Eighteen-year-old Taylor knows two things for sure: ONE: She’s dead. TWO: Heaven looks like a run-down version of the Las Vegas Strip. The more she discovers about a heaven full of teens like her, the more mysterious it becomes—especially when her afterlife coach turns out to be her tyrannical fifth grade teacher.
Plagued by questions her whole life, Taylor finds Heaven prompts even more. Why can’t she remember her death? Why isn’t Heaven the idyllic place she thought it would be? When she dares to ask, her teacher tells Taylor to keep her mouth shut. Everyone knows Heaven is perfect. That’s a lie. What are they trying to hide? Taylor desperately wants to flee this strange place and return to her old life. She’s shocked to find out there’s a possibility her dream can come true. But that chance depends on passing a series of tests in the Afterlife for Idiots Handbook and winning the Cloud Nine Contest. If she fails, will her teacher follow through on her threat and turn Taylor into pond scum?
Taylor tries to solve the mysteries of Heaven as it slowly crumbles around her. While competing in the contest, she learns there are dark forces at work behind the celestial show…and they are after her. This leads to the biggest question of all: Is she the only one who can stop them?
★★★★★: Awesome!!! I really loved this book! (Highly recommended)
Let me just say, I was sitting in the front rows in Junior Heaven cheering for Taylor and Team Galaxy as they did their best to complete the tasks and finish Cloud Nine Contest. She and her team mates sure had a difficult time, what with all the surprises surrounding the event, with Mrs. Schwartz and Mr. X taking sides now. And with the help of the amulet, Taylor had finally learned to eventually let go of her emotions
I was extremely surprised with the outcome of the story. I don’t want to be a major spoiler here, but I really didn’t see those twists coming. Taylor’s questions (which happened to be my queries, too) finally had answers, just not what I was expecting them to be.
Karin De Havin was able to depict Heaven in a whole new and different level. Havin didn’t disappoint, as she took every possible occurence and details into consideration. She left me wide-eyed and frantic, heck, she even made me believe in The One and Only! I kinda liked the idea of a 30-something yoga guy being the boss up above, but then again, I soon realized he wasn’t really who he was supposed to be all along. But if there’s one thing I really liked in this story? It’s that Nine Lives definitely was a heavenly addicting read!
Other Book in the Series: NINE LIVES Part 1
KARIN DE HAVIN
Karin De Havin writes Young Adult fantasies as well as New Adult contemporary stories from her timber frame home in the Pacific Northwest. She lives with a pair of tuxedo cats that like to help her write by jumping on the keyboard, and her pianist husband who occasionally is known to wear a tuxedo and tinker with the keyboard too.
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