Welcome!!! Today we kick-off Tara Hudson's Blog Tour for Arise, the sequel to Hereafter. The blog tour is hosted by Mundie Moms and can be followed by clicking HERE. On this blog tour all the blogs will be posting a word, so that you can collect to enter the scavenger hunt. I'll have more info below on the scavenger hunt. And now, my review for Arise to start this tour off.
Author Bio: Born and raised in Oklahoma, Tara Hudson graduated with a degree in law, mostly because she believed all the horror stories about English majors and their careers in the food-service industry. Luckily, she soon remembered how much she loved telling ghost stories, particularly to her girlfriends who liked visiting abandoned cemeteries as much as she did. Tara currently lives in Oklahoma with her husband, son, and a menagerie of ill-behaved pets.
Author: Tara Hudson
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Ghost
Release Date: June 5th 2012
Review Source: HarperTEEN
Summary: (from goodreads) 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.
I have to talk about the cover for Arise. I liked Hereafter's cover but Arise's cover surpassed Hereafter in beauty. The color tones incorporated with the graphics are just beautiful. It truly captures the essence of New Orleans in the cover and still keeps the Ghost theme alive. Tara is one lucky gal that she has such a great team of artist behind her in these covers. I'm sure many authors would love to have that kind of talent for their covers.
This review will be as spoiler free as I can write it for Arise but I can't guaranteed that for Hereafter. I will probably mention or speak about things that took place in Hereafter that if you haven't read the 1st book, you will be spoiled. So you have been warned. Proceed with caution.
Arise continues after the ending of Hereafter. We know Amelia fought with the demons and Eli on High bridge and won. To what extent did she win, well it might not be what her and Joshua think. Amelia is also noticing she is doing things that don't seem normal for her state. How does a ghost dream, if she technically is not sleeping. These dreams are very vivid and really shake her up. Poor Amelia's issues don't end there. She also keeps transporting whenever its get a little to hot and steamy between her and Joshua. She can't control it and its really stressing her out. She begins to question if she is good for Joshua, how will they ever make their relationship work. Doesn't help that they attend a party and Joshua gets caught off guard and gets kissed by a girl from school. Amelia can't do anything about it and even though she is mad it happen, she knows that that is truly what Joshua should have. A real live girlfriend and real live friends.
So while Amelia tries to sort out their relationship and a message that was delivered by someone who she thought she was rid off. Its time for Joshua's family to visit the rest of the family in New Orleans for Christmas. They set off on a road trip which is actually sort of perfect for Amelia. Yes apparently Ghost like Amelia can do road trips in cars. She was told to leave and this seems like a perfect way to try out that idea. She doesn't tell Joshua her full plans, but he can tell she is up to something.
So to make a long review not so long, Amelia will encounter new people and new events that will alter the past 10 years she has been living as a ghost. Will she be able to stay with Joshua, will the demons come back to get her? What is a young ghost suppose to do? Well in Arise Amelia will eventually be introduced to someone who might be able to help or make matters worse for her. This is the part I tell you all you have to READ the book to know what takes place.
Arise will not disappoint, Tara brought more to the table in Arise. One of my favorite things about Arise is that Tara took her story to new Orleans and gave us such vivid details. Its just seems like a great combination to write about: Ghost and New Orleans. They go hand in hand. I have just one teeny tiny complaint and that would be Amelia and her indecision with Joshua. I wanted to scream at her and say Stop already. So maybe that shouldn't be a complaint. It actually just shows how much one gets involved with the storyline. For those new to the series, I strongly suggest you pick Hereafter up and those returing to the series, You will love where Tara takes this next chapter to. I can't wait until Elegy comes out next year.
Details for the Scavenger Hunt Giveaway: (from Mundie Moms post) Thank you to Tara and Harper Teen, Mundie Moms will be giving away 1 signed set of Tara's books. 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.
Once you've collect the words and figured out the phrase, please be sure to come fill out the form over at Mundie Moms. The first person to guess correctly will win. If there's any sort of tie than all the names will be put into a bowl and one name will be randomly drawn out to win.
Our Word: how