Hereafter

Hereafter

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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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 407 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 38.1mm | 521.63g
  • Harper Teen
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0062026771
  • 9780062026774
  • 275,122

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Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/review-hereafter-by-tara-hudson/ Amelia doesn't remember her past. She can't remember her last name, who her parents were, when she died, how she died ... She only remembers that she died in the river underneath High Bridge. And then all that changes when she meets Joshua - Hold up a second. Does this sound like deja vu? I mean, maybe not exactly, but don't you think it's a little cheesy that everything starts piecing together once - ooh - the hot love interest walks in? Very Twilight-esque, I'd say. Or maybe just corny. But, believe it or not, Hereafter is actually pretty unique. Maybe I'm just saying that because I don't read that many ghost stories, but at least it isn't the same old, same old. The plot is actually decent; instead of focusing entirely on the romance of the story, it's put off a little bit to the side. Instead, the plot focuses on how Eli, another ghost who wants Amelia to help him capture souls, pursues Amelia, trying to convince her to be his apprentice. In fact, he wants to convince her so badly that he might capture her and banish her to become just another of his little minions if she doesn't. I wasn't the biggest fan of Amelia though. I adore kick-butt heroines, and though Amelia was pretty strong-minded, she wasn't kick-butt. Which disappoints me greatly. (Spoilers for this next sentence.) I know, I know, she broke High Bridge with her mind and could glow like a firefly, but she didn't know how she did it. And that rules out "kick-butt." And Joshua ... Joshua irritated me. He seemed like just another Marty Stue, just another pretty boy who falls in love with the pretty girl. That bores me. I mean, I could find nothing wrong with his character! And though most people would shout for joy for finding someone like that in real life, that's not the case in books. 'Cause it's not realistic. Or, well, realistic even with ghosts. But if you want to know who my favorite character was ... it was Ruth. No offense to Amelia and Joshua, but any grandma who can see ghosts - and exorcise them - is pretty awesome. (Now that's a kick-butt grandma.) Hereafter was a haunting love story with a sappy romance, but the intriguing plot - though not perfect - made up for it. I wouldn't say that I absolutely adored it or loved it, but I generally enjoyed reading and watching as Amelia discovered her past ... and her future.show more
by Linda
The main character in this book is Amelia, and she's dead. So if you don't want to read a story with a ghost protagonist then this book isn't for you. On the other hand, I don't really consider this a "ghost story." Amelia is not spooky or scary. She's a girl trying to figure out what happened to her. I read this like fiction, just like I would a story with wizards, vampires, or talking animals. I was enthrolled with the story line at the very beginning; it's so unique. The writing is beautiful. Amelia is 18 "living" near an Oklahoma river she drowned in and has been in a mental haze since her death. Then one day she helps rescue a boy named Joshua from drowning in the same river. Her life gains some meaning. Joshua can see and touch Amelia. The love story is so great. Joshua is so charming and sweet. He could have run away screaming that he saw a ghost, but instead he builds a beautifully unique friendship. The bad guy in the book is so intriguing, but he is also extremely creepy and scary. There aren't a lot of other side characters since no one else can see, hear, or touch Amelia. The focus of the book is the romance. There was some profanity in this book, see my content ratings for details. I really enjoyed Hereafter. I'm looking forward to the release of book two in the series! Arise is expected to be released on June 5th, 2012.show more
by Clean Teen Fiction
Now that I think about it, this is probably the first ghost story I've ever conciously read. The story starts with a memory of Amelia's death and continues with what she thinks is the gloomy afterlife: walking among humans, not being able to touch anything, not even seeing other ghosts. It is only through a mere coincidence when she witnesses Joshua's near death and, well, simply put, falls in love with him. I had some difficulties to get into the story. Ghosts had never really interested me and in this book I kept hoping and hoping that somehow, Amelia could be revived (even though she's been dead for ... a little longer). Maybe that is to come in the sequels (I certainly hope so!), but even if it isn't: Amelia is charming in her own ghostly way. I also must add that I was NOT rooting for the villain! I absolutely despised Eli, in the best way possible. I think all the characters were created wonderfully! Sometimes I have the problem that I don't like the main characters. Same thing here, but I don't hate Amelia either. Mostly, I just like Joshua, his sister and his grandmother better. After I had gotten used to the ghost concept (which took me maybe three chapters or so) I really tore through this one. I read about half of the novel in one night at a really nightmarish hour and I don't regret a single page, even if I'm severely sleep-deprived because of it. But no, really. Once it gets out I'm most certainly going to buy it and so should you! The only reason this doesn't get five clouds is because of the - for me - slightly dragging beginning and maybe you won't even have that!show more
by Jill Barrakling
HEREAFTER was a romantic and alluring debut novel that will surely captivate teen paranormal fans. I liked how the main female character was the ghost and the boy was human - it was a fresh twist and made things that much more entertaining. Tara Hudson has a beautiful and lyrical way of writing, and I know I would read anything she wrote just because of that. Luckily, HEREAFTER succeeded in more ways than one, and after the slow beginning I really got into Amelia's story. Amelia was a unique main character not only because she was a ghost, but because she had so much mystery surrounding her. She knew nothing about herself other than her first name and the age at which she died. No inkling of her family or who killed her/how exactly she died. I felt for her because it must be so horrible to feel so lost and not understand or remember anything about your life. Also, she has had no human contact for years and keeps waking up from terrifying nightmares where she relives the day she drowned. Drowning is definitely on my list of top five worst ways to die, and I hated having to see Amelia relive her pain day after day. Soon, though, her life (if you can call it that!) is changed forever when she attempts to rescue a teenage boy from drowning in the same river where she herself perished. Amelia discovers that Joshua actually sees her and that they can communicate, as well. Even though their relationship moved a tad fast, I did enjoy watching Joshua and Amelia get to know and understand each other. Joshua definitely had more to him than met the eye, and his family history was something different. He was a sweet and extremely likable guy and went against all of the usual stereotypes. His feelings for Amelia were clear and he would do so much to protect her, even though she was a ghost. I also liked how much he cared for his sister and made sure she was okay. Jillian was a nice secondary character, and I felt for her when things got tough near the end. There were so many supernatural elements to the story, and Amelia and Joshua were soon caught up in a web of intrigue and mystery. I liked how I wasn't always entirely sure what was going to happen next, and Tara Hudson definitely surprised me several times. The last few chapters were extremely intense and I was on the edge of my seat. After making it through the slow beginning, I was soon caught up in HEREAFTER and its original premise. I am anxious for the sequel now, since the ending left me wanting to know more! If you're a fan of paranormal YA fiction, then I definitely recommend checking this one out.show more
by TeensReadToo
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