Friday, May 22, 2015

Audiobook Review: This Is Your Afterlife

This Is Your AfterlifeAuthor: Vanessa Barneveld
Narrator: Stephanie Bentley
Series: Standalone
Released: February 13th 2015
Publisher: Audible Studios
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Audible

When the one boy you crushed on in life can't seem to stay away in death, it's hard to be a normal teen when you're a teen paranormal.
Sixteen-year-old Keira Nolan has finally got what she wanted—the captain of the football team in her bedroom. Problem is he’s not in the flesh. He’s a ghost and she’s the only one who can see him.
Keira's determined to do anything to find Jimmy's killer. Even it if means teaming up with his prickly-yet-dangerously-attractive brother, Dan, also Keira's ex-best-friend. Keira finds that her childish crush is fading, but her feelings for Dan are just starting to heat up, and as the story of Jimmy’s murder unfolds, anyone could be a suspect. 
This thrilling debut from Vanessa Barneveld crosses over from our world to the next, and brings a whole delightful new meaning to "teen spirit".

This is Your Afterlife first came to my attention because of its beautiful cover and the person behind it – our very own Jenny from Seedlings and Supernatural Snark. The cover reflects the book perfectly: it is upbeat, sweet and light. Just what the doctor ordered. If you’re looking for a comfort read, look no further. This book will make you laugh, swoon, and despite its title, it will leave you smiling ear to ear.

Keira’s former crush and her school’s football star shows up one day in her bedroom, but alas, he is no longer alive. Jimmy is Keira’s first ghost, but she isn’t surprised. Her recently deceased Grandma had the same gift. Keira and Jimmy have very little history between them, except in Keira’s imagination, but an easy friendship develops fairly quickly and Keira is determined to find Jimmy’s killer, regardless of the cost.

Unlike with Jimmy, she has far more history with his brother Dan. Jimmy may have been a safe infatuation, but Dan was the real deal – her best friend and confidant, until she hurt him terribly in eighth grade. Finding a way back from all the hurt isn’t easy, but it’s absolutely necessary if they’re to help Jimmy and send him safely to his real afterlife.

I liked Keira a lot, and I simply adored Jimmy and Dan. The mystery part of this book is very predictable, which leaves the three main characters in charge of keeping us happily reading nevertheless, and these three do their job beautifully. Spending time in their company was so heartwarming and pleasant, I truly didn’t want to leave them at all.

Stephanie Bentley narrated the story beautifully. Her voice sounds young, which is a definite advantage when you’re borrowing your voice to a 16-year-old. I’ve been known to abandon YA audiobooks because the narrators sounded too old, but with Bentley, that’s really not an issue. To make things even better, her voice characterization is fantastic. I’ve already checked out other books narrated by her on Audible and there are several I won’t hesitate to buy.

This is Your Afterlife is a perfect book for those days when you find yourself tired of angst and unnecessary drama and you just want to relax with a sweet, undemanding read. It is a book about second chances and forgiveness, and while it may be slightly predictable at times, even that can be oddly relaxing.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


  1. I still do a double take every time I see a cover I've done out there in the world - it's so surreal! Thank you for the shout out my friend! <3 <3

    So glad you enjoyed this too, it's nice to find reads without unnecessary drama that I can just settle into and smile knowing I won't have my heart ripped out and stomped on:)

  2. Jenny's covers makes me want to read all the books!
    This sounds like an enjoyable story, Maja. I especially think I'll like the characters. Plus, drama and angst free? Heck yes!
    I'll definitely check this one out.
    Wonderful review, Maja!

  3. Jenny is so dang talented! So happy this was a sweet light read, we all need these every now and then. :)
    Wonderful review Maja, I hope you have a fabulous long weekend!!

  4. Sounds good, and the cover is gorgeous. I'm putting it on a list for one of those lazy summer days when all I want is cold Margaritas and a quiet beach... Those are definitely angst-free days :) Come on, summer!

  5. I always like getting a book that Jenny has done the cover. You always know that it will reflect the story well. Oh I"m curious about this one and I could use a read like this right now!

  6. I haven't heard of this one till now. It sounds cute. Love the cover too.

  7. It sounds like a beautiful story there. Audiobooks are a bit tricky for now, a bit too long to listen. I like the sound of it! Great review:

  8. This sounds like a book I need to keep in mind for those days when my brain cannot handle angst and drama and instead want entertaining characters that can carry a book on their own!

    And the cover is adorable! I love seeing Jenny's covers all over the place!

  9. This book grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go. I literally read it in one day because I had to keep turning the pages. It was clever and funny with a great mystery element. The part where we learn what really happened between Keira and Dan hurt my heart, but I loved the way things turned out. Great YA read!

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