Review: 18 Truths by Jamie Ayres (My So-Called Afterlife #2)

Saturday, April 4, 2015
278 pages
Published January 28th 2014 by Curiosity Quills Press

Lying is unbearable, betrayal is inevitable, and choosing which path to take is impossible.
Olga Gay Worontzoff ended her senior year as an eighteen-year-old girl totally in love with Nate, enjoying their new romance and about to attend the university of her dreams. Now she’s spending her summer in the weird subculture of the Underworld, with charmingly witty and powerful angels, and problematic demons, trying to rescue Connor, the best friend and secret crush she was unable to save during a freak accident.
But Nate has other things on his mind, mainly Grace. She’s their first assignment as joint spirit guides, and Olga’s feeling hurt and jealous. His mysterious behavior has Olga questioning everything she believed about him and now she must decide whether to stick to their plan, or follow her heart. Unfortunately, a series of mistakes threatens everyone around her and plants Olga in the center of cosmic events much larger than she ever imagined.
Only one thing is certain: the chilling truths uncovered during her journey will leave no one untouched.

*I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
You are not advised to read this review if you haven't read the first book.

We're back into the story of Olga Gay Worontzoff, and this second book includes angels, spirit guides, and more Star Wars references!

Here's why Book 2 was much better than Book 1:

1. Conner. The prologue was from Conner's perspective, and I was amazed at how, when compared, his voice was so different from Olga's. Usually, when there's more than one POV, all characters tend to sound the same, but I could tell from the first sentence that it wasn't Olga who was narrating. My only complaint is that Conner only got the prologue for his own!

I also loved learning more about Conner. In 18 Things, he was just Olga's best friend and crush who died. Here, we saw more parts of his character. The less-than-perfect, not-so-ideal parts of him that hid behind the pedestal Olga had put him on.

2. The action. Finally! See, this is why I love fantasy and paranormal books! There. Is. Action. You hardly get that at all in contemporary romance. My So-Called Afterlife finally started living up it's paranormal label! The plot had so many twists that kept me on my toes, excited for what happens next. This was noticeably lacking in the first book.

3. The love triangle. Or rather, as Olga puts it. the love pentagon. I don't even know what to say here! It's so complicated and well-written, I can't even start to describe my feels. I can't say a lot without revealing spoilers, so if you don't want them, skip to Number 4 because the stuff below are rather spoiler-ish.

One hand, you have Nate. Incredibly sweet,  understanding Nate. And, like Conner, we see more flaws in his character, but that just makes him more real. And then there;s Conner, the very reason Olga chose to become a spirit guide and turn down heaven.
And then Riel (pronounced Re-ell), who's like,

Olga and Riel are so cute!

"For real, Riel?"
"How long have you been wanting to say that?"

4. The plot. Soo many twists! Olga showed us her reckless side. She made quite a lot of impulsive decisions, and the plans she made had everyone praying.

Definitely more interesting than the first book!

One thing I didn't like were the messages in the book. I like it when the messages are subtle. In this book, though, they are presented in a very in-your-face kind of way, which feels kinda patronizing. Yes, I know it spoke a lot about God and the Bible, but still, do the messages need to be quite that obvious?

Who do I recommend it for?
If you've read the first book in this trilogy, the second book is definitely worth the read. Everything is twice as better; the plot, the characters, the romance. Definitely no signs of second-book syndrome.

Final reaction
Because a dancing Darth Vader is a great way to end things.
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