By Kate Brian

Rory Miller didn’t just fall in love with Tristan Parrish. She fell in love with the idea of forever. He was the one who told her the truth about her existence in Juniper Landing: that her mortal life is over, and she will now spend eternity on the island, helping others in limbo move on.

But like Juniper Landing, a bright island with dark secrets, Tristan is too good to be true. The mysterious, heartbreakingly beautiful boy Rory thought she knew is responsible for unthinkable evil-sending good souls to the Shadowlands in order to get himself a second chance at life on Earth. He has already claimed Rory’s friend Aaron and her own father, but when SPOILER Tristan sends her sister, Darcy, to the Shadowlands, too, Rory decides to take matters into her own hands. She will do anything to save her family, even if it means going to hell and back.


A lackluster ending to an overall lackluster series. This series was no Private or Privilege.

I had a hard caring about most of the characters. Even Rory, the main character, failed to make me really care much about her situation. I had a hard time remembering who all her friends on Juniper Landing were. The structure of the world Brian created probably doesn’t help though. Souls are constantly arriving on the island to be ushered, resulting in a lot of extraneous characters who do little for the story itself.

Still, I will definitely be reading whatever Brian writes next! I loved her Private and Privilege series and Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys.



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