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After Life Lessons: Book One

(After Life Lessons #1)

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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,
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Published April 8th 2014 by Lilt Literary (first published April 5th 2014)
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Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
I picked this one up because I signed up to review the second book in this series and I'm such a fan of the killer zombie books!

If you are expecting a book about gore and zombies coming out of the woodwork - this book is NOT for you. Instead this book deals with the relationships built from the zombie apocalypse.

Yeah, part of me believes the heroine in this story is annoying and a complete bitch with blinders on but as the book progresses, she becomes more likable and starts making the right dec
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Two Nerds With Words
Book Review by Nicole McCurdy for Bex 'n' Books
Disclosure: This ebook was provided by the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily positive review.

I’m going to jump right in here and say that I am in fact in the desperately unpopular minority that just could not get into The Walking Dead. I have absolutely nothing against zombies, vampires, werewolves or wee ghosties, but I need the story to progress, I need something to keep me hooked so I tried to go into this zombie apocalypse wit
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Lindsay
Jan 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: review
This book caught me off guard. I was expecting a zombie novel, just like every other zombie novel in the horde of zombie novels. Instead, I got a story about a journey, about letting go of the past and making new connections for the future. It’s about family, love and forgiveness. And it is about survival, not just physically but mentally as well.

There aren’t a ton of zombies, so if that’s what you’re expecting, you’ll end up being disappointed. This is primarily a romance, with a lot of emotion
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Ava
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
5 survival and lovely stars.
The beginning of this book was The walking death crossing with the movie ... I can't really remember its name something like the end of the earth artic blatz with jake gyllenhal (the spelling is really wrong). but the focus wasn't on the walking death but about 2 peoples first and then 3.
The first two were Emmy and her son, Song. They both lost and waiting for someone at least the boy. but as the story moved on, I learnt about the man who was missing. he was the dad.
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Robert
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really great novel!
there's so much to unravel. First off: if you're only looking for horror or action, you might wanna go look somewhere else. But if you like a complex story with great characters and realistic events, you should definitely buy this book. Where World War Z goes into the world-wide economic and political struggle of a zombie apocalypse, After Life Lessons focus is on the smaller, human struggle. There's no teenagers or crazy stuff – just two adults and a child who have to find a
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Helena Ison
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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★Moonrise
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ever since their world fell apart, and was overrun by zombies, Emily and her son have been been on the run, hiding out, and scavenging for food and shelter. And these zombies are no slow movers... they are fast, and they attack anything and everything in their path with such ferocity that little is left behind.

Emily misses Sullivan, who was with them not long ago as they made their way out of New York City, by way of the storm drains. She continues to write to him, as a means of coping with the
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Rabid Readers Reviews
The author, Laila Blake, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.


When I first read the description for “After Life Lessons,” I was intrigued. Blake and Spoering have written a story of the human experience in impossible times that just happens to feature zombies as the element of danger in those impossible times. How insignificant do the little tragedies of daily life seem in a world where you may not survive beyond the next day?

Once the story gets going it is a beautiful tale
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Suzanne
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2review
3.5 stars.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review by the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on Goodreads.com

The book is set in a post-apocalyptic world after a virus has turned most of the earth’s population into Zombies. I love the Walking Dead TV series and this book very much reminded me of that in the sense that it's very character driven. I loved the fact that the main focus was often on the day to day experiences and we get to see how the characters go on this journ
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Holly Douglas
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Holly by: Paranormal and Contemporary Group

I was asked for my honest opinion.

A world ravaged by a virus a woman with a small boy traveling to find a safe place. All that life affords before the virus hit is gone, a love, a home and now all that is left is her son, she is barely hanging on in the middle of a snow storm.
What a way to start a book captured my interest completely. The journey of heartbreak, of not wanting to but having to depend and trust someone for help. As the reader,Laila Blake had me feeling all of Emily frustration,
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Beth (^v^)/
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review by the “Lovers of Paranormal” Group on Goodreads.com.

3 1/2 Stars - Post-apocalyptic/dysfunctional fun

I don't do zombies, but I decided to give this book a go. I was pleasantly surprised.

The story begins with Emily and her son, Song's journey to find somewhere safe in a zombie-ridden wasteland that the US had become. She comes across Aaron, another survivor. Together, they embark on a journey to find physical and mental safety.
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BDSM newbie
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: need-to-get
This book was amazing. The writers really transported me into their world. I love every moment of it even when I had to reach for the tissues.
Mak
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it

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I was generously provided an advanced e-book copy of After Life Lessons from the Authors/Publisher. This has no affect on my review process.

After Life Lessons was a romance story, first and foremost. If you are looking for "brains" and romance like I was, be forewarned that while this does include a fair amount of zombie violence- it wasn't what I was expecting.... and that's a good th
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Chocolit Chick
There are some great cookies out there, am I right? But we all know that some…say, an oatmeal cookie…go from being a standard sugar fix to a mouth-watering treat with just the right addition of a little somethin’-somethin’. Whether you prefer raisins or chocolate chips in that oatmeal is up to personal taste (by now you should be well aware of where my vote is cast), but without one or the other, it’s just another cookie. That’s where I found myself while reading After Life Lessons by Laila Blak ...more
Kelly
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.



I think this book is fairly unique in style: it’s a zombie-apocalypse tale yes, but that is more the setting than the story itself. It is a romance too, although more gritty and internal than paranormal romances tend to be. The cover art and internal formatting (done by Laila, I believe) is also lovely. Makes me wish I had a color kindle to read on. :)

I liked how the story focused on the characters’ personal struggle to survive and showed us the day-to-day life of only a few people. F
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Krys (Krys Reads)
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, ebook, 2014
Via Black 'n Write Review
My final thoughts:
I wasn’t sure what to anticipate after reading After Life Lessons, but it certainly didn’t include what I finished reading today. Please let me explain:

This book is very post-Apocalyptic slash zombies, and the commencement is on a cold last leg of winter storm. Originally the main characters were Emily and her toddler-age son, Song. They were trudging through this storm on an abandoned road trying to find shelter. Later on these two are found by a ex-mi
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Chris Torretta
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that reminds me why I still love to read about zombies or apocalyptic stories. If it’s done right there can be so much depth not only to the story but also, and here is the most important part, the characters.

And after reading zombie books you get a feel straight away if it’s going to be something that you’re going to like from the get go. For me this book was one where I knew instantly that I was going to like it. It starts and I really didn’t know if Emily and Song w
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KathyAnne
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really struggled to finish this one... I just wasn't feeling the romantic connection between Emily and Aaron. They were constantly apologizing to each other for things that just weren't important. There was definitely an excessive use of the word sorry.
Because this was more focused on their day to day conversations, interactions etc... and less on the zombies... it was not as engaging as I'd hoped. With them being dirty all of the time it just kind of killed the romance mood for me. I doubt I
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Mummy's Naughty Corner
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Arc received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Cover :- 4 stars
Sex/steaminess :- 4 stars
Story line :- 5 stars
Characters :- 5 stars
Overall rating :- 4.5 stars

Personal rating :- 5 stars

Book Pairing:- M/F
Did it give me a book hangover :- No
Is this a review book or personal read :- Review read

Why I chose this book?

I was asked by one of the authors to review the book.

What I liked about this book.

* The description was perfect.
* The writing transported me.
* I'm left wanting more.

What I d
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Deborah Cordes
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A complex and moving tale, After Life Lessons will stay with you long after you finish the last page. I guarantee you will never look down an empty stretch of road the same way again. I was quite taken with the emotional depth of the characters and the beautiful writing. The fact that this novel was created by two authors working as a team makes it even more special, since it's difficult to meld two different minds into one "voice." Five stars! ...more
Melissa
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start by saying I am not one for zombie/apocalyptic stories, but if the stories were wrote like this I would be first in line for them. The characters have depth and are relatable and the storyline was flawless! Once started I found it hard to put down! I would recommend this to anyone who just loves a well written story!
InD'tale Magazine
This zombie tale is realistically based, in that it’s limited the why’s and how’s, only telling what a normal person would know, which isn’t much.

Read full review in the 2014 June/July Double Issue of InD’tale Magazine.
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Ariella
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review for LoP. Emily is trying to find a safe place from the zombies. Her son song is getting sick. Arron found Emily and Song and help them. This book is amazing.
Danielle Knight
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r-challenge
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review Lovers of Paranormal LOP. This author has a wonderful writing style. The characters are creatively done. You can relate to the characters which I love. This author is worth your time. Great read all around. Thanks!
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Emily and Song her son or more accurately her boyfriend's son but she calls him her son and he calls her Emmy. Emily has been taking care of Song since he was two years old when his mother brought him to Emily and her boyfriend and just left him with them. Emily loves and cares for Song as if he is her own child. She always has and always will. She will protect him with her life. Sullivan was bitten by a zombie; he gave his
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ysar
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily is living a mother's worst nightmare.  The world she knew is gone, replaced by fear, constant running and hiding, and struggling just to survive.  Some sort of plague has taken over, turning so much of the population into fast-moving, violent zombies that those who are left hardly stand a chance.  And now her son is sick, in terrible need of medical attention, and the old gas station in which they hide can't possibly protect or save them.

Luck has been on Aaron's side.  He has a van that ru
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Sara Snider
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: indie
After Life Lessons is an interesting, dysfunctional kind of love story, and with zombies to boot. Sort of. Despite the zombie-apocalypse setting, the zombies themselves don’t play a particularly large roll. So if you’re looking for a book with a lot of zombie action, then this isn’t the book for you.

What I enjoyed most in this book was the beginning, when Emily was so broken and detached from the world. I should have liked her journey into finding love again, but that part for me just wasn’t as
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Carrie
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Everything has changed. Emily and her son Snow are wondering through a blizzard in search of safety. But hope for survival comes from an unlikely source. Aaron has a need to do the right thing, luckily for Emily and Snow, the right thing includes helping them. For two adults used to being on their own, their interactions remind each other of the world they left behind. But is the promise of a future together enough to overcome the demons of their past?

I am a fan of zombie movies and books. But
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Kirke
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: review
Living in Zombieland isn't the most fun. It means you are constantly on the run, living in fear and going on survival mode. Emily has been travelling South for months now with her young son and when he gets sick, she fears this might truly be the end. Luckily they run into Aaron. He's a former army medic and pretty much essential now for their survival. The man even has a car, which is about as rare as finding non-infected humans.

They form an alliance and decide to start travelling together. Now
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Kirke
Apr 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Living in Zombieland isn't the most fun. It means you are constantly on the run, living in fear and going on survival mode. Emily has been travelling South for months now with her young son and when he gets sick, she fears this might truly be the end. Luckily they run into Aaron. He's a former army medic and pretty much essential now for their survival. The man even has a car, which is about as rare as finding non-infected humans.

They form an alliance and decide to start travelling together. Now
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