Review: Afterlove by Tanya Byrne

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Ash Persaud is about to become a reaper in the afterlife, but she is determined to see her first love Poppy Morgan again, the only thing that separates them is death.
Car headlights.
The last thing Ash hears is the snap of breaking glass as the windscreen hits her and breaks into a million pieces like stars.
But she made it, she’s still here. Or is she?
This New Year’s Eve, Ash is gets an RSVP from the afterlife she can’t decline: to join a clan of fierce girl reapers who take the souls of the city’s dead to await their fate.
But Ash can’t forget her first love, Poppy, and she will do anything to see her again… even if it means they only get a few more days together. Dead or alive…

Thank you to the publisher, Hodder, for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I don’t know what I expected going into this book, because even though there is a lot in the synopsis, it still managed to lull me into a false sense of security. This book is an utter emotional rollercoaster and it threw me multiple times. This follows Ash and her relationship with Poppy, which was an absolute joy to read about and reminded me of my own relationship with my boyfriend and when we first got together.

However it didn’t take long for Byrne to steal my heart and stomp all over it. After being lulled into this lovely story of these two girls falling in love, Ash dies. And I knew this from the synopsis, but I still felt it like a punch in the gut. This book did such an amazing job at describing exactly how disorientated Ash feels as she is thrown into this new afterlife as a reaper, and I felt every little thing alongside her.

This book was full of heartwarming scenes, friendship and of course romance, but also made me cry and made my heart hurt. This was such a beautiful love story with a twist, and quickly became a new favourite book. Ash and Poppy stole my heart and although their romance is a little insta-love, I just couldn’t help but adore it. I also really enjoyed reading about Ash as a reaper and I feel like she finds an amazing found-family with some great characters which I loved.

This book also discussed some very important subjects throughout such as grief, coming out and family. I also just couldn’t put this down and read the entire (almost 400 page) book in basically one sitting. I had to know what was going to happen at the end of this book and to these characters. I also read this one with Courtney and we both really enjoyed it.

Overall this book is definitely a new favourite. I just fell for these characters in a way I didn’t expect and I know their story will stay with me for a long time to come.

5 out of 5 stars


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