Sunday, April 28, 2013

Review: Life After Theft

Title: Life After Theft
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Pages: 352
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: ARC
Rating: 3 Cows

Goodreads Description:

Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto.

No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so--in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history--he agrees to help her complete her "unfinished business." But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff's new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he's made the right choice.

Clash meets sass in this uproarious modern-day retelling of Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel.

I really thought I would like this book. I enjoyed Aprilynne Pike's Wings series so I was eager to see something different from Pike. I am sad to say that I was disappointed. While there wasn't anything wrong with LIFE AFTER THEFT, there wasn't anything extraordinary about it either. It was just kind of a blah book for me. 

I think the main thing that turned me off this book a little was the characters. I couldn't relate to any of them. Kimberlee was an unlikeable character from the get-go. Kimberlee was a spoiled brat (which I hate) and that's putting it mildly. Jeff was a nice guy but there wasn't anything about him that made me feel anything. I was a little confused by Sera. She seemed like a sweet girl but Kimberlee kept saying that she wasn't what she seemed. When Sera's past was finally revealed I was underwhelmed. Yeah, she made mistakes but again I didn't feel anything about it. My favorite character was probably Sera's brother, Khail. He was a tough guy but had a good heart and wanted to protect his sister. Unfortunately, Khail wasn't a main character. 

As for the plot in LIFE AFTER THEFT, it was a fast read with enough action and suspense to keep you reading. In my opinion, it's wasn't a book that makes you think very hard. (Which is another reason I'm disappointed. The whole dead girl trying to atone for her sins thing seemed like a deeper topic than it actually was.) I was hoping it would be a book that I could take a way some deep meaning from but I didn't. It was just a light, fluffy read. 

In the end, LIFE AFTER THEFT was a meh read. I know a lot of people have found it funny and interesting but it just wasn't for me.

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  1. I'm glad I read your review. I've got so many books to read and I think I'll put this on the back burner for now. A bratty ghost? Ain't nobody got time for that haha

    1. Yeah, she was definitely a bratt! (I love your Sweet Brown reference lol). It's not that the book was bad. It just wasn't what I was hoping for. I really enjoyed her Wings series, especially Destined so I was hoping for something more!


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