Waiting a Lifetime – Book Review

Waiting a Lifetime by Samantha Markham

Genre: YA supernatural


In the reading world, Samantha has always found herself drawn into the world of Young Adult Fiction. The world they portrayed were always a great way to spend free time. After publishing her Auto-Biography, The Road to Becoming a Survivor, she decided to go back to her favorite pastime but instead, from the other end.

Her time currently not spent writing is spent at work, or spending time with her fiance and his children in Jackson, Michigan. She hopes one day to become as big of a writer as some of the other Young Adult fiction Authors and every day works towards creating the Magical Worlds that will pull in the reader and keep them trapped within the book until the very last punctuation mark. [Bio from Author’s Facebook.]

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Sunny Siebel isn’t an ordinary girl – she can see what others can’t. She has the ability to see and communicate with the deceased.

Only sharing the company of lost spirits waiting to move on, her life changes when she meets a Reaper for the first time and realizes what she has been missing – why she is so different – when she falls in love. What she didn’t expect was how their connection would change her.

Acquiring comfort and solace in her newfound love, Sunny finds herself running from heaven itself while getting caught in the middle of an even larger plot that not even her assailants see coming.

Samantha Markham gave me a free copy of her book in exchange for an honest review through Booktasters. All thoughts are my own and not influenced by the author. Thank you, Samantha!

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Waiting a Lifetime is Samantha’s first novel. When I came across Markham’s book cover, I was immediately intrigued to find out more about it. When I read the synopsis, I knew I would be taking a chance because I don’t read this genre—often. So I questioned whether or not I would be the best person to review it, because even if the writing was phenomenal, I may not like the content.

But I was happily mistaken.

Back story:

Markham has created the world of Eden—what Heaven would be like in her series. In this world, there are the common folk who have passed and are waiting to be reborn, there are Reapers, and then you have the Captains of the Reapers. To become a Reaper or Captain, you must possess a certain amount of spiritual power to pass through into the Living World and help the ghosts transition to Eden. These ghosts can sometimes be around for some years, living in-between the Living World and Eden. Sometimes, the Reapers get to them too late and they turn into Malighosts–violent ghosts that can disrupt the living world. Unfortunately for these Malighosts, they don’t ever make it to Eden. I was drawn into this world that Markham created and I found myself wanting to know more about it.

Sunny Siebel, the main character, is a quiet, secluded “average” teen who can see ghosts. Her mother passed away when she was younger, but she could see ghosts before her mother died, so she is uncertain where this power of hers came from. But her power allows her to make friendships with ghosts, letting her lead a life that may look lonely on the outside, but fills her with joy each time she sees her ghost friends. When one of her ghost friends turns into a Malighost, she meets Degory, a Reaper Captain from Eden and a man who is two centuries old. Their meeting is met with confusion as he had never met a human who could see ghosts before, but she could see him perfectly.

The story continues to follow them, through a love story, a story about Eden, and story about Sunny’s powers that she starts to possess and learn to control. We are taken on a journey to when she breaks the Eden laws and they feel threatened by her powers and come after her—to stop her from killing Malighosts and disrupting the living world.

My Review:

Overall, I enjoyed the book. I found myself wanting to come back to it and learn about Sunny. I finished most of it in one day! I loved Sunny and Degory’s relationship and how it wasn’t so fast paced. And you could see the intensity in their relationship with what they’ve had to deal with already. And I loved learning about Eden, wanting to spend more peaceful time there–to learn about Degory’s life. But that’s just hopeful thinking!

For someone who isn’t religious and never spent much time thinking about what heaven was, I loved learning about Markham’s interpretation, and being brought between the Living World and Eden. It felt like I was experiencing everything with Sunny.

I did find Siebel’s character a bit repetitive and I found myself skipping a few lines here and there because as the reader, I already knew what she was telling me, because I had been there with her. But I wanted to continue to follow the story because I needed to learn more about Sunny and Degory.

I was a bit disappointed by the lack of ghosts Sunny did encounter. I wish she had more ghost friends or continued to find ghosts at the end of the book—and I hope they show up more in the next book of the series. And I was disappointed that her mother’s death didn’t have more significance in her life, unless this carries through to another book. I feel if I had the power to see ghosts, I’d want to find my mother’s ghost. Or I’d ask Degory if he could find out what happened to my mother in Eden.

There were a few broken plot lines as well. While we know Sunny is a good daughter, well-behaved, and reserved, I found the father’s plot line a bit lackluster. Despite trusting his daughter, if she disappeared for more than a few hours, there’d be more urgency. Especially because the father is made out to be a good man who cares for his family. If he didn’t care—her disappearing wouldn’t make a difference. But with an unexpected disappearance of around three weeks—police would have been called and there would have been a search party.

Markham’s story did provide me with a look into the second book in the series, and I can say that I do want to continue to read. I want to see where Sunny and Degory’s life leads—how a ghost and a human can have a relationship—possibly one that doesn’t involve her having to pass away first. And I’m interested to see her relationship with Eden itself.

I’d say if ghosts and heaven interest you, give Markham’s debut novel a shot! I believe the next book in the series will be a lot stronger. And let’s face it, we all want a Degory in our lives–so here’s the perfect dose!

Chelsea Lauren

Chelsea Lauren is addicted to drinking coffee, writing in cafes, and walking the beach. A New York native, she recently moved to Melbourne, FL and found having conversations with her character’s on the beach is the perfect cure to writer’s block. To learn more about her, check out “About Me.” Her debut novel, Underneath the Whiskey, is now available on Amazon.

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