The Everafter by Amy Huntley (Brilliance)

School Library Journal Starred Review

Tavia Gilbert is amazing in her ability to transition between numerous characters, from a silky, Southern drawl to a soused father to a complicated, contemplative teenager. This is as close as you can get to a full-cast narration with a solo voice. School Library Journal

Tavia Gilbert gives a haunting portrayal of Madison Stanton, a 17-year-old girl who has just discovered she’s dead. Madison is able to travel back to her life through her memories of the objects she has lost. The chapters alternate between these memories and Madison’s musings while trapped in “Is,” the name she has given her afterlife. Gilbert moves easily between these sections, relating Madison’s earlier memories in a childlike voice and more recent memories in the youthful cadence of a teenager. Through her memories Madison pieces together her life, and Gilbert adds to the drama by changing her tone from disheartenment to acceptance, and finally excitement as Madison discovers the truth of her life, and her death. AudioFile

“Tavia Gilbert’s narration brought my novel to life so vividly that I got to know my own characters more intimately than I ever had before. Her ability to draw out the subtleties of how a character’s age, motive and relationship with others creates his or her essence is uncanny!”
Amy Huntley