Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…
Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.
This is another book I was sent by Leydy from Once Upon A Twilight to review for the site. I am going to write a full review here, but if you’d like to check out the review I posted there just click here (:
As always there will be no spoilers.
As I stated in my other review, I had high expectations for this book. I received an e-arc over a month before the release date and was so excited to start, especially since many bloggers were raving about it. Unfortunately, those expectations were not met- I was so disappointed with most of the book. Don’t get me wrong, it was enjoyable, but that’s pretty much all it was. It didn’t consume my mind or make me want to stay up all night reading. It took me forever to read and I considered stopping a few times, but I didn’t want to disappoint the girls from OUAT. The main reason I didn’t love this novel was because of the romance. Before I continue I would just like to state that I am in no way against gay or lesbian relationships, so don’t assume that I’m just hating on homosexuals, okay? Good.
There is nothing in the world I hate more than instalove (but love triangles is a close second!). Sadly, Afterworlds had not one, but two relationships that was a result of instalove and not only did both Darcy and Lizzie fall in love instantly, but they also became spineless protagonists that can barely think for themselves. It breaks my heart when female protagonists depend on their significant other to be happy. Wake up! The only person who can make yourself happy is you, if you depend on someone else to be happiness you will never TRULY be happy in life.
Now on to the things I loved. First of all I love the idea of having a book within a book, it’s such a fun and unique idea that kept me engaged for awhile. Despite the fact I hated how dependent Darcy and Lizzie were, I loved their characters. I instantly related to Darcy, we are both 17 and we both have a passion for writing. However, Darcy is much braver than I am. She managed to create an entire novel and become a published author before starting college. She left her family behind to live in New York and focus on her passion (granted she did get side tracked with the instalove thing), and she basically lived her dream. I really admire Darcy and wish that I was as brave as her. Lizzie was brave in a different sense, she survived a terrorist attack and was able to deal with the consequences that were involved. What I loved was that she wasn’t perfect, in most books the protagonists either makes small mistakes or no mistakes. Lizzie made quite a few major mistakes, but she tried her hardest to fix them and I really appreciated that.
Oh and I really enjoyed how we got to see Darcy go on a book tour, meet and become friends with authors, and encounter her readers for the first time. Those were the best parts of Darcy’s story in my opinion (:
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to those who are interested in contemporaries and paranormal stories since there was a little of both in here.