Review: “The Afterlife of Alyx & Israel” by Hanna Peach

A review by Domoni.

I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Alyx and Israel are soul mates, warriors from heaven who gave it all up for a mortal life together. Only things did not work out how they had planned. Born to mortal bodies on Earth, they grew up in the same town and never met. Now Alyx is engaged to Daniel, a boring man she doesn’t really love, but he is dependable and Alyx craves dependable. Their friends from the other realm have watched over Alyx and Israel and refuse to sit idly by while Alyx marries the wrong man and turns down her dream job for the boring stability that keeps her fear of abandonment at bay. But messing with fate has consequences.

When their friends arrange for Alyx and Israel to meet on the steps of the cathedral, for the first time in this life, everyone finds out why intervening with fate is a bad idea. The lost loves meet and feel strangely drawn to each other, like a memory hiding in the back of one’s mind. Suddenly a storm kicks up and lightning strikes a gargoyle, causing it to fall and hit Alyx in the head. Now she’s locked in a coma the doctors cannot explain. Back at his apartment, Israel is confronted by two friends he doesn’t remember from the past life he has not unlocked. They tell him Alyx is locked in her own mind and the only way to save her is to go into it with her. Now Alyx and Israel must fight through the labyrinth of her mind while learning who they are and remembering who they were.

I enjoyed this complicated love story; two people meant for each other held back by their own insecurities and fears. Alyx lost her mortal parents when she was young and developed a severe case of abandonment issues. She has to learn to trust Israel, though she fights the resurfacing memories out of fear and stubbornness. Israel is witty and cocky and sure of himself. He has made mistakes that make him feel like he does not deserve happiness though. He has to learn to let go of the past to open himself up to a future. As they let go of their walls and recover their memories they have to battle time and the trap of Alyx’s mind to release her from her coma before it is too late. The couple battles for each other even though they do not know if they will wake up and retain all the memories that they recovered.

The writing style was nice. The author did a good job of creating the world the characters inhabited. I enjoyed the banter, especially from the group of friends who often could only watch, hidden while Alyx and Israel found their way. This book found a way to touch me and there was a moment where tears sprang into my eyes. Books that can bring out emotions are the best, in my opinion.

This is the 6th book in a series, though it was easy to read as a stand alone. I have not read the previous books in the series but I enjoyed this one so much I will be starting from the beginning. Containing some romance and violence, this would be a good book for YA audience and older.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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