Bound by a dark act of hate and despair, high school freshmen, Andrew and Kiernan, learn that their untimely deaths did not bring an end to their pain, but only began the suffering of those left behind.
While his lost memories return, Andrew must master seemingly impossible feats, both spiritual and physical. As a dark spirit stalks Kiernan through the borderlands of life and death, he must also face the pain his actions have caused his loved ones.
To save both their souls, Andrew must convince Kiernan to return to life and open his eyes to the love and beauty which had always been there.
- 1 To Be Read list
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Tropes: Fallen Hero, Fellowship, Humanity is Good, Person in Distress, Redemption Arc, Wise Mentor
Word Count: 48000
Setting: Midwestern Town / The afterlife
Languages Available: English
Uncaged Book Reviews on Amazon wrote:
Wow. Can I just say "Wow" and leave it at that?
This was wonderful. Sad, yes. Absolutely. Heartbreaking, even. There's pain and anger, loss and fear, suffering and assault and missed opportunities. Death, both accidental and through suicide. It's not an easy read.
But, God, it was also so beautiful. Full of friendship, love, and, above all, hope.
To be honest, the beginning was a bit confusing. I didn't know what was happening and there were a lot of characters introduced, but once the book got going and I got into the swing of things, I couldn't put it down. The characters jump off the page, their pain is so real, and the descriptions are poetically written.
I highly, highly, recommend this book. It's one of the most unique reads I've ever read and will stay with me for a long time.
Love, hate, bullying, anger, sadness, hope, loss and everlasting happiness. This book is marketed as a LGBTQ Young Adult, and it is that, but it’s so much more. This is not a light read, it’s a book that will have you feeling the full gambit of emotions as you get through it. Don’t be frightened off the gay label on this, this isn’t about sex, it’s about love and acceptance.
The beginning trudges a bit slowly, and the losses that one boy must face seem insurmountable - and the deaths of both Andrew and Kiernan is not the end of their story - but just a step on a different path.
The book jumps a bit, so it loses it’s rhythm in places, but the emotions that the authors take you on are real, and a powerful message of acceptance and hope. After the roller coaster ride of emotions that I went through throughout the book, I felt a sense of peace at the end. Well done. Reviewed by Cyrene
4 1/2 Stars