Arise (Hereafter Trilogy Series #2)

Arise (Hereafter Trilogy Series #2)

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by Tara Hudson

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In Arise, the mesmerizing, romantic sequel to YA paranormal novel Hereafter, Tara Hudson takes the story of Amanda, a ghost girl adrift between the worlds of the living and the dead to New Orleans. Amanda has found love with Joshua, a human boy. But as powerful as their love is, it may not be strong enough to break the barrier between life and

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In Arise, the mesmerizing, romantic sequel to YA paranormal novel Hereafter, Tara Hudson takes the story of Amanda, a ghost girl adrift between the worlds of the living and the dead to New Orleans. Amanda has found love with Joshua, a human boy. But as powerful as their love is, it may not be strong enough to break the barrier between life and death.
Evil spirits have been threatening Amanda. She is terrified they will hurt those she cares about, especially Joshua. When Gabrielle, a beautiful girl Amanda meets at the Conjure Café in New Orleans, offers Amanda the possibility of a different life, Amanda agrees to meet her in at the St. Louis Number One Cemetery at midnight. There, Amanda finds a Voodoo circle. Once she steps inside, everything will change.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jessica Miller
Upon vanquishing an evil spirit (Hereafter [HarperCollins, 2011/VOYA August 2011]), Amelia hoped that she would finally find peace in her afterlife and her new romance with the Seer, Joshua. Nightmares and a chilling confrontation crush these hopes, and as Joshua's family heads to New Orleans for the holidays, Amelia tags along, trying to put some distance between herself and the demons of her hometown. The change of venue almost becomes disastrous, as not only do Joshua and Amelia discover that most of the younger Mayhew cousins now have the ability to interact with ghosts, but Amelia also gains a sort of half-life through a voodoo ritual, and her appeal to the demons only grows. Amelia discovers that someone in the family is working as intermediary, offering her to the demons, and unless she can reveal the betrayer, she might lose what life she still has and her love forever. With a lush and vibrant new setting, Amelia's continued struggle to find some sort of normal life and love once again draws readers into a world of danger and romance. Fans of the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Little, Brown) will find a similarly haunting, atmospheric feel in the tortured romance of the Hereafter series. Paranormal romance readers looking for a series with excellent world building and continued character development will be pleased with the second installment in Amelia's story. This is a recommended addition to high school and public library collections with discerning paranormal romance fans. Reviewer: Jessica Miller
Kirkus Reviews
This sequel to Hereafter (2011) finds Amelia still dead but not loving it. Touching Joshua Mayhew remains a thrill, but whenever things heat up, Amelia tends to de-materialize, which definitely puts a crimp in their romance. After Eli warns that she and those she loves are attracting interest from demons, Amelia realizes that to keep Joshua safe, she'll have to leave him. She puts it off, though, hoping she can shake the demons by joining the Mayhew Christmas trip to New Orleans, where the Louisiana Mayhew teens have a surprise for her--they're seers. All can hear Amelia; a few, like charismatic Alex, can see her. She's also visible to ghosts caught between life and death and to Gabrielle, a Voodoo priestess who might be able to solidify Amelia. Again, Hudson earns a spot in the paranormal-romance front ranks, compensating for occasionally clunky prose with a fast-unfolding plot and intriguing characters. Leaving small-town Oklahoma for New Orleans might be a bad move for Amelia, but it's great for readers. Rendered in fiction, this atmospheric city invariably becomes a spooky character in its own right (maybe it's time to demand royalties). Amelia herself feels more vivid this time around, perhaps because her heightened visibility permits more interaction with other characters. A creditable second act; genre fans won't be disappointed. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Hereafter Trilogy Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Arise 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hereafter was wonderful. I cannot wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The summary says her name is Amanda. Her name is Amelia. Whoever wrote this summary cleary wasn't reading carefully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved #1 and hop this one stacks up.
Fantastic_Book More than 1 year ago
In this installment, Amelia struggles with her decision to move on which would allow Joshua to fully live his life. As if that wasn’t enough for her to deal with, her connection to the living has presented a new threat that could have deadly consequences for the ones she loves. ARISE opened the door to endless possibilities – one of which asked the question if Amelia would be able to keep the ones she loved safe by giving up everything? Readers are introduced to new characters in this installment and a new venue. I think New Orleans was the perfect place to set the stage for Amelia’s search for answers and the impending danger surrounding the evil spirits whom want to claim her. Hudson’s writing, whether it was dealing with Amelia’s emotions or describing New Orleans, had me fully invested in the outcome of Amelia’s and Joshua’s relationship. This series has plenty of twists and I wonder what Hudson will do in the next installment to top this one. If you are a fan of ghostly reads not to mention star-crossed lovers, then I highly recommend this series. It’s hauntingly beautiful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So I was intrigued from the get go reading Hereafter. I wanted to know more and I wasn't disappointed. This book is full of twists and turns. Amelia's relationships strengthen and new friends come into the picture. They go to New Orleans which of course brings adventure. They're in a ghost town for pete's sake. The ending was great and I can't wait for the next one.
SammisSweets More than 1 year ago
A great sequal to Hereafter. Tara Hudson's writing ability continues to shine with her introduction to new and rich characters while building and strengthening the main characters. The additional characters really enriched the story. Also, just like the first book, her attention to imagery is awesome. Do you stay with the boy you love or do you let him go? This is the question that plagues Amelia for most of Arise. How does a relationship between a ghost and living boy work especially when the ghost and everyone she loves is being threatened by "demons"? She cannot even stop herself from dissapearing when she kisses Joshua. Most of this story takes place when the Matthews go to visit extended family in New Orleans for the Christmas holiday. Here they face many surprises that they didn't expect with this unique family- a teenage coven of uniniated seers who can hear Amelia. She gets introduced to young Voodoo girl Gabrielle (my fav new character) whom can make the impossible "possible?" Can she trust this impulsive beautiful girl? Overall this was a great book, though I did not enjoy it as much as the first. I wanted to seeing more of Amelia's mother and Eli, but they do not have much relavance in this book. Plus, I always seem to enjoy the first sparks of love more than the work in-between. I look forward to the final book in this triliogy and am excited to see how Amelia and Joshua's story ends.
Dazzlamb More than 1 year ago
Amelia and Joshua aren't safe yet, quite the opposite. Dark spirits are coming for them and Amelia is willing to do everything in her power to keep the people she loves out of the danger zone. A cemetery at night, voodoo rituals and further ghostly additions to the HEREAFTER series cast ensure that ARISE is an even spookier read than Tara Hudson's debut. Considering its history, New Orleans is always a city that goes well with YA ghost sightings and paranormal phenomenons, especially during Christmas time. Tara Hudson plays with the elements of visibility and invisibility, dream world versus reality, incorporeality and materialization. Amelia's story has always had a kind of wistful feel to it. In ARISE she might even have to sacrifice her own happiness in order to protect Joshua. Amelia and Joshua's relationship has its highs and lows in ARISE. Hot make-out sessions contrast with secrets and the distance put between the two lovers by vile demons. Their love has to withstand a hard endurance test. Can't we just ditch the demons of the netherworld that are threatening her existence and give them time to search for a cure, a way to bring Amelia back to the living? 4/5 **** ARISE - One of the breeziest, gentlest yet atmospheric and eerie ghost stories I have read so far. Joshua and Amelia are visiting the Mayhew family in New Orleans for Christmas, my favourite season of the year, adding an extra portion of conflicts and emotions to their story. This is as much a story for YA contemporary readers as fans of the paranormal and stories shrouded in mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldjnt put it down now ready to get hereafter <3 love it bestbook ever
girlandhernook More than 1 year ago
Originally posted at Nose in a Book. This book picks up very much where the first one leaves off. Amelia is still a ghost, she is still in love with Joshua, and she is still fighting the world for trying to keep her and Joshua separated. While on a family trip to New Orleans, Joshua and Amelia try to find answers about Amelia's dreams/nightmares/life. This is where Hudson's writing is brilliant. The storyline becomes more original, it becomes even more suspenseful than the first book in the series ever was. In New Orleans they are led to Gabriella (Gaby), who is supposed to help Amelia and Joshua. Ah, yes, that key phrase `supposed to help.' Gaby ends up leaving Amelia and Joshua with far more questions than answers and the event comes down to one thing: does Amelia stay by Joshua (her love) or does she leave for his safety? I promise you, this book isn't as New Moon as it sounds. I promise. I feel bad for Joshua throughout this book because he really loves Amelia, he wants their relationship to work. Of course Amelia is thinking of Joshua growing up, wanting a family of his own and she can't help him do that. Because they are teenagers in a brand new relationship they don't talk, they both do what they think is best for the relationship. Even if the reader can see how horrible both sides are being (which they often are) but Joshua really wants what is best for Amelia, and Amelia really wants what's best for Joshua. Another highly recommended part of this book is that it doesn't end on a cliffhanger and doesn't have a love triangle. Yes, a YA series that doesn't have a cliffhanger or a love triangle! It does exist! This was a much better book than I was expecting. I reviewed the first book in the series here, and while the first book was good it was nothing amazing. Arise, however is completely different, it is a solid, strong, second book in the series. I again repeat, Arise is not a New Moon type of book where it is pure filler and you don't know why you are reading it. If anything I'd only read the first one to get to this book. Hudson's writing is strong, her world building is as solid as it can be, I can't recommend this book enough.
melanysg More than 1 year ago
In Arise (the sequel to the Hereafter trilogy) the main character Amelia is still struggling with the thought of getting into the netherworld by going back to the mysterious High Bridge. After Amelia encounters Eli, she is forewarned that she may be endangering the ones she loves. Amelia has to face the difficulty of leaving the Mayhew Family or staying and facing consequences. New conflicts arise when the Mayhew Family goes to New Orleans for the Christmas holiday.  This 240-page book has many twists that will make your curiosity more intense. What stands out in Arise is how Tara Hudson introduces new characters that are connected to the same storyline that was offered in Hereafter. What I think is most important about the story is how Amelia and Joshua&rsquo;s relationship are really tested by the supernatural forces that are drawn to her.I would recommend this book to any reader that is interested in the genre of the supernatural with a bit of romance involved because of the main conflict of Amelia-- who is a ghost &ndash; and falls in love with a living boy who is the only person she is able to touch. I would not recommend this book to the people who like action more than romance because as there is a bit of action scenes in the book, there are not as great as exquisite as you would like.Arise is an overall great read that will catch your attention and will not leave you disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once you pick it you wont be able to put it down, even after you've finished the book.
Taureanangel More than 1 year ago
Nice follow up to the first book. I enjoyed the mysterious relationship Amelia had. Some of the pieces touched on in the the story were skipped over at the end so there was some closure missing on the end... maybe another book??
rachelnaddeo More than 1 year ago
Arise was a worthy sequel to Hereafter, every bit as unputdownable as the first one. Hudson really had an original idea with this series and it's always good to know that the author won't fall into the ordinary with the next novels. Arise had everything one looks for in a novel and I'm sure the next one will be just completely amazing. The Plot: Arise begins right where Hereafter left off. I loved the concept of voodoo and that Amelia became half-alive. Furthermore I think that Hudson writes with the right amount of everything: romance, action and sad moments. There were many twists and turns that were, though predictable, really enjoyable. I never thought I would enjoy a ghost story so much! When I finished this novel, I was sure of one thing: Arise was completely enthralling. The Characters: Amelia still is this careful but brave person. She cares for everyone and tries to do the right thing, always, even if it would hurt her. I like her very much, and I liked her even more after she met Gabrielle. I think Gaby gave Amelia a new edge. The new characters were all really easy to welcome and I hope we will read more about them in the next and final installment. And we can't forget Joshua, the totally swoon-worthy and sweet love interest. He cares a lot about Amelia and their relationship seems to get more mature. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. I wasn't expecting it to be this good and I certainly wasn't expecting the voodoo aspects and the awesomeness of the new characters. I hope that Hudson will keep this up and that the third novel will be just as great as this one. If you haven't read Hereafter yet, you certainly should!
Holly_Jeannine More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book as much as Hereafter! Tara Hudson is an amazing author and I can't wait for Elegy to come out next summer!
sand7s More than 1 year ago
Very great story line. enjoyed it and would recommend!
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