Title: Arise (Hereafter #2)
Author: Tara Hudson
Genre: YA/Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Arise is the interesting sequel to Hereafter by Tara Hudson.
Arise takes place about two-three months after Amelia banished Eli to the netherworld. In the beginning, the story does start off a bit slow, but quickly gains momentum the farther into the plot you get. I love Louisiana, so I was tremendously excited when I found out that Arise took place in one of my favorite states.
It's interesting how Hudson incorporated old voodoo traditions and spells and all that jazz into the story. It did seem a bit far-fetched when I read the summary, I mean, I didn't really expect the series to take this drastic of a turn. But I guess she was trying to find more ways to fit in some diverse bad-guys.
Amelia does start new friendships; some end happily, some end strained and tearful. I completely fell for some of the new characters; some were sweet, some were snappy.
Amelia and Joshua's relationship didn't seem to flow as it did in Hereafter, where everything felt natural. But in Arise their interactions felt too mechanical, too forced. It might just be me, but that's how I felt.
There was definitely more drama in Arise than in Hereafter; all of the running, escaping, and magic-playing really made it more exciting to read. There was even some mystery and suspense, and I am a girl who craves mystery, so this pleased me very much.
Overall, I'm giving Arise a 4/5 because I adored the new additions to the crew and the mystery/suspense, but I would just label this book as 'average YA fiction', not 'star-slapping-amazing.'
Although, I will be purchasing the third book in the trilogy, Elegy.