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.
Arise picks up shortly after Hereafter; Joshua’s grandmother Ruth has moved to New Orleans and Joshua’s family is heading down south to visit her for Christmas vacation. Amelia is excited about this family vacation; she is hoping by getting away from the evil that lurks nearby, she can keep Joshua and his family safe.
At first New Orleans seems like the answer – the young Seers in Joshua’s family are a bit different, instead of exorcising her they want to befriend her. Amelia is torn, she wants to be with Joshua and figure out her problems but her nightmares are telling her to get far far away from him and his family, if she wants to keep them safe. In New Orleans she runs into another set of problems – a group of ghosts want her to join their group and they will stop at nothing to have her. Joshua tries to help Amelia, by taking her to a voodoo shop where she meets Gaby. Gaby gives Amelia the life she wanted, although it just comes with horrible side effects. But that new life comes to a screeching halt when the demons come for her.
I was captivated by Arise; the vivid descriptions of the city made me want to run away to New Orleans. Although I enjoyed Hereafter, Arise was in my opinion is a much richer story. I think it was because in Hereafter I struggled to wrap my mind around Amelia and her world, and in Arise I already understood it so I just got to sit back and enjoy the story.
Scavenger Hunt Giveaway:
MundieMoms will be giving away a signed set of Tara Hudson’s books. Here are the details from Mundiemoms tour page.
In order to be entered to win Hereafter and Arise, you’ll need to visit each blog on the tour and collect the word each blog will be posting. At the end of the tour you’ll be able to put the words together to unscramble the sentence Tara has picked for this scavenger hunt.
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