Sunday 5 January 2014

Review ~ Afterlife Academy by Jaimie Admans.

Title: Afterlife Academy.
Author: Jaimie Admans.
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal.
Publication Date: March 15, 2013.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK Kindle ; Amazon UK Paperback ; Amazon Kindle ; Amazon Paperback

Even being dead isn’t enough to get you out of maths class.

Dying wasn't on sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson's to-do list. And now, not only is she dead, but she's stuck in a perpetual high school nightmare. Worse still, she's stuck there with the geekiest, most annoying boy in the history of the world, ever.

In a school where the geeks are popular and just about everything is wrong, Riley has become an outcast. She begins a desperate quest to get back home, but her once-perfect life starts to unravel into something not nearly as great as she thought it was. And maybe death isn’t really that bad after all...

Welcome to Afterlife Academy, where horns are the norm, the microwave is more intelligent than the teachers, and the pumpkins have a taste for blood.


Afterlife Academy was an interesting concept about what happens to young people when they die. Whether we all end up at a school stuck with the geek we always picked on, missing our perfect boyfriend and best friend remains to be seen, but Jaimie Admans wrote an enchanting story about two very different teens forced into the afterlife by a car accident.

The way the author builds up the characters is one of the many appealing things I found in Afterlife Academy. The main character, Riley, is not instantly likeable and she probably won’t be one of your favourite book characters ever. Anthony, the guy she’s stuck with in this afterlife, is understated and not your typical cool, dreamy hunk and there is a mix of other characters from the pretentious to the goths.

However, it was this mix of imperfections and craziness that made their trauma feel real, which in turn made the book into a great read. It was just really entertaining, from the weird to the cute to the funny and the tearing your hair out moments.

The story was fast-paced and always enjoyable. What could have been a dark and grim story was comedic and crazy (pumpkins and pigs anyone?), and the karma and redemption built in made parts of this book a little heart-warming too.

Afterlife Academy is not a book full of shocking twists and turns, but that isn’t necessary to make a good book. Really, Afterlife Academy was one of those rare books that I could actually read again and again and not get bored. It was fun, full of the great character progression Jaimie Admans is so good at with a little bit of her crazy imaginative mind thrown in too. I loved it.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:

Jaimie is a 28-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps. She has been writing for years but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people. Afterlife Academy is her third novel and she hopes you enjoy it. There are plenty more on the way!

Connect with Jaimie: Website ; Twitter ; Facebook ; Newsletter


  1. Thanks so much, Sophie! Thanks for offering to review it in the first place, and for such a lovely review! I'm really pleased that you enjoyed it!


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