Afterlife (The Resurrection Chronicles #1)
Chaz Dominguez is a professional Babysitter in New Orleans, helping to integrate the recently deceased into their new and improved lives. Though Fresh Start has always been the only game in town, resurrection isn't all it's cracked up to be. Nine lives are all a person can get—and a powerful group of desperate, high-level Nine-Timers will stop...more
The story takes place in New Orleans in a type of futuristic world, totally different from our own and makes you appreciate the fact that your world is not like this. At least for me it did. It's done in several different character POV's, including a dog. Yes, I said dog, but Omega is no or...more
“AFTERLIFE is a seamless combination of hard-boiled mystery, science-fiction exploration of a future based on cloned existence after death, and a fantasy struggle for the survival of good in an evil world. Merrie Destefano has made a fine start on a promising career.” (James Gunn, Science fiction Grand Master )
“AFTERLIFE is like smoke in the darkness – intriguing and illusive. Merrie Destefano led me on a gritty page-turning journey of life, death and resurrection. I was riveted from th
I will not re-write what the book is about (you can read about it in the blurb above or in some of the other reviews). Instead, I want to share what I liked about Afterlife.
First, the writing is great. Her descriptions of New Orleans jump off the page. You can feel the humidity, hear the sax playing on some lonely corner, see the shadows and fog roll over the city. I usually do not enjoy fi...more
Starting off, you get a 101 on Babysitting, and no I don't mean taking care of children. Babysitting in Afterlife takes a whole new meaning to looking after someone. I'll break it down for you. Resurrection is a way of life in this world. Nine live...more
Anyway, I read Merrie Destefano's debut Afterlife and it wasn't too bad. It was another different read for me. Other then the idea of resurrection there wasn't too much supernatural involved. But the cover was wicked awesome so I couldn't pass reading this.
The book was told in multiple points of view, whic...more
Welcome to your next chance.
Chaz Dominguez is a professional Babysitter in New Orleans, helping to integrate the recently deceased into their new and improved lives. Though Fresh Start has always been the only game in town, resurrection isn't all it's cracked up to be. Nine lives are all a person can get - and a powerful group of desperate, high-level Nine-Timers will stop at nothing to possess t...more
The story is told in multiple points of view, we even get a run down of a very lovable doggy's play by play. For this...more
In the first few chapters, that hanging chapters based in separate character's POV was a bit disorientating for me in the beginning. As the story developed it engulfed me into this work of a future time where people can "jump" their consciousness to a new body up to 9 times. In a car wreak and you have the expensive chip.... swoosh =new body.
It is a really interesting concept and it made an amazing story. Once you get used to the different chara...more
Fresh Start employee Chaz Domingue assists his newly resurrected charges for their first week, and this one's proving a real challenge. Angelique Baptiste's previous identity had ties with Chaz's brother, and was highly involved in some revolutionary research - the results for which some people will kill. With resurrection, that's not much of a threat, but Chaz is a One-Timer who never signed up for future lives.
Merrie Destefano has crafted...more
Welcome To Your Next Chance.
Chaz Dominguez is a professional Babysitter in New Orleans, helping to integrate the recently deceased into the new and improved lives. Though Fresh Start has always been the only game in town, resurrection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Nine lives are all a person can get-and a powerful group of desperate, high-level Nine-Timers will stop at nothing to possess the keys to true immortality.
Now the only hope for Chaz and his family-and...more
Plot 3 stars - Not to bad. There is a lot of potential with the series. Action was not bad.
Cover 2 stars - Is it just me or does the cover model look like she's on crack? She is really freaky looking. Angelique is supposed to resemble a model. What happened?
Writing 1 star - Confusing. Their was not enough information to keep the reader informed. Most of the book kept me confused. All new paranormal terms and the author did a te...more
By Merrie Destefano
It is really difficult to review this book. I have rarely seen such a sweeping attempt to incorporate so many grand ideas in such a completely haphazard way. The book is science fiction but often read more like urban fantasy – especially at the end when things waxed very metaphysical.
At times it was like the author thought up several really cool ideas (living nine times, a world divided between stringers and one timers, needing a death cert...more
I'll be the first to admit when I read the back cover copy for this book I wasn't sure if I would like this book. Don't get me wrong I read a ton of paranormal fiction but it's mostly full of teen angst and romance (yeah I read YA fiction). However when I learned that this book featured a dog as one of the main characters I thought, "Cool, a furry creature who isn't a werewolf!" I jumped at the chance to review this book and I was not disappointed in the least.
This book has an awesome...more
The hero, Chaz Domingue, is a scion of the family that founded Fresh Start, bu...more
I've never read a book that's left me completely and utterly speechless by the time I finished it. Usually, I'll have something to say, even if it's a sentence as simple as 'I love it' or, 'I hate it'. A simple 'I love it,' however, won't cut it for AFTERLIFE. This novel is so rich with beautiful descriptions, reflections, and events that I fear I will be unable to give anything Merrie has incorporated justice.
AFTERLIFE is in...more
The book dumps you into the world with little to no explanation of, well, anything. You meet the two mains, Chaz, who is a babysitter and employee of "Fresh Start". And, Angelique, the Newbie he's babysitting.
There are many POVs, including a dog's, which added to some of...more
It felt like the plot and information on the world were being doled out stingily until the last third of the book and then you learn about what's happening with your major players. Then the end happens and the epilogue is meh.
The only part I liked was Chaz and Neville and the in between.
The book is full of intrigue from the first page, not even a quesion if it's a page-turner. Absolutely! It's easy to get drawn into the characters, the analogies are priceless. I'm looking forward to more books from thisi author!
I really enjoyed how Destefano laid out this story by telling it from the different character's point of view. This helped me understand exactly what each character was thinking and feeling. I feel it was the best way for this story to be told. I wasn't confused by the multiple point of views at all.
The futuristic setting in New Orleans was perfect and felt believable. The only thing keeping this book from...more