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Afterlife Academy

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Even being dead isn’t enough to get you out of maths class.

Dying wasn't on sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson's to-do list. And now, not only is she dead, but she's stuck in a perpetual high school nightmare. Worse still, she's stuck there with the geekiest, most annoying boy in the history of the world, ever.

In a school where the geeks are popular and just about everything...more
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published March 15th 2013
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In popular culture, young dead girls usually spell trouble, especially if they had been chosen queen of the prom before they died. We know this from films like Carrie and Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II. And even if they happened not to be the belle of the ball, at the very leaat, they hang around the girls' lavatory whining about their sorry lot to whomever will listen.

Well, Riley Richardson is not a prom queen, although that's more an accident of circumstance than anything. (Had she lived in Ame...more
It’s a question that humanity seems to have grappled with ever since the evolution of complex thought; what happens when we die? Some people say that, if we've been good, we go to heaven (or somewhere significantly worse than the naughty-step if we've been bad) and some say that only sweet, eternal nothingness is what we have in store. But in Jaimie Adman’s third novel, Afterlife Academy, sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson finds out that, after she dies, it’s back to school. Immediately.

Yes, thin...more
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Jaimie Admans.)
16-year-old Riley is seriously annoyed to find herself stood outside of a school that looks very similar to the one she attends, with quite possibly the geekiest boy in her year – Antony. Only moments ago she was skipping school and riding in her boyfriend’s brother’s car, that he had ‘borrowed’. How the hell did she get here?

Riley is about to get some bad news though, because not...more
Sophia Lin
Originally posted on Bookwyrming Thoughts

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. My review is not influenced in any way.

I honestly thought I was going to silently scream and run in terror from the first few chapters of reading. Not that it was bad, because it wasn't bad, but because I recently finished Dreamland a few weeks before I started and I didn't think I could deal with any romance...more
May 10, 2013 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amy by: Jaimie Admans
Shelves: british, kindle
I signed up for the Blog Tour that will help promote this book in May (on the 10th). That's the only reason I have included the GIF in the Goodreads review below (there was a giveaway too- if you are reading this before June 2013 it's still going & it's international: ENTER).

It was enjoyable seeing Riley step inside (having not mastered the magically appearing thing after 5 minutes of death) a school identical to her old school- the contents of the school are much different &...more
First of all, the story had a somewhat different and apparently interesting premise.
The idea that if someone under eighteen dies, he or she will have to attend a school: The Afterlife Academy.

Then it had some cute elements, like the blood thirsty pumpkin, who definitely should have had more relevance in the story. Because it was CUTE...

It had also had some interesting ideas, like the classes that the students take at the academy:
_Redemption classes, hauntings, Visualizing and so on...

“How nice...more
Stacey Mitchell
Riley Richardson finds herself stood outside the school gates with the biggest geek from her school, a boy called Anthony. Why exactly she is there -- and with him -- she has no idea, as it wasn't that long ago that she was in the car being driven by her boyfriend Wade. And why is Anthony even talking to her?

Somehow, their school looks different. For a start, everything is grey. The writing on the sign by the gate keeps changing. A prefect suddenly appears in front of them, and then just as sud...more
This was okay, not thrilling or anything. The characters were quite one dimensional and the world building wasn't very inventive. The main character Riley, just moaned constantly about not fitting in, shouldn't be her time yet, she missed her boyfriend yada, yada, yada, but very little mention of her poor parents. She never tried to visualise them, just the boyfriend, who was obviously a total douch but it took her being dead to realise it. But yet, I was intrigued. I wanted to see where the aut...more
Syc on Book Hoard
Read the full review at Ihoardbooks.

What first got my attention is the tile of this book. Here’s the thing. I would read almost every book with the words ‘Academy’ or ‘High’ in its title. I dig those books which start the story with a new school or new home or everything with the concept of new. I’m really into those kinds of books so it won’t be possible for me to pass on Afterlife Academy to read.

I didn’t set my expectations high for this book. The cover was a giveaway for me. The book cover w...more
Nicole Hewitt
Afterlife Academy was a cute, quick read. I had read another Jaimie Admans book at the end of last year and enjoyed it, so when I saw this one free on Amazon, I snapped it up!

When Riley dies in a car accident caused by her boyfriend, she finds that the afterlife is nothing like she expected. Instead of pearly gates, she finds herself standing in front of Afterlife Academy - with the geeky kid who her boyfriend mowed down in the accident. Suddenly, Riley feels like the outsider - she's sure that...more
Candy Golden
Wow! What a different way to look at the Afterlife!

Riley and Anthony die at the hand of her oh so popular boyfriend Wade. Riley is one of the most popular girls at school and Anthony is one of the schools geeks who is constantly bullied by Riley, Wade and their clique. Not only is this a lesson in forgiveness and self awareness, but also of self awareness. I really didn't like Riley at the beginning of the story. She is a class bully, and I've been a recipient of that kind of behavior. When the...more
Karl Pendlebury
I'm actually quite torn over this book...

I loved the idea and overall the storyline was a nice easy read which tackled the "can people change?" Question.

The suggestion of having to go to school after you died would probably be most kids' nightmare but I think attending Afterlife Academy would be quite fun.

The two lead characters portrayed a believe able relationship which grew and changed throughout and apart from Riley's annoying obsession with her still breathing boyfriend it's nice to see her...more
I enjoyed this more than I first thought actually, as the annoying mix of Brit-isms & American-isms almost put me off. But I decided to give the book a chance and other than it being predictable in places Afterlife Academy was an original, entertaining read and I hope there'll be a sequel! :)
Jenny at Jennyinneverland
This was the very first book I read for my readathon and I was so excited about reading it because I love Jaimie’s books. As expected, I wasn’t disappointed and like her other work I’ve read, it was charming, witty and completely bonkers. Afterlife Academy is about a girl called Riley who quite unfortunately, dies in a car accident. Along with Anthony, the geekiest boy in her school who was also a victim in the accident, they end up at the Afterlife Academy – a school for the dead. This bizarre...more
Emma Adams
I read and reviewed Not Pretty Enough last year, and I was excited to read this – I love a good boarding school story! The idea of having to return to high school after death is a fantastic concept for a book, and I wasn’t disappointed. Sixteen-year-old Riley was looking forward to going to prom with her boyfriend Wade, but after a joyriding accident, wakes up dead. To her horror, high school doesn’t end when life does, and her only company is Anthony, the nerdy boy she used to bully.

Admans does...more
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. Okay, let's be honest here, who wouldn't want to read a book with a cover like this? So beautiful! When I first started reading this novel it reminded me of The Riley Bloom Series by Alyson Noel (which is weird because both of there names are Riley). Once I got into the story I could tell it was its own book and had fresh ideas on the afterlife. Plus, I love a great academy setting, when I die, Afterlife Academy is where...more
Tricia Drammeh
Honestly, this book started out rough for me. After the first ten percent, I probably would have stopped reading it had I not promised to review it for a blog tour. I'm glad I plunged ahead, because it turned out to be an excellent read. By the time I was about halfway through, I couldn't put it down. Part of the reason it was hard to read at first is because Riley was such an unlikable character. It wasn't just that she was stuck-up from having been popular in her former life, it was that she w...more
I found this book really frustrating. A big part of myself hated this book yet it still kept my attention to the end of the book.

I hated the main character (Riley) in this book. Her ability not to be able to look past her former knight in armour and boyfriend, Wade. She almost comes of as a poster-child for a spousal abuse victim (even though she wasn't a spousal abuse victim). But when she finds herself in the afterlife of all the excuses she comes up for Wade. I know they say 'love is blinding...more
Not my favorite book. Afterlife academy was an okay read, but I wasn't really into it.

For one thing, I didn't like Riley. She was so mean in life and she continued that in death. I got so frustrated when she tried to justify the way she acted. She viciously bullied so many people and tried to make it okay with a few insincere apologies. She somewhat redeemed herself at the end, but not before making me very annoyed. Also, I couldn't understand why she wanted to get back to her boyfriend. Especia...more
This was an interesting book. I like the idea of a school for kids/teenagers who die, they can finish there education there, and also get used to being dead.

I must say I didn't like the characters, atleast until almost the ending. In the beginning.. well our girl was just a bitch, the guy was just, I don't know what words I would describe.

Though I can somehow understand why the girl wanted to leave so badly, and didn't want to believe it was all real, it came over as a bit forced. Also the who...more
Joana Hill
Read more reviews on my blog, Words and Tea Bottles.

A free copy was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Well, what can I say about Afterlife Academy? Unfortunately, not a lot of good things. I was part of the cover reveal tour, and I will give it credit and say that I still think it’s a rather nice cover. The premise for the book itself is interesting, too, making the afterlife seem like just another life, rather than the popular perception of the afterlife that Christianity has given u...more

After discovering this through the cover reveal, I immediately added it. It sounds so fascinating and I was excited to get my hands on this. There was so much to this book then what I was expecting!

This is a teens worse nightmare! After dying, Riley discovers that she is to attend The Afterlife Academy, before moving on in her After Life, where she must continue her education in a less… tradition way. Much to her chagrin, she discovers that she is not alone; that Anthony, t...more
(Originally posted at

**Actual Rating**: 2.5 stars
**Book Format**: eBook

This is one of the biggest disappointments I've ever had in my life. After reading the synopsis, you expect there to be something actually paranormal within the covers of this gorgeous-looking book. Unfortunately though, as soon as you open it up to the first page, all you get is a selfish brat of a girl (Riley) arguing with the cute, nerdy geek (Anthony) as soon as they die and turn up at...more
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Afterlife Academy follows Riley, Riley was just killed in a car accident that her boyfriend Wade caused. Not only was Riley killed, but so was Anthony the school nerd who she always picks on. They both find themselves at the 'Afterlife Academy' which is basically school for the dead. Riley won't accept it, she had a perfect life before, and can't believe it was all taken from her over a car accident. She wants to find a way back home and will stop at nothing to get back, but as days go by Riley...more
Charlie (Letter Trails)
“You can't go back to where you came from. You just have to keep moving forward.”

When the Jaimie asked me if I want to review her book, I immediately said yes because of two things. One, the unique afterlife school plot; two, the beautiful cover. Then I started reading this book without any expectation and not knowing how things would play out. I didn't not expect this to be fun to read or that I'd be annoyed to death (no pun intended) with Riley.

The plot. At first, I expected it to be s...more
Original review at Reading in Progress

This book is the third book that up and coming indie author Jaimie Admans has published in the last 6 months, and boy is it a cracker.

To be honest I was expecting your average young adult slightly paranormal romance. But I was pleasantly surprised!! The storyline of this book is so original and every detail is well thought through and the imagery is brilliant.

I found it hard to put the book down and read it everwhere when I was reading it, in my favourite co...more
When Riley suddenly finds herself in a world of grey, in company of the biggest geek from her school, Anthony, she freaks out.
She was just out driving with her boyfriend Wade and suddenly she is here.
Turns out Wade has killed her and Anthony and they are about to enter the Afterlife Academy.

Riley doesn't want to stay though; she wants to go back to her own school, where she was the popular girl with the hottest boyfriend and coolest friends.
Here she is an outsider and even Anthony gets friends b...more
Mandy Sickle
I received Afterlife Academy from the author in return for an honest review. Riley didn't expect to die when she hopped into the car with her boyfriend after all she’s only sixteen. Now even though she’s dead she still has to attend classes even graduate before she can move on. However Riley isn't ready to give up on returning back to her body. She’s not alone either at school she’s joined by Anthony whom was hit by the car her boyfriend was driving. Riley wasn't the nicest person when it can to...more
Ali's Books
Riley thought she had it all. She was the most popular girl in school, dated the most popular boy in school, and everyone wanted to be her. One car accident resulting in her death and Anthony’s, a guy she has relentlessly bullied, changes everything. Riley quickly finds herself being on the reciprocal end of things as she starts her new “life” at Afterlife Academy. Anthony quickly becomes the popular guy, but he wholeheartedly forgives her. Now Riley has to come to grips with who she was versus...more
Ashley Hill

Originally posted on Paranormal Sisters http://www.paranormalsisters.blogspot...

*Was provided with a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*

In this gray world Riley ends up in, there's a message in every word that is spoken to her. But sadly she is too blind and too hung up on her ex to see it. I really wanted to love this book but the main character kinda got to me a bit. I know if she wasn’t like that then there wouldn't have been a story and the ending message at the end of the...more
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She has been writing for years, but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people. She writes mostly chick-lit and young adult. Kismetology is her first novel and...more
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