Hereafter Review

Author: Tara Hudson
Series: Hereafter
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Published: July 7, 2011
Retail Price: $8.99
Received: Given
Rating: 4/5



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. (Goodreads)



An odd romance between a dead girl, and a living boy. Although the aspect of it was very weird and awkward, I still liked Joshua and Amelia’s romance. Quick note that I always like to mention for those who are aren’t fans of it; there is a case of insta-love. Which makes it even more unlikely yet somehow cute ?

So many things to be found out, Hereafter follows Amelia and Joshua’s adventure to find out what Amelia’s life was like before she died. I liked this adventure that Joshua and Amelia went through. My heart was yearning to know everything about Amelia’s life as slow hints were being dropped off at us.

This brings me to the point of pacing. I liked the pace of this book although I feel like it could have been played off quicker. Nothing is so easily thrown at us for the sake of continuing the story. Everything we learn has an obstacle to it and some sort of length before we find out what it is.

An original plot line. Why? Its set in Oklahoma! Which is where I’m from. When I got this from my librarians, they told me that the author went to and graduated from the university I live near and has even been to our library. So having the story be set in places that I know where they are is so refreshing, I didn’t have to imagine much of anything to be honest! That was a personal favorite from the story of mine.



Eli is so annoying, oh my god. I’m glad he got swooped up with the leader people of the underworld. What right did he think he had claiming women as his own???? I’ve never seen so much disrespect from a man to women! Killing somebody because you think they’re beautiful? Disgusting!

Favorite Quote(s)

“The shelves were literally overflowing. They were lined with rows upon rows of books, then books stacked on top of the rows, then more books in front of the rows” (230).

“Stacks of books, rising from the ground to almost wait height and running along every free inch of the tiny room” (190).



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