Book Review: Arise by Tara Hudson

Jan 8, 2013 | Book Reviews | 0 comments

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Book Review: Arise by Tara HudsonArise by Tara Hudson
Also by this author: Hereafter
Series: Hereafter #2
Also in this series: Hereafter
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Published by HarperTeen on May 7, 2013
Pages: 432
Format: eARC
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New Orleans
Saint Louis
Number One Cemetery
A night there can change a life . . . or a death.

Increasingly worried that dark spirits will carry out their threats and hurt the people she cares for most, Amelia is ready to try anything to protect them. And for his own very different reasons, Joshua has come to this cemetery at midnight to join her in a powerful ritual.

Both know that once Amelia steps inside the Voodoo circle and the beautiful girl from the Conjure CafE begins the cere-mony, everything will change.


Cover Views

This cover totally fits the story. Love the dark and mysterious feel and the elements gives you look inside the story.

Literary’s Views

FYI:  lf you haven’t read the first book Hereafter, I advise that you do or else this review will be way spoilery. If you have then proceed, it just gets better.

The first story in the series Hereafter was so good. I mean the fact that a ghost and a human fell in love and all the drama that started had me captivated. So naturally I was worried that the second book wouldn’t live up to the first. To my relief Arise totally passed the second book syndrome test. There was more drama, more action and more romance all set in an awesome location New Orleans. It’s rich with history and culture and was the perfect setting for Arise.

I loved that Amelia and Joshua’s drama gets much more intense as Amelia tries to find away for her relationship to work leading her into the deeper into spirit world. While Joshua tries to bring a balance in Amelia’s life (or should I say afterlife) and his. Fighting to keep Amelia’s love and some semblance of a normal life.

The danger that Eli presented in Hereafter was just the beginning. Things got a lot more a darker and edgier as they went deeper into how to make their relationship last.

Both Joshua and Amelia had to face some important questions and in gaining those answers both of them had to grow and mature as characters. There is no instant happily ever after which I loved, making the story more realistic and interesting.


Hereafter was all about discovery. Discovery of an afterlife, discovery of the past, and discovery of love. Now Arise is the continuation of all those elements with even more buildup of drama, romance and action. I can’t wait to see how Amelia and Joshua will maintain their love and what crazy adventures Tara Hudson with throw at them. Like I said before if you’ve read and loved Hereafter, don’t worry Arise delivers.

5 Stars


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