Hereafter by Tara Hudson
Release Date: June 7th, 2011
HarperCollins, 404 Pages
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Hereafter #1
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.
So, I think I’m still trying to figure out whether or not I liked this book. Let me list out some things that I liked about the book.
1. I liked that I was intrigued. I’m not familiar with “ghost stories” so it was a refreshing genre for me.
2. I actually liked the main character – Amelia. She wasn’t over whiny, though sometimes she was..a little slow? I was figuring out things many pages before she was.
3. The lack of a love triangle. (Can’t believe I just said that! But it just wouldn’t have worked in this novel so I’m glad that Ms. Hudson didn’t try to force something that wouldn’t have gone well.)
Now onto somethings that I didn’t particularly like about the book.
1. The instalove. Joshua and Amelia are drooling over each other waaay too soon. I realize that a “near death” experience can bring people closer, but..I just wasn’t feeling it.
2. Alot of things were left unexplained at the ending. Things that I felt should have been explained. I’m sure I had the most confused look on my face.
3.The ending itself. The “realization” that Amelia comes to. I wanted to yell out “BULLCRAP!” at her.
If you’re a big lover of Paranormal Romances, you’ll enjoy this book.