Title: The Afterlife of the Party
Author(s): Marlene Perez
Release Date: February 2nd, 2021
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Genre(s): Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
The bestselling author of the Dead Is… series is back with a snarky, hilarious take on the vampire romance novel.
When my best friend Skyler told me about this party in the Hollywood Hills, I was less than enthused. As it turned out, my feelings were more than justified. That party ruined my life.
Tansy didn’t even want to go to the party. It’s hard enough living in one of your best friend’s shadows and secretly in love with your other best friend.
And now she’s leaving it a vampire.
Now her best friend Skyler is stuck on the road trip from hell, on tour as a groupie with a literal band of vamps. Tansy sets out with Vaughn, her other BFF turned maybe more, to save Skylar’s life and take down the band. But when they find themselves in the middle of a vampire war, will Tansy be able to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her friends?
The Afterlife of the Party is an interesting and bewitching YA book about vampires and witches that will suck you in. Marlene Perez centers the story around a teenage girl named Tansy and how here life changes after one party with her friends. If you enjoy vampire reads/shows like Twilight, Crave, and The Vampire Diaries you are going to want to read this book!
Tansy is trying to live a normal teenage life dealing with issues like trying not to have feelings for her best guy friend, Vaughn, and going to parties with her free-spirited friend Skyler. And she did go to that party and boy did it change her life!
At the party, she meets Travis, lead singer of The Drainers, and doesn’t get good vibes from him. He is conceited and pushy and definitely not good enough for Skyler. It doesn’t take much for Tansy to know that Travis is a vampire. But she is unprepared and shocked when he bites her without her consent. One bite. That’s all it took to turn Tansy’s world upside down.
Tansy grew up with her Granny and being a Mariotti witch so she always heard about paranormal beings like vampires but never came in contact with them before until now. She is wondering if that bite makes her a vampire and needs to do research about what is a myth and what is factual. But, things get more complicated when her best friend can’t break her bond with Travis. She and Vaughn will do anything to save Skylar from Travis and the rest of the vampires. There will be bloodshed, but Tansy, Vaughn, Granny, and some new friends are up for the fight!
My love of YA paranormal and vampire books started with Twilight and it has been sparked again with reads like this one. Marlene gives readers a fierce and bold character in Tansy. Her bravery and loyalty to her friends are captivating. And yes there is romance in this book between Tansy and Vaughn. They have such a great friendship and it made me happy to see their relationship blossom even when their backs were up against the wall. The suspense and mystery of the book were so intriguing and fascinating. The perfect lead up for more books in the series.
I give The Afterlife of the Party 5 stars. It’s an engaging YA paranormal read that left me wanting more. The characters are great, the history of vampires and witches in this book are unique and compelling, and the romance is swoon-worthy. I am so glad that there will be more books in this series because that ending had me begging for more. If you are finished with Midnight Sun and need a good vampire read that’s alluring and well-written, then I highly recommend The Afterlife of the Party!