Monday, October 24, 2011

The Next Thing I Knew - John Corwin

When Lucy Morgan drops dead along with everyone else on Earth she refuses to take death lying down even if, technically, her corpse is.
She drags her ghostly social life back from the grave and enlists her friends to figure out the rules of the afterlife. More importantly, they want to discover who or what killed everyone and why the heck anyone would do such a mean thing.
– Synopsis from the book
There is no book trailer, but love this song, and kinda went with the book

This book was great! I honestly didn’t know what to expect. It was a mixture of paranormal with a dash of sci-fi. I knew this book was going to be good after reading the first few pagess. When the first giggle escaped my lips, I was hooked. Corwin does a phenomenal job of including humour throughout this novel. This book was like . . . Ghost (the movie) meets The Host (by Stephanie Meyer) meets MIB (Men In Black the movie).
I really enjoyed reading about Lucy, and seeing her evolve from an innocent teen to a strong, dependable heroine…even if it all happens in the afterlife, in a little place called “Heavenly”.
Reading her interactions with Chris is so adorable. You can’t help but smile at her discoveries about life and about herself.
There are so many twists and turns in this novel. I found myself gasping and saying “what?” in various points throughout the book. Once I thought that it was all figured out, and that the characters had their game faces on, Corwin would throw in another twist, and I’d be “what”ing all over again! It was fantastic! I love books that do that, that constantly leave you on your toes and guessing what could possibly come next! I mean, what doesn’t Corwin include in this book. We’ve got space ships (yup!), we’ve got giant bugs (omg – side note: I’m deathly afraid of bugs, so when this part came up, I eeeeked!), we’ve got angel/demon things . . . as the story progressed, things kept getting curiouser and curiouser! Loved it!
My favorite parts in the book were Lucy and Nick’s interactions. It was so interesting to see what would happen when they merged. I was always curious about what was going on between them. My heart went out to Nick when he thought he was going crazy during his video diary episodes. To see how he deals with the realization that there will be no rescue in sight for him was beautifully written.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi reads, for anyone who loves paranormal romance, and who likes a healthy serving of humour in their stories!


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