Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Enchanting Review: Ghost Huntress

YA paranormal
Houghton Mufflin Harcourt
ISBN # 9780547150932
352 pages
Paperback—Available now

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Sixteen-year-old Kendall Moorehead is having a hard time adjusting to her parent’s recent move from Chicago to the small town of Radisson, Georgia. For one thing she can’t sleep. Not at all. Her father brings home a white-noise machine which should help her fall asleep but instead she starts hearing a scary voice that shouldn’t be there.

Kendall finds out that most of Radisson is haunted. Celia, a local resident and student at Kendall’s high school, lets her in on how she can go about finding out what’s behind the strange voices. In the meantime, Kendall’s father is being attacked by an invisible force at his new job. Should Kendall listen to Celia and form a local ghost hunters team to find out more? Can Kendall deal with her abilities to communicate with the dead in time to help?

I enjoyed this teenage ghost hunter’s book. The author does a great job showing the whole world of those who search out for ghosts and other paranormal things. In fact, the author is a paranormal investigator. Kendall’s struggles with her nurse mother not accepting her paranormal ability felt real. Her relationships with kids at her new high school were interesting. I guess if you live in a town where most houses are rumored to be haunted by Civil War ghosts, someone showing up and claiming to actually see them wouldn’t be that hard to believe.

What did feel forced was the whole pop references throughout the book. Also the crossing felt a tad bit abrupt. The sequel to GHOST HUNTRESS is coming out this fall. For those who love watching GHOST HUNTERS and GHOST ADVENTURES this book will appeal to them. I know I’m curious what Kendall will do later on with all those ghosts waiting to be helped.

Marley Gibson is a member of the New England Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the creator and founder of Chick Lit Writers RWA. Marley works full-time as a meeting planner and lives in the Boston area with her husband Mike. Find out more at http://www.marleygibson.com/ or her blog www.booksboysbuzz.com.

August 2009

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