Hereafter by Tara Hudson: a review

Posted 11 June, 2011 by Danny in / 4 Comments

Book 1
by Tara Hudson (blog, twitter)
Published June 7th 2011
e-book copy received from NetGalley via HarperTeen
synopsis from goodreads

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.

cutie and Danny’s thought’s of Hereafter…
2 Bookworms in
 agreement with each other! 

a cutie description: Amelia is a ghost. She is sleepwalking through her afterlife. She can’t remember how she died. She doesn’t know how long she’s been aimlessly wandering. And she doesn’t understand why she has recurring “nightmares.” That is until she saves a young man from drowning and suddenly wakes up. Now she’s trying to piece together the puzzle that is her hereafter.


cutie thoughts: Back in the day before reading this novel (you know that long ago time known as April of 2011), I had looked at the reviews and seen that there was definitely a dividing line: Those who loved it and those who were underwhelmed by it or flat out hated the novel. So I wasn’t sure what to expect.
Danny thoughts: I went into this story totally unbalanced. Normally I always check out earlier reviews, but as soon as I saw Hereafter I knew I had to read it. Seriously, the cover is just awesome!! You get right away what to expect, a hunting ghost story!

Unique, dark and fresh world building.. 

cutie thoughts: When reading a book I try to keep an open mind, with no expectations save one: I expect the author to make their fiction believable. Truth be told, I don’t care if it’s realistic or cliche. I just want to be sold on the bill of goods the author is trying to pass off as “their reality.” And I have to say, Ms. Hudson did do that for me with Hereafter. I believed that Amelia was a ghost who had lost all her memories and had no idea what was going on. I believed that she felt an instant, magical connection with Joshua. And I believed that Eli was up to no good and workin’ for a greater evil. All these things I believed and then some. In my book, that makes for a good story. The best story? No. But a good story that sucked me in? Yep.
Danny thoughts: Cutie my friend you are right per usual… The world Mrs Hudson created in Hereafter is different and very unique! I love when an author creates a world that is so unique and so full of special imagination…. The world building in Hereafter was fantastic! It was however very dark, which I like. No happy Ghost live, nope. On the contrary! I have to admit though, that I didn’t get the whole concept and I was slightly confused once in a while. But, this just makes me want to read the next one too..

We love Joshua… 

cutie thoughts: I loved the setting. Oklahoma has always been somewhere I’ve long to visit. I connected with Amelia’s heartache and her need to wake up and live. I adored the sweetness and strength of Joshua, who accepted Amelia for who she was and believed in her, but had a bit of an edge to him .  
Danny thoughts:  Isn’t that kid cute? I loved him instantly!! He’s sweet without lacking strength and determination!

Supernatural elements and wonderful dialogue.. 

cutie thoughts: And I liked the supernatural element in this novel. I felt it was a fresh take on an old standard. I enjoyed Ms. Hudson’s writing. I really enjoyed the dialogue between her characters. And I like the set up for the sequel to come, while this novel answered a few important questions (who Amelia is and a little about the mechanics of ghost) there are still many questions left to be answered. And I am interested in getting those answers.
Danny thoughts:  Oh yes!!! More, please! As I said earlier I think the world and concept of the ghosts and the afterlife confused me a little, but I think it’s a good set up for the sequal, which I’m most definitely going to read!

Bottom Line

We both  enjoyed this novel and give it a solid 3 with a 1/2 for giving the tingles when Amelia and Joshua kissed. The to the end. We definitely want more!

Much love, 
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4 Responses to “Hereafter by Tara Hudson: a review”

  1. hrose2931

    Cutie and Danny-
    Great honest review! I have this one and can't wait to get into it. I'm reading something else right now but plan to start it this week. I'm with you Danny, I can't pass up a book with a cover like that. I'll let you know what I think in a few weeks! But I always go in with an open mind. I'm not expecting great literature. I just want to be entertained.

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  2. Denise Z

    I still want to read this because it sounds so different and of course I just cannot resist the cover, I have been taken in for sure. Thank you for sharing today.

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