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Hereafter (Hereafter Trilogy) Paperback – May 8, 2012
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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A ghost story from the ghosts perspective. I like the characters. They weren't stupid. It was a good story and I can't wait to read the next one.Published 3 months ago by Jill Smith
Please with item. Delivery was as stated. Would buy from this seller again. A++++Published 4 months ago by KidsnTeachin
WOW!! Holy WOW!!!
This is the first book I've read EVER that the girl is dead and falls for a Living Guy!
LOVE IT!!!! Read more
(This review was originally written in 2013 but was never posted).
This is one of those books that has been on my wishlist for a really long time. Read more
I liked it a lot, sweet, but with a bit of frightening as well. I definitely recommend this book. JkdPublished 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
I normally read Sci Fi and generally avoid fantasy ghost stories, especially with women in various levels of undress on the cover as these books are often just a romance vehicle. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Tony R.