Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sarah's Review on Hereafter


Hereafter
PublisherHarperTeen
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Source: Bought
Rating: Escapable
Series: Hereafter #1
The Other Books: Arise, Elegy
Extras: Trailer
A stranded spirit.
 A sudden love.

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won’t want to miss.
This review was updated on May 11, 2012.
Drop dead gorgeous!! The cover was what caught my attention and it pulled me into the story.
My body was still as insubstantial as it had been before this nightmare. It floated, unaffected by the drag and pull of the angry water. This time things were different, although the dark, twisting scene looked almost the same as it did in each of my horrible dreams.

Almost.

Because this time I wasn't the one drowning

He was.
Besides the cover, I heard so many great things about the book. I am glad Emilia snatched up the book for me.

This is no ordinary ghost story. This one was beautiful, chilling, and at times just simply fun. 

You have to read this book!! Not even kidding. This is one of the best romances ever.

Amelia is a ghost, that can’t remember her past life, and relives her death many times. But when she finds herself in the river again, it’s not her nightmare, someone else is dying this time. A boy named Joshua has crashed off the bridge with his car. He is unconscious and Amelia is the only one there to save him. But when she hears his heartbeat slowing down, Amelia knows he’s dying and eventually does die. But with the help Amelia, she brings him back to life.

Joshua can now see her and hear her, unlike other people. They become closer together. It starts off as a crush, you know the weird feelings you have, but become something more. When they touch, it sends some type of fire through their bodies leaving them breathless, which sounds kind of cool. When Joshua lets Amelia sees his family, someone else sees her. His grandmother Ruth, dislike High Bridge Road, and thinks Amelia is an evil spirit. Ruth is a Seer, who can see ghost and it’s her job to exorcise them.

Amelia and Joshua don’t think she’s evil spirit though, but Amelia knows another ghost. Eli has control over some other ghost spirits. He wants Amelia to join him, but Amelia doesn’t want to be part of something evil. She just wants to be with Joshua.

But with Eli trying to get her to join him, and Ruth and her friends trying to exorcise her, it looks Amelia will never have a chance with being with Joshua.

The characters were just amazing. Amelia is a strong character, and definitely memorable. I love how she still has her human emotions and still experiences shyness around a guy like a normal girl would. As for Joshua, I love everything about him. Every time Amelia and Joshua touch, I get goosebumps just thinking about the electric charge that goes through them. And Eli? I wouldn’t classify Eli as the worst character but maybe a dislikable character. He was really selfish, but also kind of lonely. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him.

I love this story and enjoyed the chilling love story of a ghost and human. It was different in a good way, very unique. This was a great debut novel for Tara Hudson.
Tara Hudson says Amelia’s and Joshua’s stories couldn’t be fit into one book, so that means there is going to be sequel which is called Arise. Yay!! So thrilled!!

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