By: Rebecca Lim
Genre: Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance
Sophie Teague doesn’t fit in. Not at her old school, nor at the new one, which she started when her parents died in a freak motorbike accident. She lives with her gran in a rundown pub. It doesn’t help that she’s six feet tall and built like a beanpole with a shock of wild red hair. The one person keen to spend time with her, is “Eve,” a beautiful and forceful ghost, who starts making nightly appearances in Sophie’s bedroom. Eve needs her help. Sophie isn’t sure why or how—but she knows Eve won’t stop haunting her until she finds out. So with the unlikely help of brooding classmate Jordan Haig, Sophie sets out to unravel the mystery. (from Amazon)
Okay, put aside the fact that this book was a gift for my *cough, cough, never mind the number, birthday, autographed by Rebecca Lim…
And forget the fact that she is one of my favourite authors. It’s no secret that I love YA and paranormal. Heck, I’m currently writing book two for my own series. I have read a lot of books this year and fell in love with many, but Afterlight is definitely one of my favourite reads this year!
Rebecca Lim is notorious for creating strong feminine characters that aren’t on the “A List” and Sophie most definitely finds herself in that category. She’s got a lot stacked up against her: wild red hair and six feet of skin and bone. She’s not the smartest in her class, she’s teased and bullied, and hopelessly head over heels for the hottest guy in school. But what Sophie does have going for her is compassion and a gift. The two combined prove to be a powerful force.
The voice of the story is what spoke to me most about Afterlight. Like Lim’s other books, Afterlight is written in 1st person POV and Sophie’s voice is genuine. The language, dialogue, and heart are true to life and it’s obvious that Lim really “knows” Sophie in a very intimate way.
Now, as I mentioned in my post “Mercy Me” , Afterlight is a little sneak peek into the planned return book for Mercy along with The Astrologer’s Daughter (which I also read and loved, but didn’t review). And although I am loving the fact that Mercy will be returning, I’m also hoping that this isn’t the last we’ll hear from Sophie!
About the Author:
Rebecca Lim is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. She worked as a commercial lawyer for several years before leaving to write full time. Rebecca is the author of sixteen books for children and young adult readers. An Aurealis Awards finalist, Rebecca’s work has been longlisted for the Davitt Award for YA, the Gold Inky Award, the David Gemmell Legend Award and the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers. Her novels have been translated into German, French, Turkish, Portuguese and Polish.
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