“what a great book, can;t wait till Elegy comes out this summer
“what a great book, can;t wait till Elegy comes out this summer
“I absolutely adored Hereafter. I totally meant to reread it before reading Arise, but lately with blogging I've felt the pressure to read quickly and not focus on rereading things. But honestly, I need to let that go. Especially since rereading books in series as a new one comes out helps keep things fresh and makes the newest book more enjoyable. I honestly think Arise suffered from me not rereading Hereafter.
I love Amelia and Josh as much as I did after finishing Hereafter, but this book just wasn't keeping me hooked and I don't honestly know why. Tara's writing was as beautiful as ever and great at describing things in such a way that I still felt a part of the story and not like I was being told about it. I did enjoy the setting being moved to New Orleans and the addition of voodoo. That definitely makes things more interesting, especially with what happens to Amelia because of it. It may have just been the pacing I guess. Some parts seemed slow while others I was tearing through pages. I actually felt ambivalent about most of the new additions in terms of characters, just because I didn't really feel like they were being developed. Just placed in there to move the story along.
All in all, still a great sequel to Hereafter and I'm most definitely looking forward to the next book. But I definitely suggest rereading Hereafter if it's been a while.”
“If I could give this a 2.5 star rating I would. Overall it's a pretty good read, but it's just so similar to Twilight that I can't just ignore the glaring similarities and enjoy it.”Jacket wrote this review Sunday, August 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales
Quick & Dirty: While dealing with the problems of a paranormal relationship, Arise has higher stakes than Hereafter did and uses Amelia’s nature to build more acute tension.
Opening Sentence: The entire world had gone dark, and I had no idea why.
I don’t want to call the person who wrote the synopsis a liar…but I’m about to. Everything the synopsis describes happens, but totally not the way they’re making it sound. I don’t know why, either, since the book is way more interesting than the synopsis makes it sound. For one thing, they don’t go seeking out Joshua’s Seer relations. Amelia finds out the netherworld still wants her — desperately enough to take her by force if it has to. Nightmares Amelia shouldn’t even be able to have are creepy warnings, but she doesn’t know what of. All she can do is try to protect her loved ones — her mom, Joshua, anyone the demons of the netherworld could hurt to force Amelia’s hand.
The Mayhews go down to New Orleans for Christmas and Amelia tags along, needing to get as far away from High Bridge as she can. During their stay Joshua, Jillian and Amelia meet some Seer-cousins who haven’t had their events yet. They can’t see Amelia, but with the help of Alexander Etienne, they’ve learned how to hear her. They accept Amelia and Joshua easily, eager to learn more about their powers and see the dead. Alexander doesn’t want to exorcise Amelia, like Ruth and her cronies did, which makes for a change. He’s charming and smart.
It’s Joshua’s Christmas present that really gets the ball rolling as far as the plot goes. A little voodoo goes a long way with ghosts. Joshua’s present does more than change Amelia’s afterlife — it has massive consequences on their relationship. Gaby teaches Amelia the rules of her new afterlife, but the danger she escaped in High Bridge has followed her to New Orleans.
There are a lot of new characters in Arise that come with the new setting. Hudson does a great job of tossing in bits of setting here and there to set the atmosphere, but every new character required an explanation of their backstory. For the most part, the pacing was fine despite these large blocks of exposition — and most of it comes back around later to be relevant to the plot. The plot of Arise is very different from Hereafter because it’s the motivation for the entire story. With Hereafter, the plot seemed much more secondary to Joshua and Amelia getting to know each other. Not the case with Arise. Tension and angst follow Amelia through the whole book, which makes it a page-turning read. Arise isn’t a “middle book” like you see in many series, but in my opinion where the series’ overarching plot really takes off. Since Hereafter and Arise were very different books, I can’t wait to read Elegy and see what Hudson has in store for us.
“Yeah, I had to celebrate No-Shave November.”
And now you’re celebrating…what? Don’t-Get-Any-Play December?”
“Dude,” O’Reilly protested, “like you have any room to talk. You haven’t had a girlfriend in, like, forever.”
Joshua’s eyes met mine for just a second. Then he looked back at the fire. “Whatever, Grizzly Adams. You look like a bear died on your face.”
O’Reilly boomed out a deep guffaw and, before he had time to remember how distant they’d been, punched Joshua roughly on the shoulder. Joshua laughed, too, the sound gusting out of him like a sigh of relief.
Boys, I thought, shaking my head. An insult and a punch and all is forgiven.
Then I grinned broadly, feeling no small amount of relief myself when they began to talk as if the past few months hadn’t even happened. Maybe, if the two of them kept this up, I wouldn’t have to worry about Joshua getting lonely.
Because you are going to leave him, aren’t you?
FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Arise. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“Sadly, I was a bit disappointed with Arise because of how hectic the plot line was. It was almost as if it was going to go on for a while and then BAM here we were at the climax. It was just a bit strange, but the book was great and Amelia was able to make a friend. However, she was dragged off by her crazed ex-boyfriend that she had Jillian kill. Also, Joshua and Amelia broke up, Amelia became risen, now people can see her, and Joshua and Amelia are back together, but they can't touch anymore. Amelia didn't even try to touch him yet! So how does she know for sure??? But can't wait for the third book!”Olivia Z wrote this review Sunday, August 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved it! She regined her ability to touch and eat, but she can't touch Josh. It really gravtional, but I still loved it. Tara is going to my a thrid book next September!!!!!! Can't wait!!!!”Kobi wrote this review Sunday, September 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Three stars: The sequel outshines the predecessor.
Amelia tries to avoid the bitter truth: a relationship between a living boy and a deceased girl is a dead end. As much as it pains her, she knows that she must soon leave Josh's side. Despite the fact that he holds her heart, she wants him to have a normal life. A life with a living girl friend and eventually a family. If only it she could tear herself away, and Josh isn't making it any easier. Everyday they are together, the closer they become. A brief encounter with Eli, makes Amelia realize that her departure from Josh needs to happen immediately. It seems the demons she staved off to save Jillian have a personal vendetta against her. They are out to get her and that means they will destroy everyone she loves in order to achieve their goals. The only way to protect
Josh, his family and her mother is for Amelia to vanish and leave them for good. Unfortunately, her willpower wavers. Amelia promises herself she will depart right after she accompanies Josh and his family to New Orleans for Christmas. Of course, in a haunted city like New Orleans, the dead are everywhere, and soon Amelia finds herself a target once again. Will Amelia be able to again evade the demons and protect the boy she loves?
What I Liked:
* I appreciated that this book addresses the difficulties and impossibilities of a long term romantic relationship between a ghost and a living boy. The more realistic aspects are addressed and the impossibilities of it are brought to the forefront. I was glad to see these issues finally addressed as it was a sticky point for me in Hereafter.
*I loved that this book goes to haunted New Orleans. In this sequel the reader learns a bit more about Seers, as well as delving into voodoo, a mainstay of this old city. One scene takes place in one of the most famous and haunted cemeteries! The author does a good job of bringing New Orleans alive for the reader.
*I liked that Amelia finally encounters another dead girl, Gabrielle and learns a thing or two about her ghostly abilities, especially after all the floundering in the dark. I was drawn to this lovely Creole girl with a gift for voodoo. She was a great addition to the cast of characters.
*Again, this book presents a good solid mystery that left me guessing until the exciting ending and final showdown. The last chapters were thrilling!
*I was pleased, once again, that this book is without the love triangle and cliffhangers.
And The Not So Much:
*Amelia's ghostly form is altered a bit with a touch of voodoo and she becomes "Risen". I don't feel like this element was fully explained and fleshed out. I had so many questions regarding this condition and though it was an improvement as far as the relationship goes, I was left scratching my head.
*I still am desiring a more thorough explanation on the Hereafter. A couple of times Amelia encounters another ghost who seems to be in the know, but we learn almost nothing from her. The Hereafter is still a mystery that needs clarification, there has to be more than just the demons!
*I am a bit frustrated over the whole situation regarding Amelia's father. For some reason, Amelia believes that her father is trapped by the demons even though there is not a shred of evidence to prove that he is a prisoner.
*This book has a great mystery story line with some twists. I admit at the big reveal, once the villain made the standard explanation speech, the one where they relate all the strings that were pulled and how the whole diabolical ploy was masterminded, I felt that some of the revelations were a bit far fetched and not so believable. I won't go into details here to avoid spoilers but some of the things were a bit beyond plausible for my taste.
Arise ended up being a solid read for me. I enjoyed the real and difficult decisions that Amelia faces and I appreciated that she is dealing with the harsh reality of the impossibility of a long term relationship with Josh. Ms. Hudson provides a second book that exceeded the first. There is mystery and danger packed into the pages. Ultimately, we are left wondering how this relationship between two star crossed lovers will play out. If you are a fan of ghostly romances you will enjoy this series.
"Whatever, Grizzly Adams. You look like a bear died on your face."
"Boys, I thought, shaking my head. An insult and a punch, and all is forgiven."
"When you had a ghost for a girlfriend, you eventually had to choose between the living and the dead. Between a normal life and a haunted one."
"He gave me that boyish grin, all dimples and full lips and inevitable heartbreak, and then pulled open the door."
"As if responding to my mood, the gas lamps above me sputtered violently, sending an array of shadows dancing across the street."
"Call me crazy, but aging enemies, flickering shadows, and midnight rituals in cemeteries all made me jumpier than usual."
"I love you. The words whispered in my mind long after they'd been spoken. They echoed, haunting me, distracting me in the darkness."
"It mangled and mashed together until I felt certain that the only thing I could do right now--the only thing I could ever do-- was fly across the cafe, throw myself into Joshua's arms, and apologize for the next thousand years."
A big thanks to Harper Collins for the advanced copy for review purposes.”
“Relationships for the living are hard enough, when one of the two is a ghost, things seem doomed from the start. Amelia afterlife has gotten much better since she met Joshua and battled back the demons who would have claimed her. But their relationship isn't easy as they can't ever get physically close without risking Amelia's dematerialization. As they seek out help they find some answers, but those only lead to more issues, making Amelia start to really question their longevity, and Joshua all the more desperate to hold on to her.
The relationship between Ameila and Joshua really comes to a head in Arise, both in a good and bad way. There are so many insecurities on both sides, and yet their love is so powerful, almost to the point where neither one knows how to handle it. For Amelia, the realization that Joshua will never have a full life while he is with her really hits hard, especially as he continues to give up so much for her. She starts to drift away from him even as it kills her in order to protect him. Of course this makes Joshua desperate to hold onto her and makes him do something a little rash that will have irreparable consequences for both of them. My heart went out to the both of them, but honestly, I think a lot of their problems would have been solved, or a least greatly lessened by just a little more communication.
When I first read the description for some reason I read "Gabrielle" as the male version "Gabriel" which made me think a dreaded love triangle was coming. Of course that went out the window once I realized Gaby was a girl, or ghost for that matter. Her character really added something to this trilogy, filling the vacuum of the confidant Amelia so greatly needed. She's quirky and a whole lot of fun. Trust me, Gaby couldn't have come around at a better time in Amelia's "life" as she needed the support more than ever in Arise. Granted, I'm still not all that sure about the half-life status Gaby has and what that means for Amelia, but that's really a separate issue entirely, on that I won't talk about in avoidance of spoilers.
I had enjoyed Hereafter, but Arise just takes things a step further, in fact it was a serious game changer that really shook things up. I was really impressed at how everything flowed, and just how realistic Amelia's emotions were this time around. I felt like I was completely in her head and felt everything right along with her. The ending while not a cliffhanger, definitely left me wanting more and I cannot wait to get my hands on the final installment. After everything that went on in Arise, I'm honestly not sure if we are one step closer or further from the happy ever after I crave for Amelia and Joshua. Either way, I'm sure it will be one exhilarating ride to get there. ”
“Joshua Mayhew is alive, and a Seer. Amelia Ashley is a ghost. They totally want to do each other, but Amelia can't control her vanishing, though she still accompanies the Mayhews to their family Christmas holiday in New Orleans. Can voodoo help Amelia stay solid? And at what cost?
For characters motivated by the possibility of sex, this story is actually quite chaste, which is nice. But Arise's best aspect is the female friendship between Amelia and Gaby.
New Orleans is a setting overdone to death, particularly the French Quarter, and Arise doesn't add anything new. This short little novel is fine to read, but doesn't really leave a mark.”
“While this sequel was good, I wasn’t quite grooving on it as much as I did the first book. Why? There was a bit of middle book syndrome going on here – there was a lot of repetition from the first book in the sense of some of the major plot arcs, and a lot of unused potential with the character of Gaby and her brother, Felix. I wish that we could have had more of them throughout the book, instead of just getting the last half (or so) dedicated to seeing Gaby for help about Amelia’s ghostly issues. While I did enjoy this sequel, it did leave me wanting for more in some pretty significant areas.
Fans of the first book will probably enjoy this one too – we have some serious chemistry between Joshua and Amelia still going on, but at the same time there’s a lot of wandering, pining, and moping on the part of Amelia (though I guess if I were in her state, I’d be doing all of the above, too). I was hoping for more momentum in how the plots were executed than I actually got, and the first third of the book dragged significantly to the point where I was starting to get bored.
To be quite frank, even the ending wasn’t exactly as fulfilling as the first book. There was the repeat of the demons trying to lure Amelia, Jillian, and Joshua to the Netherworld to drag them into it (we still don’t know WHY – which was possibly the most frustrating part of this whole thing – if it was mentioned it went over my head) mixed in with some new characters and a new method of doing so. But what I wanted was more of New Orleans and the Voodoo culture with Gaby and Felix, and I feel like Hudson only scraped the surface of the potential she had with everything she could have done with this major plot point with these two characters.
Gaby and Felix, for being major characters in the book, could have been used way more, but with the way they tied back into the worldbuilding (more on that later), I’m okay with it in the end. I am hoping for maybe an outtake or a novella featuring the two of them because I definitely think they deserve more of their own story/character arc instead of just how they were created and used in this book. I’m in love with the Voodoo world and queen here, and I feel like this could have been tapped far more than it was – and Gaby was the perfect way to do this. So please? A novella with Gaby and Felix? I’d love something with them in it. Maybe a prequel in terms of how they got to be the way they were in this installment of the series.
I a bit was disappointed. Not to the point where I won’t pick up the last book – you can be sure I will be reading the last book when it comes out next year – but still to the point where when I finished, I just felt like there was a little too much filler and felt the symptoms of middle book syndrome hitting me hard. I feel like the first third of the book could have had a better transition into the family roadtrip to New Orleans for the holidays instead of having Amelia repeatedly deal with random materialization/vanishing problems whenever she got intimate with Joshua (we went through this in book one, remember?) – perhaps another draft for the first third might have been better. Or maybe starting in New Orleans and then giving some backstory as to how and why Amelia and Joshua are there would have hooked me a little more.
All of that said, I really do love the world that Hudson’s created. She really dialed her worldbuilding up a few notches through sensory language and this is what really saved the book (and what boosted it from an inital 3.5 stars to 4 stars). I loved the New Orleans that Hudson created with its cemeteries, voodoo shops, and French Quarter, as well as the house of the “unnamed actress”. It was so much more brilliant and lively and I feel like Hudson grew in this area the most. With Gaby and Felix (and to a lesser degree, Marie and Kade), I feel like they really brought New Orleans to life and weaved themselves back into the world, thus strengthening it. And as weak as the first third of the book was, the more we got to see of the now-ruined High Bridge back in Oklahoma, that too had more of an engrossing impact on my reading experience. The ending, though, was perhaps the most gripping worldbuilding of the book in terms of building on and expanding what was presented in the first book – here we really get to see the Netherworld and its demons as an overlay of our own, and it was really well done. So good on you, Hudson, for developing your sensory language and worldbuilding skills by using these arcs, characters, and settings! Though you could have done more with it, I think you still grew a great deal.
Final verdict? Definitely worth the read, my areas of disappointment aside. Fans of the first book should definitely read this installment. The worldbuilding and sensory language boosted my enjoyment of the book, and really saved it as a whole in the end. If you’re new to this series, start with the first book as you might be confused to some of the references made in this one. “Arise” is out from HarperTeen on June 5, 2012 in North America, so be sure to pick it up then.
(posted to goodreads, shelfari, and birthofanewwitch.wordpress.com)”