Thursday, May 31, 2018

Blog Tour Review—Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers 
Published: May 22, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Thriller
Source: Print ARC
Rating: 4 Stars

Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter.

Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend--Skye.

Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can't resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer.

Judgement. That’s the big one. Being judged. Sister of a school shooter.

The Lynch mob mentality is strong in this book. I guess kind of like it is in reality. When we have a school shooter or an active shooter. We automatically think about the family and why they weren’t present enough to prevent it. But what if things like this can’t be prevented?

Sometimes, showing compassion for others means doing things that are painful for us.

Aftermath was a book that was both scary to think about since it happens all the time here in America. I thought Armstrong handled the topic quite well considering it’s controversial. Skye was a well-rounded character that I felt so much empathy for. She truly got the short-end of the stick being the sister of a school shooter. Everyone assumes the worst about her—after all, she must of known her brother was planning to shoot up the school all along.

I’m skipping those three years. I have to. The aftermath of that day...

Jesse and Skye were best friends/maybe something more when the terrible tragedy happened. Then Skye left town, only to return three years later to a whole new Jesse. One whose much more angry. I love that the book kept me

guessing until the very end. Unfortunately, with as many mass school shootings we have now a days, sometimes you’re left to wonder the consequences the family faces when everyone blames them. 

*Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

About the Author:
Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked away in her basement writing dungeon. She's the author of the NYT-bestselling "Women of the Otherworld" paranormal suspense series and "Darkest Powers" young adult urban fantasy trilogy, as well as the Nadia Stafford crime series. Armstrong lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, kids and far too many pets. 

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