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Ascenders:
High School for the Recently Departed
by C.L.
Gaber

Release Date: April 20th 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

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 “in-between” zone where life
hasn’t 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.
“Is this heaven or is this high school?” 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. 
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About the Author
C.L. Gaber is the author of the ASCENDERS SAGA and co author
of Jex Malone. A well known entertainment journalist, she lives in Nevada with
her husband Ron, bonus daughter Sabrina and two unruly dogs. ASCENDERS 2 is due
out in early 2016. 
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Reading the Blurb of “Ascenders: High School for the Recently Departed” (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 “Dead like me” 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. 

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Reviews

Resch Reads:

One word to describe this book is EPIC. Sheer writing brilliance.” 

Amazon: “A new ‘Twilight Zone’ of a world. Speaking of Uncle Stevie, otherwise known as Stephen King, ‘Ascenders’ reads like something he might have written back in the Twilight Zone of his own youth. I love Koontz and King and haven’t been this excited about an author in a long time.” 
Author Groupies: “If you’re a fan of dystopian epics, this bring a whole new element to the genre: the afterlife. I loved this book. What an original concept! Constantly changing, riveting and thought-provoking.” 
Amazon: “The next big book series. Powerful and beautiful. I was so moved by this book that I actually cried, tears streaming down my face. Five minutes later, I was cheering. I felt like I had just seen a movie.” 
Mugglenet, The #1 Harry Potter Site: “Ascenders is one of those books that stays on your mind for days after reading it. Though you continue your days, your mind keeps wandering back to the main characters, the overarching theme, and of course, the scenarios of what could possibly happen next. I finished this novel within the span of two days, and I wish that I could start over and read the whole thing again.”