The Afterlife of the Party by Marlene Perez Book Review

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The Afterlife of the Party by Marlene Perez, the first book in the Afterlife young adult paranormal series with vampires and rockstars.

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The Afterlife of the Party by Marlene Perez

The Afterlife of the Party
by Marlene Perez

Afterlife #1
Released: February 2, 2021
296 Pages | audiobook

Available in Kindle Unlimited

read this book if you’re in the mood for
  • Vampires
  • Witches
  • Teenage angst

Tansy is a teenage witch being raised by her grandmother. Her best friends are Skyler and Vaughn. Vaughn she’s had the biggest crush on and Skyler seems to be pulling away from her. Especially now that she seems in love with the lead singer of a band. When the three of them go to a concert with Skyler, she quickly realizes that things are not normal with the situation. The band members are actually vampires and they are using compulsion through their music to then feed off of the manipulated people. Including her friend Skyler. While trying to get Skyler away, Tansy is bitten and Skyler is kidnapped. And what follows is a journey of not only trying to get her best friend back, but also learning more about who she really is, as well as her family, maybe becoming a vampire-witch and realizing her crush on Vaughn is reciprocated.


I picked this up on a whim really because I was in the mood for something that sounded like a cute old school paranormal romance. This just happened to be young adult. Now, it felt like a young adult book which sometimes doesn’t work for me as I find I’m just not the target audience.

The plot of the story still kept me interested enough to finish reading this. At times it felt like a mix of Vampire Lestat and Twilight. I liked the combination of the witch and vamp lore too. But other times it just fell flat. The romance especially felt insta lovey even though it’s friends to lovers. I had a hard time buying into the fact that Vaughn all of a sudden decided to go so hard when before had never given an indication of attraction. And sometimes, the romantic parts felt a bit out of place in the middle of trying to get her friend back and not turn into a blood thirsty vamp.

in conclusion

THE AFTERLIFE OF THE PARTY was still an enjoyable and easy read. Depending on your mood, it can be something light hearted between other more serious or dark stories. And if you go in with the right expectations, it can be good.

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Amy R

Thanks for the review.