Lejeune and Joe are two teenagers who meet in an ethereal borderland between Life and Death. One is alive...the other is not. But they soon learn there are fates worse than death in Someplace Else: a lethal Garden of Eden, ghost towns with real ghosts, dead zones and a bottomless blue hole filled with drowned spirits. They need to transcend their destinies to be together forever...but if and when they do, who will they be? Someplace Else...is there Love After Death? is a supernatural love story more purely romantic than any you have ever read.
“Someplace Else: Is there Love after Death?” by Donna Montalbano is a young adult paranormal romance novel that successfully pushes the boundaries of imagination and realism with intense creativity.
At its core, this is a love story with depth, integrity, and heartfelt ups-and-downs that would be familiar to young lovers (and those of us who still remember our own all-consuming, end-of-the-world emotional rollercoasters). But author Donna Montalbano takes the story far beyond the familiar, mixing in inventive twists and turns in a breathtaking journey across the boundaries of life and death, time and place, good and evil, and of light and darkness.
The author demonstrates an uncanny ability to make this paranormal tale feel normal and believable, especially through the hero/heroine's authentic voices: for example: “If you live on Earth, you don’t know Dark. The closest I ever came to dark before this, was when I was about nine, and my parents took me to Alcatraz. They put you in one of the solitary cells, and then they turn off the lights. […] Well, this place made that place look like Times Square. This dark was not merely an absence of light…it was an absence of everything familiar and good. And this was where I had voluntarily exiled myself.”
In summary, “Someplace Else: Is there Love after Death?” by Donna Montalbano is a unique and captivating novel that’s both familiar and striking, populated with credible characters who take readers along on a daring exploration of love, courage, and the dark secrets that await just beyond the illusive frontiers of time and place. Take the leap into “Someplace Else” – you won’t regret it!
REVIEWED BY: AVRAHAM AZRIELI
Avraham Azrieli is the author of "The Jerusalem Inception" and other novels. His website is: www.AzrieliBooks.com
True Page Turner! This was my 1st time reading a YA book... And I have to say I really enjoyed it! You obviously do not have to be a young adult to love this story. The main female character is a cool, smart, funny non-conformist and the main male character (love interest) is just such a guy! Tough but sweet and protective. The written imagery and descriptions of this place- Someplace Else- are amazing! The supernatural focus in the book is really fascinating. It makes you think, thats for sure. And it opens your mind to a whole new perception of life, death, and in-between. There are definite points of creepy, spooky, and scary too! And if you're from NJ- then you will definitely enjoy the main backdrop which is the mysterious Pine Barrens. The story itself truly made me laugh out loud, cry like a baby, and rub goosebumps off my arms. And of course I couldn't help rooting for young love. Great book.
Someplace Else and the power of love...A haunting tale with twists, turns, heart, and soul, Someplace Else is truly a love story. Donna Montalbano masterfully captures the beauty and pain of first love. The characters feel like people we know. People we remember. The people we used to be. The people we wish we were. Working our way through this highly-engaging novel, readers float between a comfortably familiar world and one that is magical, mysterious. A place that just might sneak into your dreams at night. Don’t surprised if you find yourself going back to this novel as soon as you finish it, hoping to stay a part of the story and follow their journey.
Someplace Else...is there Love After Death? is set in a surreal version of the New Jersey Pine Barrens...a million acre wilderness of dense forest, swamps, red creeks and ghost towns. One of the creepiest scenes of the book takes place at the Blue Hole, an icy, bottomless pool that drags down the unwary. The real Blue Hole actually exists in the Pine Barrens. It is a perfect circle of frigid sapphire water, and nobody really knows how it came to be. It is dangerous to dip even a toe in it, because of the cold, and the mysterious currents that locals call "whirlypools". Legend has it that the Jersey Devil lives in its depths. Probably why the Blue Hole is also known as "The Devil's Puddle". To see a picture of the real Blue Hole of the Jersey Pine Barrens, visit my website
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My supernatural romance Someplace Else...is there Love After Death? explores the well-documented phenomenon of the out-of-body experience. For those who may believe there is more "séance" than science in this phenomenon: read below an excerpt from the book by Mario Beauregard: Brain Wars: The Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind and the Proof That Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives "During OBEs, near-death experiencers (NDErs) are often astonished to discover that they have retained consciousness, perception, lucid thinking, memory, emotions, and their sense of personal identity. If anything, these processes are heightened: Thinking is vivid; hearing is sharp; and vision can extend to 360 degrees. NDErs claim that without physical bodies, they are able to penetrate through walls and doors and project themselves wherever they want."