it wasn't long before I was sure about it. I started to get somewhat annoyed with Keira for being so blind about it because the killer was acting noticeably suspicious and I'm not sure how she didn't pick up on that. The only thing that saved it was that, though I figured out who the killer was, I didn't know the full circumstances behind Jimmy's death and the full reveal of how it happened was pretty intense. However, the fact that the mystery wasn't as gripping as I hoped it would be brought down the book a little. But, I still liked it overall. The plot was fast paced and, despite the mystery not being as engaging as I'd hoped, I was kept interested the entire way through. The story was light and enjoyable all the way through and the ending was lovely. This Is You Afterlife was a wonderful YA read that I really liked. It might not have been perfect, but I still really enjoyed it and I thought it was lovely. YA lovers, this is a book worth checking out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review