Monday, July 23, 2012

ARISE by Tara Hudson is a good morsel while waiting


Arise (Hereafter, #2)

Arise (Hereafter #2)by 


Published June 5th 2012 by HarperTeenISBN 0007437285 (ISBN13: 9780007437283)


Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life...a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her.

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An excellent second novel. That being said, it did have that typical second book stagnation. There were several new developments that set up the third book nicely. A new character introduced was trite and obvious but overall it was interesting and a fairly steady read. 

Amelia seemed less solid as a character this time around and I hope that there is more character development for the final installment. Joshua also seemed in limbo, and we didn't have as much interaction between he and Ameila. There is a large 
ensemble introduced but they were not well developed. 

Some of the subject matter would not be suitable for young teens so I recommend 14 and older for this series. Though I was hesitant to rate this 4 stars (I would likely rate it 3.5) I have high hopes for the final installment. Enjoy!