Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Review: Hereafter

Terri Bruce
 Mictlan Press
From Goodreads : Why let a little thing like dying get in the way of a good time?

Thirty-six-year-old Irene Dunphy didn't plan on dying any time soon, but that’s exactly what happens when she makes the mistake of getting behind the wheel after a night bar-hopping with friends. She finds herself stranded on earth as a ghost, where the food has no taste, the alcohol doesn’t get you drunk, and the sex...well, let’s just say “don’t bother.” To make matters worse, the only person who can see her—courtesy of a book he found in his school library—is a fourteen-year-old boy genius obsessed with the afterlife.

Unfortunately, what waits in the Great Beyond isn’t much better. Stuck between the boring life of a ghost in this world and the terrifying prospect of three-headed hell hounds, final judgment, and eternal torment in the next, Irene sets out to find a third option—preferably one that involves not being dead anymore. Can she wipe the slate clean and get a second chance before it’s too late?
My Review: This book was good. I did enjoy the banter between Irene and Jonah ( the only living person who can see Irene) but it has to grow on me. At first Irene just seems bitter and mean, I guess I would too if I found out I was dead, but as the story progresses you see that these two really care for each other.
 I also liked the fact that it created a unique way that ghost strive on this plain. They have there own shops, bars and getting things they remember from before they passed. What they die with and are buried with they take with them. ( I want all my books with me). How ghost survive her is also interesting. Where they go to rest and hotels that have floors just for them.
  One more good point to this book it looks at afterlife traditions of several cultures and their beliefs. I thought that was well researched and informative. As a reader I like getting knowledge and learning something new when I read. Terri Bruce did a wonderful job of taking her research and weaving it into a story that compels you to read on and teaches you thing you never thought of asking for yourself.


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