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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Astilbe Reviews First in "Unfinished Series Book One"

Title: AFTER ME, The Unfinished Series Book 1
Author: Joyce Scarbrough
Author’s Web site: http://joycescarbrough.com
Genre: YA paranormal romance
ISBN: 978-1500740221
AISN: B00MF186J4
Publisher: Buzz Books USA
 Reviewer's Rating: Four stars
Buy link at Amazon. 
Reviewed by Astilbe for Long and Short Reviews.
Some deaths leave behind loose ends. Now that Jada’s been given the chance to tidy a few of hers up, will she be able to do it?

Jada’s snide approach to the afterlife is quite funny. What really made me like her, though, was how she responded to everything that happened after she was murdered. Not only did it fit her personality to a tee, it blended in incredibly well with how some people react to the type of trauma that she’s just endured. Her character development was superb, especially considering how subtle it is in the first few chapters of this novel. While I don’t know if the author has any intention of fulfilling my wish, this is the kind of book that is absolutely begging for a sequel. I loved getting to know Jada and would be thrilled to catch up with her again very soon.

People in Jada’s position are given special powers to help them complete their missions. Most of her new found abilities are things that her new friends and foster family wouldn’t notice under normal circumstances, but there are a few things about her that I would have liked to see explained in more detail due to how easy it would be to accidentally reveal them. The powers themselves make a great deal of sense given the nature of her assignment, but it was occasionally hard to believe that Jada was so good at keeping others from noticing the logical consequences of her having them.

The premise of this tale was so unique that as soon as I noticed it I had to know what happens next. Ms. Scarbrough snagged my attention so thoroughly that I actually stayed up past my bedtime for several nights in a row to power through just one more chapter. What really earned this story such a high rating, though, was how the author acknowledged certain tropes in young adult fiction without succumbing to them. It’s hard to dig more deeply into this topic without bumping up against spoilers, but I was impressed by her consistently creative approach to the plot. This was my first introduction to Ms. Scarbrough’s work, and I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing what she’ll do next!

After Me is a must-read for adults and teens alike. I, for one, will be rereading it again soon.

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
Joyce Scarbrough is also the author of True Blue Forever, Different Roads, Symmetry and After Me, The Unfinished Series Book 1. 
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1 comment:

The Belle in Blue said...

I also have five shorts stories for sale at Amazon, some free! Check them out here.