*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!
Fans of Book 1 in Terri Bruce's Afterlife series. Anyone who likes books about the afterlife, books that make them think, and unique but sweet friendships between characters.