Ascenders: High School for the Recently Departed
Release date : April 20th 2015
Rating : 4 Stars
Walker Callaghan doesn’t know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago…and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences. Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead. She doesn’t go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young. These high school kids are now caught in a strange âin-betweenâ zone where life hasnât changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. “There are even cheerleaders in death,” Walker observes. It’s not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who “used to have this band.” The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie. Principal King explains the rules — there are none. Why? You can’t die twice. There is no homework. No tests. No SATS. You’re just there to learn because the human brain isn’t fully formed until you’re 24. By the way, you can’t get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do …because no one knows how long you’ll stay in this realm or what’s next. “Losing someone you love would be like dying twice,” Walker says.
* * * * * * Walker Callaghan has just arrived at the Academy after a tragic car accident. âIs this heaven or is this high school?â she asks. She finds out her new life is a bit of both as she falls in love with tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He’s looking for a portal to return back to the living realm. He needs just one hour to retrieve his younger brother who strangely never arrived at The Academy. Bobby is an Earth Bound Spirit, stuck at a plane crash site that took both of their lives as their rich father piloted his private jet nose-first into a cornfield on Christmas Eve. Walker loves Daniel and risks it all to go with him. Have they learned enough to outsmart dangerous forces while transporting a young child with them? Can their love survive the fragmented evil parts of themselves that are now hunting them down as they try to find a way back to the middle? At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime.
Reading the Blurb of âAscenders: High School for the Recently Departedâ (Ascenders #1) by C.L. Gaber is something I would actually suggest NOT TO do.
Because this is one of those paranormal romance books that is best enjoyed without any knowledge of the content in advance and there is far to much information in that text.
Which leaves me with not much else to say to avoid any further spoilers.But I guess writing this in a review does not make much sense as the review is usually read after the Blurb.
Anyway after I read about the storyline of this book I had this picture of âDead like meâ in my mind which would not leave me throughout the whole book.
I loved that series and once my mind made this connection it was not hard to really like that book too.
It is well written, has a good developed plot and deserves your attention in case you are a fan of paranormal YA Novels.