Novella Thursday: Hereafter

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by: Jennifer Snyder

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Good Reads Summary: 

In Death I could finally see the importance of Life…

After being forced to become a Reaper Council member and being torn away from the one she loves, Rowan Harper must learn to accept her altered Fate as well as her death and move on. A task easier said than done, especially when witnessing those you love suffer in the wake of your death.

When an unlikely alli provides information that could change everything, Rowan sets out on a journey through Purgatory with her beloved by her side and a nonchalant Tracker to learn the true meaning of the word sacrifice. Another task which seems easier said than done, especially with the threat of Purgatory’s ability to corrupt your soul the longer you’re in its grip looming above their heads.

**This book is the second in the Reaper Series.  Check out our review of Touch.**Also if this book sounds good check out our review of Ember.**

Jessica’s Summary: 

This is the continuation of Touch last weeks Novella Thursday.  It picks up were Touched left off.  Rowan is dead and on the Reaper Counsel.  In between Counsel appointments she can go anywhere except to another Reaper. So it’s been some time since she has seen Jet.  She spends time at her house and her father is pretty bad off.  He has turned into an alcoholic and is in the process of packing up the house to move.

There are parts of this book that I liked and parts that I didn’t like.  After one of the counsel meetings Rowan is left behind with Evelyn and she answers some of her questions which leads Rowan to purgatory to find her mother.  Jet’s role is smaller in this book, but she finally meets up with him at their “place” and he agrees to take her to purgatory even though he knows it means they will no longer be together.

As Rowan and Jet, along with their tracker, travel threw her mother’s scenes in purgatory I can’t help but feel what a terrible life her mother most have lived and part of me wondered why she didn’t commit suicide a lot sooner then she did.  The ghosts she saw in her life were not pleasant I can see why for her it was not an honor it is implied it is for other families.

I also had a hard time with the ending.  I realize it raps it up in a neat little bow and for those of us that love a happy ending you do get it.  But come on rewinding time.  The dead being able to come back to life.  I think that was just a little to much for me.

Overall it was okay.  I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it.

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PG-13 due to use of alcohol and some of the scenes in purgatory.

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