Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hereafter (Hereafter #1) Review

Book: Hereafter (Hereafter #1)
Author:  Tara Hudson
Publisher:  Harper Collins
Rating:  3 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  ARC (e-book) Review Copy from Harper Collins through NetGalley

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

My Review:
I received this as an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This in no way affected my review.

First off I'm going to say that I loved the cover. That is the first thing that pulled me in. I was somewhat disappointed in this book. I had high expectations for this and it just didn't happen. I'm giving Hereafter a 3 Star rating because it was alright.

It starts out with this girl Amelia who is a ghost and died when she was 18. She relives her death in nightmares and wanders around always ending up back at the bridge where she died. One night while wandering at the bridge she sees a young man, Joshua in the water and saves him. He is the first person human or ghost that has been able to see her. It is love at first sight. A short time later Joshua returns to the bridge of his near death and sees Amelia again. From then on they spend their days together and continue to fall more in love. All the while Eli, an evil ghost is watching and waiting to bring Amelia over to the dark side with him. Then there is Joshua's grandmother who is a seer and can also see Amelia and thinks she is evil and wants to exorcise her.

It sounded like it's was going to be really good with a love story and action filled but I didn't think it was. It's really slow moving and not much happens. It was like the same things happen over and over throughout the book. Amelia is not like other ghosts, she can't walk through walls, car doors or really do anything supernatural. We didn't really learn much about either of their families or about Amelia's past. I'm hoping that in the next book we learn some more. I will read the next book to see what happens and I'm hoping for some more action and romance.

Overall it's a nice calm and relaxing read. I liked it, just didn't love it.

1 comment:

  1. This a a very fair and informing post Jamie. really love the cover too. The story does sound like it would be interesting so I hope the series will spice up a bit in the next installment. I'm a sucker for a good love triange too. You know, "Nooo, why are you going with him? Joshua is the good guy!" - that sort of tormented reading experience is always captivating.