Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Book Review: Hereafter by Tara Hudson

  • Reading level: Young Adult 
    Hardcover: 416 pages
    Publisher: HarperTeen (June 7, 2011)
    Language: English
    ISBN-10: 0062026771
    ISBN-13: 978-0062026774
    Buy the book :Amazon
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    • 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.

    My thoughts:

    Originally, Tara Hudson sent Hereafter  to my mom (Amy @ReadingTeen2),
    and well, since I'm kinda evil, I stole this book from my mom and read it for myself.
    I'm so happy I did. 
    My mom on the other hand is a bit jealous that she didn't get to read it first.
    From the very first page Hereafter completely sucked me in.
    This was one of those addictive books that make me obsess over it.
    I couldn't stop thinking about, I couldn't do anything really, and give it my full attention,
    because all I wanted to do is read Hereafter!

    All the characters in this book were just great.
    Joshua was of course my favorite character, just because well honestly, he sounded 
    just like the most perfect boyfriend ever. In my opinion.
    And I know that's a really shallow reason, but it's pretty dang true!
    Amelia was awesome.
    She wasn't a wimpy little girl who complained all the time; She actually kicked butt,
    and took care of business. Amelia had a backbone, and didn't let anyone mess with her.
    I always love that in a book.

    The only flaw in this book was that Joshua and Amelia definitely had a major thing for each other, but even though I knew they loved each other, I never found it... real.
    Yeah I know that it can't possibly be real because it's a book about ghosts.
    But I mean yeah they can feel that way for each other, they just can't really go farther then that.
    Amelia is a ghost. It's not like they can have a real relationship or anything.
    So I felt like that part of the book didn't really tie up well in the end.
    It felt very unfinished, so I'm hoping there will be a second one (:

    Hereafter kept a perfect pace the entire time and I never got bored with it.
    I absolutely loved this story, and could see myself reading it again.

    Thank you so much Tara Hudson for writing such a unforgettable book!


    1. Hi, Abigal! Your terrific review has SOOO made me want to read this book!! And I just KNOW there will be a sequel! Thanks for all the things you pointed out about the novel! I'm heading right on over to Amazon!!!


    2. Oops! Sorry for the typo... I got your name wrong! The keys on my computer are sticking, for some weird reason....

      So, Abigaile, I'll just tell you again that I really liked your review! :)

      Maria @

    3. I LOVE Hereafter! The writing is beautiful, Amelia as likeable, and Joshua is great. There's a nice balance between the mystery, action, and romance aspects, but I really do love Amelia and Joshua's relationship. :-) Glad you enjoyed it!

    4. Yay! I'm glad this one is right at the top of my TBR!

    5. Looks like something I would read!
      I swear I watched a movie the other day with the exact same title... o.o

    6. Brilliant review, I sympathise with your Mom - my 10yo keeps stealing my MG books. I cant wait to read Hereafter for myself :D

    7. I think I should have requested this book from Net Galley. I hope they will approved it.

      Great character is something important in a book. Thanks for share your thought

    8. what really makes this an intersting book is hwo it opens itself to the reader. how it grips you into what is she talking about? somethings that leave you waundering could be the point, to keep you on edge and wanting to read again and agian, how the plot can haunt you, but in a sense that you are thrilled into knowing that it isn't what you may expect and isn't predictable, your contribution ito wrtiting is a pleasure to read. x.


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