Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Review: Hereafter by Tara Hudson

I was lucky enough to get to meet this author and get her autograph on this book at the 2013 Romantic Times Convention in Kansas City.  I guess I didn't have my picture taken with her unfortunately.  I did enjoy the book, although it didn't blow me away.  It was good enough that I will read on at some point, when I have time.

Amelia is the main character, and she is a ghost.  At her birthday party years ago, she fell off the bridge somehow and drowned.  Since then she's not been able to communicate with anyone, although there is this one handsome, yet probably evil boy that she sees around.  And at the beginning, she tries to save a boy that goes into the water in his car.  She's able to save him, probably because he does die, but then comes back to life.  And when he dies, he sees her.  And from then on he can see her.  Something strange happens, he can see her, and hear her, and they can even touch each other.  But it seems his family, well especially his grandmother, are Seers.  And they feel their job is to get rid of all spirits, as they think anyone left after death must be evil.  So even though Joshua really seems to like and trust Amelia, they must sneak around his grandmother who with her friends, is trying to exorcise her.  But that's not the only problem.  The handsome, but evil boy, Eli, wants Amelia to be his assistant.  To help him gather the ghosts of people who die to serve some other evil entities. 

Joshua will help Amelia to see when she died, and help her find her family.  Eli will show her the haunting events that led up to her death, and that he had a part in it.  In the end she must figure out if it is worth going with Eli to save Joshua from him and to get away from his grandmother, or if what she has with Joshua could be real, enough to be worth trying for.

A good romance, and an interesting look at the after life.  I'll be interested to see where the author takes the story next.  I know many of you have probably already read the whole series, but I'm just getting around to it.

22 comments:

  1. I was at the RT convention in KC as well and met Tara. I've read the first two books in this series, but I still have the final book in my TBR pile. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series!!

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    1. We probably passed each other by at some point then! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

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  2. That's awesome that you met Tara, I wanted to go to RT back in 2012 but my wallet said NO. Haha.

    I thought this one was interesting too but nothing special. Let me know how you like the sequels :)

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

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    1. That's how my wallet was about BEA in 2013. And then it will be the same for 2015. I have to start saving for ALA in 2016 when it is in Orlando! I'd agree that it wasn't anything that special, but not a bad little read. Glad you stopped by!

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  3. +JMJ+

    I'm usually not a big fan of love triangles. When there's a good reason for a girl to be with either guy, she seems like an opportunist weighing her options. But your review makes it sound as if Amelia has a good reason not to be with either guy, which could be an interesting twist.

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    1. Yeah, I agree with that. But in this case it's not a love triangle really. Even though there are two guys. One of them doesn't love her, and she in no way loves him. So it is okay if that is something you don't like, it won't annoy you. :-)

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  4. Good review. It is a good book for halloween. I still need to read the rest of this series.

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    1. Definitely a good "ghostly" read. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I almost read this book, but my book... err, good review, btw. Short but talk much.

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  6. This book certainly sounds different, especially when the main character is a ghost. I haven't heard of a book like that before and it must add a spin of something different on to the romance. Great review :)

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    1. It was a new read for me as well. It was interesting to have a romance like this. Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Your review really made me want to give it a read. The way you detailed events, makes you want more. I enjoy a review that gives you information on the book with out telling the whole story.Your review I really will have to put this on my tbr list.

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    1. Glad you like the way I review, I try to do it like I would tell a friend, or maybe tell a student in a book talk in the library where I work. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I loved this book, and its sequel. I haven't gotten to the third book in the trilogy yet, but I've heard good things. I love the ghostly element to the series. You should definitely give the next books a try; I'd be interested to hear what you think. :)

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    1. Glad to hear a recommendation for the next books. I'll have to read on someday! Glad you stopped by!

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  9. I've been honored to meet some authors and ended up walking out with a bunch of wonderful signed books. Great that you got to meet Tara!
    I'm wanting to read this book. The hauntingly beautiful cover art calls to me:) And I'm curious what part Eli played in Amelia's death. I'm intrigued now:)

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    1. It is so neat to meet authors, they are my rock stars! Hope you get a chance to read it soon. Eli was a very intriguing character, although never was I thinking he could be a love interest for Amelia, so that was good.

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  10. I need to get a new copy of this mine is signed I don't like reading my signed copies in case they get dropped.
    Creepy old people and creppy kids is a way to get me to read this has creepy old people I have to read it now!

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    1. A lot of time my signed copies are books I've already read, so I don't have to worry about that. Thanks for visiting!

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  11. Thanks for this review. I've been interested in this one for a while, but not totally sure. I worry that at the end she's have to "move on" and that would be such a let-down after three books. But your description of the plot has me intrigued again.

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    1. It's possible at the end of three books that it might happen, but since I'm not there yet, I don't know. Will have to see what happens. Thanks for stopping by!

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