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Elegy (Hereafter #3)

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A stalker ghost, misguided Seers, and spellbinding wraiths—Amelia Ashley has faced them all. Now her greatest hope is to spend the rest of her afterlife with her living boyfriend, Joshua. But the demonic forces return to give her an ultimatum: turn herself over to the darkness or watch them murder one living person per week until she does.

Amelia fears she might really be d
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by HarperTeen
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Aug 04, 2012 marked it as to-read

Ooohhkay now, let me guess.
Amelia will go back to her home and then she will go and search for her father. She will find Gaby somewhere in this book too. She will face the dark evil spirits and put an end to it. She will find a cure to be alive or atleast seen again or something special and then she will go to her mother and be like "Surprise! Its me, your daughter, who died in 1999." And then she and Joshua will finally have a happy ending.
Lets s
Khanh (the meanie)
Actual rating: 2.5/5

When I read books, I tend to take a lot of notes, quotes, observations, anything that stands out to me (for better or worse). After having read Elegy, I looked down at my notebook and realized that I've got almost nothing scribbled down. There was almost nothing that I found memorable. It wasn't exceptional on any front; it wasn't terrible, it wasn't good. I just didn't like it very much. From my subjective standpoint, it was just outstandingly boring, despite the fast pace a
Kate ♡
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
Wow! What an ending to an amazing, incredible trilogy!

This ending was so tragic and heart wrenching, gosh!
This series is the series that got me into reading, so it has a lot of sentimental value to me, i can't believe it's over.

Please, please; do yourselves a favour and read this amazing paranormal/ghost story, it's gripping from start to end and with give you so many feeeels, both good and bad!

ohhh, it's so sad that our strong and beautiful main character, Amelia died :( It's e
Dec 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Ok. So here's what I think.....
(warning! Spoiler alert!!)
Amelia dies with Eli, gaby, Serena, and her mom and then goes to heaven ( or so we think cuz she never told the flippin ending!!!) and then leaves Joshua her one and only true love on his own in the living world. I mean seriously! Could it get any worse! She should have told us the stupid ending!!! and THEN made the epilogue about the end when Joshua dies (finally!) and sees Amelia again! I was ex
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Bittersweet. That’s the word I keep coming back to each time I think about this novel. When I won an ARC of Elegy from the lovely Tara Hudson at RT, I was torn between starting it immediately and burying it for a while to avoid knowing the ending. I love this series so much and have enjoyed watching Joshua and Amelia and even Jillian grow into super awesome, fantastic characters. It was hard to watch this series end. I was afraid for the characters and the emotional turmoil I knew was ahead for ...more
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Elegy....... Elegy...... where to start this review. To say that I loved this book would be an understatement. I always get nervous when I read a trilogy because the ending sometimes is rushed and it ruins things for the reader. Can I just say that Tara Hudson you are BRILLIANT! I mean Amelia has faced so much from waking up dead in a river and not knowing what happened or why to having stalker ghosts, crazy seers, and who can forget our favorite friendly wraiths (NOT)!

All Amelia wants to do is
Vivian Lin
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My, oh, my, oh, my. *starts fanning myself* Wow. What a read. I just finished the book but, half way through it i was like I HAVE TO FINiSH THIS! Like, not because it was horrible, BUT BECAUSE I HAD TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPEND AT THE END! Was she gonna give herself in to the darkness? Or was she going to follow the light? I mean the choice is simple; the light, but after reading three quarters of the book u'd think "Woah are u actaully choosing the dark side?" But the end. My goddess. It was the sw ...more
Alice Liu
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While some of the surface action in Elegy didn't seem to support the plot and sometimes even defied logic, what happens below the surface is amazing. Tara Hudson captures the contradictory joy and grief that people face when they have a larger spiritual belief or knowing. "If you love someone, let them go" never rang truer than in Elegy. Hudson really shows what it means to have a love bigger than physical love, and what it feels like to leave someone behind, and what it is to be left behind. Th ...more
Colleen Houck
What a bittersweet ending to the trilogy. Many unexpected things happened but I really liked how everything wrapped up. I often sit next to Tara at conferences since both of our last names begin with "H" and she is an awesome person and a great writer. If you like ghosts you should pick up this series.
Nov 10, 2012 marked it as will-not-read
I'll only be reading this if I find out every single character in this book dies in the end, and the world erupts in flames.

But since that seems unlikely, sorry not really sorry, Elegy, I wont be reading you.
May 30, 2012 marked it as to-read
9-16-12; 11:54pm : I need this book. Now. I loved the first one, loved the second EVEN MORE. -sigh- Tara Hudson is amazing.
Jessica (a GREAT read)
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention 2013. I was in no way compensated for this review.

Tara Hudson's Elegy was an astounding end to the Hereafter trilogy. Ghost books can be hard to write, especially when they involve romantic interests and you know, romance. But somehow Tara manages to do it in a remarkable way! I was truly moved by the ending to this one, while I could see this ending coming, I still didn't expect it.

Amelia is now Risen, giving her a few extra perks
May 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Brittany Rehage
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most bittersweet novels I've read in a while. I knew what was coming, but that didn't stop tears from welling up in my eyes. I stayed awake until 3am to finish reading this book. I couldn't put it down.

On one side stand the evil forces that will not stop until they have Amelia under their control. They give her an ultimatum...she must give herself over to them, or they will kill someone she cares about every week until she gives in. On the other side, the forces of good offer
This whole series was just o.k.
Tara Hudson is not a bad writer, I just couldn't connect with the story or the characters.
If you're looking for a good ghost story, try Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake.
Beckie Stevenson
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've only just realised (after completing the trilogy) that I don't actually like Amelia or Joshua, but I still love the story. Humnn. Strange.

Nov 11, 2012 marked it as to-read
Psyched for this.
Aug 06, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

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The third book in a ghost trilogy is where I start to dread the fact that I'm reading a series that features a relationship between a human and someone who is dead. It's when reality sets in, and I realize that there aren't a lot of options that end positively for the couple in question. Although I love the HEA ending, it's a little unrealistic for the ghost to come back to life again, and most other endings involve a lot of s
Lynn Worton
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review 6******

This is the third and final book in the Hereafter Trilogy. I absolutely LOVED it!

Amelia Ashley is a fantastic character. I liked her from the first time I met her in Hereafter. No longer a ghost, but not quite alive either, she is Risen. She is still very powerful, but being risen has created a problem. Amelia can no longer touch her living boyfriend, Joshua. She will need all her strength to face what's coming!

Joshua Mayhew is also a fantastic character. He may be a bit of a sport
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this book, and I'm simply a puddle of emotion. I started this journey with Amelia, about two years ago, just happening to see that first beautiful cover on a shelf. I remembered liking the name, Hereafter, and vowing to read it when I got the chance. Naturally, I kept forgetting, and other books got in my way, but after a while I finally started to read it. And I kicked myself for not reading it sooner.
This has been one of my favorite book series, in the whole wide world. So bea
Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it

I put off reading Elegy for a good 3 months. I wasn't ready for the series to end. I just wasn't.
Deciding it was time, I picked it up, devouring it as expected and it was just beautiful. I loved the entire book. There were things I hoped would happen that didn't. And things I didn't want to happen that did.

I'm so happy that I was able to be a part of this journey with Amelia & Joshua and all the other characters & readers of this series. As many may have said it's a very bittersweet end
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Elegy is the third and final book in the Hereafter series. In this book, Amelia has to face evil beings who want her to join them in hell and threatens to kill her human boyfriend Joshua if she refuses.

The moment I read the epigraph I knew how the book would end. Normally authors have enough talent to pull it off by starting the book with a scene that happens later in the book without giving anything away. Sadly, it failed in this case.

Amelia makes another sacrifice for her friends. One that's p
Samiya Rehman
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
As you can imagine they're like "what the hell is wrong" they've never seen me cry. Then i try to explain it to them but i get all choked up in my tears.
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's a fearful thing to love what death can touch...

This was so freaking heartbreaking.

I knew it would happen, but nothing could have prepared you for the emotional onslaught.

It still hurts, you still end up in tears, curl up and rock yourself back and forth in a dark corner...*or maybe that's just me*...

I know it's the right and just way to end it, but i still cant keep my heart from breaking, mostly for Joshua.

I have so many feels, but there's just no right amount of words to express it.
Bonny Bon Bon
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy, ok, reviewed
Well... it only took 2 books to finally get something good even if I would have like a different ending to the series especially after EVERYTHING Amelia and Joshua went through. I hated this series!

Now some of you may ask why I continued to read the rest of the series if I despised the first book? That's only because I have a very large curious bone that forces me against my will to continue reading until I know what happens at the very end. This is the case, no matter how badly I want to give u
Pam Brokenshire
Jun 20, 2012 rated it liked it
I can't help feeling disappointed with this. The ending was just far too bittersweet and it didn't feel tied up very well. I wanted more of a conclusion and I feel cheated. What about Eli? What about her mom? There's so many things I am left wondering about and I'm disheartened by how incomplete this feels. The story was awesome, the characters wonderful, I can't see why it had to end the way it did. Maybe Tara is leaving it open for a spin off or perhaps she thought the mystery and somewhat swe ...more
Feb 19, 2012 marked it as didn-t-finish
If fictional worlds can end with a bang or a whimper, Elegy concluded it's series with the malodorous sound of a fart. This terrible conclusion dragged on the tragedy of the second book until even the sweet love story itches like a hair shirt. If you want to write a trilogy the Hereafter series is a prime example of what not to do.
Vaishnavee Suresh
Jul 03, 2013 added it
Recommends it for: NOBODY
Shelves: angels, summer-2013
Annabelle Marie Veronica
Don't know if I'll read this or not, but I adore the cover. Gorgeous.
Tara Jade
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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 hu ...more
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“I love you. And hell itself won't stop that. Sorry to put it so dramatically but, well, it's the truth." ~ Joshua to Amelia” 11 likes
“In our world, love is most certainly a weakness." ~ Belial” 7 likes
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