Friday, April 12, 2013

Review: Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike

Title: Life After Theft
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: HarperTeen (April 30, 2013)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA 
My Rating: 3 Stars!

Book Description:
Moving to a new high school sucks. Especially a rich-kid private school. With uniforms. But nothing is worse than finding out the first girl you meet is dead. And a klepto. No one can see or hear Kimberlee except Jeff, so--in hopes of bringing an end to the snarkiest haunting in history--he agrees to help her complete her "unfinished business." But when the enmity between Kimberlee and Jeff's new crush, Sera, manages to continue posthumously, Jeff wonders if he's made the right Clash meets sass in this uproarious modern-day retelling of Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel.

My Thoughts and Review:

Once again I am finding myself loving the male point of view. I say this every time I find a good YA book with a male voice and I will probably continue to say it but, there just aren't enough out there right now so when I come across one (especially one I really enjoyed) I have to give it praise and mention it. 

I read a lot of books each year so when I find one that is different from a lot of what it out there right now, it is always refreshing. Because let's face it, sometimes it hard to find something new and fresh. 

I liked Jeff, he was such a great guy and he was funny. I liked being inside his head. He made the story fun. I don't know how else to describe him really other than he tried to do the right thing and always for purely unselfish reasons. 

Kimberlee. Hmm. I didn't like Kimberlee. I tried to, I really did but I just couldn't get past her mean girl persona. Even in the end, when she tried to redeem herself, I just felt sorry for her more than anything else. Maybe that is somewhat cold hearted of me but, there you have it.

Even though this was a great read and I really did enjoy it, the ending wasn't everything I hoped it would be. I don't know what I was hoping for but it fell a little flat somehow. Like there should have been more maybe. 

Regardless I would recommend this to anyone looking for an easy fast and fun read. 


  1. Great review! This is another book I have been really curious about. I just love a male POV to. Thanks for sharing. I will add this to my list.

  2. I love the male POV too! I have been curious about this book but it's been getting mediocre reviews.

  3. Read the pre-quel first! I read it the other day and really wish I would have read it first (it wasn't out yet). You really get to know Kimberlee more.

  4. I am very--- difficult about male POV. To be honest, female authors rarely get it right, but I'm glad Pike succeeded with Jeff. This sounds VERY promising. I'm sorry the ending disappointed you, though.