Thursday, January 7, 2016

Ascenders by CL Gaber w Giveaway!

Ascenders: High School for the Recently Departed (Ascenders #1)
Ascenders Synopsis:
 "It will keep you up all night reading." USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King.
 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.
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 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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 My Review

Such a very interesting take on the afterlife. I must say, this was a really good book with some very intriguing plot lines. And a very different look on Purgatory than most ever think. So we all wonder what happens after death, and this it seems is what happens when you die young, like still in school. And there's always so many questions that can follow up from that, but this is just a cool book. Walker is definitely a great character to follow as the leading lady. She's dead, she's 17, and she's stuck. And she's going to The Academy, but I promise this is not your normal school. And what happens when there's no rules, or when you fall in love with another soul their, and break the only rules that should be followed? Daniel and Walker like to break the rules and it is definitely a great way to keep the pages turning.  Can they really escape this realm together? This book will definitely keep you on your toes and make you think unpredictable. I was not expecting any thing like this at all. Some of the descriptions became long winded, but otherwise, I absolutely loved the characters. The writing is fantastic. I loved how the author weaved the tale and kept things so unique. And it'e an emotional story as well. I know I am trying really hard to describe things while keeping it all really vague because I loved reading this one and having the surprises that came along. So, I need to keep it like this, because I really don't want to spoil things for you. And I will also say 4.5 PAWS! :) 

C.L. Gaber Bio:
C.L. GABER is the author of ASCENDERS, the first book in Ascenders SAGA. She is also the co-author of "Jex Malone." A lifelong entertainment journalist, she interviews A list film and TV stars for the New York Times wire and various other publications. C.L. lives in Nevada with her husband Ron, bonus daughter Sabrina and two unruly dogs. You can reach her at


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