Jun 2, 2016

The Hereafter Blog Tour Review with Giveaway

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HELLO AND WELCOME everyone to my stop of the blog tour! I have the pleasure of hosting Jessica Bucher, author of The Hereafter. This is such a beautiful and complex love story about the interplay of chance and forgiveness. It is not to be missed! So please, join me in celebrating the release of her new book on March 16th 2016. Read on for details about the book, my review (4.5 stars!), and author information. Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!




Nin has no recollection of her death.

The things she does remember, like her cruel boyfriend, troubled father, and absent mother, she’d like to forget. Dylan doesn’t need to remember his death to know that he deserved it. Who needs memories when you have the scars? Sparks ignite when the two, very different, strangers meet. Together they spend one endless summer exploring their new world. Suddenly, their after-lives hold more possibility and promise than their tragic teenage lives ever did.

But no dream lasts forever, and all too soon, harmful memories from their pasts emerge and threaten to tear them apart. Given the chance to change their fates, Nin and Dylan must decide—life or love.

Weaving through past and present and alternating perspectives, The Hereafter is an emotional journey about young love and second chances.

Release Date is March 16, 2016: Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy

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book review rating 4.5 out of 5

“Inevitability and impossibility coexisted.”

In this profound novel, The Hereafter, debut author Jessica Bucher delivers a beautiful and complex love story about the interplay of second chances and forgiveness, in a deeply philosophical contemplation of inevitability and impossibility. This is no ordinary story about young love—this is a story to be loved.

I’m inexplicably drawn to characters that are a little bit broken. They are immensely interesting. Will the hardships they endure permanently snuff out their light; or rather, will the hardships be the catalyst that fuel their embers? Nin has no recollection of her death, only vague impressions of her troubled and sorrowful life. Dylan remembers even less of his haunting days up until his last breath. Sparks ignite when Nin and Dylan–two strangers—are irresistibly drawn to each other in this place known as the hereafter. Together, in this new world absent of time and space, they begin to explore new possibilities, and a love so sweet, evocative and delicate begins to blossom.

But as fate would have it, truths long forgotten have a penchant for resurfacing. All too soon horrific and haunting memories of their pasts emerge and a revelation far worst than they could have ever imagined forces them to choose between life or love? The interplay of chance and choice, complicated through love and sacrifice, held me captive, as I desperately wanted Nin and Dylan to find the happy ending they deserved.

The storyline can be a bit tricky to follow alternating between Nin and Dylan’s third-person perspective, as well as weaving through their past and present. The chapters are dated, which helps considerable. This is one of my least favorite forms of storytelling. However (you will likely never hear me admit this again), I actually liked the spontaneous and sporadic quality because it felt dreamy, like a lucid dream, where they are the directors and stars of their own destiny. It was handled so well, and I’m all the more impress by Ms. Bucher. It’s hard to imagine this is her first creative piece.

By the time I reach the end of The Hereafter, I found myself re-reading it. Nin and Dylan’s story left plenty of bruises even as it warmed my heart. Their story will change the way you look at young romance; it is beautiful, complex, and heart-expanding. I felt sadden that their story, while ended the way I wanted for them, also ended too soon.

{ I received this title in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you, especially to the author and publisher, for kindly giving me an opportunity to review this title. }



Jessica is a young adult author pursuing publishing. She is married to an Army pilot and they live together in Germany with their two boys. In her free time, Jessica runs a local writing group, teaches yoga, travels and speaks poor German. Her first novel, The Hereafter, is currently seeking a publishing home.

Find Jessica Bucher: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads




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