CHASING BEFORE by Lenore Appelhans

CHASING BEFORE

From the "Memory Chronicles" series, volume 2
Age Range: 12 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

This second book in the Memory Chronicles series continues the story of a girl in the afterlife trying to fight evil angels as she desperately seeks her own stolen memories.

Felicia can’t remember how she died. She thought it was in a car accident with her heartthrob, Neil, but she soon learns that’s not accurate. Having ascended to Level Three, Felicia and Neil will have to choose professions to follow until they can ascend further. But Felicia is obsessed with retrieving the memories the evil Morati stole from her. They tempt her with more memories until she realizes that every time she succumbs, a terrorist attack occurs, actually killing other Level Three inhabitants. The arrival of her old ally Julian, a rogue Morati, complicates her romance with Neil, who grows increasingly standoffish. As events become ever more alarming, Felicia finds herself manipulated into once again betraying her best friend, Autumn, whom she has found again in Level Three. At last, an exciting final battle brings events to rest and sets up the next book in the series. Appelhans maintains tension even as Felicia struggles with her romance but provides little recap of the previous book. She also gives readers a nice balance of characters, with distinct, varied individuals who offer some nuance, although one character radically changes attitudes toward Felicia several times with no warning.

Fans will not lose interest. (Paranormal suspense. 12-18)

Pub Date: Aug. 26th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4424-4188-0
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2014




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