Level 2 - Lenore Appelhans

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Level 2 - 
Lenore Appelhans
Released: January, 2013
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Synopsis: Three levels. Two loves. One choice. Debut novelist, Lenore Appelhans has written a thrilling otherworldly young adult novel about a place that exists between our world (Level 1) and what comes after life (Level 2).

'I pause to look around the hive - all the podlike chambers are lit up as the drones shoot up on memories ... I've wanted to get out of here before, but now the tight quarters start to choke me. There has to be more to death than this.'

Felicia Ward is dead. Trapped in a stark white afterlife limbo, she spends endless days replaying memories, of her family, friends, boyfriend ... and of the guy who broke her heart. The guy who has just broken into Level 2 to find her.

Felicia learns that a rebellion is brewing, and it seems she is the key. Suspended between heaven and earth, she must make a choice. Between two worlds, two lives and two loves.

What it's about: Level 2 is the place that exists after we die. A level where memories can be continually accessed, scored and even rented out to others. But Level 2 isn't all that is seems, and when a boy from Felicia's past arrives, it shakes up everything she thought she knew.

What I thought: Level 2 is a wonderful paranormal dystopian novel, with a wonderful twist into what life after death is like. Not only does everyone have their own white pod to access their memories, they are also used as a currency, which isn't overly looked at, but gave this world a new and exciting feel. I love reading dystopians (which this kind of is and kind of isn't) and discovering the new and different worlds the author has created. Lenore Appelhans has created a wonderful novel in Level 2, giving up action, intrigue and best of all romance. Topped with mystery and surprises, it's like a birthday cake that can't really disappoint.

Level 2 is a great debut for Lenore Appelhans and I am super interested to see where Level 3 is going to go.

The Good: Such a wonderful fresh premise gave all the expectations and more.

The Bad: While some might love Felicia and her obsession with Neil, I however did not. His goodness was way too over the top for me and made me want to gag most of the time. Julian was also disregarded as bad bad bad the entire book and I felt like we didn't get a proper look at him. I also felt she didn't really choose between 'two loves' - it was always Neil.


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  1. Well, this review is interesting. Many of my lovely blogger friends have had mixed thoughts about this so I am not sure if I will read it or not.
    But it is definitely good-looking
    But I HATE good, almost-too-good guys in books. They are too unbelievable and boring!
    GREAT review, Claire
    Your reader,

  2. Great review. This was one that surprised me and I really liked it. I can't wait to see what all happens in the next book.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  3. great review. I am excited for this book.


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