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Just Reviewed Lenore Applehans’ “Level Two” at SBR

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Folks, if you’re looking for a unique and different take on the afterlife, Lenore Applehans’ debut novel LEVEL 2 has you covered.  This is a young adult dystopian romance featuring good and bad angels, a distinctly different take on Purgatory, and an interesting young woman, Felicia Ward.

The main reason I picked up LEVEL 2 (spelled out in the titles, both here and over at Shiny Book Review, for ease of reference) is because of its take on Purgatory.  I thought, This sounds interesting.  No one’s done that in a long time, particularly not in the context of a young adult dystopian romance.

And I wasn’t disappointed, either, as LEVEL 2 was original, suspenseful (despite its inherent nature, which meant flashbacks were a must), and had the nearly obligatory “love triangle” — except that the bad boy, Julian, was far more interesting than good boy, Neil.  (Which is closer to what happens in real life, actually.)  Even though Felicia didn’t seem to realize it, at least in this novel.

(LEVEL 3 will be out next year, so perhaps this will change.)

Anyway,  I just reviewed LEVEL 2 over at SBR — go take a look!  (Further reviewer sayeth not.)

Written by Barb Caffrey

March 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm

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