Posts Tagged ‘Paranormal’

Ghost on Black Mountain

October 13th, 2011    Posted in 52 Books in one year challenge, ARCs, Fiction, Kelly, Literary Fiction
 

Five women narrate the story of Nellie’s unfortunate marriage to Hobbs Pritchard in Ann Hite’s Ghost On Black Mountain.

Set during the backdrop of the depression, ghosts and a sense of magic is woven through the story. Seventeen year old Nellie meets Hobbs as she works in a soup kitchen, and she marries him despite her mother’s objections.

Hobbs takes Nellie home to Black Mountain, and his cruel nature is slowly revealed to Nellie. She also begins to see the ghosts of people Hobbs killed, and she has to decide: will she take action, or end up becoming a ghost herself?

Ghost on Black Mountain is great for fans of Southern fiction, paranormal stories, literary ghost stories, and Southern gothic. The sense of time and place is wonderful, and the writing will suck you from the first page until the last. The different narrators all bring a new perspective to the story.

Title: Ghost on Black Mountain
Author: Ann Hite
Date Read: September 2011
Source: E-Galley

 

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

September 7th, 2011    Posted in 52 Books in one year challenge, Fantasy, Fiction, Kelly, Middle Grade
 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children took me by surprise. By the back cover copy, I thought it would more of a ghost story with maybe some light horror type elements. It’s actually a fantasy novel along the lines of an X-Men type story with no technology and a little more magic.

In the present day, teenage Jacob loses his World War II grandfather to what police and his parents call a vicious dog attack. Jacob knows this isn’t true, as he found his grandfather and saw the hideous monster responsible for the attack. Jacob falls apart, and eventually his father takes him to a Welsh island for six weeks. The island is interesting to both Jacob and his father. To his father, it’s a birdwatchers paradise. For Jacob, it’s a chance to research his grandfather’s past, as his grandfather was evacuated from Poland to an orphanage on this island during World War II.

Jacob’s grandfather showed both his son and grandson photos of ‘peculiar’ children, like a girl floating a few inches off of the ground. He told them tall tales of his life in the orphanage before he enlisted in the Army. As Jacob finds the bombed-out orphanage, he realizes that maybe those tails weren’t quite as tall as he’d assumed.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a great novel for both older middle-grade and younger YA readers. There’s a little romance but it’s inline with novels like Rick Riordan’s Olympian series. The old photos add a nice visual touch to the novel. This is clearly the first novel in a series, with an end that clearly sets up the adventure for the following books.

Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Source: Nook e-book
Read: August 2011

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Heartless is a strong addition to the Parasol Protectorate series

July 24th, 2011    Posted in 52 Books in one year challenge, Fantasy, Fiction, Kim
 

The fourth installment of the Parasol Protectorate series might be my favorite thus far. Alexia’s world is well developed, and the story gets off to a fast and funny start. Eight-months pregnant Alexia taking on the world of werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and Victorian society? Perfect.

When a crazy ghost (because in this world, ghosts slowly devolve into poltergeists as the longer they exist since death) contacts Alexia about a plot on the queen, the soulless one has to dive into action. It doesn’t help that vampires are trying to assassinate Alexia and her unborn child, and they’re not afraid to use demonic hedgehogs and exploding gravy boats.

The storyline is fun, and sheds light into the back-stories of several characters, including Alexia’s father. The resolution makes sense, and it’s a fun journey to get to the end. The novel sets up the fifth and final installment “Timeless” well, since Alexia’s baby isn’t necessarily what everyone expected.

The Parasol Protectorate series is great those who like supernatural novels with a mix of comedy and romance. It’s a great guilty pleasure read, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving strong cups of English Breakfast tea while reading this novel.

Read by: Kelly

Title: Heartless
Author: Gail Carriger
Source: Powell’s Books
Date read: July 2011

 

 

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Persephone myth retold in Meg Cabot’s Abandon

March 29th, 2011    Posted in 52 Books in one year challenge, ARCs, Fiction, Kelly, Young Adult
 

Meg CabotPierce knows what it’s like to die. After all, she drowned when she was fifteen. Her family just thinks she was resuscitated, but Pierce knows the truth. She escaped from the underworld.

In this retelling of the Persephone myth, Pierce is tied to John Hayden, a death deity of the underworld. His full powers and role are unclear, but he’s mysterious, dark, and handsome. He also wants Pierce.

Throughout the novel, Pierce’s history slowly unfolds, and the author will tease the reader with a small clue and then go into more detail later. Most of the book is shown in flashbacks, and the bulk of the action takes place towards the end of the book. I enjoyed this, in part because Pierce is a strong character and I enjoyed her voice.

This novel is the first in a trilogy, and I hope we’ll get more insight into Pierce’s friends and family. For example, Pierce’s cousin Alex is essentially a stranger to her when the story starts, and small aspects of his life are shown throughout the novel. He’s clearly meant to be a round character, and I look forward to seeing him come to life in the next two books (pun intended).

Abandon comes out on April 26, 2011.

Title: Abandon
Author: Meg Cabot
Date read: March 2011
Source: ARC from publisher

 

 

 

 

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