Published September 9th 2011
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Have you ever wondered where you go when you die?
Meghan is 16 when it happens to her.
She wakes up on a flying steamboat on her way to a school run by Angels in a white marble castle.
It is a school everybody has to go to before they are let into Heaven.
On the boat she meets Mick who has been dead for more than a hundred years but still looks like a teenager. He helps her past the difficult beginning at the new school in a new world.
One day some of Meghan’s roommates find a mirror in the cellar of the school and they persuade her to go through it with them – well knowing it is strictly against the rules of the school. Meghan ends up back on earth where she meets Jason. But Jason is in danger and Meghan know something important. Something that is a matter of life and death. Soon she is forced to choose between the two worlds. The one she belongs to now and the one she left.
I would like to thank the author and R2R for allowing me to review this title. I would love to report that I loved the book, although, I am not able to.
This book felt like middle grade rather than YA to me. I enjoyed the character of Mick. He was mysterious and interesting, but it was not enough to keep me reading. I could not get a feel for the main character of Meghan. I never really felt a connection to her.
I did enjoy the beginning where it felt like Meghan was opening with a story of her own. Explaining what had happened to her. I felt like this was an interesting opening and had high hopes. After that, the book just seemed to fall flat for me.
Needless to say, I could not finish the book. It did not hold my attention and I kept finding myself having to reread what I had just read.
I have read some really good reviews for this book and many people loved it. I guess it just was not one for me.
The premise of this book got my attention. A school for those recently deceased. What happens when you die? Meghan is 16. She wakes up on a flying boat, remembering nothing of her life or how she got there. It was a very promising start.
Unfortunately, as I read my attention decreased. The book reads like Harry Potter (or at least the first one, the only one I read). A bunch of kids and their hijinx at their new school. And that’s how I kept seeing the characters, as kids. I actually forgot that Meghan and her friends were supposed to be 16. In my mind they were closer to 12, and when kisses started popping up I had to do a double take. Outside of the kissing and the death parts this book could be a cute story for a middle school audience.
My biggest issue with this book, however, was the editing. The sentences were short and concise, not allowing for much description or flow. And the dialogue didn’t contain any any apostrophes, for any of the characters. Examples of dialogue:
“I will go first” she said.
“That sounds a bit dangerous. Not knowing where we will end up,” I said anxiously.
“I have been doing nothing all of my life.”
Real people just don’t talk like that.
In the end I just couldn’t get past the editing to try to enjoy the story. I got about 65% through after several tries, and then gave up. I’ve noticed that this book had some pretty good reviews from other readers, so I fully accept that this book was just not me. I encourage you to try it out for yourselves.
Anthology Release Date: June 3, 2012 by J Taylor Publishing
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