Review: Arise by Tara Hudson

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!  

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. “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. “

    YES! I felt the exact same way. I thought I should be irritated at Amelia for leaving Joshua “for his own good”, but the way it was done made sense to me given the fact that she’s a ghost and all. I really enjoyed this one too, though I’m hoping at some point we get some more information on the netherworld and what it’s all about:)

  2. Yes, the character not being hate-able is definitely a bonus! But her attraction to a one-dimensional love interest may knock-off some points?

    I haven’t read this series, but it seems really interesting. Cover looks gorgeous!

  3. I enjoyed the first one but not to the point where I was going to run out and buy the second one. After reading your review though I think I’ll give it a try!

  4. I haven’t read Hereafter yet, and I just.. I don’t know if I should. I’m hesitant to read things set in New Orleans sometimes (being from near there, myself), mostly because it seems like there is a terribly fine line between capturing the magic of the city and going overboard into total cliché with things like the voodoo and whatnot. Hmm. I do have a copy of Hereafter laying around here someplace though, so maybe I will give it a chance at some point.

  5. Yes, I agree there are some far fetched aspects…the Risen thing and some of the villain reveals were a little much. Yes you are right Josh just feels made up and too good to be true. Still this wasa better read than Hereafter!

  6. I too enjoyed Hereafter but the insta-love turned me off a bit. But I like that it was an easy read, I have yet to read my copy of Arise but I’m glad to read from this review that it’s even better than the first one.

    Talk Supe

  7. Fun review! I haven’t read any of these books, but I’m glad the second one was as good (or even a bit better) than the first, since that doesn’t always happen. And a not-too-annoying MC is always great! 😉


  8. I haven’t read my copy of Hereafter yet, but boy do I love the covers of her books! I think voodoo makes just about anything possible so if all the bodies in that famous cemetery got up and did the Charleston, I’d believe it. Voodoo is just one of those magics that is more mysterious to me than any other kind of magic. So hopefully, I’ll get to read this one, after I read Hearafter, and I’ll understand what you’re talking about!


  9. I’m ever more curious about this one after reading your review. I liked Hereafter, but just didn’t fall in love with it or the characters. I sort of felt as if their romance just didn’t have a chance – I mean seriously – she’s a ghost. So, I’m interested to see where this one goes. I’d like to know a lot more about the death worlds for sure. Seemed like a complex structure though in the first book it never seemed like we even scratched the surface.

  10. I find that insta-love usually isn’t as big of a deal in sequels too because it’s like, “Oh, they’re already in love! Nothing to be annoyed about :)” Right? LOL I was only neutral towards Hereafter so I was looking forward to this book but not ecstatic to read it, but everyone’s awesome reviews are making me even more pumped up! The MC not being annoying is always a bonus! 😉

    Beautiful review, Candace! <3

  11. Jenny,
    Yes, more info on the netherworld would definitely be nice!

    Dazzling Mage,
    Haha, I guess so!

    I think I felt the same way. Though I honestly don’t remember and I haven’t reread my review. That’s just how it stuck with me. But I was curious for more. And I LOVE the cover!

    It’s just the second one that takes place in New Orleans when they go on there on vacation. But I get what you’re saying.

    Yes it was!

    Right! Doesn’t it?! Voodoo is creepy stuff cause ANYTHING can happen!

    Well, that’s what’s good with the second book, the insta-love is over with now, so not an issue anymore.

    Yes, voodoo just makes anything possible!

    I know, I didn’t see where things could possibly go. I can say that this one definitely made things… interesting.

    Yep, I agree!

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