Save The Date For: Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
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What It’s About: When Felicia dies, she finds herself in Level 2 — an afterlife that isn’t quite disconnected from the living but isn’t quite the “next life.”  She and the others in her chamber spend their day plugged into computers where they have access to view all their old memories or the memories of others by way of a very elaborate system of credits. When a girl in Felicia’s chamber suddenly vanishes and a very dark piece of her past enters the chamber, a chamber that nobody on the outside had ever come in, and tells her there is an uprising and rebellion happening against those running the show in Level 2. Felicia isn’t sure whether or not she can trust this mysterious guy from her past but her curiosity about what lies outside her chamber, and Julian’s promise to reunite her with somebody important, just might be the push she needs to follow him and align with the rebellion that is taking place.

Why You Should Be Saving  The Date:

1. THE WORDBUILDING. Ok, so I’m going to be honest, at first it was a little slow for me because there  was a lot of info about Felicia’s life in  Level 2 and the way things work being thrown at you in the beginning but very quickly the world just started to come together and I just couldn’t put it down. I found myself so absorbed in this intricate world and SO fascinated by all its elements that kept being revealed.

2. It’s  SO unique in a way that just keeps you reading. I just found this story to be refreshing because it didn’t feel like anything I’ve ever read before. Throughout the story things kept being revealed that blew my mind storywise and the adrenaline started kicking in as pieces start coming together. I never knew what to expect to be honest.

3. Emotionally it’s a winner  — I found myself really attune to  the emotions of this novel.  I felt such a deep sense of sadness at points, I felt anger, the pain of betrayal, longing for what was  lost, the tension, etc. It’s  easy to make me cry but it’s hard to make me feel deeply, to my core, a  ton of different emotions without feeling like I’m on a contrived, whiplashing-inducing rollercoaster.

Who Should Save The  Date: Fans of YA looking for something more science fiction  in nature, those  who like “afterlife”  sort of fiction dealing with heaven, hell, angels, etc,  those looking for phenomenal worldbuilding of a world that they’ve never ever seen, those just plain old wanting to see what this blogger-turned-author accomplished (I am  NOT disappointed in the least).

Have you read this one? Are you excited for it?? Be on the lookout for my FULL review coming closer to the release date.

To learn more about why I started doing this Save The Date feature and how it differs from my reviews — go here!

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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. I am VERY intrigued indeed 🙂 Thanks for the mini recap on Level 2! <3

  2. GAH I cannot wait to read this!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I haven’t heard much about this book but it does sound unique and I think we could all do with some new ideas when it comes to reading YA!

  4. I am looking forward to this too. I always shied away from sci-fi, but I read Ready Player One, an adult science fiction novel that I loved. It sounds like I would like this concept too. I highly recommend that book, by the way, if you’re looking for something different out of the young adult category, although it’s not too far…the main character is a high school boy…and even more so if you’re into the 80’s at all.

  5. I’m excited! This book sounds so different from anything I’ve read, and maybe that’s why it has definitely caught my attention. I love it when authors get the world-building right, so I’m glad this was a success in your opinion. I’m saving the date for sure.

  6. I’m PSYCHED for this one. It sounds brilliant!

  7. Can’t wait to get this one. The story idea is super-unique so I’m eager to see how it all works out.


  9. I’m so excited for this one! There are so many good ones coming out next year. I’m glad to hear that you thought it was good! That just makes me even more excited!