Hereafter By: Tara Hudson

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.

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Amelia is a ghost who barely knows anything about herself. She saves Joshua from drowning at the very river she died at. Somehow, Joshua can see Amelia and with that, he tries to help Amelia find more about her life. As Amelia and Joshua grow closer, a man named Eli tries to keep Amelia away from Joshua.

Hereafter has been in my to read list in a very long time, when I finally bought it I was really exited. But, this book was just about 95% too predictable for me. I saw everything coming a mile away. I’ve been looking for that one book perfect enough to get to my favorites shelf, but I’m sorry to say that the book isn’t this one. I had so many issues with this book, but the things that ticked me off the most was the heroine and, as I said before, the too predictable story line.

First off, Amelia is just so lost and makes the stupidest decisions without Joshua. She had her shining moments, but if you’re looking for a book with a self-dependant heroine, it’s not this one. I also think that I could enjoy the world of the ghost’s more. Amelia spends most of her time in the human world with Joshua that I barely get to know Hereafter. I also think that the lack of characters made this book uninteresting for me. I mean, I can literally count the characters in this book with my two hands. That’s how you know you need to expand on the characters Amelia meets.

If you guys don’t already know, I just hate those books that are just so predictable. Who doesn’t? I mean, we all love books that keep us at the edge of our seats, biting our nails keeping us wondering what’s going to happen next. This book is not it. I’m not sure if I’ve been reading too much (very unlikely), or the book just that predictable. I know that I’m probably being repetitive now, but that’s exactly how the book was for me.

The romantic aspect of the book wasn’t all that bad, but at also didn’t “wow” me. There was one thing I liked about the book. Eli. Yep. I know people would probably go against me right now because he’s basically the bad guy and try to tell me that Joshua is a much better choice, but honestly? He was the one thing that kept me interested in the book. I’m not sure why, but I found myself looking forward to the parts he came. Maybe because he;s just so creepy sometimes, and it being a ghost book I expected more ‘creepy’.

Overall, this book was just… disappointing… But I honestly would like the read the next book Arise just because I want to know more about what will happen. The ending wasn’t that bad and I really want to find out more about Hereafter and the new characters introduced towards the ending of the book.

-Caryl

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