- Series: Hereafter Trilogy (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (June 4, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006202681X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062026811
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elegy (Hereafter Trilogy) Hardcover – June 4, 2013
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Gr 8-11-Amelia, a Risen ghost, is back in Oklahoma with her boyfriend, Joshua, trying to come to terms with her afterlife. She has the ability to be seen by non-Seers, touch objects, smell the intoxicating scents around her, and even eat, but she can no longer touch Joshua. Kiss Joshua. Hold Joshua. Even as she begins to realize that this half-life can't go on for him, the Netherworld demons make yet another play for Amelia's soul. This time they threaten to kill one of her loved ones each week until she surrenders to them. Amelia must come up with a plan that will end this battle once and for all-or sacrifice her soul to save those she loves the most. Though the first chapters seem slow, this final volume in the trilogy gathers steam as it progresses and will have readers glued to its pages for the final battle on High Bridge. Once again Amelia's characteristic inclinations to keep secrets and protect everyone continue to provide unexpected plot twists and suspense. The romance between Amelia and Joshua continues to maintain tension, possibly more so with the new constraints imposed by her Risen status. Fans of the first two titles won't be disappointed in this story, though they will have much to say about the way it ends, at least for Amelia and Joshua.-Heather E. Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, ALα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"This final volume in the trilogy gathers steam as it progresses and will have readers glued to its pages for the final battle on High Bridge...fans of the first two titles won't be disappointed in this story, though they will have much to say about the way it ends" - School Library Journal
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On one side stand the evil forces that will not stop until they have Amelia under their control. They give her an ultimatum...she must give herself over to them, or they will kill someone she cares about every week until she gives in. On the other side, the forces of good offer her the chance to join them and save souls. The one thing both sides have in common is Amelia won't be able to see Joshua again.
The relationship between Amelia and Joshua was heart-achingly beautiful. The love between them is so obvious, it's practically a visible tie between them. Their love makes them stronger as individuals. They don't try to stop each other from making the choices they need to make. Their relationship is what good, healthy, amazing relationships should be.
The secondary characters play a huge role in this novel. They are there for support and make Amelia stronger, more ready to face her personal demons. She trusts them to be there for her when she needs them most and they are there. Amelia gives back as well, being a friend to Jillian and creating friendships that will leave a lasting impression.
I could see how the novel would end from early on. Hudson doesn't take the easy way out, that's for sure. I spent most of the novel getting ready for the end, savoring each word on the page, not wanting to miss anything. Without giving away too much, the ending is not that of a fairy tale, but it's what the series deserved.
Elegy is a touching, bittersweet, heartbreaking, make-your-heart-soar book that ends the Hereafter series in the way it deserved. It brought tears to my eyes, but the good kind. To put it simply, Elegy is beautiful.
I started this book extremely anxious to see how Joshua and Amelia's story would play out and excited to see how it would all end. But like most last books in a trilogy, I was also sad to know that this would be it. This would be the end and then their story and my time with them would be over. That is always such a bittersweet feeling.
And of course with knowing that this is the end, you also have those nervous feelings as well about how the author will handle the end. Will it be everything you were hoping it would be? Will you get left hanging or will she wrap up everything like and give you that happy ending we all desire so much for the characters we have grown to love and care about? Unfortunately and not so unfortunate, the only thing that will tell, is for you to actually read the story and find out for yourself.
This simple act of picking up a book and reading it sounds simple. It should be simple. But for me, last books in a series or trilogy are never easy for me to pick up. I almost dread it and I end up putting it off because I don't want it all the end and almost more important, I am always so scared of how it will end. To be disappointed after putting so much time and feeling into a series is just heartbreaking and I wish I could say that I never get heartbroken but the fact is, I do and it sucks when that happens.
So, yeah, the fact that I picked this one right up to start it says something about how much I wanted to know, no needed to know, how Joshua and Amelia's story ended. Hoping and praying the whole time that they get that happily ever after I so desperately wish for them.
This story wouldn't be complete without the return of Ruth, Joshua's grandmother, head Seer and all around arch enemy to Amelia. Okay, that might be a little harsh but not by much, the two share no love but they do start to respect each other during this last story and really, that is all I could have asked for for them.
I love how strong Amelia has gotten over the course of this trilogy, she truly has grown into her own and isn't the shy meek girl she started off being. And as always, her and Joshua's love and affection for one another is really one of the things that makes this series shine. No matter what they stick together and never let petty things get in the way of their relationship and that is so nice to see in the YA genre because it doesn't happen very often. They cherish all the time they have together as if it may be the last because, it very well could be.
I don't want to say how this one ends but I will say that even though I was hoping for...well I can't even say that without it giving something away. So, even though I was hoping for something different, I am happy with the ending we got because, it made sense and it felt real if not right. It was wonderfully done, sad and bittersweet. A perfect ending to the trilogy really no matter what my hopes and dreams for it were. A good ending. A happy ending after all.
I loved the charismatic characters, Joshua and Amelia's relationship is one to envy. The passion Amelia feels for life and those she loves,even after death, is inspiring. Mix that with some voodoo magic, demons, and Prom, and you have yourself a classic.
I would recommend this trilogy to young adults who enjoy fantasy and a good love story that defies all others.
These books are definitely a must read!