Arise (Hereafter #2) by Tara Hudson
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published June 5th, 2012 by Harper Collins
Source: Publisher *for review*
Description from goodreads:
Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life...a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her.
Last year I read and reviewed Hereafter and I know I enjoyed the book. But there were maybe a few minor issues that made it not quite a 5 star book for me. Those issues weren't issues so much in this one. And I think I enjoyed it a bit more with the insta-love in the past now and having gotten use to the whole ghost thing.
This was a fast read for me as there weren't any parts that really lagged, it felt pretty constant and was easy to cruise through. I loved the setting of New Orleans and I loved some new characters that were introduced, especially Gaby with her strong personality. I really like Josh but he's never been a character that really POPPED for me, you know? There's nothing wrong with him, but maybe he's just a bit one dimensional for me. Amelia is a pretty great character and she didn't do a bunch of stuff to annoy me like I was thinking she might. You know the whole, I love him but I need to protect him thing where they run away but then can't stay away, etc? She didn't NOT do that, but she didn't do it quite the way I expected and it wasn't annoying so much. Okay, I'm babbling, but her not being a totally annoying character is a bonus, right?
There were a few things that felt a bit far fetched but the fact that voodoo was involved kind of made it okay. It's like, things that shouldn't be possible can be possible with voodoo. Or something... I don't know, but while a little voice kind of giggled at the far fetched bits it wasn't something that really bothered me much. And it was needed for the plot of this book. It made it better, in my opinion. And I'm most definitely anxious for more!