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Afterlife Academy

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  279 ratings  ·  82 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Published March 15th 2013
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DNF 26%

The MC is such a bitch that I couldn't take it too far.

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 least, 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
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2013, ghosts, meh
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
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 & they
Cary Morton
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
To be honest, I liked Afterlife Academy by Jaimie Admans more than I thought I would when I first opened up the cover. The main character, Riley, was rather difficult to like at first. She was a bully, sarcastic, quick-tempered, and most definitely in denial. She was the kind of girl you love to hate – because we’ve all met Riley Richardson. She’s the popular girl that everyone looks up to and despises in equal parts. As the story wore on, however, I learned that there was a lot more to Riley. S ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
Feb 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
(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
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-the-blog
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
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-owned
Just bloody awful. That's what I'd like to say, but maybe that is a bit harsh. I loved the concept. A school for the dead is definitely something different. But what was cool about the idea wasn't what was concentrated on. Instead the novel was 250 pages of whining. Riley, a self absorbed prissy mean girl dies in a car accident caused by her boyfriend Wade (who deliberately hits Anthony the boy who joins her at afterlife academy). And the whole book is of her whining about how she needs to get b ...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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
The cover on this is gorgeous!

This really was a fun story that took me by surprise. The plot was engaging and unique enough that it kept me interesting in the storyline and the underlining messages that author was trying to portray.

Unfortunately I never felt any connection to the two main characters but the author's subtle messages about forgiveness, right past wrongs and learning that it is okay to be different more than made up for my lack of connection to the characters.

I look forward to rea
Liberty Moonbeam
May 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
I still don't know why I gave it two stars when I really didn't like this book. I guess it's because the plot seemed quite interesting beforehand. The girl is the typical stubborn whiny thing who is willing to spend her time trying to go against what everybody tells her to be true just to prove them wrong but giving up on the moment of truth. Hello waste of time! ...more
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Oh well...

How do I start...

Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
**This book was a free Kindle download in 2013, so it has been sitting on my TBR for about six years.

In my opinion, there are books that adults read because they transcend the YA label (the Harry Potter series) and then there are books that so simplistic that, while a 13-year-old might enjoy them, might cause an adult eyestrain from all the eye-rolling she will be doing. This book falls into the second camp. It is rather obvious from the beginning what lesson our heroine Riley was supposed to b
Joana Hill
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jenae (Jeni)
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bit different than I was expecting

This is a cute little story about a self-absorbed teen who, after dying, actually starts learning to live. She also learns some lessons she never learned while alive.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
80% of the book, "WAAADE!!! I just miss him, I'm an outright bully but it's ok because people liked me and, WADE! "

Honestly, there was nothing redeeming about this MC.
DNF at this time... I am finding that trying to clear out boos from 2013 have been difficult for me to get into... I was into way different things back then lol
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is something that pulled me right in from the beginning.
Reviews by Heather
I absolutely loved the surprising ending.
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
(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
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
charlie ☾
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
“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 expecte
Tiffa (The Readers Lair)
I received an ARC eBook copy of this book for a blog tour, in exchange for an honest review.

Riley didn't think her boyfriend 'borrowing' his brother’s car and joy riding around town was a bad thing. That is until her boyfriend, Wade, runs over their high school nerd and bullying target; Anthony. After trying to swerve, a few seconds later everything is dark and Riley finds herself at Afterlife Academy; a high school for the dead - along with Anthony, who she was pretty sure Wade just killed. Aft
Debbie Narh
Afterlife Academy is told from the perspective of Riley Richardson, who is, in fact, a very different kind of girl (the popular kind). Instead of being the popular girl with the perfect life like she's used to, she is ridiculed at the academy because of the fact that she looks a lot different than everyone else. And to be honest, I think that Riley deserves it for the awful things she did to everyone while she was alive. Afterlife Academy is that kind of book that's sort of funny but also sort o ...more
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley
** I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. **

First of all, I really love the cover! It's so pretty and honestly speaking, the cover was the first thing that drew me into reading this book. ^_^

Okay, time for the review. I enjoyed Afterlife Academy a lot. This was the first book of Jaimie Admans that I read so I really did not know what to expect from this author. Turns out that Ms. Admans is a talented writer and Afterlife Academy is a proof of that.

It was brillian
Alison (Ali's Books) Flores
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
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

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
Book review originally published here:

Afterlife Academy is one of the most original young adult novels I’ve read in a long while. Riley Richardson dies in a tragic accident caused by her boyfriend Wade. She isn’t the only person to die that day though – Anthony, the school’s outcast and the person Wade was trying to harm that day. Riley wakes up in a strange, foreign place near a school that looks like hers but isn’t. This world is devoid for color, save
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Jaimie is a 32-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, watching horror movies, and drinking tea, although she’s seriously considering marrying her coffee machine. She loves autumn and winter, and singing songs from musicals despite the fact she’s got the voice of a dying hyena. She hates spiders, hot weather, and c ...more

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