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I absolutely love historical fiction and read a lot of it; I love to learn history this way.  I also enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, horror, thriller and non-fiction science.

Almost Dead

Almost Dead - Rebecca A. Rogers

"...but at the end of the day, and on some strange, out-of-this-world level, we formed a connection.  A connection which just saved our lives."

Two teenage girls who are just about as opposite as can be have crashed their cars on the perilous 'Death's Cliff.' Flora feels overlooked by her parents, who put all their effort into her athletically inclined brother, Derek.  Flora's grades in school are dropping she drinks a lot. Flora's best friend Mia is the only other person who understands her, Mia's parents are away all the time on lavish vacations and seem to care more about her beauty pageant sister, Laney. Flora, who is drunk and Laney, who is too preoccupied with her chapstick crash their cars into one another on Death's Cliff.  Their spirits are now stuck somewhere in between, in Lichburn and the Shadowlands.  Their bodies are not quite dead, but might be if their spirits cannot get word to their loved ones where their dying bodies are in time.  They'll have to work together to find their way back to life. 

I probably would have connected more with this story if I were still a teenaged girl.  Both Flora and Laney's characters are filled with teen angst and drama.  I actually really like the plot of the story, which kept me reading; the characters just fell flat for me.  Flora and Laney are opposites in life; however, they both read the same in the book.  The point of view in the book also switches back and forth between Flora and Laney, but since their voices are so similar, I would sometimes have to go back and look at who's voice I was reading from.  The most interesting character in the book was Sara, a spirit guide in Lichburn. She had a very unique voice and intriguing story.  I would love to know more about her life and death.  The setting of the semi-afterlife, waiting room areas of Lichburn and the Shadowlands was also a curiosity.  I know that Flora and Laney's characters didn't know much about it either, but I could have done with some more explanation.  I did enjoy the loop at the end, and there are some good lessons in here for younger readers.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

 

I can use this for Spring Bookish Bingo, it has a flower on the cover!

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