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review 2017-03-01 22:03
One Sentence Review - The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker @AprylBaker
The Ghost Files - Apryl Baker

One Sentence Review - The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker @AprylBakerThe awesome cover for The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker was done by Deviant Art.

 

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The Ghost Files (The Ghost Files, #1)

 

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MY ONE SENTENCE REVIEW

The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker is an unputdownable, spinetingling, terrifying horror thriller that has everything I require in an over the top read...Ghost Whisperer on steroids, a serial killer, a bit of romance, and a young girl that kicks ass and takes names.

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GOODREADS BLURBSoon to be a major motion picture!

Cherry blossom lipstick: check Smokey eyes: check Skinny jeans: check Dead kid in the mirror: check

For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.

Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally. Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance. Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim… Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?

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review 2016-04-18 00:00
The Ghost Files
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This book. This book was so frustrating and just plain nonsensical at times I had to keep reading it because at times I said, well this can't be where the author is going. Oh wait, this is. Lovely (not really).

A young adult paranormal book that showcases the most beautiful girl in the world that has men and ghosts falling in love with her at a single glance. This is the first book in the Ghost Files series. If you can't tell that I have no intention of going near another book in this series, let me just say it here in the review. There is no chance of me reading the further adventures of sixteen Mattie Hathaway and her constant crushes on men and boys all around her.

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Told in the first person, we have Mattie Hathaway introduced to readers when she is in a bathroom and she sees a ghost. Yeah we find out pretty quickly that Mattie can see ghosts. It takes a while for a possible explanation of why she can see ghosts. And FYI enjoy hearing about the incident that caused her to see ghosts a few times in this story because repetitiveness was the way to go in this book.

Heading out to a party with her high school boyfriend Jake, Mattie can't help to take time to needle her foster sister Sally (did I mention that Mattie is an asshole but boy oh boy men can't help but admire her gumption?) and prepares to deal with her sort of friend Meg (who is referred to Megan and Meg throughout the book which drove me bonkers, pick a damn name and stick with it) and her jerk of a boyfriend who of course wants to have sex with Mattie. Because though Mattie has dark hair and all she apparently inherited her real mom's boobs.

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After attending the party for a quick second (and I mean a second) Mattie sees her foster sister's ghost and realizes that someone must have murdered her. Mattie demands to be taken home and there she attacked by a mysterious ghost which leads her to investigate what happened to her foster sister and is the same person who killed her linked to other deaths in this town.

This leads to Mattie meeting many other men who though they are older than her, with one of them calling her Jailbait by the way, all of them fall in love with her. I can't even wrap my head around the character of Officer Dan (what Mattie calls him) who is a 20 year old rookie who for some odd reason (oh wait, Mattie is the only beautiful 16 year old girl around) finds himself drawn to Mattie and oh acts like a jealous boyfriend about her having a boyfriend. This fool even invites Mattie home with him and she eats dinner with him and his family and his mother who apparently has better sense than Dan sees where this is going, though the father is tickled pink. WHO THE HELL ARE THESE PEOPLE?

Did I mention that Dan is a rookie police officer and is 20 and Mattie is 16? He even has the nerve to tell Mattie's boyfriend and Meg's jerk boyfriend that having sex with her would still be considered sex with a minor which would lead them to being charged. But hey I guess Dan somehow is exempt from this mess?

FYI there is no chemistry between Dan and Mattie. She acts like an asshole to him and everyone else around her. But apparently we are supposed to ruffle Mattie's hair and go you scamp.

The other characters in this book are not given anything to do at all besides admire Mattie or admonish her. Mattie's foster mother is a blank slate and her foster father is missing throughout this whole book. There are other characters introduced and dropped throughout this book (including the character of Jake) that I was sick of it by the end.

We also get introduced to a Doctor Infodump (not his name) who regurgitated a bunch of things which was really annoying. I hate infodumps via a character in a book like this because to me it shows the author didn't really think that hard about how to make the story work together. And of course the infodump led me to wonder how the hell did this Doctor find out all of the information that he did. What made me laugh out loud was when the Doctor goes that Mattie has a special power (of course she does) and I said oh look I think I hit the Mary Sue bingo.

The writing wasn't great. Mattie tells readers she doesn't swear though an earlier part of the book she says or thinks "arse" which led me to wonder if this book takes place in England somewhere (no it doesn't so the "arse" thing doesn't make sense.

Also, the repetition of words started to drive me around the bend. Do you like the word "buggers"? If not, don't read this book because Mattie keeps referring to ghosts as "buggers". Do you like reading about how Mattie is a virgin (of course she is) and that she hasn't done anything with a boy because she is very tough and has no intention of doing anything ever. What toughness has to do with her choosing to have sex baffled me and I don't really care to wonder why they were linked. I also felt like the author grabbed a few ideas she saw on the show "Dead Like Me" and incorporated them into this book.

The flow was terrible in this book. I mention the constant repetition. But we also get introduced it feels like to a ton of guys in this book and all they did was swoon all around Mattie which made the book drag. We also would have Mattie comment on each and every guy and say that there was nothing wrong with looking because she had a boyfriend. And we do get a great scene with Dan and his girlfriend when Mattie acts like a total asshole towards said girl because Mattie thought she was better than said girlfriend.

The setting of this book I figured out eventually was somewhere in North Carolina and with the setting not being utilized at all besides just being a place where this book takes place.

The ending was a mess. A reveal is made which had me rolling my eyes. I guessed at it just because there were not a lot of characters to choose from who were the big bad in this book. And of course we have undying love pledged to Mattie. We have a cliffhanger of sorts in the end, but since I don't care what happens to Mattie after this book I just hard shrugged when I got there.
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review 2016-02-02 00:00
Touch Me Not
Touch Me Not - Apryl Baker Touch Me Not - Apryl Baker The book was given to me for a honest review.
The book introduces you to Nikoli the Casanova of Boston University. He is quite happy to have a different girl on his arm every night and is not one for a serious relationship.
This all changes in his final year when he spots Lily and even though he has been warned off her, he still wants to get her into bed. What he does not know that Lily hates to be touched.
The story tells how their relationship develops and how Nikoli breaks down Lily's fears of touching but in doing this breaks down his own.
Throw in an illegal car race and the fear of a serial killer and you have a great story.
You will fall in love with this story from the start and find yourself going on the journey of discovery with Lily.
This is not just a college campus romance, this is a beautifully written love story.
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text 2015-02-19 15:59
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review 2015-01-21 19:13
Enjoyable Read
The Ghost Files - Apryl Baker

I picked up the first book in this series for 3 reasons. One, I just signed with the publisher and I wanted to check out some of their books. Two, it looked different and I needed a little change. Three, it was FREE. Who doesn't like free?

 

I loved this book. It sucked me in and I had to find out what happened. The heroine of the story, Mattie, is a foster kid who can see ghosts. After a near death experience as a child (her mom tried to kill her by stabbing), she has the ability to see ghosts, but she pretends they aren't there until her foster sister comes to her.

 

No one wants to believe her when she tells people her sister has been kidnapped because the girl has run away from foster homes before. One adult officer named Dan does believe Mattie, and together they begin to solve the crime of what happened to her foster sister and the other kids that have been coming to her. Turns out, there is a serial killer on the loose.

 

This is a young adult book and there is no romance in it. There is a lot of suspense, and you'll be flipping the pages to see what comes next. I will say, I had a pretty good idea who the killer was from the beginning. It could be that I'm a writer myself, so I can get into an authors head and know where they are going. The book is being made into a movie and I can see why. The author, Apryl Baker, tells a very good story. Her writing flows well. I will definitely be picking up the next in the series to see what kind of adventure Mattie has next.

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