What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hereafter by Tara Hudson

The cover of this book is what drew me to it in the first place. It's definitely ghostly, isn't it? Then I read the summary from Goodreads: 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.


I was looking forward to getting into this story, but with all my other reading I was doing, I decided to download the audiobook. So this review will be based only on the audiobook.

What I Liked: 1) I loved the way it started. We were eased into the story with Amelia, almost like waking up from a long nap, when you have to reorient yourself to what's going on. Instead of feeling like the characters know what's going on, we caught up with her. 2) I liked the story being from Amelia's perspective. I don't read a whole lot of ghost stories, but in October I was reading more, because it seemed appropriate. But they all seem to be from the perspective of the living. This was from Amelia's (the ghost) perspective, and I liked what different challenges that presented. 3) The mystery. There were several ongoing mysteries in the book, and it seemed like every time we got one question answered, we were presented with another question. 4) Amelia's lifestory. Where she was from, particularly the time period, made things more interesting.

What I Didn't Like: The end of the novel got too predictable for me. There just wasn't enough happening that kept me interested. I am going to blame part of this on the audiobook. I didn't like the girl who was reading the book, and that made it hard for me to feel very connected to Amelia and Joshua. I was ready to be done listening to her talk when it was over.

Overall thoughts: The story is definitely well written with an interesting plot and a good mystery. I don't recommend the audiobook just because I felt like it honestly detracted from the story. I plan on picking up a physical copy of the book myself pretty soon. Maybe I'll make some updates when I do!

My rating: 3.5 shots

Cheers and Happy Reading!

4 comments:

  1. Oh this sounds neat I love the idea of it all - how we get into the story with her. Awesome review!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

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  2. Audiobooks are always so hard to judge! Anyway lovely review, I gave it a 3.5 myself.

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  4. Giselle - It was a great way to ease us in to the story. Something new that I definitely appreciated!

    Amber - I know! I usually don't like to review something based solely on an audiobook, but time was just getting away from me!

    Thanks for stopping by!!
    Courtney

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