Saturday, 10 October 2009

The Everafter by Amy Huntley

From Amazon: Madison Stanton doesn't know where she is or how she got there. But she does know this—she is dead. The only company she has in this place are luminescent objects that turn out to be all the things Maddy lost while she was alive. And soon she discovers that with these artifacts, she can reexperience—and sometimes even change—moments from her life. In reliving these moments, Maddy learns illuminating and sometimes frightening truths about her life—and death.

The Everafter
is one of those books that has me stuck in the middle; I read it fast and liked the premise, but I felt like something was missing. The characters were a little flat, and I found the plot to be jumpy in places.

Saying that, there are things about this book that I loved. The questions about life and death were fascinating, and made me think about life and what it entails. The use of objects to travel back to past moments was a very clever idea, and was well executed throughout the novel. My favourite aspect of The Everafter was Madison and Gabe's realistic relationship. They had ups, downs, arguments, disagreements, and a neverending love. I really wanted to root for these characters like they were friends, but I never ended up with that attachment to them.

I can't fault Amy Huntley's writing style, as she seems to have hit that nail square on the head. It flows well and keeps you turning the pages, and does a great job of making you guess right until the last page. I wasn't all that shocked by the final revelation, and thought it was a bit unrealistic. Of course, these things do happen, I've just never encountered them in everyday life.

I'm looking forward to whatever Huntley writes next, and I hope it's as thought-provoking as her debut novel. With her imagination and fresh voice, she's definitely an author to watch out for.

11 comments:

Chicklish said...

Really interesting review - thank you very much. I'm definitely intrigued!

Becky said...

Interesting. I wonder what it was that was missing for you. I'm definitely going to read this one.

Lauren said...

Great review. I've been hoping to read this one soon, and I still want to, but this has stopped me getting my expectations up too high.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great review! I really want to read this, I love 'after-death' books.

Andrea said...

Hmm, sounds interesting. I love the cover.

Kate said...

Great review. I want to read this. Although I shall lower my expectations.

The Book Owl said...

Nice review. I look forward to reading this.

I Want to Read That said...

Thanks for the review - I'm interested in this one but I think I'll wait for the paperback - I love the cover though!

Steph Su said...

I read a rave review on Lenore's blog just a few days ago, and now yours, so I'm super excited to pick it up for myself and see how much I like it! I'll keep your warnings in mind though... thanks! :)

Thao said...

The more I see this book on review, the more I want it. Nice review, Jenny :)

Lenore said...

The way it was set up, I didn't expect all characters to be fully fleshed out like I would in a "normal" book. So that didn't bother me. I adored this one!