Review: Hereafter by Tara Hudson

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

  Series: Hereafter #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 2011
Source: Library
Reviewed by: Amber R.

This book was so different than anything I've ever read. It was one of my first ghost stories and while some of it I found really confusing, it was mostly a really good book.

Amelia is a ghost who has recently come out of long time "fog". She doesn't remember anything about her life before she died and she doesn't really remember how she died or what she's been doing since, really. But something happens and a boy almost dies. While she can't do much, she did everything she could to try to help him. For some reason she felt drawn to him and it turns out he's drawn to her as well because he can see her.

Joshua is actually a Seer as it happens. Which we don't find out right away. Amelia and him have a few meetings where she convinces him she's a ghost, he doesn't quite believe her at first. Who could blame him though? He's fully convinced when he takes Amelia out in public and no one else can see her. Well no one besides his grandma Ruth, who is also a Seer and who is convinced that Amelia is evil and that she needs to be exorcised. Since Joshua has the hots for Amelia and vice versa they're both pretty against this idea. Also he's helping her try to remember who she was and who she is now that she's a ghost. Plus they have another ghost who is evil and who probably does need to be exorcised to deal with.

All in all I think this book was pretty good. I have to admit while we were going through and unfolding the story, it was pretty confusing. I haven't been able to pinpoint why it was confusing for me though. I really just think that the story wasn't really concise and it was pretty vague in most parts. So while you knew what was happening, you really didn't. The story was really different from most books and I was really interested in seeing where the development went. I'm definitely going to go on in this series, I really want to see what happens next to these two.

If you want to read Amber I's review from way back when you can check it out here.


  1. This was the first novel where Insta-Love was defined for me. I liked it but I wasn't over the moon about it. It was a fast read though



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