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When Adrianna dies, it’s not what she expected.

The police section off the area even though there is no crime. She was not mugged, struck down, shot, or stabbed. She simply dies, leaving bystanders with expressions of sadness, surprise, and curiosity.

Death brings with it something else: She doesn’t know if she’s a spirit, a ghost, or the beginnings of a zombie. But she
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Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published December 19th 2016 by iUniverse (first published November 2016)
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Sandra Jackson
3.5 stars

When I Died by Elizabeth Eckert is a unique story. I was intrigued from the start and for the most part, it held my attention. It is written in both first and third person POV. Despite the switching back and forth of voice, it was easy to follow. There were few grammatical errors or typos, and the characters were likeable. There are some great lines in this book, one of my favourites being: With help, time, and peace, he could heal, learn to forgive, and rise above the dirt he’d been bu
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E.M. Bosso
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me state upfront that this novel was not written for a 50+ year old male. This was a book club choice and not one I would have chosen to read. That doesn’t make it a “bad” book, just one that I couldn’t connect with. My review will be based purely on the technical aspects of the novel and not the story itself. I will say, however, that the story was innovative and moderately dramatic. Readers of romantic fiction, or perhaps teens that are looking for something a little deeper, would probably ...more
Kayla Krantz
I always love a good life after death story and this one was fantastic. Nothing seems to be wrong with Adrianna, until one day when she dies at a bus stop. Watching her family and friends from a place known as Middle World, she encounters a person she had met only once during her time on Earth, an entity known as Johnathan who she both loves and despises. As the story progresses, Adrianna finds herself trapped in the middle of angels and evil. This is a book that will keep you turning the pages, ...more
Rubina
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The story is about Adrianna who is dead. Dead and having to make a choice. From an ordinary high school girl to become the savior is not easy. She has choices to make, paths to choose and find out who is right and who is wrong. The author had very beautifully weaved in hope and pathos. The sadness of death to being a powerful creature. The author has done a wonderful job in the transition of the character. Slowly Adrianna is pulled into a world of secrecy which only Jonathan seems to be aware of ...more
Nora Ford
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Beautiful read
A very intriguing life after death story. I was hooked from the first page. I wanted to know what was going to happen next.
At seventeen Adrianna (Anna) died and was transported to a middle world where she met Johnathon. The two bonded together and fell in love. Their love story was beautiful and sweet. The author did a great job writing the characters. Anna was captivating, her story was full of emotions that I enjoyed so much. The book had a lot of other characters, good and e
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Vanessa
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I saw a link for this book on Instagram attached to a beautiful picture that intrigued me. I am more of a horror novel reader than fantasy but I bought the e-book and I was not disappointed in my decision. When I Died is filled with deep and complex characters that you can "see" inside your mind as you read. The story grips you instantly and does not let go. I can't believe the author hasn't released book two yet and I am dying to read it. I did find a few syntax and grammar mistakes but not eno ...more
J.F. Holland
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engaging read...

Well written and engaging read that draws you into the story. I love that we get to hear the inner workings of their minds. Ms. Eckert does a wonderful job covering grief and can recommend to any paranormal readers.

Looking forward to reading more from her...
Carly Marino
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

Premise was so unique! I enjoyed the spin this author took on a topic that could’ve been similar to others. Def recommend checking it out.
Odessa Black
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better than any book in the Twilight Series! Blown away!

This is the first time I've ever been speechless--wordless--after reading a book. It has taken me a few minutes to figure out what to write.
Anna, a normal girl with a normal life until she dies and finds herself in a place between Heaven and Earth. A place where souls can still watch over their loved ones on Earth. There she meets the love of her life.... or death. He's her eternity, but eternity has other plans for her. Plans Anna will us
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Ellie Midwood
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I must say that the beginning of this story was extremely unorthodox and intriguing. I mean, not every story starts with the main character dying and trying to figure out what to do next in their… afterlife? Afterdeath? The protagonist, Adriana, was just as confused as I was, watching her dead body from above and regretting all of the things that she didn’t do or say on the last day of her existence. Soon, however, things start making sense as an old acquaintance Johnathan (who als ...more
Marina Osipova
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A transcending experience
Intriguing beginning. The characters are beautifully written—the good and the evil ones—almost palpable! A brilliant inside into teenagers’ psyche. An emotion-evoking story. Jonathan’s sacrifice at the end of the book shattered my heart. The fluid pace of the narrative is quite appropriate for this type of novels.
While reading the book, I caught myself on drawing parallels to “this” life—so much of the realities of our everyday existence in this exceptional “fantasy” nov
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Andrea Miles
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where do I begin? Elizabeth Eckert thank you for an amazing book. This book takes you on a ride like you have never before and makes you think life and what maybe out there when we do leave. Adrianna does just ups and dies. Why? Watching everything happening around her. Then Jonathan is there not sure actually who he is about he is aware that Adrianna is not just another death and not someone that can be ignored as to why. You will not be able to put this book down once you turn the first page. ...more
J.B. Trepagnier
This is an interesting take on death and the afterlife. It doesn't really adhere to one religion. On one hand, you have Lucifer, archangels, and a purgatory of sorts, but you also have reincarnation that is also in the mix.

There are parts of the story that are really sweet and Adrianna is a pure soul, but the book also goes to dark places with several social issues like grief, child abuse, drug abuse, and suicide. They are all handled with grace and delicately. I'd be interested to see if this i
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A. Rose
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could not put this book down. I just kept finding myself wanting to know what was going to happen. Elizabeth Eckert's writing is beautiful and poetic and the story she created is equally beautiful and poetic. The love between Anna and Jonathan is one of the most beautiful loves I have ever read about.

Anna was a captivating main character and I enjoyed the fact that she did not have everything figured out the moment she died. She had to search for the answers and truly learn to use the power s
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Ica Iova
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written story that grabbed me from the first page and kept me there in my chair reading until I finished it, because I had to know what happens next. Well done!
Louise Jackson
A really different look at romance. After death! Doesn't sound as though it's going to work out well for any of the characters but the author does a brilliant job of spinning this tale, with in depth emotions portrayed throughout. I couldn't put the book down in the end. Adrianna and Jonathan's love story is a heartwarming read though the concept of waiting for someone to die does need getting your head around to begin with. Loved all the descriptions, the scenery, and the struggles encountered ...more
Rebecca
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
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Lovely, ethereal writing quality. I found it very relaxing to follow the story even during tense scenes, the writing was quite calming.

Interested to see what the sequel holds.
Gillian mclean
received this book as a goodreads giveaway and felt it only fair to give an honest review. The author creates a beautiful image of what the afterlife is like for Adrianna and the conflict and confusion she felt was well written. I enjoy reading different takes on the afterlife and the roles of angels, heaven and hell even though it is fiction it is reassuring to read about these things to some people . One personal critique i do have is I feel this book was a little too romance heavy for me and ...more
Kate Rispens
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A captivating and unique book!

This book was a joy to read. I was on the edge of my seat from page one. Suspense, romance, wonderful writing and so much more. I will be looking forward to reading more from this author!
Haley
This book I also read I high school. It gives a great sense of wonder in what will happen after we die. Where do we go what happens to our bodies or souls? The main character dies and seems to have a purpose to fulfill. She goes from high school student to savior. The book has a theme of hope, to change what seems unchangeable. The author took great time and care with this book. I will defiantly be recommending this book to stunts, friends, and family in the future. Though I do not see a chance ...more
Maggie Long
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Story

Adrianna, the main protagonist in this story, is an innocent young girl when she mysteriously dies at a bus stop. Jonathan is waiting in the wings to help her into the next world. Unbeknown to Adrianna, Jonathan has known her since before she was born - confused? It soon made sense as I got deeper into the story. Adrianna, although she doesn't know it, is the special one the other side have been awaiting. Jonathan and Adrianna prove that, in spite of death, love conquers. Looking forw
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J.B. Richards
Nov 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eckert writes a provocative and compelling story of a world—not unlike our own... A world doomed to destruction unless one person—Adrianna—can stop the evil that threatens it’s existence. Eckert’s plotline is filled with metaphysical undertones, giving readers a unique look at an Afterlife that can be compared to the Christian Limbo—a heavenly waiting room where souls bide their time until the Second Coming when they will gain entry into Heaven. Eckert has shaped a strange and wonderful tale aro ...more
R.E. Sargent
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I purchased When I Died months before I ever read it. It sat in my “to-be-read” pile with my good intentions, but life got in the way. Finally, after finishing another book, I knew I must bump this book to the top as I was intrigued by the concept. I really wanted to like it, but I wasn’t sure if I would as this is not a genre I would typically buy. Anxious, I dug in, only to find this was not a book I would have to read, but a book I wanted to read. Eckert has a way with words that blows me awa ...more
Claire Matturro
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richly imaginative and compelling, “When I Died” is an after-death love and adventure story with dark forces creating suspense and turmoil. A prevailing air of mystery in the story adds to its allure, and there is definitely a what-happens-next aspect that propels the story along. There’s also a truly charming quality in the story, especially in the voice of young Adrianna (Anna), who is only 17 when she dies. Elizabeth Eckert has Anna’s voice just right—from the somewhat petulance of her first ...more
Claire Matturro
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Richly imaginative and compelling, “When I Died” is an after-death love and adventure story with dark forces creating suspense and turmoil. An air of mystery in the story adds to its quality, and there is definitely a what-happens-next aspect that propels the story along. There’s also a truly charming quality in the story, especially in the voice of young Adrianna (Anna), who is only 17 when she dies. Elizabeth Eckert has Anna’s voice just right—from the somewhat petulance of her first few days ...more
Jessica
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first in Elizabeth Eckert's series, When I Died introduces Adrianna, a seventeen-year-old girl who begins the story by, well, dying. Her death wasn't expected, and when she dies, she doesn't move on as we discover so many souls do. Instead, she's whisked away to the middle world where she meets Jonathan and learns that her death might not have been as accidental as she believed. Why? Because it turns out that she's prophesied to save the middle world she ended up in!

A lot to put on the shoul
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Lana Campbell
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very unique life after death love story. Adrianna has her whole life ahead of her at sixteen, but one fateful night at a bus stop she dies. She's transported to a middle world that is neither heaven or hell and eventually obtains a body that never needs to sleep or eat. There she meets Johnathon a boy she met once at a ball game that left a profound impression on her. Johnathon knows things about Adrianna. She has a purpose in the middle world and it's to save it and all it's inhabitants. Ever ...more
M.T.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I Died was a very unique story, and in the beginning, I was on the edge of my seat, and couldn’t wait to see what would happen to Adrianna, when she was about to ‘move on’ to another place! And getting hints she had a special role…Such an intrigueing premise! On the critique side, I thought the middle part and some of the narrative could have been faster-paced, but on the other hand, getting to know people’s thoughts and motives also brought them close. Most of all in the whole book I loved ...more
Jackie Rogers
Jan 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
How do I review this book? I love fantasy as well as the next person, but not when it distorts truth to the extent that this author wrote. Is about an alternate place when one dies. Is no alternate place. Only Heaven and hell. Lucifer has been defeated once and for all by Jesus. His only power is deception and lies. Am concerned for those reading this book to be carried away by the imagination of untruths. Cant be true to myself if I don't speak about this. There is only one truth, One God, and ...more
Joshua Grffith
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing story

It's always an interesting read when the main character is dead. You get to see what she is experiencing as Anna observes her death scene at a bus as well as her own funeral as many emotions plays out but unbeknownst to her, her journey is only beginning. Actually it gets a jump start from Jonathan, a dead guy with a soulmate connection to Anna, when he places a magical necklace around her lifeless neck. Anna finds her way to a new realm where souls go and the more she learns,
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