Sunday, September 29, 2013

Hereafter by Kate Brian

Published: Oct 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 320
Copy Provided by: NetGalley
Summary: Goodreads


Rory Miller thought her life was over when a serial killer set his sights on her and forced her into witness protection. But a fresh start on Juniper Landing Island was exactly what she and her family needed. For the first time in years she and her sister hang out at the beach, gossip about boys, and party together. She's also made friends with a local clique--including a magnetic and mysterious boy named Tristan. 

But Rory's world is about to change again. Picturesque Juniper Landing isn't what it seems. The truth about the swirling fog that rolls in each morning, the bridge that leads to nowhere, and those beautiful locals who seem to watch Rory's every move is more terrifying than being hunted by Steven Nell. And all Rory ever wanted was the truth. Even if it means learning that she can never go home again. From the best-selling author of the Private and Privilege series comes the second novel in a heart-stopping trilogy about a girl who must pick up the pieces after the only life she's ever known ends.

I was fortunate enough to read this via NetGalley's reader program.  Shadowlands was a title that was fast paced and surprised me at the end.  The second book however was not nearly as exciting.  I will give kudos to Ms. Brian for keeping things interesting but it lacked the same suspense and thrill that book #1 had.  I'm sorry to say that it did not live up to my second book expectations but I do have high expectations for all second books in a series.  

Here After is a hard book to comment on without giving away a huge discovery from Book #1.  Life at Juniper Landing becomes more and more complicated as the other residents begin to step forward and either help Rory or accuse her of some of the bad karma circling the island.  Rory seems to be the scapegoat for a lot that is happening and seems to attract many misinterpreted situations.  The ending to this book was a bit disheartening as I felt that Rory was too reactive to the scenario at hand and jumping to conclusions.  I do want to see how Kate Brian wraps things up so I'll put Shadowlands #3 on my radar when it comes close to release but it will move closer to the middle of my TBR pile.  

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