*I received a free ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
Much like the first book, this was an extremely thought-provoking book about life after death. But whereas the first book still took place on earth, this one took place in another realm, a place where the dead have moved on to. It was a rather bleak portrayal of the afterlife, but it’s not the end of Irene’s journey, so it could get even worse… or it could get better.
As for Irene, she was still a hard character to like, but not a bad person. I think I was actually most annoyed with her simply for the way she would, as she said herself, “run off half-cocked without really thinking things through.” But she was more likeable this time in the sense that it was easier to feel empathy for her as she grew and changed and tried to become a better person.
One of the side characters, Andras, also had some great character growth. I felt for him too, for the way he was forced to question everything he believed in with his entire being for so long and for the burden of his past that he carried with him. (He also, for all his stoicness, made the best joke in the entire book. Way to seize the opportunity with that “God provides” line, Andras!)
And I really liked the friendship that formed between Irene and Andras. It took a while to develop, but it was really sweet.
There was more romance in this book, it just wasn’t quite the same as what you find in most books, and it definitely wasn’t the focus. But I was ok with that, *SPOILER ALERT* especially since I never felt like the guy was a very good person. *END SPOILER ALERT*
What I didn’t like so much though was the slow pace (not a bad thing, just not quite to my taste) and, more so, the revolving cast of characters. I’m a series person because it takes me a while to truly connect with characters. So even though the development was good, having different characters in this book than were in the first one (aside from Irene) just made it hard for me to truly warm up to any of them.
Overall though, this was another good book in a series that had great character growth and a very unique, detailed take on the afterlife unlike any I’ve ever seen before!
More Books in the Series:
Nothing in life is free. Turns out, nothing in the afterlife is, either.
When recently-deceased Irene Dunphy decided to “follow the light,” she thought she’d end up in Heaven or Hell and her journey would be over.
Boy, was she wrong.
She soon finds that “the other side” isn’t a final destination but a kind of purgatory where billions of spirits are stuck, with no way to move forward or back. Even worse, deranged phantoms known as “Hungry Ghosts” stalk the dead, intent on destroying them. The only way out is for Irene to forget her life on earth—including the boy who risked everything to help her cross over—which she’s not about to do.
As Irene desperately searches for an alternative, help unexpectedly comes in the unlikeliest of forms: a twelfth-century Spanish knight and a nineteenth-century American cowboy. Even more surprising, one offers a chance for redemption; the other, love. Unfortunately, she won’t be able to have either if she can’t find a way to escape the hellish limbo where they’re all trapped.
Book Author: Terri Bruce
Publisher: Mictlan Press
Genre: Fantasy, Metaphysical & Visionary, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 3.5
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: Afterlife