Book Review: The Waiting Room by Alysha Kaye

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Rate: 4 out of 5 stars. I loved, enjoyed it, and would love to recommend this to everyone!

First of all, can we talk about the cover? It’s so pretty and I love it.

I always thought the term “true love never dies” is bullshit. After all, nothing last forever because in the end we all are gonna die, right? But I never really thinking what happened after we all die? Where are we going next? Either straight to hell or heaven?

The Waiting Room follows Jude, who dies in a car accident, and find himself wake up in The Waiting Room, place where all the souls waiting to go on to their next life, except Jude. He spent his entire time there watching his wife Nina through a window, until one day he learns that he’s the only one who ever wait that long. How long will he stay?…

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First Review of THE WAITING ROOM!

More opinions on “The Waiting Room”

Alysha Kaye

So happy and excited to read my novel’s first review by author and journalist S.K. Gregory.

Read it here.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED?!Well, my Wednesday is clearly MADE.

I’ve also pasted it here:

The Waiting Room by Alysha Kaye

What happens to us after we die? Are we reunited with our loved ones? In The Waiting Room, Jude, a thirty year old man, is killed in a car accident. He awakens in a ‘waiting room,’ where the dead go before they move on to their next life. Except, Jude, isn’t moving on.

He spends his time watching his wife Nina, wishing he could be reunited with her. From the variety of waiting room assistants including his friend Joe, he learns that people move on quickly. Everyone except him. Is he an anomaly? Or is his love for Nina keeping him there?

Alysha Kaye creates an interesting concept on what the…

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Review & Giveaway: The Waiting Room by Alysha Kaye

Another review, and a giveaway! Be sure to check out this blog for a chance to read “The Waiting Room” for free as well.

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Title: The Waiting Room
Series: none
Author:Alysha Kaye
Genre: Romance, Philosophy, Fiction
Rating: 4 stars
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First of all I want to congratulate Alysha on the release of her fantastic self-published novel. I’m so happy for her! To celebrate her achievement, we’re doing a giveaway! Scroll down the bottom to enter to win a signed copy of her novel!

Jude and Nina are the epitome of that whole raw, unflinching love thing that most people are jealous of. That is, until Jude dies and wakes up in The Waiting Room, surrounded by other souls who are all waiting to pass over into their next life. But unlike those souls, Jude’s name is never called by the mysterious “receptionist”. He waits, watching Nina out of giant windows. He’s waiting for her. What is this place? How long will he wait? And what will happen…

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The Wait is Over

Throughout the ages, the basic questions of humankind have been, “What is the meaning of life?” and “What happens when we die?” Alysha Kaye’s debut novel, “The Waiting Room,” changes that dynamic – it seeks to provide a possible answer to what happens after death, and will leave you asking, “What is the meaning of death?”

I am so thankful to Kaye for blessing me with a free pre-release copy of this book to review. It was a serious page turner and I had a hard time putting it down. It was also a book that I had a very difficult time not discussing with my friends and family, as I knew so many who would love it. (In fact, I had to dish – and share – this book with my mom.)

To put this book in a genre, I guess I’d have to call it a “paranormal romance,” but this book is so much more. It is a special, spiritual journey to a place that I’ve never found myself before, and would love to revisit.

At the beginning of the book, we meet the main character, Jude, a few hours after his first death. He is in “The Waiting Room,” where people are sent after death until a suitable life can be found for their reincarnation. Except, while others are passing through, usually on their way to their new lives in 15 minutes to an hour, Jude is different. Jude waits, as no one else ever has. For 52 years. Until his wife, Nora, comes to the waiting room with him and they are reunited.

Jude has been told that his condition is unprecedented and no one can say what will happen. He is told that even those who come into the waiting room together and who leave the waiting room together for new lives won’t necessarily know each other again.

However, although nothing sets Jude and Nora apart from other loving couples, they are the exceptions – allowed to walk through life after life together. Like other couples, over time, they have their share of arguments (OK, so maybe “like other couples” isn’t the right terminology when the largest of these arguments takes place in death).

While the storyline took twists that left me a little disappointed, I believe that feeling stemmed from the fact that I had wanted answers as much as the main characters, and began to see that I wasn’t going to find any, either. I found myself both uplifted and downhearted as the waiting room evolved – I had been transported to such a familiar place with such familiar characters by Kaye that I didn’t want to accept some of the changes.

Kaye has written a powerful novel that will leave you with both a smile on your face and a tear in your eye, questions in your heart and eager to read more of her work.

Get this book for Kindle today for just $3.99. Or, if you can wait just a little longer, a print copy is available for $9.99 – and this is a book you’ll likely be delighted to have in your library. Be sure to follow Alysha Kaye, as well, for updates on this book and future projects – this is an author from whom you’ll definitely want to hear more.

Another unsettling short

After a hectic week, I realized that I’d barely even started any of the larger collections of short stories that I have on my Kindle awaiting review. But a search for short stories later, sorted by lowest price, added some new free reads to my collection and provided a topic for my leisurely Saturday blog.

I selected “The Snow Owl” by Jon Hartling. Without revealing the entire plot of this very short tale, it is a well-written story of a very mysterious young boy and his relationship with his father. I found it to be quite touching, though slighty disturbing, and I connected with the story deeply as a parent.

Hartling’s words left me wanting to read more, longer stories. A second selection, “Firebug,” is also available for free on the Kindle, and two other titles are available for 99 cents, though I really wouldn’t pay for stories so short.

All four short stories were released in 2011, then Hartling seemed to fall off the grid. I was so touched by his words that I did a quick Internet search to determine what had happened. In his last personal update on his Facebook author’s page, he mentions that he is working on a young adult fantasy novel (the first of a promised trilogy), but is busy in his personal life. However, this was in April of 2012 and his last Facebook post was in May 2012.

I do hope that Hartling returns to the pen (or the computer, as the case may be) at some point, as his stories are quite enjoyable.


A breath of fresh air in YA Paranormal Romance

I found “Xoe: or Vampires, Werewolves and Demons, oh my!” through WordPress, when I began following Sara C. Rothle’s blog. I immediately put it on my reading list, because I expected that it had potential as a popular read, since YA paranormal romance seems to be such a hot genre in the past few years. If you’re following my blog, you may have noticed Sara’s suggestion that I add her book on my blog post that already included her book in my current reading list!

What I didn’t expect was that I would personally love this book. Although I did mark it to read fairly soon and planned, as usual, to try to be the most fair about the writing, YA paranormal romance is just not my thing. I have never read the “Twilight” books, nor have I watched any of the movies. The closest experience I have ever had with them is as a “second-hand” listener, when my mother-in-law played portions of the book on tape on a few road-trips. I never felt enough interest to pick up or borrow the books, borrow the tapes or watch the movies. I added “Xoe” to my list of books to read soon because I felt it was a genre that might be of interest or relevance to my readers, not because it was really a “must-read” of my own.

I was in for a pleasant surprise – finding a book that provided a breath of fresh air into the staleness of my opinions of the YA paranormal romance genre.

“Xoe: or Vampires, Werewolves and Demons, oh my!” introduces three teenage girls – Xoe, Lucy and Allison – who are in store for some major life changes, and not only from puberty. Throughout the pages, the reader is introduced to a cast of supporting characters that range from new friends to villains and from human to super-natural. All of this is managed with what I felt was a real respect for the difficulty that is the teenage years, without being overly “angsty.”

As previously mentioned, I have not read any of the Twilight books – they just don’t appeal to me – and so I can’t make a fair assessment of whether this series would appeal to the same reader. I have shared a link to this book on Amazon with friends and family who I know enjoyed the Twilight series and have asked them to let me know what they think if they read it. If I hear back, I’ll be sure to update with comments, and if anyone who has read the “Twilight” series reads this book, as well, I’d be interested to hear your take on it here. I would suspect it would have similar appeal, and might even be a more enjoyable series.

I am really amazed to find myself thinking that this is a series I’d like to come back to in the future. Simply because of that, I’d say this book is a must-read for any fan of the YA paranormal romance genre. And if you’re looking for a fun, easy read, and enjoy any fantasy, I’d strongly suggest this book, even if the genre isn’t your favorite. Like me, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised!