Book Review: ‘Elegy’ by Tara Hudson (‘Hereafter’ Trilogy #3)


Book Cover: Elegy by Tara HudsonThe Low Down: Getting off to a jarring start, Elegy must also tie up any and all loose ends presented in the previous installments. Easy, no? No. How do you end an epic love story between a ghost and someone who is completely alive?

Because she is a Risen ghost, Amelia can be seen by non-ghosts when she wants to be. This, of course, means a lot of alone time with her boyfriend, Joshua. In a cruel twist, though, they can no longer touch each other. But somewhere in the not-so-far-back of her mind, Amelia knows that the opening to the Underworld, the one that has plagued the inhabitants of Wilburton for years (whether they know it or not) has to be closed. The problem is that Eli, Gabby, Serena and Amelia’s father are all there. So Amelia must come up with a rescue before the portal is sealed.

Surprising everyone, Amelia enlists the help of Joshua’s grandmother. Unfortunately, things don’t go as planned, and the demon world’s demand for a weekly soul can’t go unpaid for much longer. The only thing to do is fight fire with…fire. But will it be enough?

Best Thang ‘Bout It: I’ll hand it to Ms. Hudson: the ending was perfect. That’s all I can say on that!

I’m Cranky Because: Usually, if I am going to have a problem with a book in a trilogy, it is always the middle title. A a bridge between volumes one and three, it can and can be dry and plot-building, paying less attention to creating a fulfilling, separate story line (while moving it ahead) than giving explanations and set-ups to finish the story. This time, I hate to say, it happened here in the last book. I found my mind wandering, getting easily distracted from the tale. There were some dramatic ups and downs, to be sure, but they were no match for the previous two volumes.

The Bottom Line: This series is absolutely well-worth reading; and now that the last book is out, I highly recommend reading them one after the other.

Elegy by Tara Hudson was published June 4, 2013 by HarperTeen. Ink and Page picked this book up from the library, so no one had a choice about whether it was reviewed.

Rating: 3

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Fantasy Paranormal Romance Series
Ages: 12 and up
You Might Want to Know: Talk of underage drinking

See my previous reviews of books by Tara Hudson::
Hereafter (Hereafter #1)
Arise (Hereafter #2)

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