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Thursday, 21 May 2015

BLOG TOUR: Review - The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)

The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)
Title: The Happy Every Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP)
Author: Kate Winter
Series: None
Publisher: Sphere
Source: Review Copy
Publication Date: 21st May, 2015

Falling in love is never simple. Especially when you're dead.
When Rosie Potter wakes up one morning with what she assumes is the world's worst hangover, the last thing she expects is to discover that she's actually dead. With a frustrating case of amnesia, suspicious circumstances surrounding her untimely demise, and stuck wearing her ugliest flannel PJs, Rosie must figure out not only what happened last night, but why on earth she's still here.
Slowly the mystery unravels, but there are many other secrets buried in the quiet Irish village of Ballycarragh, and nobody is as innocent as they first appear. Aided by the unlikeliest of allies in her investigation, Rosie discovers that life after death isn't all it's cracked up to be, particularly when you might just be falling in love . . .
In this hilarious, life-affirming and romantic journey through Rosie Potter's afterlife, she shares the ghostly tale of how she lived, she died, and she loved (in that order).

This was such a fun read! Recently, I've been venturing outside of the world of YA and into more adult books and this was such a light-hearted, flirty and entertaining read. Kate Winter's book is one that you can instantly lose yourself in; she has created some truly relatable and likeable characters. Rosie Potter is such an amusing character - the things that unfold following her death are so intriguing but are kept light-hearted through her actions and her reactions to other characters within the book.

Although this book is primarily humour based, the romance that develops is beautifully handled and I felt so happy for the characters involved. Alongside this, there's some harrowing but also beautiful moments. For such a dark subject matter, this book continues to be quite light and fluffy with plenty of hidden messages mixed in. I loved the friendships that we were given insight into and the eccentric family that she belonged to.

This is a genre that I was surprised to find myself dipping my toes into and I'm so pleased that I have. I've come across some wonderful reads such as The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter. This book is such a fun and quick read - don't miss out on it!


The Author
Kate Winter is a journalist, novelist and storyteller from the North West of Ireland who was lucky enough to grow up with no TV (though she didn't consider it a lucky break at the time) and lots of books. After graduating from University of Ulster with first class honours and the Ulster Television Award for her BA in Media Studies, Kate promptly forged a glittering career for herself in waitressing. Then one day, beside a swimming pool in Australia, Kate decided it was time to write a book. The Happy Ever Afterlife of Rosie Potter (RIP) is Kate's debut novel.

Follow Kate on @KatiCut.

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