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Hereafter (Hereafter Trilogy) Paperback – May 8, 2012

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Book 1 of 3 in the Hereafter Series

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“A tender and poignant love story with a ghostly twist.” (Becca Fitzpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of HUSH, HUSH)

Twisting together chilling mystery and sweet romance, HEREAFTER leaves the possibilities of a world unseen lingering in your mind and your heart long after you’ve turned the final page. (Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of Nightshade)

“A must for collections.” (Booklist)

About the Author

Tara Hudson lives in Oklahoma with her husband, son, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

After receiving her law degree, she began writing to entertain her girlfriends. They read her story about a ghost girl who awakes in a cemetery and wanted to know more. This short piece inspired the Hereafter trilogy, which culminates in Elegy.


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Product Details

  • Series: Hereafter Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780062026781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062026781
  • ASIN: 006202678X
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,000,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hereafter, by Tara Hudson, is another breakthrough novel in that growing class of "Young (at heart?) Adult" stories. Extremely well written. A very quick read. Your teen girl will love it. Your wife will probably love it, as well.

Synopsis (no spoilers):

Amelia is dead. Not in that cool "I'm dead, so now I'm stronger, faster, and sexier with super powers" vampire way. She's dead in that sucky "I can't remember anything about my life, can't affect anything in the world, wake up in the same place every time" Groundhog Day kinda way. But that all changes when, you guessed it, she meets a boy. Not just any old regular teenage male, but The Boy.

Joshua, is the popular, good-looking nice guy that just happens to drive his car of the same bridge, into the same river, where Amelia perished. After his brief crossover into the land incorporeal, Joshua returns to life and thanks to some family "seer" blood, can now, well, "see" Amelia. The two begin to interact which, with no one being able to view Amelia, leads to some interesting high school hijinx.

Of course, the story isn't complete without an opposing suitor for Amelia's attentions. Enter Eli, a rock'n'roll ghost who 'recruits' other recently departed souls into a colorless, dreary afterlife. He has some power over these wraiths granted to him from his employers. You know what they say. It's better to reign in colorless, dreary afterlife than to serve in, well ... Eli wants a junior-partner/love-interest and thinks Amelia will fit the job. Unlike other stories in the genre, Amelia isn't torn in her love between the two. In fact, she is clearly only interested in one person, and it ain't Eli.
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I felt there was something missing in this book. It was the typical boy meet girl, girl's a ghost and now they have to figure out how that's going to work. Well, I guess that's not so typical but I felt like that was the whole plot line. I also lacked the emotional connection to the characters that makes the story memorable. It didn't win a place in my heart.

My favorite parts of the story were the fact that she only knew her name and nothing else and her trying to figure out her life and how she died. I'm really a sucker for a good mystery so I was very intrigued when different aspects of her life started to be revealed.

Of course, there was a bad guy, Eli, and he was the spirit who was charged with watching over the river and meadow area where Amelia died. He wasn't all that scary and I expected Amelia to win out in the end now matter what happened. I didn't really worry for her like I have for other characters in stories I've read before. When I read this type of book, I want to be sitting on the edge of my seat, unable to anticipate the next move or the next scene. But I didn't feel that anxiousness in this book.

Even though the story line was really good and very interesting, I just didn't feel the chemistry between the two main characters; I couldn't get a solid sense of their feelings. Although I was left unsatisfied, I was intrigued enough to continue reading the series if it should continue.
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Amelia's dead which kind of sucks, but it mostly consists of walking around feeling nothing and nightmares. Her ghostly existence vastly improves when a hottie, Joshua, nearly drowns in the same place she drowned. It's love at first sight for both of them. But can a boy and a ghost really make it work?

Oh my god. This book. I just. Aaaaaaahhhh! To begin and explain simply, this book is definitely capitalizing off of the Twilight school of YA popularity. The writing and the plot are ridiculous. Even more ridiculous is the insta-love (just add water! - Get it?) between the main characters. In my last top ten list about the most obnoxious YA heroines, I mentioned Bianca from Evernight for the trait of immediate obsessive, ridiculously gooey love, but definitely would steal this crown from her without a contest.

Ghosts are tricky heroines. For one thing, they're insubstantial, so what they can do is a bit limited. Of course, with any other paranormal thing, there are ways to play with the legend and make them a bit more interesting. Hudson has devised her own, rather inconsistent ghost lore. Amelia mostly can't do anything. She can't open doors or move things or go through them. Apparently though, she can cry and bleed and breathe and have a racing heartbeat. Well, I lied. She does get to touch one thing (well, a couple others too, but pretty much only in conjunction with this one): super smexy Joshua, whose life she saved. Yeah, they can touch all they want and he can see her because of his ghost-seeing and exorcism powers. Convenient that.

Joshua couldn't actually see ghosts until he died just a lil bit in the water that night.
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This one has been on my Kindle forever, but since I got Arise at RT, I thought this was a good time to read it!! Tara Hudson did a fabulous job! There aren't too many ghost books out there, the first I ever read was The Mediator series by Meg Cabot aka Jenny Carroll (the first 4 books) and I've read a few since then and now Hereafter is added to the list as the most incredible ghost books ever! (still have Anna Dressed in Blood to read too!)

So onto the review. Hereafter takes us into the life of Amelia, a ghost. She knows she's a ghost and everything, but that's about all she knows. She can't remember almost anything else about herself, her life before and her death. She knows she drowned I believe, but that's all. Then one night she sees someone else drowning, someone who fell of "her" bridge and into "her" river. She is helpless to save him since she can't touch him or anything. She does what she can and tries to shout, but he can't hear her...until he does.

Joshua almost died and was suddenly able to see and hear Amelia. And thus he is saved. Amelia believes their encounter to over, yet it's not. Some days later he finds her and wants to talk to her and Amelia is stunned since no one alive has ever noticed her before and thus a bond is formed.

It really was quite interesting to see how another author creates a relationship between a human and a ghost, which is by far the hardest relationship to maintain. But something happens when Amelia and Joshua are together. They can touch. And feel their touches. Joshua has a family secret that can explain all these things and does come up fairly quickly.

But being involved with a human isn't Amelia's only problem. Her other problem is another ghost, Eli. Don't worry there's no love triangle here.
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