Thursday, May 31, 2018

Blog Tour: Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong

Title: Aftermath
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary

Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter. Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend--Skye. Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can't resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer.

Sometimes there are books that just come out in a timely matter. A book with a story where that of the fictional world mirrors reality. However, although we most certainly need books like that, does not make it any less hard to read. 

Aftermath is a book that not shy of throwing everything at you at once. immediately we are thrown into the heart of the story where we follow high school student, Skye, who is starting back at her old school three years after her brother was shot and killed on school. But what doesn't make coming back to any easier was that, Luka, Skye's brother, was the shooter. 

There was so much emotion throughout the story that forced me to stop every now and then to really ponder what was happening. However, the pull that the story brings only pushed me to carry through.  Skye's character grows so much throughout the story from being this girl who would run out of the classroom at any sort of comment towards her to her stepping up and solving another mystery. 

Jesse and Sky's relationship is so relatable and the scenes early on really showed that awkwardness between them as there was a lot buried when Skye left. I cannot even imagine what Jesse was going through when he first saw Skye and this feeling of wanting to go say hi to your best friend and the girl you had a crush on to that want of utter hatred because her brother is the reason why your brother is dead. Talk about tension. 

I will have to say that Kelley Armstrong can write a brilliant and enticing thriller that will keep you on your toes and looking over your shoulder with the thought that someone might actually be following you. I remember reading this at night and started thinking that someone was outside my window, peering in. There wasn't...or was there. 

I am glad the book went the direction it did in the end. Although I could see it going the opposite way too. Kelley Armstrong writes a book where the topic is heavy but the story is crucial. For teens out there this book is point on in being reflective  of the world we are living in today, unfortunately and it speaks volume to know when a story of this caliber is reflective of that of the world. 

I give this book 5 souls!

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