Author: Tara Hudson
Details: e-arc, 250 pgs. Published in hardcover, 416 pgs.
Published: June 7th, 2011 by HarperCollins
Reading Level: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley, HarperCollins, for review
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.
First of all, I LOVE the idea of this book. I'm a sucker for a ghost romance and have even wrote my own. But I suck at remembering descriptions and so when I decided to finally pick this one up I couldn't even remember what it was about. So I was excited when I started reading it and discovered it was about a ghost. However I think I lost a bit of that excitement in the beginning. I didn't feel a super strong connection to Amelia right off the bat. But as I read, and as Amelia remembered more about herself she grew on me and I started to feel a much stronger connection to her and to the story.
Like I said, I really loved the idea of the story, but I know that making it work and feel plausible was going to be interesting. I think I like ghosts so much because they are real (to me anyway) and I've had my own experiences with them. But the story wouldn't be very good to me if it felt like it couldn't be real. So did it feel like it could be real? Well, yes and no. For the most part, yes. I think I was convinced that it could happen, but the things that started to happen to her, like her crying real tears, or even that her and Joshua could feel each other, didn't feel so real because I never felt like I got an explanation. Was it just a power she had? Maybe that's something we'll learn more about in the future book(s) and I wouldn't say it was a big negative.
I thought the romance was very sweet, but maybe happened a little fast for me. I guess they just had a real connection, so maybe it's just my age, and forgetting what it's like to be a teenager, that's getting in the way here. Joshua also seemed maybe a bit too good to be true? Not really a big deal, but something I think I started to notice.
Overall I really enjoyed the book. I'll definitely be looking forward to reading the next one!
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