Friday, January 15, 2016

Blog Tour + Giveaway: Ascenders (Ascenders Saga #1) by C.L Gaber

Title: Ascenders
Series: Ascenders Saga
Author: C.L Gaber
Genre: Paranormal. YA.
Publish Date: April 20, 2015
Review Source: eARC
"It will keep you up all night reading." USA Today bestselling author Tiffany King.

Walker Callaghan doesn't know what happened to her. One minute she was living her teenage life in suburban Chicago...and the next minute, she was in a strange place and in a brand new school with absolutely no homework, no rules, and no consequences. Walker Callaghan, 17, is dead. She doesn't go to heaven or hell. She lands at The Academy, a middle realm where teenagers have one thing in common: They were the morning announcement at their high schools because they died young.

These high school kids are now caught in a strange “in-between” zone where life hasn’t changed very much. In fact, this special teen limbo looks a lot like life in a quaint Michigan town complete with jocks, popular girls and cliques. "There are even cheerleaders in death," Walker observes. It's not a coincidence that the music teacher is a guy named Kurt who "used to have this band." The drama teacher, Heath, is crush worthy because back in his life, he starred in some superhero movie.

Principal King explains the rules -- there are none. Why? You can't die twice.

There is no homework. No tests. No SATS. You're just there to learn because the human brain isn't fully formed until you're 24.

By the way, you can't get hurt physically, so race your Harley off that hillside. But falling in love is the most dangerous thing you can do ...because no one knows how long you'll stay in this realm or what's next.

"Losing someone you love would be like dying twice," Walker says.

* * * * * *

Walker Callaghan has just arrived at the Academy after a tragic car accident. “Is this heaven or is this high school?” she asks.

She finds out her new life is a bit of both as she falls in love with tat-covered, bad boy Daniel Reid who is about to break the only sacred rule of this place. He's looking for a portal to return back to the living realm.

He needs just one hour to retrieve his younger brother who strangely never arrived at The Academy. Bobby is an Earth Bound Spirit, stuck at a plane crash site that took both of their lives as their rich father piloted his private jet nose-first into a cornfield on Christmas Eve.

Walker loves Daniel and risks it all to go with him.

Have they learned enough to outsmart dangerous forces while transporting a young child with them? Can their love survive the fragmented evil parts of themselves that are now hunting them down as they try to find a way back to the middle?

At the Academy, you learn the lessons of an after-lifetime.

This was one novel I could not put down. We meet Walker Callaghan within the first few pages of Ascenders, where she is trying to gather why they have up and moved from her Aunt Ginny to a house that her mother can clearly not afford. Nothing makes sense in their new house; their new life. What Walker doesn't understand is that she is dead, her mother is hanging on the precipice of death, and that things are not what they seem. Enrolling into The Academy gives Walker hope; is this where she can learn to go back to the land of the living? When her life after life gets rocked by the dark, brooding, Daniel Reid does she realize that not everything is as it seems.

This was definitely a novel that I would not have picked up just because. It intrigued me enough in the synopsis to want to review it, and I really am glad that I did. A new to me author, a heroine that can't say no to her hero, and some other dangerous tasks that puts the main characters in some perilous danger? Who can say no to that? There were times that this novel was confusing; however, I believe the author made it that way so as to make the reader feel what Walker was feeling. The characters were all very well developed, and the blurb that was included for the cause of their death was a nice touch.

There is so much more to this novel. I went into it knowing only what the blurb says, and I am glad that I didn't look any farther into it. It was a definite novel that makes you think, and makes you ponder what goes on in that in between when a soul gets trapped between the life and death happenings. A definite must read for 2016! I look forward to other novels that will come from this author, and cannot wait to see where the story line continues on in the next novel.

C.L. GABER is the author of ASCENDERS, the first book in Ascenders SAGA. She is also the co-author of "Jex Malone." A lifelong entertainment journalist, she interviews A list film and TV stars for the New York Times wire and various other publications. C.L. lives in Nevada with her husband Ron, bonus daughter Sabrina and two unruly dogs. You can reach her at


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