11 June 2012

{Book Review + Blog Tour} Arise by Tara Hudson

By: Me My Shelf And I | 11 June 2012 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | | | | |
Arise Hereafter #2 Author: Tara Hudson
Pages: 404
Format: ARC
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 3 Birds
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

Be sure to click the tour banner above for all the stops on the ARISE Blog Tour!

HEREAFTER, book one in the Hereafter Series by Tara Hudson, was one of my favorite books last year. It was also one of the first few ARCs I ever got from NetGalley and therefore it sits in a special place in my heart, marking the start of my blogging career.
When ARISE arrived in the mail, I was more than excited to tear into it and see what was going on with Amelia and Joshua, praying and hoping against all hope that they would find a way to make this ghost/human relationship work. *sigh* Oh the improbabilities you start to cheer for when you read YA Lit! *wink*

ARISE, sadly felt a little flat to me. It was missing that certain spark that grabbed me and pulled me in with HEREAFTER. You know that moment when you finally realize you couldn’t put the book down even if you wanted to? 98% of the books I’ve read have had this one point, well for me and ARISE this didn’t happen until about 2/3 of the way through. But it did come, and for that I am thankful. The plot twist-throwing, get you’re mind racing writing of Hudson’s was back and I was delighted to fall into it.

What was it about ARISE that I didn’t mesh well with in the first 2/3 you ask? Well, I think the main component was that it felt a little disorganized to me. The introduction of new characters, who were seemingly important at the time, drop off for a large chunk of the book, then return. Or arrive for a chapter, make you feel like you need to make them hugely important and then you never see them again at all.

A for instance here: Ruth, Joshua’s grandmother who was such a central part of HEREAFTER, is seems like (please, don’t mind the pun) a ghost of her old self, and felt written in as an after thought. A plot twist dropped on top of the finished story instead of woven neatly inside. 

Now, it wasn’t all empty feelings with ARISE. I did say that the book grabbed me – and a lot of the reason it did was because of a fantastic new cast member to The Hereafter Series: Gabrielle. She really made the book, took all the loose ends and tied them up to round out the book on a note that you can be “happy” with until book 3 comes out. While certain things that were coming were a little predictable with Gabrielle, that all washed away when she really became a huge part of the story.

In the end, ARISE get’s 3 Birds from me. I am glad I read it, and I enjoyed it nut I think I expected a little more from it. I will read the third book in the series when it’s available because I am invested in the lives (or afterlives….whatever) of Joshua and Amelia and want to see this through and how Hudson will wrap it all up.

Thank you to HarperTeen and Teen Book Scene for providing the ARC for review. And be sure to pop in tomorrow to see an interview with my girl Gabrielle from ARISE!

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