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