Arise Review

arise-200Author: Tara Hudson
Series: Hereafter
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Published: June 5, 2012
Retail Price: $17.99
Received: Gifted
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis

New Orleans
Saint Louis
Number One Cemetery
A night there can change a life . . . or a death.

Increasingly worried that dark spirits will carry out their threats and hurt the people she cares for most, Amelia is ready to try anything to protect them. And for his own very different reasons, Joshua has come to this cemetery at midnight to join her in a powerful ritual.

Both know that once Amelia steps inside the Voodoo circle and the beautiful girl from the Conjure CafÉ begins the ceremony, everything will change.

Tara Hudson’s enthralling sequel to Hereafter escalates the danger and excitement, bringing a new dimension to her already mesmerizing story of a haunted love. (Goodreads)

Review

This was a great continuation to a series. This second book really lived up to my expectations of it. But that does mean, if you haven’t read the first book and you don’t want spoilers, you probably shouldn’t read this review. Just a warning!

Continuing what I started saying, this was actually a really good continuation of the Hereafter trilogy. A lot of things were answered from the first book and a lot of new problems came up that now I can’t wait to read the third and final book to see how the rest plays out.

Although the writing was very descriptive, it didn’t really sell me throughout the whole book. I’m not a person to skip scenes are through parts of the book but I found myself zoning out and skipping whole paragraphs because I was bored when there wasn’t action or something new to learn. But the descriptions were very beautiful but some had me lost because it seemed like sometimes things shifted and got really confusing during scenes of action maybe because movement wasn’t described.

There was no character development which was kind of disappointing for me. I love seeing character’s grow throughout a situation. But in all honesty the characters had no room to grow being that this only took place in about 2 weeks. Amelia had the smallest transformation being that she finally went through with her plan but everything came back full circle and almost worked out like the first book (I hope that isn’t a spoiler).

The ending was quite entertaining. I almost wish Tara left us with more of a cliffhanger so that we could be even more excited for the last book. But what we were given was nice and had plenty of action and open questions to enjoy and leave looking forward to the next book.

The pacing was very decent but could almost seem dragged out because a lot of the scenes were long with lots of stuff thrown into them. A bit understandable because the last 25% of the book was set all in one day making the pacing decent for that time period.

Action was brilliant! But at sometimes confusing. It caught me in but some details were missed and I was occasionally confused as to what certain characters had done. But it was a large portion of the good parts of the book that I almost had to enjoy it to understand and get through the majority of the novel.

My favorite thing about this novel was the fact that it was not at all predictable. All the twists and turns that the authors gives us leaves no room for predictability. I made a bunch of guesses and none of them came true! Tara gives you a lot of curve balls that make the overall novel enjoyable to read because everything surprises you and keeps you hooked.

Spoiler(s)

You can’t really trust anybody in this book to be honest. We didn’t know if we could trust Gaby or not until the last 30 pages. We thought we could trust Alex but he betrayed us in the end. We thought we couldn’t trust Jillian but she actually just didn’t know what she got herself into. We thought Annabel was sketchy for a little bit and she didn’t know what she was doing either. Ugh, it was a bunch of twist and turns that were so confusing making the story unpredictable.

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