Thursday, May 30, 2013

Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

I received this as an eARC from Harper and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Jeff never expected to see a ghost on the first day at his new school, but when he sees a boy step through Kimberlee Schaeffer, he knows he is about to have an interesting time. Kimberlee has unfinished business, a whole cave full of unfinished business. She was a kleptomaniac in life and she also stole items that had personal value to her victims. She feels she needs to atone for her crimes and she wants Jeff to return all the items to her fellow classmates and teachers. With a vindictive principal and several boxes full of stuff, Jeff feels he will never accomplish the tasks, but with a little help from the wrestling team, particularly help from Khail, the brother of Sera, Jeff's love interest. Sera, one of Kimberlee's main victims, is harboring secrets from Jeff, secrets that could wind Jeff in a lot of trouble.

Pike's modern take on the Scarlet Pimpernel is full of action, lies, and redemption. Full of twist and turns, readers will stay up late wondering if Jeff will be caught or if he can escape. I really did not get that attached to any of the characters, although I did enjoy the secondary character, Khail.

Favorite Character: Khail. Khail is a great brother, a good friend, and an all around good guy, even if he is a wrestler. :)

Favorite Quote: "I always think it's weird to see people who order a dessert and a Diet Coke."

I liked the storyline and the fact that this was a modern take on the Scarlet Pimpernel, but I just could not get attached to the characters. It was a fun, quick read though. 3 cups of cocoa.

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