Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

No longer alive yet not truly dead, Amelia must fight extra hard to maintain relationships with the living in the human world, in particular with the boy named Joshua. They can hardly touch without Amelia dematerializing and being transported halfway across town. Desperate for answers, the two teenagers seek out Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans hoping they might have a solution to the problem. Unfortunately, this only results in even more unanswered mysteries for Amelia. Just when everything seems hopeless, Amelia meets Gabrielle. Against overwhelming odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life which allows her to mingle with the living. This is just the sort of life Amelia would pay anything to have.

Arise is a sequel to Hereafter and I would suggest reading them in order. There is a lot of back story to Amelia and her relationship with Joshua and his family that I feel might be important when picking up Arise. Amelia is a lost wandering soul and has a love interest in the human named Joshua. The complications of being dead and having darker forces interested in her eternal soul can cause havoc and even extreme danger to any living persons she chooses to involve in her life.

Fans of the ever popular supernatural love stories will definitely be interested in Arise. It was likeable enough and decently written. I’m a little over the supernatural love story fad, but it was and interesting enough read. I felt slightly lost having not read Hereafter before picking up its sequel, but I got the gist and it did not hurt the main story. I give credit to Tara Hudson for going with ghosts and voodoo rather than the currently overdone vampires. I also enjoyed the inclusion of voodoo being that the story was set in New Orleans.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.

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