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review 2017-06-29 22:25
great story and characters
Kindred Spirits (Restless Spirits Book 3) - Jean Marie Bauhaus

Christine/Chris  lived with her sister Ron and her man Joe and their dog Buster. The thing was Chris was the only live person in the house the rest where ghosts but that was okay because Chris could see and talk to the dead. Ron had been a successful author and left the royalties from her books to Chris but Ron too had been killed as she had been pushed down the stairs and died. Christine was a medium and she was the real deal.Christine doesn’t charge people she just wants to help both the dead and living. Derek is a non believer and a crime reporter who lost his brother to a violent crime and still felt guilty even though it had been fifteen years . Jimmy had been killed by a thug from a home invasion and the murder had never been solved. Derek also had a reason for his non belief. When Jimmy had been murdered Derek was thirteen and his father paid a psychic to try to communicate with Jimmy and  the person was a fraud and totally screwed them over. So Jimmy did a news piece on Christine and in his mind and many others proved she was a fraud and hurt Christine's reputation as well as Christine . But this was deja vu as  when Chris was in high school and Derek a junior in college he had come to Chris’s school to write a piece on her paranormal club he had written such a nasty piece that the club had almost been shut down.  Ron is very mad and finds Derek’s home and goes to haunt it when she finds out it is already haunted by Derek’s brother Jimmy but he doesn’t know how to get Derek’s attention. Ron decides to help him and says Chris will help him to. Ron also teaches Jimmy some tricks to draw Derek’s attention and promises to return so Jimmy can communicate with Derek and move on. It has been fifteen long years for Jimmy.  Derek doesn’t want Christine near him as he blames her for the tricks Jimmy did trying to get Derek’s attention. Even though Christine mentions Jimmy’s murder and he was there Derek doesn’t believe her and thinks she just looked up Jimmy’s murder and got the information.  Derek does finally remember the incident when he had been a junior in college as he had felt Chris was familiar to him.  Now Chris feels a sizzle with the smallest touch from Derek.  Derek showed up one morning with coffee and donuts and apologized for his piece on the news and said he would make it right somehow. Jimmy had finally got through to Derek and talked to him using scrabble tiles. She also gave Derek a  ghost box that somehow allowed ghosts to talk through to the living. Then Derek asked for Chris’s help with Jimmy and she forgave Derek and agreed.

I loved this story it was great. I chuckled while reading this book at times and choked up once or twice. I loved how Ron still felt protective  as the big sister even though she was dead. I loved how forgiving Chris was especially that wasn’t the first time Derek had hurt her and almost destroyed something that was important to Chris. Also that Chris was willing to help Derek even f it put her and Derek in danger. I liked Derek’s and Chris’s relationship after Derek finally believed that Chris was the real deal and not a fraud. I understood why Derek was like he was until Jimmy finally broke through to Derek. I absolutely loved this story, and the plot and pace. It was an easy and fun read, I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this story and I highly recommend.

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review 2017-04-05 19:47
Restless Spirits by Jean Marie Bauhaus
Restless Spirits - Jean Marie Bauhaus

 

I love reading paranormal books. And My favorite cast of characters are ghosts.. This book was one of the better ones I have read. I love how the characters were predominately ghosts. There were very limited alive characters in the book and they had tiny parts. One the sister had a bit larger part but it was still a small part. I really enjoyed that this book was written in 1st person or should I say 1st ghost since it was the recently deceased Veronica's story.

 

Veronica "Ron" and her sister own their own paranormal research group. They finally get a chance to investigate a house all paranormal enthusiasts have been dreaming of. Veronica against her sisters wishes goes to the house alone to get a feel for the place. Once there she is killed and becomes one of the resident ghosts of the house. 

 

She learns from the other ghosts in the house that Sarah a small child ghost has turned this house into a prison for all of their souls and there s no escape. Veronica does not this news setting down and is determined to get them all out of the house. She knows her sister will come back to pick up the equipment that she brought with her on the day of her death and starts planning how to communicate with her. 

 

Her sister has always been able to see ghosts but with the way Sarah has their prison set up she knows her sister will not be able to see her. So sh strikes up a plan with the hep of the other ghosts to contact her sister. Eventually Ron figures out what she can and cannot do and how emotions play a part in enabling her to be able to touch things, make herself heard and eventually leave the house. She also figures out that Sarah must be beaten to save all of their souls.

 

This is kind of a short book, which is good because I couldn't put it down. I read late into the night but finished and was actually able to get some sleep, if it had been longer I probably would of never got any sleep I would of set up all night, 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2016-10-23 18:41
Pretty interesting book I received throw Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley
Restless Spirits (Volume 1) - Jean Marie Bauhaus

 

 

 

I really love ghost stories. This book was a very interesting one that's for sure. Veronica or Ronnie as people call her is one of the ghost in the book. When the book starts she had just died. I liked that the ghost were being kept their by a mean little ghost child. Sarah is the awful and scary girl ghost. What happened to her and why was something that's for sure. Some other ghost are Joe who Ronnie likes, Lilly, Ruth, Maxwell, Ed, and Clarice who she is might surprise you, more surprising is who killed her and why. Of course the alive person is Ronnie's sister Chris, who can see and talk to died people. Chris, Gus, and Ronnie are ghost hunters. 

 

Ronnie I liked, but my favorite was Lilly. How she died was awful, and something that happens to her in the book was awful and sad. Yes she's a ghost but remember Sarah the ghost that are keeping them there is not your normal ghost. 

 

I thought the ending was a very interesting why to end the story. I really enjoyed the book a lot and give it 4 1/2 stars. 

 



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review 2015-10-07 05:13
Restless Spirits (Spirits #1)
Restless Spirits - Jordan L. Hawk

TW: racism, homophobia, transphobia, mention of past sexual assault

 

I guess they never heard the phrase "salt and burn" because that would've saved everyone here a lot of trouble. Then again, the book would be much shorter. 

 

Overall, I liked this a lot. The paranormal elements were pretty predictable and hit all the major plot points you'd expect from a typical ghost story. I can't say I was every really on the edge of my seat at any point during the book, and so that whole plot was the weakest point of the story. 

 

What I did really like was the relationships. Henry has been hurt by fake psychics before and wants to save others from being scammed to. His solution is taking a scientific approach to ghost hunting. He's teaching his cousin, a young girl named Jo, to be his apprentice. This raises eyebrows everywhere because Jo is mixed race, half-white, half-black, and acknowledging her as family in that day and age (I don't recall reading a precise year, but sometime after the Civil War) was a big no-no. Henry doesn't care. He's dedicated to raising and protecting his cousin and teaching her a livelihood that she can use to support herself.

 

Vincent is a medium and can sense ghosts through smell. His last seance went horribly wrong and since then he's been hesitant to have anything to do with ghosts at all. Vincent is half-Native American, but was never raised among his tribe and doesn't even know which tribe he's from. His partner at work is Lizzie, who has secrets of her own. She convinces Vincent to join her on a ghost hunt that could save their shop. They too are very dedicated to each other, and have no secrets between them. 

 

I wasn't entirely feeling the relationship between Vincent and Henry, but I admit I was distracted while reading this book and that no doubt effected it. There's also an element of insta-love here since they go from being wary of each other as competitors to risking life and limb for each other over the course of a couple of days. Insta-love isn't usually my thing and it didn't really work for me here. Still, there was enough genuine caring between them that it didn't bother me too much.

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review 2015-09-18 06:29
Restless Spirits (Jordan L. Hawk)
Restless Spirits - Jordan L. Hawk

This is my second attempt reading this book. The first time was back earlier this year when it was just released. Maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind because I couldn't even pass Chapter 1. So I put it aside. Since then, a couple of my RL friends have read this: one liked it just okay, the other one didn't. So I got their opinions about it. Then book #2 was released couple of days ago and I thought I should give it a second look. This is Jordan L. Hawk's book, we're talking about :)

Well, it worked!! I guess sometimes a book needs the right 'moment' and this was one of the case.

I'm going to be honest, the main characters especially Henry Strauss and Elizabeth Devereux weren't easy to like. Henry was bordering snobbish and judgy towards all mediums while Elizabeth was also a bit cold. Duly noted they both had valid reasons to react like they did: Henry because he lost his family fortune to a fraud medium while Elizabeth had a totally different problem (which you must read by yourself, since I thought it was brilliant). Compared to them, I found Vincent Night was easier to like -- although the most darling character here was definitely Jo Strauss, Henry's black cousin slash assistant.

Having said that, because I have been pretty much 'warned' by those two friends of mine, I was also able to put a kind of 'distance' towards the characters. Meaning that I was able to enjoy the snappish behavior from Henry or Elizabeth as well as Henry's penchant to keep repeating that science was better than human as pure entertainment. I was actually amused with their rivalry and kept wondering who was going to 'win' the contest to get rid of the ghosts. I thought it was cute ^o^.

On top of that, I also very much enjoyed the ghost hunting part. It was creepy but it was good.

I'm looking forward to the next adventure of these people :)

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