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Author: Kate Brian Series: (Shadowlands #2) Published: October 1st 2013...

 Hereafter (Shadowlands #2) by Kate Brian Author: Kate Brian
Series: (Shadowlands #2)
Published: October 1st 2013
Publisher:  Disney-Hyperion
Categories: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
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Summary: Rory Miller thought her life was over when a serial killer set his sights on her and forced her into witness protection. But a fresh start on Juniper Landing Island was exactly what she and her family needed. For the first time in years she and her sister hang out at the beach, gossip about boys, and party together. She’s also made friends with a local clique–including a magnetic and mysterious boy named Tristan.

But Rory’s world is about to change again. Picturesque Juniper Landing isn’t what it seems. The truth about the swirling fog that rolls in each morning, the bridge that leads to nowhere, and those beautiful locals who seem to watch Rory’s every move is more terrifying than being hunted by Steven Nell. And all Rory ever wanted was the truth. Even if it means learning that she can never go home again.

From the best-selling author of the Private and Privilege series comes the second novel in a heart-stopping trilogy about a girl who must pick up the pieces after the only life she’s ever known ends.

Review: The situation I’m in right now is weird and somewhat awkward. You’re probably gonna ask me why; you see I’m not huge fan of Shadowlands so it was a surprise that I liked Hereafter. I did like the thriller aspect when the story started in Shadowlands but then it all got weird. But my developing dismay was saved by the unexpected ending. And with that I’ve decided to continue the series. I’m very interested with what will happen after it revealed what Rory truly is.

Gone is mystery-thriller feel, this become a full-blown paranormal story. Rory Miller is dead and so is the rest of her family. But that’s not the only thing that changed in her life or more precisely her afterlife. She’s now in charge of ferrying souls: she’s now a Lifer. Juniper Landing is a holding place of souls and these souls that Lifers’s will guide to either two destinations. One is the Light, a good place to rest their souls and of course the opposite of good which called Shadowlands. Rory is still shocked with all the information and her new found situation. Meeting Lifers like her might ease her up in her new occupation that is if they all like her. Being close with Tristan give her some bad rep with some people particularly who like her is interested in him. But the worst part is that they are blaming her with the strange things that were happening in that place. She was aware of it and she knew she wasn’t the reason behind it.

I liked Hereafter better than Shadowlands for the reason I know what’s happening and I know what to expect. The first book sort of lost me as to what the book truly was then BANG! that ending came and I was there confused and interestingly wanting for more. This time I finally got that chance to reacquaint with Rory. It was sort of hard to the last time since I have the murderer’s mind to consider. While this book also has that, I’m more connected with her this time. I find her struggles real and relatable. When she was ushering Aaron’s soul and she found out the mistake that happened, I understand her confusion and guilt over the situation. Normally I frowned upon reckless idea, but this time I do get why she thinks that way.

Tristan is all wrong for me. Pegged as the golden boy I still find it hard to connect with him. I knew from the get-go there’s something off with him. And it turns out I’m right. I was glad that he declined Rory first because I just didn’t see them together. In fact, I liked Joaquin better because he has more personality than him. The sarcasm and egoistic personality of his reminds me of Tod (from Soul Screamers who happens to be a reaper too). Do I like them together? Too soon to say. But I do like him as individual character and if the two of them happen to develop as a couple, I really wouldn’t mind.

Like the first book it has another explosive ending. But what I like about it is that Rory stood firmly on her ground. And while I still think that her theory is still lacking evidence, I wanted to know if she can prove it right and once and for all expose the real culprit. Ooooh, I’m so excited!

I received an Advance Copy from Disney-Hyperion via Netgalley. Thank you.

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Preview Quote: Yesterday, forever had felt like a possibility, like a promise. But now I knew it was the exact opposite. Forever was its own desth sentence.”   — Rory (from Uncorrected Digital Galley)

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