Tuesday, April 8, 2014

*BLOG TOUR* (Review) After Life Lessons by Laila Blake and L.C. Spoering

Accepted Readers,

Today is my second stop for the release blog tour for After Life Lessons by Laila Blake and L.C. Spoering; this time around I'm sharing my review of the book. On my first stop I had the chance to interview Emily, the main protagonist. (You can check out that post by clicking here

Stay tuned for more information about After Life Lessons; the author's Laila and L.C. are hosting two tours... the first half consisting of mostly promo material (character interviews, spotlights, author interviews, guest posts, excerpts, and more!) and the second half consisting mostly of reviews. You can see the HUGE list of participants and get a preview of what they are posting by clicking here  or (http://www.liltliterary.com/after-life-lessons-tour-schedule/)

Be sure to check out http://www.liltliterary.com/  for more awesome stuff from the authors!
After Life Lessons (#1)
Laila Blake & L.C. Spoering 
Available: April 8, 2014
Format: E-book & Paperback (POD)
Genre: Post-Apoc Romance, Adult
Length: 81,000 words/ 330 pages

Price: E-book $3.99 / 
Paperback: $12.59
Buy Links: | AmazonAmazon UK | Kobo | Smashwords
Hulking shadows emerge out of the chaotic flurries of the blizzard. Something is dying, and so they come, like vultures.

After months of struggling south to escape the zombie-infested remains of New York, a snowstorm traps 23-year old artist, Emily, and her son in an abandoned gas station. Starving and desperate, they encounter Aaron, an Army medic on a mission of his own, who offers them a ride to ease the journey.

The road is a long and dangerous place to travel, and every day brings a new threat. But fear and adrenaline also drive the two closer together; they find laughter and a budding attraction that starts to thaw at their numb and deadened feelings. And that’s when the pain really starts to hit, when places long thought lost prickle back to life. Eventually, they will have to fight not just for survival, but for a future together, or their broken world will swallow them whole.

 Warnings: Contains language some might find offensive, some gore and situations of a sexual nature.
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My Review

Writing Style:
These ladies sure make one phenomenal team! Their writing draws you in quickly and refuses to let you go! So make sure you have an entire evening dedicated to reading if you pick up this book because you won't want to put it down!

My Opinion: 
I want to start off by saying that out of all paranormal creatures zombies rank lowest on my list of favorites. I have tried repeatedly to read various zombie themed books and one after another they made it to my CNF list. (Could Not Finish) I gave After Life Lessons a chance because I am smitten with both of the authors and everything I've read from both has yet to disappoint me. That being said, After Life Lessons was the first zombie book that I actually was able to finish reading and enjoyed!

I truly wasn't expecting this book to floor me like it did! This book changed my perception of the zombie genre all together. This book has a new take on the classic Zombie Apocalypse, one I find to be far more realistic to how people would respond during a zombie out-break. Most representations are filled with too much drama, cruelness, and far-out crazy antics that make the overall story hard to relate to. I find that the way the characters react in this book represents how people would really handle this type of disaster. They show the true gritty emotions; fear, love, courage, regret, and compassion. This book also has a perfect balance of zombie scenes placed throughout it. It's about so much more than just zombies, trust me.
Emily and Aaron are a definite power-couple. They are like day and night, but they fit together great. Opposites really do attract, I suppose. They have so many obstacles to face but always make it through them because they have each other. They understand each other in such a profound way, if only everyone could have a chance to be in a relationship like theirs. It goes both ways, when it's going bad.. It's really damn horrible but when it's going good... It's just amazing! As a warning, when these two are alone things tend to get steamy, so make sure to keep a fan near to help with the spike in temperature. 
After Life Lessons put my emotions one hell of a ride that I'm not sure I'll ever recover from. It drained me physically and mentally, but I consider that to be a good thing. Any book that can have that much of an impact on me has to be special. This book has everything you could ever want in a novel... action, humor, romance, and sex. I could barely stumble out of my bed after one particular scene... oh the shock and horror I experienced. I can't share details of that scene here because it would spoil the plot. So if you're curious you will just have to read this fantastic book for yourself. Just prepare yourself because you will hit some bumps in the road that will leave you stunned.
To Read or Not To Read?
Without a doubt, READ! Like hurry and go get your copy and read it today!
I honestly can't stop raving about this book! 
If you don't believe me, here are the links to two of my posts that refer to it.

 If you're in need of a new zombie survival kit... you will have the chance to win one just like Emily's! It's loaded with stuff I totally never would have thought of...it so freaking awesome! 

Laila Blake   &     L.C. Spoerin

L.C. and Laila met in 2010 on an online forum and have been inseparable ever since. Having supported each other in their individual writing projects for years, they finally decided to work more closely together in a cross-continental cooperative writing partnership. Together, they host the podcast Lilt and started their micropublishing venture Lilt Literary in 2013.

L.C. (generally known as Lorrie) lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, kids, and too many pets. Laila is a nerdy German translator, living in Cologne with her kitten and a lot of sparkly lights.

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