Saturday, July 27, 2013

Elegy by Tara Hudson [Review]

Elegy (Hereafter #3)4 out of 5 Robots!

Elegy by Tara Hudson
Series: Hereafter #3
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: June 4, 2013
Hardcover: 400 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
A stalker ghost, misguided Seers, and spellbinding wraiths—Amelia Ashley has faced them all. Now her greatest hope is to spend the rest of her afterlife with her living boyfriend, Joshua. But the demonic forces return to give her an ultimatum: turn herself over to the darkness or watch them murder one living person per week until she does.

Amelia fears she might really be doomed, until the forces of light give her another option. She can join them in their quest to gather souls, with a catch: Once she joins them, she can never see Joshua again.

Faced with impossible choices, Amelia decides to take her afterlife into her own hands—and fight back.

Shannon's Thoughts:
Elegy is the final book in the Hereafter trilogy.  It is a bittersweet ending, but considering the odds stacked up against Amelia and Josh, it is unsurprising.  Amelia is stuck between a rock and hard place.  The demons want her, the forces of light want her and neither offers the solution she truly wants, which is to be with Joshua.  Amelia decides she has had enough and starts to take matters into her own hands.  This puts a strain on Joshua and Amelia's relationship.  Amelia knows what she needs to do, but Joshua is unwilling to let her go.  Joshua's seer cousins make a reappearance, along with his grandmother Ruth in a desperate bid to save the town from the Netherworld once and for all.

The plot definitely ratchets up the crazy-pants factor.  It gets increasingly unbelievable (for a ghost story, that is) and some of the things that happen barely make sense.  But it is better if you just sit back and don't think about it too much.  I will say that it is pretty action packed, especially at the ending at the big showdown. I found the ending to ultimately be satisfying, if not a little heartbreaking.  Fans of the series will definitely not want to miss this final installment!

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Hereafter
2. Arise
3. Elegy

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