Tag: ghosts

Feb 12
The Ghosts of Misty Hollow (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery #6) by Sue Ann Jaffarian (review)

The Ghosts of Misty Hollow (A Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery #6) by Sue Ann Jaffarian (review)

There are a few different plot threads in the book. Some tie into the main mystery, and some tie together into a main side mystery. Both are woven together well. I liked how Emma interacted with the ghosts, and how her talent was portrayed. The characters were well-written, with enough fleshing out to feel real. Some I clicked with right away, and others I didn’t like so much. I guessed who the killer was early on, but had no idea of the why. I also liked how Emma had to look up historical records and put old clues together to… Read more »

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Oct 27
Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn (review)

Technically a re-read, but as I haven’t read it in 10 years or more and I wanted something spooky for October… This totally scared the crap out of me as a teenager. It isn’t as scary as an adult, but there are a number of spooky moments in the book. Heather is a horrible brat, constantly trying to get her step-siblings in trouble with her father, and trying to split up her Dad’s new marriage. But she is fairly well redeemed in the end, and the reason she was such a little terror is both believable and sad. I liked… Read more »

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Oct 12
Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25) by Laurell K. Hamilton (review)

Like the last book, Anita is finally getting back into police work and crime scene investigation more. There is still sex in the book, at least 3 different scenes (I didn’t count, but there were that many minimum.) Which when compared to the length of the book, and the amount of time spent on other things? Not really an issue for me. There are also a number of gory or gross things mentioned in the book. But if you’ve read the early books in the series, it won’t bother you much as the scenes are less bad than some of… Read more »

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Oct 11
The Red Ghost (Ghost #2) by Marion Dane Bauer (review)

The Red Ghost (Ghost #2) by Marion Dane Bauer (review)

Technically a series, but each book deals with different characters and different ghosts. This was actually creepier than I had expected for a kids book. Not too much so, but the creepiness factor was definitely there. It probably doesn’t help that I have a porcelain doll that has an outfit very similar to the one in this book! I liked how the kids discovered there was something not quite right about the doll. And how each of them had a slightly different experience, even if the voice was eventually a shared one. We do get to find out who was… Read more »

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Sep 12
By Familiar Means (Witch’s Cat Mystery #2) by Delia James (review)

By Familiar Means (Witch’s Cat Mystery #2) by Delia James (review)

Ghosts, magic, cats who can disappear and reappear at will, a killer, a mystery, and just a tiny touch of romance. This second book is just as engrossing as the first book. From the first pages it sucked me in and I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished. I really liked Grandma B.B. I hope we get to see more of her in the series. She was fun, and had no problems using her magic to find out what secrets people were hiding. Alistair is still one of my favorite characters. Always in the right place… Read more »

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Jul 06
A Ghost Called Dog by Gavin Neale (review)

A Ghost Called Dog by Gavin Neale (review)

This was such a fun book! The characters were all interesting, the children were believable, and I liked figuring out the mysterious bits. You don’t get a lot of magic right away (other than the ghosts), but you do get a little bit of history as to why magic is mostly gone from the world. I liked the ghost animals, though I didn’t like how cats are portrayed. The ghost T-Rex was a fun surprise. The book is apparently set in the UK somewhere, as there were a few phrases that were different than what we would say in America…. Read more »

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Jun 08
A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #12) by Mercedes Lackey (review)

I loved all the side mysteries as well as the main one. There were so many plot twists! But it never got into the ‘too many’ category, and it wasn’t confusing. It was quite funny how Watson had to twist magical explanations so that they sounded scientific instead, to make Sherlock Holmes believe or go along with them. Holmes was adamant that magic wasn’t real, and he was often loudly derisive about it. He did believe in Nan’s ability to read minds though, mostly because she proved it in such a way that he couldn’t think of any other explanation… Read more »

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May 19
Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech (review)

Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech (review)

This was a really cute book. I liked the explanation about how ghosts appear, and why the one Dennis wants most to see, wasn’t there yet. It was also really sweet the way he helped his Uncle Arvie with his three “pleases”. I loved the bit with the “wasps”, and how Dennis had to try to figure out what Uncle Arvie was saying to him. Uncle Arvie had a stroke when he was still alive, and so his words are all garbled. That seems to have carried over into his ghost-self. So Dennis’ dad is called his “pepperoni”, and Arvie… Read more »

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Mar 09
The Inn Between by Marina Cohen (review)

The Inn Between by Marina Cohen (review)

I loved this book! I was pretty sure what the twist was early on, but that didn’t detract at all from the story. I liked the flashbacks we got to see about what happened the day Emma disappeared. I also really liked how Quinn and Kara’s friendship was shown. By the end of the book you felt like you had seen them growing up together. The illustrations in the book were perfect. I liked getting to see some of the things the characters saw, and they were well-drawn. They fit the vibe of the book well. The Inn itself was… Read more »

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Feb 18
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1) by Paige McKenzie (review)

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1) by Paige McKenzie (review)

I loved the ghostly elements in the book. The way Sunshine interacted with the child ghost. And how the story unfolded. I didn’t expect most of the twists around why it was happening to her after their move. And while there is a minor romance thread, it is super minor. The strongest theme was the focus on family between Sunshine and her mother. They are best friends for most of the book, and do things you don’t always see in YA. Things like have movie nights, cook dinner together, poke fun at each other, and Sunshine raids her mom’s closet… Read more »

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