Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Title: Hereafter 
Author: Tara Hudson
Pages: 404
Published: June 7, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollins
Goodreads Summary:
"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."

          Wow.. seriously.. just wow. Tara Hudson took my breathe away. It's gone. Forever. 
           Just kidding. But no joke, her writing seriously makes me want to cry. It's so incredibly beautiful, and tender, it certainly pulled at my heartstrings! The love between Joshua and Amelia is unbearable, and I would die to read more of it!
         But this book isn't only about their romance. As you can tell from the cover, Amelia is a ghost. A ghost only Joshua can see and hear, since he is a Seer. The whole ghost concept was very enjoyable, and it was fun reading about how very different it is being a ghost, than an actual living being. I love how Tara Hudson also includes flashbacks & nightmares of Amelia's death and past life, it's very intriguing. 
          The first half of the book is mostly about Joshua and Amelia discovering who she was, and who her family was. Hudson takes you through each discovery and realization as if you were there with Joshua and Amelia. The way she describes each sound, touch, and smell that Amelia feels is astounding. She did such a great job describing everything, really.
         Eli, who is another ghost from the netherworld, tries to take control of Amelia, and tries to claim her. Amelia's struggles with him are intense and chilling, especially when Eli arrives each time with a gust of cool air. The plot overall was gratifying and the ending was just suspenseful!
         Overall, I'd say this book is definitely a book everyone should pick up, it really did it for me! I am SO excited to read the rest of the series! :)

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