Monday, June 18, 2012

Arise by Tara Hudson [Review]

3 out of 5 Robots!
Arise by Tara Hudson
Series: Hereafter, #2
Genre: Paranormal Young Adult
Release: June 5, 2012
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Publisher
Reviewer: Rex
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.

Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life...a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her.

My Thoughts:
Arise by Tara Hudson is the eerie, heartbreaking sequel to Hereafter. The best part of Arise is that the romance has terrific strain, big obstacles to overcome- it isn't all lovey dovey perfection. And actually, I am quite sad that Amelia is not with Joshua for quite a bit of this book for his own protection. Don't worry though, there are enough cutesy Amelia and Joshua moments. Regardless, Arise is much darker and mysterious than Hereafter, which I think is brilliant.

The beginning of the book is slow and I felt like I needed to start skimming. I'm glad I didn't though because Hudson introduces us to a new character- Gaby. She's a perfect addition and an even more perfect friend for Amelia. The plot also starts spinning and will pull at your heartstrings at this point. If only Amelia could find all her answers and the darkness would stop following her! She does figure out a lot about being a ghost, which is fascinating. Ah, and I couldn't help but root for Amelia and Joshua by the time the book comes to an end. 

Though it is an enjoyable, satisfying read, the Hereafter series is not one of my favorites and it takes me awhile to read these books. They're just okay for me. I do highly recommend them to fans of ghost stories and young adult romance.


  1. I was so eager to read Hereafter because I love Ghost stories but it was a major disappointment for me. This one is getting mediocre reviews so I'm going to pass. Something is just missing from this series for some reason! Thanks for the review & Happy reading!
    Janiera @ Books & Beauty

    1. If you're not crazy about book one, I definitely don't suggest reading this one! And I couldn't have said it better myself, there was just something missing- totally agree! Thanks for stopping by and reading my review, Janiera :)

  2. I just left a comment on another Arise review and she gave it a 4.5, how funny. Well to say it again, Hereafter was a quick read but I wasn't a fan of the insta love, no matter how hard I try to spin it in my mind I can't wrap my head around it.

    Anyway, I have an ARC of this but I haven't started it yet. Maybe it's stemming from my previous statement? I might have to read it so I can see for myself if this is indeed better than Hereafter or what.

    Talk Supe

    1. I'm not a fan of insta love either, I love seeing a love story develop from somewhere. It is better than Hereafter, but I still wouldn't recommend you read it if you didn't loooove Hereafter. And thanks for stopping by to read my review:)



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