Elegy (Hereafter Trilogy Series #3)

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A stalker ghost, misguided Seers, and spellbinding wraiths in the French Quarter of New Orleans? Amelia Ashley has faced them all.

Now she's back in Oklahoma, and all she wants to do is spend the rest of her afterlife with her living boyfriend, Joshua Mayhew. But the demonic forces return to give her an ultimatum: turn herself over to the darkness or watch them murder one living person per week until she does.

As the body count rises,...

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Overview

A stalker ghost, misguided Seers, and spellbinding wraiths in the French Quarter of New Orleans— Amelia Ashley has faced them all.

Now she's back in Oklahoma, and all she wants to do is spend the rest of her afterlife with her living boyfriend, Joshua Mayhew. But the demonic forces return to give her an ultimatum: turn herself over to the darkness or watch them murder one living person per week until she does.

As the body count rises, Amelia thinks she might really be doomed, until the forces of light give her another option. She can join them in their quest to gather souls, with a catch: Once she joins them, she can no longer save the people she's lost to the darkness . . . and she can never see Joshua again.

Faced with impossible choices, Amelia decides to take her afterlife into her own hands . . . and fight back.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Katie Mitchell
Although she has been the target of an exorcism and once forged a friendship with a Voodoo priestess with the potential to make her whole again, long-dead Amelia is still a ghost. And now her relationship with Joshua has hit another snag, as they can no longer touch or feel each other. When Amelia accompanies Joshua's sister, Jillian, to a slumber party, she is dared by another girl to summon the ghost "Bloody Mary," even though her own otherworldliness is supposedly secret. The childish stunt turns malevolent when she actually is visited by a guardian of a hell-gate who gives her an ultimatum: Join the darkside or they will kill one person a week. A failed attempt to close off the entrance to hell enrages the demons and forces Amelia to turn for help from an unlikely source, a coven of Seers led by the woman who attempted the original exorcism. Elegy is the finale of the Hereafter trilogy. Certainly not a standalone title, readers are bound to be confused by the constant references to previous events and characters that are not in the current narrative. The ironic juxtaposition of fighting demons and normal teen life never catches hold which makes for clunky transitions. The scenes of hell might be the most exciting parts of the story. The villains are definitely evil and Amelia is certainly trying to help those she loves, but none of the characters—nor the plotline—develop enough depth. Reviewer: Katie Mitchell
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 8–11—Amelia, a Risen ghost, is back in Oklahoma with her boyfriend, Joshua, trying to come to terms with her afterlife. She has the ability to be seen by non-Seers, touch objects, smell the intoxicating scents around her, and even eat, but she can no longer touch Joshua. Kiss Joshua. Hold Joshua. Even as she begins to realize that this half-life can't go on for him, the Netherworld demons make yet another play for Amelia's soul. This time they threaten to kill one of her loved ones each week until she surrenders to them. Amelia must come up with a plan that will end this battle once and for all-or sacrifice her soul to save those she loves the most. Though the first chapters seem slow, this final volume in the trilogy gathers steam as it progresses and will have readers glued to its pages for the final battle on High Bridge. Once again Amelia's characteristic inclinations to keep secrets and protect everyone continue to provide unexpected plot twists and suspense. The romance between Amelia and Joshua continues to maintain tension, possibly more so with the new constraints imposed by her Risen status. Fans of the first two titles won't be disappointed in this story, though they will have much to say about the way it ends, at least for Amelia and Joshua.—Heather E. Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library, AL
Kirkus Reviews
Like its heroine, this series conclusion never quite comes to life. Back in Oklahoma from New Orleans, Amelia retains partial corporeality; she can eat and manipulate objects, but she can't make physical contact with the living--even romantic interest Joshua Mayhew. His sister, Jillian, wheedles Amelia into attending a party crashed by evil Kade and his dead cohorts, who announce they'll kill one person a week until Amelia joins them in their grim afterworld. A failed plan to blow up the bridge that serves as gateway between worlds prompts the evil ones to speed up their timeline. Beyond vague biblical allusions, what motivates the nonliving, good or evil, remains unclear; the quasi-religious worldbuilding doesn't reference or build on familiar myths or paradigms that resonate with readers. As the title suggests, the pace is funereal, and pausing to take in mundane events like prom squanders needed momentum. The issue of whether Amelia and Josh will finally "do it" aims to build suspense but seems borrowed from a story with lower stakes. Scenes in the evil afterworld and its gateway bring the novel to intermittent, imaginative life, but it's not enough to keep readers' attention. The thin plot spreads itself across nearly 400 pages, and characters spend more time discussing what to do than actually doing it: a miss. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062026811
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Series: Hereafter Trilogy Series , #3
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 177,333
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 13.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tara Hudson

Tara Hudson lives in Oklahoma with her husband, son, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets.

After receiving her law degree, she began writing to entertain her girlfriends. They read her story about a ghost girl who awakes in a cemetery and wanted to know more. This short piece inspired the Hereafter trilogy, which culminates in Elegy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Highly Recommend This Book That Hasen't Even Come Out Yet!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    Review 6****** This is the third and final book in the Hereafte

    Review 6******

    This is the third and final book in the Hereafter Trilogy. I absolutely LOVED it!

    Amelia Ashley is a fantastic character. I liked her from the first time I met her in Hereafter. No longer a ghost, but not quite alive either, she is Risen. She is still very powerful, but being risen has created a problem. Amelia can no longer touch her living boyfriend, Joshua. She will need all her strength to face what's coming!

    Joshua Mayhew is also a fantastic character. He may be a bit of a sports jock, but he is also one of the nicest people I have ever met in a book! Thanks to a near death experience, he has the ability to see, touch and speak to ghosts. He is also madly in love with Amelia. (Darn!).

    I love this series, so when the book became available to pre-order, I did so! I received it over the weekend and promptly began reading! Once again, I was pulled into Amelia and Joshua's love story! I didn't put this book down until I had read it from cover to cover! In fact, I read this book within 7 hours! The love story between Amelia and Joshua really tugged at my heart strings! I found myself tearing up a few times! However, there is a lot of danger in the form of the Demons living under Wilburton's High Bridge. They are extremely determined to get Amelia, and use any means to do so, including killing the residents of Wilburton. They are very unsavoury characters, and they made me shudder with revulsion!
    Amelia has to make a difficult choice, and I don't envy her it!
    I found the ending bittersweet in many ways, but I will leave it to you to decide if you agree or not!

    Tara Hudson is a wonderful author! Her characters are extremely lifelike and her descriptions of places are very vivid. To say that she is a relative newcomer to the literary world, she makes it seem as if she has been writing for years! Her writing is fast paced, and flows beautifully! I am a HUGE fan of hers, and will read any books written by her in the future.

    I HIGHLY recommend this book (and series) if you love YA, Romance or Paranormal Romance genres. - Lynn Worton

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    The book was ok. I didn't like the ending. I expected more fro

    The book was ok. I didn't like the ending. I expected more from Josh and Amelia. I thought we would learn more in the epilogue and it did not happen. I really loved the other two books. This one was not the best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2014

    Though Elegy¿s ending wasn¿t exactly what I was hoping for the H

    Though Elegy’s ending wasn’t exactly what I was hoping for the Hereafter series, it was one of the best novels I have read this year!

    I was really enthralled by the conflict between Amelia and the Netherworld. The battle between good and evil was much more prevalent in this novel than either the first or second, which I liked. I enjoyed the threats the demons spewed. I was captured by the ultimatums and sacrifices Amelia faced. Elegy was so much darker and so much more thrilling, it kept me wondering what could possible happen next? What more could this poor girl go through?

    Also, I loved Joshua and Amelia’s relationship. Their love was so strong, which is why, I think, I both loved and hated the ending. It’s so bitter sweet. But as I read the novel, I knew no real ‘happily ever after’ could come of Amelia and Joshua’s love. Not unless a major miracle occurred.

    Hereafter has to be one of my all-time favorite series!! If you haven’t read it, I definitely recommend you add it to your list! It’s so well written and it will capture your heart!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Good

    Good ending to a good series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    My thoughts

    I think the series was wonderful i want book number four of that series

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