Book 1: Hereafter
author: tara hudson
pages [hardcover]: 404
favorite characters: gaby & joshua
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 is every bit as captivating and exciting as Hereafter! I loved seeing Amelia and Joshua again, working through their differences, developing their relationship, and generally keeping me flipping through the pages. I breezed through this easy read in a few days, just like I did with the first book. And, once again, I’m left wanting a lot more!
Now that Amelia remembers who she is, has Joshua to help her out, and is getting situated in her new reality, things have the chance to turn even creepier and more action-packed. There are demons, weird ghosts, overprotective grandmothers, crazy humans, incompetent women who try to do Voodoo, and then there’s Amelia, still trying to figure out how to use her ghostly abilities after what happened the last time around.
So many things happened that I want to mention but can’t without spoiling. But they were awesome. So good.
Read this book. Not just for the love story. The supporting characters are great, even if they’re the sort that you love to hate, and then there are the fantastic bad guys and the horrible hallucinations and those twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat. Practically shouting more more more! I was worried this might fall into the sequel slump, but I liked it just as much as the first. Now I’m going to go and recommend it to everyone that I know.
FRIGHTENINGLY FANTASTIC. 5/5 stars