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Hereafter (Hereafter Trilogy Series #1)

Hereafter (Hereafter Trilogy Series #1)

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by Tara Hudson

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Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost


Can there truly be love after death?

Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she's dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she's trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.

Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.

Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won't want to miss.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
For years, Amelia has drifted in an ambiguous haze, punctuated by nightmares. She knows she is dead; no one in the living world can see her; she has encountered no other ghosts; and, from her nightmares, she knows she died by drowning. This static, anguished existence suddenly changes when a boy falls into the river, dying before her eyes. As he fades, he sees Amelia, really sees her, galvanizing him to struggle and be saved. Thus begins the romance between Amelia and Joshua (who can still see and speak with her) as they grapple with maintaining the tenuous and mysterious electricity between them. The obvious difficulties are complicated by Joshua's grandmother, who insists that it is his job to exorcise Amelia, and the appearance of another ghost, who has an entirely different fate in mind for her. Using the device of Amelia's memory loss, Hudson avoids the chunks of exposition that sometimes weigh down paranormal stories, and the narrative gradually unfolds as Amelia and Josh learn her history. It's a straightforward tale, refreshingly without too much "apparatus," and an encouraging debut for Hudson. Ages 12–up. (June)
“A must for collections.”
Andrea Cremer
Twisting together chilling mystery and sweet romance, HEREAFTER leaves the possibilities of a world unseen lingering in your mind and your heart long after you’ve turned the final page.
Becca Fitzpatrick
“A tender and poignant love story with a ghostly twist.”
VOYA - Jessica Miller
After years haunting the site of her death, unable to contact the living, Amelia's afterlife changes forever when she saves a boy from drowning in the same river and he is suddenly able to see her. As Joshua helps Amelia begin to feel things again and her spectral abilities begin to grow, they inevitably fall in love. Sadly, Joshua comes from a family of Seers, destined to banish ghosts, and Joshua's grandmother wants nothing more than to exorcise Amelia. As if the threat of eternal banishment was not enough, Amelia also has to deal with malevolent ghost Eli, determined to coerce her into stealing souls for hell. It takes devotion and quick thinking by both Joshua and Amelia to overcome those threatening to separate them forever. Fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005/VOYA October 2005) or Lauren Oliver's Before I Fall (HarperCollins, 2010/VOYA April 2010) will find similar themes of star-crossed supernatural love in this compelling love story shadowed by dark menace. Hudson creates a touching and heartfelt romance in which the characters truly care for each other's well-being. In a creepy world of ghosts and a multifaceted afterlife, Hudson manages to subtly raise questions about right and wrong, life and death, love and hate. High school and public libraries should have this title to satisfy avid supernatural romance fans. Reviewer: Jessica Miller
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Amelia is dead and she knows it. As her spirit haunts the area near High Bridge, she wonders who she was before. She has nightmares of drowning, and after each one she wakes up in a cemetery, but she's never been able to force herself to turn and look at the headstones. Then one night a boy is drowning in the river. She saves his life and makes a connection with him that allows him to see her while all other attempts at communicating with the living have failed. What follows is a chaste supernatural romance that doesn't really deliver. Hudson tries to set up the rules for her spirit characters, but they end up being cumbersome rather than furthering the story. Amelia can't touch items in the living world, but after saving Joshua, they are able to touch, and it causes all sorts of tingles for them. Although she can't touch things, she can, apparently, be contained by them as evidenced by extended scenes of her riding in Josh's car, the doors of which need to be opened for her since she can't touch them. An evil spirit named Eli is trying to keep Amelia as his assistant in the afterlife, and Josh turns out to be a "seer" whose grandmother has been working for years to exorcise the spirits from the area of the bridge. All of the elements of an intriguing supernatural thriller/romance are here; unfortunately, they should add up to more than they do. Only the most die-hard genre lovers will stick with this one.—Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA
Kirkus Reviews

Amelia knows she's dead and that she drowned, but little more.

Then she encounters a drowning boy, Josh, and though he survives, his brief experience of death allows him to see her. Soon they're an item—his presence and touch reawaken her senses. Josh takes her to school, and together they investigate her origins. In the less-benign afterlife when Josh is not around, Amelia meets mysterious Eli, once a handsome young man and now responsible for bringing the recently dead to his masters, terrifying beings that rule the afterlife's nastier corners. While Eli plots to make Amelia his apprentice, Amelia and Josh pursue the genre's traditional passionate-but-chaste relationship. Among the obstacles they face is Ruth, Josh's grandmother, a "Seer" who can perceive Amelia but confuses her with Eli, whom she's sworn to exorcize. The breathless ending has "sequel to come" written all over it. Smoothly written—the spookily vivid afterlife is a strong point—this debut represents a modest addition to a fantasy genre featuring heroines with limited aspirations.

Being dead, Amelia has a better excuse than most for lacking a career goal beyond finding bliss with the one living guy who can see her. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Hereafter Trilogy Series , #1
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What People are Saying About This

Becca Fitzpatrick

“A tender and poignant love story with a ghostly twist.”

Andrea Cremer

Twisting together chilling mystery and sweet romance, HEREAFTER leaves the possibilities of a world unseen lingering in your mind and your heart long after you’ve turned the final page.

Meet the Author

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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Hereafter 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 239 reviews.
laura24 More than 1 year ago
I love reading this book. It has a story that will keep you entertained for a few hours
Jenny_Geek More than 1 year ago
There was so much mystery in this book, I seriously couldn't put it down. I HAD to know what was going on in this story and it kept me glued to the book. Amelia has no idea who she is. All she knows is that she's dead and she hasn't seen another dead person in a long time. As the story goes on more and more of the mystery surrounding Amelia comes to the surface. Josh seems to be the one triggering Amelia's memories, or at least helping her start to uncover them. I don't want to give away too much of the book, because I want people to read it. But I will say this, my heart hurt for Amelia and I was angry at the fate she was handed. This is the first book in a series (from what I can see on Goodreads there will be 3) and I will most definitely be reading the rest of the series to find out what happens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've grown somewhat weary of the paranormal romance books because they all tend to read the same, but Tara Hudson has a fresh voice. The story was at times predictable, but the writing flowed so well, and the characters were so believable, it kept me hooked. There is plenty of romance here for all you die-hard romance fanatics, and just enough supernatural tension to keep the story interesting. One particular aspect that kept me reading was that we learn about Amelia's past as she does. It didn't feel rushed, or drawn out. I had some problems with the instant romance that blossomed between Josh and Amelia, as well as his immediate acceptance of her being a ghost, but it was forgivable. All in all this is a descent read and I would recommend it to any fan of paranormal romances.
Empercee More than 1 year ago
OMG I love this book and instantly fell in love with it right after i read the back of it. It's amazing how Tara Hudson turns a ghost story into an amazing love story!!! I would highly recommend it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and couldn't put it down! The mystery made me anxious. Every time I turned a page something exciting happened!
ReadergirlReviews More than 1 year ago
I love books that jump right into the center of the action, and this one did just that. Amelia is waking up to her nightmare of drowning, only she drowned long ago. This time someone else is drowning and she is able to save him. This starts a relationship between a ghost girl and the boy she was able to save from a similar fate. Let me say that I really liked Joshua from the outset, and although I did like Amelia as well, Joshua captured my heart a little because he was so eager and open. I don't typically see that in the books that I read. Amelia was a mystery for a good portion of the story, only because the reader was left to discover Amelia's circumstances as Amelia discovered them. I find myself liking that the author chose to do it that way. She kept Amelia's origins and backstory a secret from even Amelia and then let her discover it a little at a time. This definitely kept my interest, helped out by the fact that Joshua is there with her trying to help her find out who she truly is and to help keep her safe from... Eli. He was a good villain. He was evil, but had human motives that made him real. Although I felt sorry for him at times, I nevertheless rooted for his defeat so that Joshua and Amelia would be safe. If I had any complaints at all about the story, I would say that the romance fell a little flat for me, only because I felt the author rushed things too much. I would have liked to have seen the relationship develop a little more. Joshua seemed to be smitten a little quick for me, and I wasn't sure if I liked that. All in all, however, this was a really good and entertaining book that I really enjoyed reading. Kudos to first time YA author Tara Hudson. I look forward to seeing what's up next from this new talent!
KGT626 More than 1 year ago
This book is about a ghost falling in love with a human and can only touch,feel,or even move HIM and nothing else. Both of them go on a quest to find out who killed the ghost and who the ghost even is!!!! But there are also people who want the ghost too...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took me pushing through the first 100 pages or so until the story picked up and then had a very flat ending. Won't be rereading this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do yourself a favor and buy this book. I'm halfway through it and i was in love since the first page. It was so hard to put it down. Hudson writes beautifully and descriptively, and she really just pulls you in to this Hereafter world. I fell in love with the main dead girl, Amelia. She's dead, can't remember the past too much, and its a story of her fighting from submitting into evil and darkness and fighting to remember herself and who she was before she died and struggling to stay with the guy she loves, the only person who really woke her up from her fog of death. Beautiful. Worth every penny.
precious_seraph More than 1 year ago
Hudson's version of the afterlife was very imaginative and unique. The ghost world was a strange place filled with secrets, hopes, desires and sadness. Amelia had no memory of her life before death. She had no identity. I loved every moment that I shared with Amelia. She was an unforgettable ghost, wandering around the river and the bridge, watching. She has never been seen, touched and heard until Joshua came. As she matured as a ghost, she noticed changes in herself that would help her understand the life she had, her death and her future. Amelia's relationship with Joshua was full of life, hopeful yet heartbreaking. Amelia felt alive when Joshua noticed her. He was the first human to do so ever since Amelia woke up. Together they tried to put together the bits and pieces of Amelia's life. Joshua was gorgeous. He was thoughtful, sweet and understanding. He was into sports and he was the kind of guy that got the attention of girls in his school. I was thankful that he was unlike other male main characters. He had a natural humor that was really endearing. Hudson's writing was amazing, beautiful and breathtaking. I found myself sucked into Amelia's world, hypnotized by her story. Amelia's narrative was easy to adjust to. Her musings were interesting and never boring. She had so many questions that a terrifying fellow ghost, Eli, could answer. Eli has been around for a long time. He knew things about Amelia - things that Amelia herself did not know. But more importantly, could Eli be a friend or an enemy? My heart ached for Eli. He had his own past, his own losses and his unattained desires. Joshua's town reminded me of the Gatlin of Beautiful Creatures, a town with secrets. The only difference was that there was a higher mortality rate in Hereafter. The dead could not seem to leave the living alone. When Amelia's freedom and future hang by a thread and by Eli's word, could Amelia save herself with the help of Joshua and make sure that no one else gets hurt? Hereafter has the charm of Before I Fall and the sweetness of Shiver, a tantalizing story in a dark, frightening world. I loved every page of this heartfelt, heart-pounding, heartbreaking novel. I highly recommend this to fans of paranormal romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The entire story was wonderfully written, I enjoyed every second of this book, I wish there was more!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good and keeps you reading. It is cute and suspensful. I loved it and finished it in one day. I would highly highly highly reccomend this book.
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
Tara Hudson debuting novel offers a must read for 2011. Hereafter is a unique story about a young girl struggling in the hereafter. When she finds herself face to face with a young man living her same terrible death; her immediate reaction is to save him from the tragic ending that her life met. Incredibly this story is like nothing I have previously encountered in other paranormal novels. Regretfully, I have to admit to a feeling of abruptness in this book. While Hudson is a very detailed writer I found that some aspects of the book felt more pushed than I would have liked. For example the budding relationship of Tara and Joshua is very intense, but the initial feelings did not seem to flow effortlessly. On the other hand Eli is a truly terrifying character, and the author's description was justly portrayed for the reader to feel this emotion clearly. Over all the story carries a very urgent feel of impending doom, with Joshua Grandmother and Eli's possession issues, the reader will be carried through this book of suspense easily. In wrapping up the conclusion leaves the story on a cliff hanger that will leave readers wondering about what it to come. Tara Hudson has offered a bag of tricks with this incredible story. Readers will finish wondering what will come of this talented author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I've always thought, if a book doesn't capture me in the 1st Chapter then I can't stay with it. This book captured me at the 1st page. I was so happy when I got to the end of the book and found out there was another book and that the story continued. I'm going to recommend this book to all of my friends. It's worth the investment.
Holly_Jeannine More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites! I finished it within 2 days and Arise is even better!! You MUST read both of the books!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hereafter was just an okay read. The progression was slow and not much was resolved beyond the main antagonist being conveniently dealt with. Amelia and Joshua seemed to fall hard for each other in the time span of what, 2 weeks? The imminent threat Ruth posed to Amelia dropped without revisitation upon Jillian being saved. The plot of ghost and seer falling in love was rushed and underdeveloped. Overall it was an ordinary easy read; there's nothing spectacular about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing story of life and love after death. It tells of Amelia's struggles after she died. She tries to find a way to stay with her human love, Joshua Mayhew.
EGM444 More than 1 year ago
Amelia is a dead girl who saves Joshua from drowning. He can now see, talk and touch Amelia. Joshua helps Amelia navigate the memories she can't remember from her life. Amelia is unable to do most ghostly activities. She can't affect the physical world or pass through objects. She relies on Joshua to open doors, turn pages of books, and drive her places. This is a story of girl that meets a boy she can never have. She is dependent on this boy and gives little to nothing in return. I found this story slow to develop. The ending was not satisfying either.
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KKetch More than 1 year ago
Hereafter was a thrilling and haunting love story. And though considered a romance, there are several mysteries hidden within its pages. Mysteries that involve Amelia’s past, her death, and the darkness that lies in waiting at High Bridge Road. The twists and turns Amelia encounters will keep you glued to its pages. Also, the characters are so amazing! I could really relate to Amelia in so many ways. I loved her courage and her willingness to fight for what’s right. And, Eli was the perfect antagonist. I would have to say that this book is definitely one to add to your bookshelf!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you tryin to be secreitve?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Tiptoes in.*
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