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A horrific explosion levels part of the city and Camryn Kingfisher is the sole survivor.

Amidst controversy, conspiracy theories, and threats from government officials, Camryn longs for the truth. But the only person who she can turn to is a transparent boy in a lab coat named Quint. Unsure whether he’s a hallucination or a ghost, Camryn has no choice but to trust him as th
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Page Street Kids
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Kim Chance
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot of sci-fi, but after reading the synopsis of this gorgeous book, I just had to check it out! I'm so glad I did! From the very first page, I was hooked, and I found myself reading this gem of a book in almost one sitting. All of my theories were completely wrong and as the story unraveled, I found myself on the journey to discovery and truth along with the main character--it was quite a ride! I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, so the best way I can really describe my enjoyment of this ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
To me, the hardest part about being a book blogger is when you find a book that feels like it could have worked for you, but somehow, it just didn’t quite make it—and then trying to review that book in actual, coherent words and phrases, when all you really know how to do is kind of shrug and go, “Eeeeehhhh…?”

Like an afterimage: the ghost of light that’s left behind when you’ve been staring at something too bright for too long.

That’s my issue with Afterimage in a nutshell. It isn’t a bad boo
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Paige Dan
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THIS. BOOK.

I was obsessed with this book from about 10 pages in. The story is thrilling and there may in fact be a new twist in every single chapter. Our main character Camryn deeply loves her mom, dad, and brother Kyle. She deals with true Panic Disorder and works so hard for that not to run her entire life. Quint is a mysterious guest that Camryn finds herself tied to after a huge explosion causes the death of Camryn's mom- along with thousands of other people. Camryn deals with guilt, grief,
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 Amelia
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, sci-fi, 2018
The first half of this book was so good, I honestly thought I'm gonna love it - it had All Our Yesterdays vibes because of the sci-fi mystery concept and it was really good. But then it just got messy, suddenly there was some unnecessary romance, the sci-fi bit was made to sound complicated and I really didn't understand it, but not because I don't "get it", it's because it wasn't scientifically explained, there was no evidence to support the theory. The author literally just said "here, they cr ...more
Mandy
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-copies
**I received an ARC of this - thank you so much to Page Street Publishing but it didn't change my opinion at all**

There was nothing really wrong with this book, but I think a lot of things compiled together to make it a bit messy and cliche and something that I wasn't vibing with. There were some good parts, but there were a lot of parts that I wasn't feeling and it kind of put me in a slump since I didn't want to pick it back up.

I have to say that I was really feeling the twists and turns. They
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Chelsea
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I very much have a “what did I just read” feeling about this book but I still think I enjoyed it. I’m happy where it ended even though the middle was confusing as hell.
Sher-May Loh
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A cataclysmic explosion destroys Camryn's world; she survives when she's not supposed to, and the only constant in the chaos is a bespectacled boy who may or may not actually exist.

AFTERIMAGE, Naomi Hughes' debut sci-fi thriller, is a page-turner with twists and turns that will leave you racing through the pages way past your bedtime to find out what happens next. Hughes demonstrates incredible mastery over plot and pacing; subtle hints are peppered throughout the story, which add layers as the
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Roberta R. (Offbeat YA)
Rated 2.5 really.

Fast-paced and full of turns, this one would make a great adult sci-fi book set in a distant future (minus the weird-instalove part). The problem is, as a teen's adventure set in our time-frame, and in our good old reality, it doesn't hold. Both the science and the conspiracy are over the top, and there's no way a single teen "prodigy" could make such a scientific breakthrough. The romantic plot is unsettling for at least two reasons. And while I enjoyed reading about a main cha
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Jessica Bayliss
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this YA thriller! Calling it a thriller is oversimplifying. Whether you're a fan of ghost stories and the paranormal, a science-fiction fan, or a reader of conspiracy thrillers, this book is for you. A very original take on the YA thriller genre, very smart, and full of unanticipated twists. I highly recommend this.
Casey Lyall
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, my gosh - this book.

I had the pleasure of reading an early version of AFTERIMAGE and it killed me dead.
Then I got to read the ARC which also killed me dead.

The ghost of my ghost is writing this review for you.

AFTERIMAGE is teeming with fast-paced, heart-pounding action and adventure. Any time you manage to catch your breath, you'll be busy screaming at the latest twist, turn, or reveal.

The voice of Camryn leaps off the page, drawing you into the crumbling world she's desperate to save. It'
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N.K. Traver
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A heart-pounding thrill ride that explores how far we'd go to fix our mistakes - and what it means to face them. Beautifully written and hauntingly real, this book is one that stayed with me long after I turned the last page.

**I read an early copy of this, and cannot WAIT to see it in print!
Rhona Mitchell Tennant
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I follow Naomi on twitter and had been lusting after this book for a long time. Despite reading the blurb I honestly had no idea what to expect. I certainly didn’t expect a sci-fi adventure. I know, I know (view spoiler) ...more
Mackenzie
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I read it through an ARC program and will definitely be buying myself a copy when it comes out.

The storytelling and writing style captures the reader and draws you in. Because neither Quint nor Camryn know what is happening, and the suspense and life or death scenario surrounding their situation, the reader is desperate to know what's going to happen next. When you do find out, not only is it a satisfying explanation, it one that makes you only more invested in the
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Heaven Morrow
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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Roxanne
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Page Street Publishing for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair review.


Camryn is working through her panic disorder, and her mom is talking it her through it when she finally makes it on base to pick her mom up from work. However, Camryn never makes it into the building. A massive explosive happens and before Camryn falls unconscious she sees a boy who is shocked that she can see him.


She spends weeks asleep before finally waking up and realizing that she is the only survivor. Th
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Caitlin Mccurley larue
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Naomi Hughes weaves a powerful thriller that kept me on edge the entire time. I'm not necessary a huge fan of science fiction, but it was the perfect amount that I could follow/understand and held my interest.

Hughes puts us in the narrator's head so well, that it is truly hard to know what is real and what isn't at points. As the plot slowly unravels and the reader discovers the twists and turns with Camryn, I found myself completely immersed in the book. The pacing is fantastic and there is a
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Lisa Cassidy
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one had me from the first page. The standout for me was the character of Camryn, who has some real obstacles to both overcome and manage, but confronts each of them with gusto and spirit and a touch of vulnerability. Loved the writing--again, Camryn's voice!--but the plot was equally engaging. Each turn of the page totally kept me guessing. I started the book mid work-week, but once I reached the weekend I inhaled it in a matter of hours. If you love YA with an awesome but real heroine and ...more
Stephanie
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book.

On one hand, for all that the book was nonstop action, sometimes it still felt like not a lot was actually happening. Also, the science was sometimes hard to understand (but then it always is for me in sci-fi books that deal with alternate timelines), and I predicted the major twist. On the other hand, I love how that twist totally turned the story on its ear, the author's sometimes poetic writing style, and Ms. Hughes' observations about redemption and the
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Barb
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and actually finished it last week -- I thought I had added it here, but apparently not. Afterimage was one of those books for me that sucked me in from the first chapter and held my attention to the very end. It was different, exciting, and the overall story felt unique.

I highly recommend it!
Carolyn O'Doherty
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. The story kept me on my toes, every time I thought I knew what was going on, the author took a turn I did not expect. I was intrigued straight through to the end. It's an imaginative original story with a great, believable protagonist. Highly recommend!!
Naomi Hughes
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey! I'm the author, Naomi Hughes. Nice to meet you! I'm so honored you're interested in (or have already read) Afterimage. In case you haven't yet read it, I wanted to use this space to include a few notes and trigger warnings that I didn't get the chance to include in the book.

First: this book is ownvoices for panic disorder, a type of anxiety disorder in which a person has panic attacks which then generate a deep-seated fear of having more panic attacks, which leads to--you guessed it--actual
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Kathryn Tate
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book had me intrigued from the very beginning. It is full of action, twists and turns. I just kept needing to know what would happen next. I also loved the mystery surrounding Camryn and Quint.
USOM
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Afterimage is a science fiction book with a lot of heart, intrigue, and a fantastic main character. Camryn has this wonderful resilience in her. She suffers from panic attacks, but she's able to be the star of her own book. She becomes the main character in a wonderfully written book about ethics and choices.

full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...
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Joanna Meyer
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-tbr
A smart, pacey sci-fi brimming with vivid imagery and well-drawn characters. Loved it!!
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Disclosure: I received a review copy from the publisher/Saichek Publicity in exchange for a honest review.

I had high expectations for Afterimage but it fell short when the story took a turn towards Sci-Fi. I’m all for Sci-Fi but the synopsis promised a Dystopian novel, and that was what I was expecting…I felt mislead. The book started with a bang, literally, when an explosion rocks a research/government facility wiping out the entire area within the 10-15 mile radius. The only survivor is our he
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Lisa Rowland
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I feel like this is one of those books that's hard to talk about without giving too much away. I really enjoyed the book as a whole, there's a lot going on and when you start getting to the twists it just amps it up. The science and way things go is really intriguing, and the characters are pretty fascinating. There were just a few things missing for me though, so I didn't have full buy in.

The good: Literally the entire storyline. It gets convoluted, but when you find out what's actually happeni
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John Clark
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dealing with severe panic disorder is hard, but what if your inability to cross through a gate because of it, results in losing your mother? This is what Camryn faces at the start of this story. The government facility where her mother works as the top research psychiatrist, explodes, killing thousands. As one, if not the only survivor, Camryn's suspected of being part of the plot, or at least having knowledge of it. Then, there's the blonde haired dude only she can see, who cannot get further t ...more
Anne
Camryn suffers from panic/anxiety disorder. One day she is trying to overcome it and go inside the science facility where her mom is waiting for her when a horrible explosion occurs. The explosion kills her mom and many other people and also leaves Camryn seeing an after image of a young man in a white lab coat who only she can see and hear. She ends up calling him Quint. Together they start trying to figure out what caused the explosion and if they can do something to fix/change what happened.
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S.M. Pearce
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sharon
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Afterimage is a YA science-fiction thriller that includes a major plot line regarding alternate timelines. The problem that I had with the book was, from the outset, blame was placed on a certain individual with no explanation as to how the authorities arrived at their conclusion. By using the alternate universe to explain all of the plot points, the legitimacy of the story was diminished. The reader is never given a chance to connect with Camryn and I personally did not feel that her character ...more
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Hi! I'm Naomi Hughes, writer of quirky young adult sci-fi and fantasy. I live in the Midwest US, a region I love even though it tries to murder me with tornadoes every spring. When not writing, my hobbies include reading (of course), traveling, and geeking out over Marvel superheroes and certain time-traveling Doctors.

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