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.
I have read a lot of mixed rumblings about this novel. Some hated it, some loved it but the one thing it did to everyone was to evoke some sort of feeling. Whether the feeling was one of satisfaction or irritation, there was some feeling. And that’s success to an extent. I’ll be honest. I, when I read the book some months ago, genuinely enjoyed it. It has many problems, especially where logic is concerned, but as far as stories go (after the necessary suspension of belief required for reading some YA Paranormals), it was fun. The premise of the novel was promising and the main character was likeable. Very likeable. Her displacement from life and her attempts to make sense of her existence is (while I can’t say easily relatable, not being a ghost) believable.
What I don’t understand is the reason for the attraction. Why is it him and not some other guy whom she falls for? The insta-romance as it is known in some circles makes an appearance here. Also, why is she able to feel and touch and generally break all the rules of being a ghost? How many qualities can you take away from a ghost before she (it?) is no longer a ghost but some other form of spirit? Is she still a ghost?
These questions are not answered in the first novel but I retain hope that there will be less focus on the romance and more on the answering of these questions in the sequel. It was a strong debut and I reckon you should check it out. Make up your mind. Add your voice to the multitudes. Decide for yourself.
How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.
I read this book in one long gulp. The pacing was awesome, the characters were interesting, it was a fresh take on Greek mythology (which I admittedly don’t know too much about) and then I reached the ending. And it annoyed the heck out of me. I hate cliffhangers. With a passion. If the next book is available the next week or something, that’s okay, I can wait that long but when the release date of the second novel has not even been set yet…well, yeah, it takes away from the number of stars I would have originally given the book.
Okay, let’s do this a bit more conventionally.
I liked the book. It has all the clichés that YA Paranormals are (notoriously) known for but still, the writing is engaging. Before there was instant attraction, there was instant repulsion. I kinda liked that. That “I hate you so much I must kill you” bit totally disarmed me with its originality. And a girl who is strong enough to kill a guy? That’s even more fun. Also, I am a sucker for families and the family dynamics in this novel is complex enough to keep the reader interested in trying to work out what’s happening and with who.
Helen’s own family is dysfunctional (and this might be an understatement) and when her erstwhile mother does make an appearance, you wish she hadn’t. If this review sounds scattered, it totally is. I read this book quite a while ago. I will say that the book was tightly written for the first three quarters and then started unraveling. Plot threads frayed, things happened that shouldn’t have, and the Romeo/Juliet trope was evoked. I was not impressed by that and by the time the grand culmination rolled around…well, there wasn’t any culmination. We were teased to a frenzy and then left flailing.
Read this book if you want something YA. But if I were you, I’d wait until all the books in the series are out. You will thank me when you reach the cliffhanger.