Saturday, July 21, 2012

Review: Arise by Tara Hudson

Arise (Hereafter #2) by Tara Hudson
Hardcover, 404 pages
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Published by: HarperTeen

Description (from Goodreads):
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.

Hereafter wasn't my favorite book, but I liked it enough to want to read Arise

One of the reasons I wanted to read the book was because I was curious as to what would happen to Amelia, she sticks out as a character, she is a ghost-like being, and that is pretty intriguing. I also wanted to know why everything was happening to her and exactly what would happen to her and Joshua. 

Joshua is a nice guy and with his midnight blue eyes and boyish smile, he is definitely swoon-worthy. He is good to Amelia and I like him. His family is also quite interesting since they are seers, which means they can hear or see dead people. 

Gaby was a very interesting character, she is like Amelia, but has found a way to live a half-life. She was just fun and seemed like she was so full of life, even though she was dead. I loved her. I was also very curious to see what the half-life thing was all about and exactly what this meant for Josh and Amelia's relationship.

Overall, Arise was an exciting, romantic read!

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