Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hereafter by Tara Hudson Review

Title: Hereafter (Hereafter #1)
Author: Tara Hudson
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Ghosts
Page Count: 416 pages/533 KB
Book Type: Kindle e-galley
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062026774

Picture from Amazon

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: The colors included in this cover are absolutely gorgeous. We’ve been seeing a lot of really pretty covers lately, haven’t we? I just love how it turns from dark blue to light blue to a yellow. Plus, the transparency of her dress is awesome. “A stranded spirit. A sudden love.” To me, this promises a powerful love story.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book. I am not 100% in love with paranormal romance stories, but there are a few certain ones that I do love. The synopsis had me intrigued, but skeptical. A ghost and a boy falling in love? I wasn’t quite sure how (and if) this would work. Oh, was I wrong.
Hudson’s writing style was really beautiful. She definitely has a way with words. I was completely engrossed in the story from start to finish. Hudson paints a picture with her words and it really allowed me to visualize everything that was happening.
I thought Amelia’s form of ghost-amnesia was very interesting. Would ghosts remember their previous lives or would they have no recollection? I enjoyed taking the journey of discovering Amelia’s past with her. Joshua’s character was a really good one. I want to learn more about him! I loved how the characters in this novel were really fleshed out. They weren’t just caricatures. They all had strengths and flaws. 
I cannot wait for the sequel. How will the story play out with Amelia being a ghost and Joshua being alive and well? Can they have a happy ending? I know that I am rooting for them.
For the comments: What is your favorite paranormal love story? 

Thanks to NetGalley, HarperTeen and Tara Hudson for this review copy!


  1. Aw, from your review and the character interviews with Joshua that I've been reading on other blogs this sounds like such a lovely book, but I've read so many so-so reviews now that I'm kinda put off of buying it. I'm always a sucker for a good ghost story ... and romance never hurts, either, hehe.

  2. @Bella (Obsessed!)

    If you like ghost stories and romance, I would definitely suggest checking this out! I'm not a huge romance fan, but I still enjoyed this one. The romance is different and quite sweet :) I hope you enjoy!


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