Hereafter by Jennifer Snyder: review + excerpt + giveaway

Review of Hereafter

Hereafter (Reaper, #2)Hereafter by Jennifer Snyder

Series: Reaper #2

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Age Group: Young Adult

Genre: Paranormal, Romance

Publisher: Jennifer Snyder(self-published)

Release Date: February 5th 2013

Synopsis: 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 ally 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.

My thoughts: I really saw the vast improvement Jennifer Snyder made as a writer in this installment of the Reaper series. She corrected many of the mistakes she made in her past works and I applaud her for that.  

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In this installment Rowan has reluctantly taken her place as a Reaper in the Reaper Council. Now that she has been separated from the one she loves and has been watching her father spiral into a state of utter depression Rowan decides that she will try to change her fate. With the help of her beloved Jet and a Tracker known as Val, Rowan sets to have an epic journey full of sorrow and pain through Purgatory.

What I liked…

*I felt that Touch and Choice lacked the emotion. Hereafter delivered me that emotion. I felt sadness, hope, and a little bit of fear.

*I looooooove reading about the Reapers.

*The characters felt more real in Hereafter than they did in the previous novella. Rowan was more determined and had more life in her. Jet really shows how much he cares for Rowan and the reader also gets a glimpse of how much suffering he has been through. Val was a decent character. She is a new character so we don’t know much about her but she is very helpful to Rowan and Jet.

*The world of Purgatory absolutely chilled me to the bone. The things that the character and me, as the reader had to experience were awful.

*Snyder’s prose is even better than it was in her last works. I could vividly picture everything in my mind.

What I disliked…

*The dialogue often felt forced to me. There were some moments when the dialogue was sincere but other than that it was lacking.

*The ending was tied up a little to neatly for my taste.

In conclusion…

Do I recommend this? Why yes I do! Especially to lovers of the paranormal romance genre and people who a craving a nice, quick read. Hereafter is definitely worth the time it takes to read it.

*An advanced copy was provided for review.

Excerpt of Hereafter

Sadness swallowed me, erasing the emptiness I’d felt earlier. I touched my fingertip to the edge of the glass and focused all of my energy into moving the dust beneath. I felt the coldness of the glass finally meet with my fingertip and glanced to my dad, taking in his sobbing frame as I concentrated harder on moving the dust partials beneath my finger. As I lifted my finger away to be sure I’d succeeded in making an imprint at all within the dust, I felt the familiar tugging of my soul and noticed the first few tendrils of blackness snake around my ankles.

Dread filled me.
Blackness swirled around me like a dense fog, making me lose my concentration before I could do anything more with my message. Dread turned into panic and panic turned into frustration quickly as I took one last glance at my father. I watched as he tipped back the bottle he’d held in his hand and stared at the old picture of my mother and me.
I wouldn’t get the chance to console him with my dust-written message today.
The blackness swirled around my hips moving upward, slowly encasing my shoulders in its thick fog as it formed my cloak. The tugging grew stronger with each second that passed, until I could feel the summoning of the ruling humming through my soul. It was a sensation not to be ignored, although I had tried to before. It left me feeling as though my soul were a rubber band stretched too tight, to the point of snapping, and if I didn’t close my eyes right then and release myself from my unwillingness to go, then I surly would have ripped my soul in half.
This tugging was nothing new. I knew exactly what was about to happen—I was being called to another Reaper Ruling.

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