Sunday, October 9, 2011

2011 Debut Novel - Hereafter

Christina Lee had this great idea of reviewing 2011 debut YA authors and I was lucky to be in the right spot at the right time, so I was able to review a book for today.

Due to my bad habit of procrastination, the book I originally picked, was unavailable at my book store. Which turned out to be good, because  I came across Hereafter by Tara Hudson and decided to give it a try. I have to admit it is the first paranormal book I've read, so I didn't know what to expect, but this book didn't disappoint.

Here's a run down of what the book is about:

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.



So not only is it a paranormal, but it's also a romance, and I'm a sucker for a good romance. And between a ghost and a living boy. What a great concept. Her descriptions of the afterlife is eerie and haunting (not a place I'd like to go). Since I haven't read any other paranormal books, I'd say this was a great one to get me interested in the genre.


So here's my question: Have you read any great paranormal books lately?



12 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

This sounds like a great premise for a book. I'm adding it to my list.

I've read a lot of YA paranormals. They're still one of my fav genres.

Melissa Hurst said...

I have this in my TBR pile. I'll get to it one day, lol!

I read Falling Under by Gwen Hayes and Clarity by Kim Harrington earlier this year. Both were wonderful!

Nicole Zoltack said...

I love the cover! This sounds like a great read.

Anne N Kenny said...

This sounds very interesting! I'll have to add it to my list.

Now I must sneak away to watch the Melissa McCarthy clip you posted on your last post :)

Southpaw said...

I don't think I've read a good ghost story in a long time. I do love the premise of this one.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I enjoyed Hereafter. Good choice. :-)

Christina Lee said...

I've read a lot and this still stands out as a great premise!!! On my list!!!

Robyn Campbell said...

I loved this book. You picked a great one. You awesome woman you! I love YA paranormal. Doesn't everyone? ;-)

Theresa Milstein said...

This book is on my wish list. I can't wait to read it!

Carolyn V said...

I haven't heard that one. I'm so glad you posted it. It's on the list. ;)

Nisa said...

It definitely sounds interesting. I'm loving all the great book ideas I'm getting from Christina's brilliant idea. Thanks for the review!

Janet Johnson said...

Sounds like a good one!

I recently read the Ghost and the Goth and really enjoyed it.