Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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. 

This book covered  many different levels of cute and sweet but it had nothing powerful or moving too it, honestly. There were a couple scenes where you go "aww" over little pecks on a cheek, or when you praise Josh for not giving up on the dead girl, but it's all stereotypical, soapy wishy-wash romance. The only times when i wasn't dozing off on my reading couch was the action parts. This ghost girl may have a sugar-coated romance but she sure does have one heck of a mysterious past. And it can get pretty fascinating. I also think that this story has to many antagonists; i hate it when books with potential like this one has too many antagonists. Readers get so confused and exhausted trying to keep everything straight.
One last criticism I have (and I know I'm hard on books)  is there isn't a very large gap between the ghost world and the human world. This ghost girl pretty much turns from a ghost to a less alive human. She thinks, and loves, and feels, and does everything humans do. I feel as if the author forgot her character was dead. And the guy, Josh, just excepts it. He's just like "Hey, let me go hang out with my dead girlfriend and talk about having semi-living children." Honey, She Is Dead." You can't reverse anything like that no matter how much you want too.
So if you enjoy wishy-washy romances and flexible-like-spaghetti plot lines (Like Twilight), sink your teeth into this one and enjoy.  Plot: 3/5 stars   Cover: 4.75/5 stars    -Katie

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