Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Review: Arise by Tara Hudson

(Hereafter #2)
by Tara Hudson

Publication Date: June 5th, 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 407
ISBN: 9780062026798

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Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life...a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her. (Goodreads)
Last year, I read and fell in love with Hereafter. I was SO very excited to get my hands on a copy of Arise. I couldn’t wait to get back into the story with some of my favorite characters. (Joshua!)

Arise picks up not long after Hereafter leaves off.  Amelia and Joshua are desperately searching for a way to stop the nightmares that keep tormenting Amelia. While visiting some of Joshua’s family in New Orleans, they hope that they can find answers as to why these nightmares keep happening. But they could just get more than they bargained for.

Joshua and Amelia are still one of my most favorite couples, ever! They are so sweet together, and Joshua definitely swoon-worthy. I always find myself rooting for them, hoping they can find a way to stay together. At one point in the book, my heart literally breaks for Joshua. It was a very emotional moment.  I loved it. We also get to meet some new characters in Arise, a few of which I really loved, especially Amelia’s new friend, Gaby. She was such a welcome addition to the story!

As in the previous book, I loved the storyline for Arise. It definitely kept me engrossed while reading the book; I HAD to know what was going to happen next. The setting for the book was very well described. I’ve always wanted to visit New Orleans, it sounds amazing! The end of the book came together nicely, even if there was a bit of a cliffhanger ending. I still felt that I had closure for this book.  I am hoping we get to see another book in this series soon!

I also want to mention that the book covers for this series are extremely gorgeous, and they are some of my favorites of all time. SO gorgeous!

Overall, I loved reading this book! It was an excellent follow up to Hereafter. I can’t wait for my finished copy to arrive in the mail so I can read it again!

Happy Reading!

Books in this series:

Hereafter | Arise


  1. I'm really glad that you enjoyed Arise! I can't wait to get my hands on this. LOved the plot and characters of Hereafter. Great review!

  2. I cannot wait to read Arise and I just love staring at that cover. Can't wait to have it in my hands! Great review :)

  3. Oh, I'm sooo glad you enjoyed this one, my dear. I really liked HEREAFTER, too, and definitely need to get to my eARC of ARISE soon - can't wait to find out whether I'll like it as much as the first book. :)

  4. I haven't read Hereafter yet (got it on my TBR) but I love the sound of this series! Arise sounds like a fab sequel, glad you enjoyed it! Can't wait to start these books - thanks for the review! :)

  5. I haven't read Hereafter yet (naughty me!) but I'm loving the sound of Joshua and Amelia. They sound all kinds of adorable and I just can't wait to meet them!! Great review :)

    Lisa | Read Me Bookmark Me Love Me

  6. I was so surprised by Hereafter which convinced me that I do like ghost stories so I can't wait to read the next set of adventures for Amelia and Joshua!

  7. OH wow! How cool. I read HearAfter last summer. Where did you get a review copy for this one? Is it up on NG?


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