Oh my, it’s been a long journey through the Afterlife saga, and I’m glad it’s not over yet! Now I usually tend to give Stephanie Hudson five glowing stars as her talent to describe—be it characters, feelings, landscapes or even clothes—and the rich content with which she created this huge, incredible saga are unbelievably good, but I had to cut one star because I found myself doing what I never do—I scanned over the book and skipped entire paragraphs.
I know that Stephanie has a very unique writing style. Instead of following the usual story structure, she likes to linger on scenes that, let’s say, don’t push the story further but are just there for the reader’s satisfaction, like overly long declarations of love or stupid banter. Stephanie “warned” about that in her author’s introduction at the beginning of the book, but I still have to say she overdid it a little bit here. The first chapters confused me because there were so many flashbacks woven together chaotically that I didn’t know what was present, past, and future anymore. The first time something really interesting happens is after about 40% of the eBook which is way too late. For example, the IKEA scene was funny, but I don’t need an entire chapter. There were also a few repetitions that annoyed me like Keira’s constant arguing about why Draven was so mean to her in the beginning although she got the answer five times already...
But when the story finally got interesting, and an enemy came into play, it played out really well and as usual, I loved the ending (well, not really ending as Part 2 will be released soon). Will definitely read the next book—I’m part of this saga for too long now to back out which might have been Stephanie’s plan from the beginning after all 😊