Review | Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Hereafter (Hereafter, #1)

Format: Hardcover, 404 Pages
Published: June 7, 2011
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN: 9780062026774
Age Range: 14+
Rating: 2/5

Can there truly be love after death?

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.

Amelia, is a ghost who has very little memory of her life before her death. She starts to have flashbacks which are helpful and confusing all at the same time. It was hard to piece together which information was important. By the end of the book it seemed most of it wasn’t important at all.

With this book, I liked the characters and the plot itself was fine, but there was simply too much filler and too many missing pieces for this book to receive any great praise. I felt like I was missing the big picture, that at some point there was going to be some character depth or wow moment, but it never came.

The forbidden relationship wasn’t anything new either, but felt a little pushed and overdone. When the relationship would become tense, serious or emotional in any way she would disappear and take you on a journey that meant nothing to the development of the story. It was actually disappointing to read in the moment, but it did help eliminate most sexual content.

Tara Hudson’s writing was beautiful but after a while became repetitive and eventually disappointing. I really wanted some of the loose ends to be tied together at the end, or for all the flashbacks to make sense, it never happened. If I didn’t already own Arise, I probably wouldn’t go out and buy it. Since I do, however, I will likely read it and just hope it gets better!

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