Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Feature: Hereafter by Tara Hudson (Review)


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Summary:
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.

My thoughts:
The opening of this book hooked me right away. Amelia doesn't remember her life or her death, yet she keeps almost reliving her death, waking up in the murky water that took her life. She's stuck in between life and death and can't seem to move on. Then when Joshua almost dies in the same river, she tries to summon all her strength to save him, which isn't easy considering she's dead. By some twist of fate, he sees her and she's able to save him. The two form a bond right away, which is understandable since she did save his life. He's even accepting of the fact that she's a ghost.

But as Amelia finds comfort in Joshua, she finds torment in another. Eli is a spirit like Amelia and he knows about her death. Eli tries to manipulate Amelia and get her to become something she isn't willing to be. I loved her struggle with Eli and how Joshua was able to help her just as much as she helped him.

This was a very enjoyable read.

28 comments:

  1. I read this book in 2011 and loved it.

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  2. Thanks for this great review, Kelly! I will definitely check this one out!

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    1. I love the cover. It's what drew me to the book to begin with.

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  4. I've read many good reviews of this. I have a copy, but haven't read it yet.

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    1. Yeah, my copy sat on my Kindle for a while. It got buried under newer books. Glad I read it though.

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  5. I love the premise behind this and what a cover! It actually sounds like a book I'd like to read if I ever get to read books for anyone but young kids someday!

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  6. I read this and liked it a lot too. Which reminds me I should look into the next one. *sigh* Sometimes my TBR list makes me sad...

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  7. I like the premise, and I've always liked the name Amelia.

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  8. Sounds like a really mysterious and interesting read, Kelly. I really like the cover. It grabbed my attention right away!

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    1. I felt the same way about the cover. Really captivating.

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  9. This sounds like a riveting read. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Beautiful cover and the story sounds so intriguing.

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  11. I have a thing for stories involving the sea or rivers. This one sounds good and the cover is really attractive.

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