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 SurviveAmelia 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 ForeverThrilling And Evocative, With Moments Of Pure Pleasure, Hereafter Is A Sensation You Won T Want To Miss


10 thoughts on “Hereafter

  1. says:

    Oh boy, am I sick of the insta love trope in YA romances Do all these YA PNR authors shop at the same shelf in Writers R Us I really should have known better than to read any book Becca Fitzpatrick has called a tender and poignant love story Hereafter, I shall never read another book recommended by Fitzpatrick Hereafter, I shall know better than to judge a book by its blurb Hereafter, I shall not fall for pretty covers Amelia and it took me a minute to recall her name is a ghost who has been drifting through the afterlife for several years with no memory of her previous life save her first name and her age She is suddenly lifted from this foggy existence when she saves a boy from drowning and discovers that he can see her While choking out half the river, he manages to let her know his name, and she falls for his handsome, striking face They meet up again soon after, he accepts without surprise that she is a ghost and proceeds to promptly fall in love with her as well But Amelia is being stalked by another ghost, one who is eeevillll and wants her to become his dark minion Joshua s grandmother is a Seer who wants to banish Amelia oh noes how will these two passionate yet chaste teen lovers escape the doom that is inevitably descending upon them This book is bo ring Nothing happens for eighty percent of the book, except a whole lot of heart attack inducing cheese about how much Amelia and Joshua love each other I kid you not She rescues him and is immediately drawn to him He gets out of the hospital and starts looking for her desperately Having found her, he makes an assignation to meet her at a park They have a really boring conversation where she reveals she s dead and he is completely accepting and still wants to hold her hand and cuddle Then they go to calculus, the one class where Joshua is no good, and guess what He gets pulled up to give an answer while he is distracted by Amelia At which point she oh so conveniently has a flash of recollection and suddenly knows the exact right answer because, of course, she is a math genius No good being an English genius when Joshua needs help in Calculus, now is there which she conveys loudly to Joshua, since the rest of the class can t see or hear her Yes, this is the limp lettuce we are served for the first hundred odd pages of the book Then there is slow moving dialogue and crawling plotline, before we are mercifully delivered in the last quarter of the book Amelia is one of the drippiest heroines I ve ever met, and I m not just saying that because she drowned She has all the personality of a limp noodle She s so boring, I ve forgotten most of the book despite the fact that I read it last night Joshua s not much better I ll say this much for them, there is no abusive behaviour masquerading as true love, they are both boring but not ridiculously stupid, and there is no love triangle However, there is a nauseating amount of sweet lovin in this book, the usual spend the night without having sex trope makes its weekly appearance, and I could not help comparing Amelia s passive, submissive personality with the sparkling fire of Alona Dare from The Ghost and the Goth There was one scene with vacuous, hair flipping blonde cheerleaders that really set my blood boiling There was absolutely no reason to insert that scene there The cheerleaders barely make an appearance before or after that scene The entire point of it was to demonstrate how these vapid, bimbo esque sluts are going after AMELIA S MAN Why the cheerleaders every single time Would it kill these authors to try for a measure of originality The book picks up the pace and actually becomes somewhat interesting towards the last hundred pages or so Amelia discovers remembers about her death Eli, the only interesting character in this novel, becomes fleshed out and his role becomes prominent Joshua and Amelia s relationship is discovered and threatened by both Eli and Ruth, Joshua s grandmother and they must find a way to face all these threats.However, not even the faster pace could rescue this book from a lot of its inherent stupidity For example, Eli finds out that Amelia has fallen for Joshua and threatens to harm him After an argument, she tricks Joshua into staying behind and goes to talk to Eli, who is obsessed, maniacal and infinitely powerful than she is They have an argument, she fails to be swayed by logic, he assaults her and she accidentally bumps her head and loses consciousness He DOES NOTHING to her and just walks off Ri ight She spends most of the book just talking at people as if that will make all the answers clear Too much of this book uses deus ex machina as a plot device She is fortuitously able to touch Joshua, even though she can touch no other physical object she is fortuitously able to remember differential equations just in time to help Joshua she fortuitously finds the door to her old home open, allowing her to explore she fortuitously remembers how she died just before someone else s death is planned in a similar manner she fortuitously discovers a hitherto unknown power that helps her save the day I m surprised she didn t find a way to become alive again, but I suppose that torture is waiting for us in the subsequent books along with the ghost of her poor father, whom she has forgotten in the midst of her kiss and cuddle fest with Joshua One other thing that really disturbed me about the book was the whole no one else can see the ghost thing Because God knows, the two of them make out in some of the most public places available I couldn t enjoy any of the tender moments because I was too worried that someone might come into the library or the gazebo or Amelia s old house, and see Joshua puckering up for thin air The concept could have been interesting if it had been explored properly, but at the book stands, it is a very boring romance with a little bit of mystery adventure in the end I would recommend that you pick up The Ghost and The Goth instead, which starts off on a similar concept, but turns into a much interesting read Please note This ARC was provided to me by the publishers via Net Galley This review is not influenced by any monetary or other considerations.


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    Explain to me what happened in Hereafter I dare you. You re at a loss of words trying to describe what happened, aren t you I ll tell you why BECAUSE NOTHING HAPPENED yes, the caps locks were extremely necessary Amelia is dead She can t remember how she died, her family, or even her last name but she can remember how to find the order of a differential equation and the fact that she doesn t like Hemingway s writing Amelia finds a boy who is driving off a bridge, and the boy dies for a short amount of time, but comes back to life, which somehow gives him the power to be able to see, hear and touch Amelia when no one else can They fall in love.That s it But if you want me to break it down further, here s the whole book Amelia Oh, no I m dead Whatever shall I do with my li ooh a cute boy is drowning Drowning Boy gurgle gurgle Amelia Don t worry boy I ll save you gives drowning boy pep talk Drowning Boy dies Amelia Well, I tried my best Drowning Boy gurgle Amelia Boy You re alive I m a hero Days pass Amelia sigh I wonder when I will see drowning boy again I love him Boy who drowned and died but is now miraculously alive again Hi, fancy seeing you here Amelia O em gee Drowning boy Boy who drowned and died but is now miraculously alive again Call me Joshua Romantic movie love montage Amelia Your grandma can see me and hates me, Joshipoo We can t be together Joshua But I love you Eli Rawr I m a bad guy I have no relevancy to the plot whatsoever I m only here to add stress to your relationship Amelia Oh, no A bad guy Whatever shall we do Does nothing, bad guy goes away Amelia Oh, Joshipoo We were meant to be together Joshua Sure, whatever The End That s it And it all sucked Clearly you could tell I had quite a few issues with this book I didn t make that very subtle , some of them being 1 The plot There was none moving on 2 How no one can see Amelia except for some reason every single person in Joshua s family , and no one even notices how Amelia and Joshua are in extremely public places, holding hands, having full fledged conversations and making out They have conversations in school, at the park, as they re walking down the sidewalk pretty much everywhere Does anybody realize that Joshua is pratically talking with no one, holding hands with no one and making out with no one Spoiler alert no, they don t 3 Insta freaking love, and Amelia totally obsessing over Joshua and referring to him as My boy , and My Josh before he even knew her name Did you adopt Joshua No Then he s not yours 4 Many sentences like these throughout A pulse, one I knew I didn t have, began to race through my arms and along my neck.What If you don t have a pulse and you know you don t have a pulse , how the hell is it racing through your arms and along your neck 5 How it s trying to make itself sound thrilling and spooky, but there s nothing thrilling or spooky about this book Nothing Nada Zilch It s a complete and utter borefest And you want to know the worst part Guess what book I have a review copy of Arise Arise is Hereafter s sequel And it comes out June 5th, which means I ll be starting it next QUICK, SOMEONE GET ME CHOCOLATE NOW


  3. says:

    Posted on is the first book by debut author Tara Hudson, and its everything I could of wanted from a book A forbidden romance, mystery excitement I said this last week with Die for Me by Amy Plum but let me say it again this is one of the BEST ghost stories I have ever read Amelia is a ghost, who doesn t remember anything about herself, other than her name and parts of her death She doesn t know when she died, who she was before or how she ended up in the river that night She believes her afterlife has no purpose, that s until she saves Joshua, a stunning and handsome boy from drowning in the river after his car accidentally drives over the bridge After saving Joshua, Amelia and him become fast friends and their relationship takes a fast turn When they decide to try and find out who Amelia really was, they see things are not as they once seemed They run into a few obstacles along the way, lending Joshua finding out what his destiny is and they realise their relationship is a forbidden one I absolutely loved this book I loved the story line, the romance, the characters, everything Mostly I loved Amelia s journey and how we only found out bits about her at a time, keeping me on the edge of my seat through out As her story unfolds, she goes through emotions that she never thought she would feel again and its really beautiful to read about Not only does the author write beautifully but you can t help being sucked into their world and hope these two characters stay together Joshua s story is one that completely shocked me To be honest, I never saw it coming and I think it really fits well within the story I m hoping we get get to see of that in the future as it will be interesting to read about And lastly, I m so glad there wasn t any major cliffhangers at the end Yes, there is a small one and few unanswered questions but I m glad that it was nicely finished up and it made me enjoy the story that much Overall, this is a fantastic start to a new series One, I am eager to continue reading about Lets hope the next released date comes around fast Thank you NetGalley and HarperCollins for giving me the opportunity to reading and reviewing this book.


  4. says:

    I m sorry I didn t finish you Okay, maybe I m not This book is really boring There is no tension in the pace, no urgency in the writing, and absolutely no chemistry between the two leads The writing is rough, unpolished, and suffering from a lot of repetition There is nothing that makes the female character, Amelia, stand out She s just so blah Oh wait, she somehow MIRACULOUSLY is ace at Calculus, just when our guy needs it Uh huh, right After she saves him the BOTH of the fall so fast and hard for each other, it makes me roll my eyes and gag I find it so STRANGE how the guy has no life or friends outside of his connection with Amelia and his family Really now Really Oh, and Amelia is the special chosen assistant by this other guy who s supposed to be bad and evil but I don t see HOW she gets chosen There isn t any distinguishing characteristics about her Not to mention, this Eli guy, if acting mysterious and ladling out vague truths are considered evil, then well I d hate to see what a baby munching, deer killer would be There was something else that bothers me Why does everyone in this book have to be good looking Amelia She s the most beautiful woman Joshua has ever seen Eli is good looking and sexy in an evil way Joshua is just hot Uh huh Right Tired of this I m done.


  5. says:

    Haunting and eerie, Hereafter is a touching love story with supernatural mystery It s engrossing from the very beginning and Hudson captivates readers with its vibrant characters, remarkable writing, and heart rending drama.Hudson s writing is beautiful with her well described tales and picturesque descriptions Her prose is alluring and breathtaking The way Hudson was able to portray emotions along with action was very remarkable Her interpretation with afterlife came to be so creative and original.Amelia doesn t know much about herself She doesn t remember anything from her life and she s living outside the light because there s no one there to help her remember anything about her Amelia is entertaining at times but she is also protective and brave Joshua is the likeable, handsome type of guy He didn t need to lift a finger to be liked He s an extremely down to earth person and was very caring when it came to family.The relationship between Amelia and Joshua is so enthralling and heartbreaking A ghost and a handsome human in a relationship is so unique and Hudson was able to pull it off It was very realistic and believable It wasn t too quick and was perfectly paced, but when their love kept growing, it wasn t tacky nor had those clich representations Although, as the story unravels, it s not just a romance it s an adventure to discovering about each other and themselves.Hereafter is a brilliant start to a series Readers will be engaged from start to end with Amelia and Joshua s relationship, the actions, the drama, and most importantly, the interpretation of afterlife Definitely a must read for all fans of paranormal Merged review Haunting and eerie, Hereafter is a touching love story with supernatural mystery It s engrossing from the very beginning and Hudson captivates readers with its vibrant characters, remarkable writing, and heart rending drama.Hudson s writing is beautiful with her well described tales and picturesque descriptions Her prose is alluring and breathtaking The way Hudson was able to portray emotions along with action was very remarkable Her interpretation with afterlife came to be so creative and original.Amelia doesn t know much about herself She doesn t remember anything from her life and she s living outside the light because there s no one there to help her remember anything about her Amelia is entertaining at times but she is also protective and brave Joshua is the likeable, handsome type of guy He didn t need to lift a finger to be liked He s an extremely down to earth person and was very caring when it came to family.The relationship between Amelia and Joshua is so enthralling and heartbreaking A ghost and a handsome human in a relationship is so unique and Hudson was able to pull it off It was very realistic and believable It wasn t too quick and was perfectly paced, but when their love kept growing, it wasn t tacky nor had those clich representations Although, as the story unravels, it s not just a romance it s an adventure to discovering about each other and themselves.Hereafter is a brilliant start to a series Readers will be engaged from start to end with Amelia and Joshua s relationship, the actions, the drama, and most importantly, the interpretation of afterlife Definitely a must read for all fans of paranormal


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    I ve been vacillating back and forth between how I feel about Hereafter, the debut novel of Tara Hudson, and I still can t seem to make up my mind So, I figured it was time to do another pros and cons list rather than a formal review.Pros The first chapter manages to ensnare the reader into the story and convey just how terrifying Amelia s nightmares are The writing flows nicely and I enjoyed reading Hereafter The secondary characters are or seem pretty interesting I could feel the chemistry between Amelia and Joshua Amelia is a likeable protagonist, and even though I feel like I don t know much about Joshua, he was a decent romantic lead.Cons While I liked reading Hereafter, I almost feel like there was of an emphasis on the romance between Amelia and Joshua and less on the mystery around Amelia s death I think that s why I ve forgotten most of the novel even though I read it only two days ago In terms of the major secondary characters, although Eli seems to be well developed, I feel like I barely know Ruth and Jillian Joshua adjusts way too easily to things Soon after almost dying, he s looking for Amelia, accepts that she s a ghost and falls in love with her Yes, once again, there s a case of love at first sight Some of Amelia s powers could have been better explained by Hudson For example, how does a ghost start crying real tears


  7. says:

    p 24, A boy climbed out of the driver s side of the car From his profile I could see he had full lips and a fine nose with just the slightest curve in it, as though it had been broken once but set well He had almost black hair and large, dark eyes p 29, As I suspected, his eyes were very dark, but not brown They were a strange deep blue an almost midnight sky color I was certain I d never seen eyes that color before p 56, His profile square jaw, high cheekbones, and full lips made me shiver p 60, With his strange blue eyes locked onto mine, I felt the little ache ignite again in my chest p 63, His eyes were lovely, and serious they reminded me of the night sky p 70, His midnight blue colored eyes were wide and a little stunned p 103, But looking into his midnight blue eyes p 141, His hair was a mess, dark circles ringed his eyes, and he could have used a good shave But when those midnight blue eyes caught mine p 197, and I could feel the heat of his midnight blue eyes on every inch of my body p 217, A quick scan of black hair and midnight blue eyes OKAY I GET IT THIS GUY HAS MIDNIGHT BLUE EYES I m not sure if the author was trying to make a statement or something, but do I seriously care what color his eyes are It bugged me so much, it got in the way of me actually enjoying the book I was counting for midnight blue eyes to appear on every page, and the times it did so, the I got annoyed At least the writing wasn t so bad, right WRONG.I hated all the characters None of them were likeable And the author kept adding , and , and characters It was a giant plethora of unwanted brain work for me The plot was messy What do you get when you mix cake batter and socks together I don t know Probably similar to the plot of the book And I just don t get how Amelia and the guy who had midnight blue eyes relationship is gonna work She s DEAD And why won t she move on Tara Hudson, your book is unlogical and makes me wanna chuck it at the wall.


  8. says:

    Araf benim ok ama ok merak etti im bir kitapt Okuyan arkada lar m hem be enmi hem de orijinal bulmu tu O y zden b y k bir beklentiyle okumaya ba lamama ra men Araf beni hi pi man etmedi ve beklentilerimi de kar lad.Amelia s rekli Y ksek K pr n n alt ndaki nehirde bo uldu u kabuslar g rmekte ve uyand nda kendini hep ayn yerde, mezar ta n n dibinde bulmaktad r Bir gece nehirdeyken bo ulmak zere olan Joshua n n hayat n kurtard ktan sonra ikisinin de hayat nda ok ey de i mi tir Amelia ile Joshua aras ndaki bu hayalet fani ili kisi yava yava a ka d n rken kar lar na bir s r engel kmakta ve i ler giderek zorla maktad r.Amelia hem l m ard ndaki s rlar n pe inden gitmekte hem de onu Joshua dan ve fanilerin d nyas ndan ay r p hayaletler d nyas na sonsuza dek hapsetmek isteyen Eli adl pislik hayaletten kurtulmaya al maktad r Ben kitab hem s rad hem de anlat m a s ndan ak c buldum Okurken hi s k lmad m Hayaletli, kahinli, s rad bir a k bar nd ran g zel bir hikaye okumak isterseniz tavsiye ederim


  9. says:

    In the piles of paranormal books the flurry of hype, it s hard to find books that are memorable This one was It captured my attention enough to read cover to cover AND to remember well after finishing My vote Worth Reading.


  10. says:

    This review is also available over at my blog.___________________________You know guys, I think the actual rating might be 2.5 stars.My expectations for this book were low from the start But really, I don t think it was horrifyingly bad or anything Just plain bleh It s neither bad nor good, and it wasn t really memorable either The kind of book where you finish it and you just go, Next I love ghost stories and the different twists that some authors usually put when writing ghost themed books, but the supernatural aspect in this book didn t really make sense to me There s these creatures under the lake where Amelia was killed and they steal souls I have no idea, probably because this book barely kept my attention Seriously, most of the time when I was reading it, my mind was elsewhere One time I was having a concert in my head, and it took me a while to realize that I was reading.I didn t like the characters Amelia was boring, but that s probably mostly because she doesn t remember anything from when she was alive Yet in one scene she was able to find the order of a differential equation But yeah, she wasn t TSTL or anything, she was just plain and boring Joshua, the love interest, was eh The romance between them was mediocre insta love, but I expected no less.The villain, Eli, is like your typical YA villain Dark, smoldering, cocky, all that crap He was way too Disney Villain for my taste Like the kind of villain who would go MUAHAHAHAHA all the time I had no idea what this guy s motivation was He says he wants Amelia to be all his because her eyes are similar to the eyes of a girl he once loved.Yeah Seems legit.Not much really happens in this book I ll admit there were some parts I liked, but mostly this book just bored me to tears Especially during scenes where all Amelia and Joshua do is make out Ugh.Oh, and instead of the infamous electric current touches, in this book they feel fire when they touch Flame.Well anyways, yeah, overall this book was just boring and generic, albeit there were tiny bits that I liked, enough to give it one and a half stars If you re looking for a good YA ghost story, this wouldn t be one of my recommendations.