Ascenders: High school for the recently departed


Ascenders: High School for the Recently Departed (Ascenders #1)

Author: C.L. Gaber

Reading Level: YA

Genre: Paranormal

Released: April 20th 2015

Review Source: Big Picture Media

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.
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.

I will be upfront with the fact I have not yet finished the book. Why then am I reviewing it? Simply because I’m not sure if I’ll actually ever finish it at the rate I’m going, and I’m wasting time to read other stuff.

I will say it started interestingly enough, pulled me in slowly and !BAM! she’s dead, no real spoiler, come on. I was hoping to read about whats going on without her around, but as in life once they are dead we will never be privy to that information.

This book at some point just kind of flat lined for me, it didn’t get anymore interesting and it didn’t get spicy with any love interest, spoiler: you cant get pregnant or anything once you are dead so why not have a little after life fun? I’d like to think I’ll finish the book, it is monopolizing my favorite bookmark but I want to read other stuff and this one just keeps sitting by my bedside. yeah it was a cool thought that all the famous and superstars that have died may or may not pop in and around the main characters but really they don’t delve to far into that. I want to stress that it’s not a bad book it’s just not driving me to devour the pages before dawn.


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