Hereafter (Hereafter #1) – Tara Hudson

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9256414Can 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.

Hereafter is one of the strangest books that I have ever read, because I loved it at first and the next thing I knew, I couldn’t wait for it to be over. It’s about this girl named Amelia who is…well…dead. She knows she’s dead. She accepts it. But the thing is….she doesn’t know how or when she died. All of that starts to change when she meets Joshua (a boy who almost died in the exact same spot that she did) and she starts to receive visions about her past life.

The beginning of this book…I’m talking the first few chapters…were amazing. Maybe this was because it was seven in the morning, and I was barely awake. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I tend to love books when I’m tired, and then when I wake up I’m like WTF was I thinking? This is horrible. That’s pretty much what happened here. I loved it…I couldn’t get enough of it. I read for probably 2-3 hours before I just had to go back to sleep for a little bit. When I woke back up, I was so excited to continue this book…and what did I find? I didn’t like it one bit. I’m actually a little surprised that I finished this book. Normally when I don’t like a book….I stop immediately. I do not force myself to read anything that I don’t like, and I’m beyond shocked that I continued this. Maybe it’s because I did love the first few chapters? Maybe I thought that I was at some point going to fall back in love with it? I don’t know. But I was not impressed.

My biggest issue with Hereafter was that I hated both Amelia and Josh. No…let me rephrase…I couldn’t stand a single character in this book. Not a one. I disliked them all. Amelia was whiny and clingy. Hell, could she have latched herself any tighter to Joshua? And Josh? He just put up with it. He even liked it. I can’t stand girls like that in real life. I mean…come on. You’re your own damn person…act like it. I get that you might have a crush on a guy…and that’s fine! But act like a normal human being while you’re at it. Not to mention that the next thing I knew, Amelia and Joshua were proclaiming their love for each other like 100 pages into the damn book. SHE’S DEAD! I mean seriously, Josh? DEAD. What part of that did you not get? You can’t DO anything with her! You can’t introduce her to your family! Why don’t you go take the poor dead girl back to her river and go find someone living. There are plenty of fish in the sea. I’m sure you can do it [= Be a big boy now.

My second issue with this book was that the plot was ridiculous. Living boy falls in love with dead girl? See complaint above. I haven’t read the rest of the series, and I honestly have no intention to, but I would not be shocked if Hudson found a way for Amelia to live again and they both live happily ever after. PLEASE! If that is what happens in the series, then I’m so glad that I’m not going to finish it. I like paranormal. I like dystopian. I LIKE to read about stuff that’s out of the norm. What I DO NOT like to read about is stuff that is so far fetched there’s no possibly way that it could happen. That? Yea, that’s this book.

I don’t know what else to say besides the fact that this book was not for me. I’ve been encouraged to finish the series, but I’m sorry…I can’t put myself through that. The thought of continuing this series gives me a headache. I’m sure that there are going to be readers out there who love this book. I can even see why! The writing itself is good! The concept…bad.  It sucks, too, because I got this one for a luxury read.

 

Pages: 404

Publication Date: June 7th 2011

Publisher: Harper

Source: Library

Rating: [rating: 1]

 

Teaser Quote: “I play DJ, and you tell me what you like.”
“Got it,” I said with a firm nod, fighting little jitters of excitement.
“And who knows? Maybe something will be familiar. As long as it’s not death metal, I think we can rule you out as a potential Satan worshiper.”