Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Review of a past read: Hereafter by Tara Hudson.

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  Title: Hereafter.

  Date of publication: June 7th, 2011 in the US.

  Series: Hereafter #1.

  Author: Tara Hudson: website, Twitter, Facebook, blog and Goodreads.

  Publisher: HarperCollins in the US.

  Format (in which I have the book): e-Book and audiobook.

  Source: Bought.

  Read on: August 21st, 2011.

  Can there truly be love after death?

  Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life--or her actual death--she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but "will" him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

  Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

  Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, "Hereafter" is a sensation you won't want to miss.

From Goodreads.

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The cover:

This cover is just pure beauty. Yes, it is simple and that’s why it’s so beautiful. Go check out the large version of it and take a good look at it and you’ll see why I love it. And if you read the book, you’ll know it has a lot of meaning in it :).

 

The storyline:

The book opens with Amelia waking up in a river knowing she died but having no remembrance of who she is or how she died. Trying to uncover the circumstances of her death and finding out how she ended up in that river she stumbles upon a boy, Joshua, who happens to be drowning in her river. She decides to help him although she has no idea how since she’s a ghost. However, while she’s trying to wake him up, he somehow wakes up and looks directly at her. After this strange accident she keeps trying to solve her mystery and at the same time she and Joshua become friends and their relationship becomes stronger each passing day.

During the book, we find answers, horrifying facts about the river and Amelia’s death, Joshua’s family secrets and more.

The ending in my opinion was shocking at first but very suitable for the story.

 

What I loved:

- The story itself is unique.

- It was well paced. No rushing, no slowing, just normal pace which was good for this story.

- All of the characters were loveable (even the grandmother and the evil guy, Eli).

- The writing style is great :).

 

What I didn’t like:

Except the fact that I wish I was in the story? Nothing ;).

 

The characters:

Amelia: is the protagonist in this book. She’s a very normal teen girl who died sometime ago and can’t remember who she is or how she died. Throughout the story we find how strong and friendly she is.

Joshua: is Amelia’s love interest. They first meet when she wakes him up while he’s drowning, and from that moment, he keeps visiting her trying to know her and then they become close. He’s nice, handsome and most importantly understanding and not the freaking type (Imagine if you go and try to meet a ghost and they run away from you… yep.). He fights for her against… well you need to read the book to know what exactly he fights against.

Eli: well, he is a very bad spirit who works for.. worse creatures in the Hereafter. He tries throughout the book to get Amelia on his side for unknown reasons at first but then looses the battle…

Ruth, the grandmother: Joshua’s grandmother who happens to see ghosts too. She hates Amelia and thinks that she needs to be exorcised. Then things go crazy… Although she treats Amelia in a bad way, she loves her grandchildren and is only trying to keep them safe.

Jillian: Joshua’s younger sister. Somewhat nice and also always fighting with her brother, she gets into an accident caused by… ahem… the bad guy in this book. Yes, that’ll be Eli. But gets saved by Amelia. (A teasing quote about the next scene after this one is up next ;)).

 

Favorite quotes:

Some of them actually <3.

“Really, Amelia, you’re being terribly rude.”     

“E-excuse me?” I managed to stammer.     

The owner of the voice clicked his tongue in admonishment. “Still rude.”     

His tone broke through the terrified frost that had begun to creep over my skin. I felt myself flush with the warmth of anger, as though I were able to blush from fury.     

“You can see me, but I can’t see you. Don’t you find that a little rude?” I demanded.     

He laughed, a smooth sound that didn’t do much to dispel the skin-crawling feeling. “Oh, I suppose I could remedy that problem, if you wish.” --- Chapter 5.

I began to pace back and forth in front of the classroom, folding my arms behind me like a general.

“You’re probably wondering why I called you all here today,” I intoned in my deepest boardroom voice.    

Joshua snorted and shook his head. “Weirdo,” he said aloud.     

“What was that, Mr. Mayhew?”     

Ms. Wolters’s shrill voice cut across the room as she spun away from the chalkboard. Joshua coughed and hacked, trying desperately to cover his error. --- Chapter 8.

“I don’t know how many times I have to tell you this,” Jillian said through clenched teeth. “I’m not going to spend my Friday nights with you and Casper the Friendly Girlfriend.”     

Joshua opened his mouth, in all likelihood to yell again, but I interrupted him.     

“Look, Joshua, she clearly isn’t going to give in tonight, so can we please, please just go?”     

“Yeah, Josh, listen to your imaginary friend and get out of here,” Jillian spat.     

Joshua immediately began to crow, laughing and slapping his hand in triumph against the doorframe.     

“Ha!” he cried. “I knew it! You can hear her, you big liar!”    

Jillian’s mouth gaped like a trout’s. --- Epilogue.

Conclusion:

If you’re looking for a great story, with realistic characters and imaginary ones, full of suspense, romance and dark creatures, this is the book for you.

It is one of my favorite reads and I can’t wait to start reading Arise.

5

favorite

loved it

Randa