Book Review: Arise (Hereafter #2)

Author: Tara Hudson

Genre: YA paranormal fantasy
Published: June 5th 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 404
Source: Purchased Hardcover
Available at: Amazon | Barnes of Noble

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Rating of this Book – 5 out of 5 Stars

My Review:

Tara Hudson has become one of my most favorite authors because of this series. Her skill at weaving an enticing ghost story matches no other, and Arise is just another prime example of her talent.

This novel captivated me from page one. I was already connected to Amelia from the first novel, Hereafter, but I could really feel her pain at the beginning of Arise. Being a ghost stuck between two different worlds, the living and the dead, has to be one of the worst kinds of hell. And it’s even worse when a group of demons suddenly put a price on your head. Yet, Amelia rose up to the challenges, even was willing to sacrifice all she loved to protect it. I think that is why she is one of my most favorite heroines ever written. Because despite the pain to her heart, she’s willing to do what was right.

Joshua is also another amazing character in these novels. I love how he kept trying to make things work out between Amelia and him, despite the boundaries of being the dead and living. Even if it did get them into even bigger trouble than before, like getting them involved in voodoo rituals. Yet it was also the little things he did, the little things to show Amelia that he cared. His loyalty and love toward her is inspirational!

Now, unfortunately, Arise didn’t have as much mystery to it as Hereafter. Amelia had already solved the reason for her death and learned who she was in life. But what makes the plot unique is how all the different events link together into a thrilling adventure: the hauntings, legendary old graveyards, and the voodoo rituals. I guess it should considering the setting is New Orleans, but it’s these elements that really what bring the story to life.

Honestly, I can’t wait to see what Tara Hudson puts together for the conclusion to this series next summer!

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