April 4, 2021

Life After Death

(The Coldest Winter Ever #2) 

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday Easter pick is Life After Death, the long-anticipated sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah. Winter Santiaga has served her minimum time of 15 years and is released from prison. The plan is to star in a reality show, guarantee her father's freedom and exact revenge. But within the first lines, Winter is shot and sent to hell. It's quite the original adventure that led me to delete the eBook from all of my devices.

I dread writing this review because this confirms my opinion. I will not sugarcoat. Life After Death is the worst book I have ever read. No exaggeration; I have read nothing as bad as this. Pure ridiculous fuckery. It took the leftist of left turns. Pun f'in intended. I read each page with a strong side-eye wondering if this was a joke. The timeframe was off and inconsistent with the Midnight novels she's published in the between years. The shit didn't add up nor did it make sense. 

I made an exception to my 50-Page Rule on the strength of Sister Souljah being the author. I am used to her pushing a personal agenda through "fiction" but this was beyond anything I expected. Maybe the purpose was to remind people that your actions can affect your life after death. That your beliefs can be tested and you'll have to confront demons. Regardless of the message, it could have been told differently. I want my minutes back. I want the images out of my head.

The Coldest Winter Ever is a classic whether you liked, ignored, hated or loved it. Over 20 years later, we are blessed with a follow-up and this is what we get?! I stopped reading when Winter tried to stand up on all four legs after being thrown around and leashed because she turned into a bitch (literally a female dog) running through hell and sleeping with Satan. Still immature. Still unlikable. Still materialistic.

Instead of continuing to read, I shared my disbelief with my reading buddy. Shoutout to Bridgett for actually finishing this book when I refused to and filling in the unbelievable blanks. Spoiler Alert: it got worse. I watched interviews of Sister Souljah trying to understand her thought process of Life After Death. I guess her mission was accomplished in creating a story that no one would dare copy or imagine. In that regard, well done, Sis.

Author: Sister Souljah
Published: March 2021
Pages: 352
Edition: eBook
Rating: DNF and Won't Ever Finish

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