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Monday, June 6, 2011

ARC Review: Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rated: YA
*Book won through GoodReads First Reads Program*

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.

What I thought:

I don't tend to read many ghost novels. This is one of the better ones I have read though. Loved the premise and I loved the way Tara Hudson set up her ghost world. Highly entertaining read. Full of adventure, mystery, romance and ghosts.

What I really loved about this novel, was how the ghosts were set up. They can't walk through walls, float, people can't walk through them but tend to avoid where the ghost is on their own. They can't feel, smell, but they can see and hear. I thought it was well planned out, instead of just winging it and it made the story more enjoyable.

I liked the romance between Amelia and Joshua. I'm not sure how it will all work out, since Amelia is still a ghost, but I did enjoy their romance. I was intrigued with Eli and his job. He was a creepy character, and I enjoyed watching the mystery unravel about him and what he really does as I read on. It made the novel really exciting.

This was an easy and enjoyable read. I was glad I won it from Goodreads and I'm glad I can add it to my shelf. If I hadn't won it, I would have definitely bought it. You should definitely check this book out.

My Rating

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Lah @ Lazy Girl Reads said...

Congrats on winning a book that's always awesome! I've been curiosu about this book because the cover is amazing. Glad you liked it :)

Lah @ LazyGirl Reads

Jules (The Great, The Good and The Bad) said...

I'm so glad to read a positive review of this one, I have it to read for a while now and I've been putting it off because I've read a few slightly negative opinions.

Marce said...

This is available on NetGalley, I am very intrigued, great review.

Elodie said...

Thanks for the review =) !! I can't wait to read this book .. Like you I haven't read many ghost stories but I can't wait to. Besides, the cover looks gorgeous !!
Thanks ;)

Candace said...

I enjoyed this book as well. It wasn't perfect for me, I mean I think I gave it more like 3.5 stars, but overall I enjoyed it.

Alison said...

I'm looking forward to this book. It's nice when plots and characters progress in a way that's exciting.

Lily Child said...

I just picked up a copy of this and am really excited to read it! I love your descriptions of the story and it's characters! :)

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