The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker
What if death is only the beginning?
When Harriet Stoker dies after falling from a balcony in a long-abandoned building, she discovers a group of ghosts, each with a special power.
Felix, Kasper, Rima and Leah welcome Harriet into their world, eager to make friends with the new arrival after decades alone. Yet Harriet is m ...more
Seriously- this book is a ride! Wild twisty plot. Murderous ghosts trapped in a university building. Extreme queer pining. Found family fighting for each other. Absolutely loved it!!
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“Harriet Stoker is such a wild ride. Twisty plot, murderous ghosts, found family, slow-burn romance – I was hooked from the very first chapter and could not put this book down. With characters I instantly loved (and some I hated) this book is my favourite Lauren James story.” – Alice Oseman, author of Heartstopper
“Startlingly original, so twisty and
The biggest problem I had with this book was trying to decide who my favourite character was because I loved them ALL. From Harriet, who treads a dangerous path in her pursuit of power; to Rima and her adorable fox spirit Cody; to Felix who has kept (pretty badly) ...more
What makes me keep returning to her writing is her ability to write great twisty plots filled with interesting characters that are effortlessly diverse and inclusive. And this latest novel, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker, is no different.
In a break from her previous novels, that we ...more
Unpredictable, surprising book ...more
Things I loved:
- morally grey MC
- queer pining (like, so much pining!!!)
- found family of ghosts
- ghost baby!
- ghost pet FOX!
- so many ghosts!!
Lauren James is so amazing at writing the most twisty, intriguing books that keep you on the edge of your seat. It was so much fun trying to figure everything out, and there's always this weird sense of pride if you figure ...more
This book follows the main character, Harriet, from the day she dies, but death is definitely not her end. Trapped with other ghosts in a Uni halls of residence Harriet faces. a number of challenges as she grapples with her past, present and future.
What I Liked:
Plot. Going into this book, I really wasn't sure what to expect. What developed was a unique, thrilling and complex plot line which kept me on the edge of ...more
I have just finished this book and honestly I wish I had the exceptional vocabulary needed to describe it. I wish I could do it justice. I wish I could explain everything I'm feeling right now. Honestly my brain is blown and I fear I will spend the rest of my life thinking about this book.
Lauren James has created such a unique masterpiece that I honestly can't fault it. Everything about this book was good. The characters, the plot, the writing, all of it is wov ...more
Harriet Stoker just wanted to take some photos in the old abandoned Mulcture Hall. Several students had died there years ago and there were all sorts of rumours about it, but Harriet thought it would be a great place to get some inspiring snaps for her photography project. That is until she fell to her death. As she steps out of her body, she’s greeted by some very excited ghosts who’v ...more
Normally I don’t read thrillers so this was a new genre for me to discover. The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker is a story about a young woman who dies in an abandoned building and discovers there is an afterlife with other ghosts. Some who are good and some who are very bad.
The story got my attention right from the start and kept it for about fo ...more
When Harriet Stoker falls and dies in a tragic accident while exploring an abandoned halls of residence, she doesn’t expect to wake up again as a ghost. She definitely doesn't expect to be surrounded by the ghosts of others who have died there, including the dozens who all mysteriously died in their sleep one night twenty five years before. She’s determined to learn all about being a ghost, unlock her powers and leave to visit her grandmother and the ghosts of her parents. She’ll do anythin ...more
This book is about Harriet, a student who has the brilliant idea of going into an old building to take some photos. She ends up dying and she gets stuck in this "place" with a lot of other people who also died there. She gets close to a group of ghost close to her age and they show her how her "life" will be from now on.
The author's writing is very gripping - as it was in her other books I've read ...more
I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker is a ghost story. It starts when Harriet takes a fall and dies in an old university building. Turns out, a lot of people whom have died in that building are still there, as ghosts. There's a kind of hierarchy and the criminals are locked in the basement. A LOT happens but I don't want to get into it more than that, I think it's better to discover it just as Harriet does, learn ...more
2.5, rounded up to 3.
After initially reviewing this book, it turned out that the last 20% had been missing from copy of the galley! It had been a week or so since I finished reading, but I've tried to pull my thoughts together now after actually finishing the complete version.
The final 20% changed my opinion to some extent - the conclusion was a lot more satisfying, and I enjoyed the twists, turns and revelations ...more
Harriet Stoker is exploring the dilapidated remains of Mulcture Hall. It’s her first year at the University of Warwick and she is trying to add some atmosphere to her photography project. Unfortunately f ...more
The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker is appropriately titled as we follow Harriet Stoker from a tragic accident, straight into her afterlife and yes, she is reckless.
I think some readers will struggle with Harriet. She is selfish and impulsive and wildly unlikeable in some parts however I really enjoyed reading her and seeing what influenced her decisions. Her whole character arc was something I'd love to see more of in books.
The little ...more
I read a lot of books that I love, but I have to admit that there aren’t very many that surprise me. The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker by Lauren James was one of those few! This paranormal YA fantasy novel is fun and creepy, and has whole load of unexpected twists and turns, and clever revelations.
I loved the cast of characters we met - the good and the bad - as well as the mysterious and seemingly omnipresent narrator who pops up between cha ...more
However maybe be aware of this book if you're a bit squeamish about graphic body stuff/gore - d ...more
The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker is an entertaining and thrilling story full of twists and turns. It's an exploration of how we deal with our inner (and outer) demons and face the truth of who we are and who we want to be.
I went into this book having read James' novel: The Loneliest Girl In the Universe, so I expected a story full of mystery and crazy twists. And I was not disappointed. The world James ...more
Excerpt from my review - originally published at Offbeat YA.
Pros: Imaginative take on ghosts. Lots of twists and turns. Solid characters.
Cons: Sometimes the writing gets in the way of our connecting with the characters. The anti-heroine might not sit well with everyone (though there are plenty of co-protagonists to love).
WARNING! A sex scene (though not overly graphic). Some violence/gore.
Will appeal to: Those who like original afterlife scenarios and found families.
First off.. ...more
OMG, this book!! I don't even know how to explain how freaking good it was.
Everyone knows I'm a slow reader because I can't focus on a book for too long, but I read +400 pages in three days, which is like super impressive for me, considering that I usually take this long to read novels with half the pages.
Harriet Stoker dies while visiting an abandoned hall of residence and doesn't expect waking up again as a ghost, surrounde ...more
However the story is clever and interesting and I am really hoping there wi ...more
This was a bit of a difficult book for me to review. I enjoyed The Quiet at the End of the World and r ...more
Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Quiet at the End of the World. She is also a Creative Writing lecturer, freelance editor and screenwriter. Her books have sold over a hundred tho ...more
Leah interjected, “He’s right. You said that even your mum never used to laugh at your jokes, Rima.”
“All of my jokes,” Rima corrected. “I said all of my jokes. And I told you that in confidence, Leah! If you keep this up, I’m gonna stop being best friends with you.”
“When?” Leah asked, longingly.”
It felt artificial, like a neon poisonous frog. The urge to flee gripped the back of Harriet’s neck, seizing up her muscles. They couldn’t notice her, her hindbrain was telling her body. She had to hide.”