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review 2018-10-10 22:13
The Ghost in the Glass House / Carey Wallace
The Ghost in the Glass House - Carey Wallace

In a 1920s seaside town, Clare discovers a mysterious glass house in the backyard of her new summer home. There she falls in love with Jack, the ghost of a boy who can’t remember who he was before he died. Their romance is a haven for her from the cruel pranks of her society friends, especially her best friend, Bridget, who can’t wait to grow up and embark on romances of her own. As Clare begins to suspect an affair between her mother and Bridget's father, she retreats to the glass house. But that haven begins to crack when she realizes that Jack has lied to her about his name . . . From a dazzling and fearless new voice comes a shimmering story full of wonder and mystery, in a world where every character is haunted by lingering ghosts of love.

 

I read this book to fill the Ghost Stories square of my 2018 Halloween Bingo card.

I found this story to be somewhat reminiscent of Frances Hardinge’s The Lie Tree (or maybe it should be the other way around, since this was published before The Lie Tree.) I think it was a combination of a main character who is starting to question a parent’s choices and the time spent in the cave by the sea, complete with perilous journey to get there.

Strangely, it also reminded me of Edna O’Brien’s The Country Girls, with the frenemy relationship between Clare and her BFF Bridget. Clare is a bit like Kate, with her desire to find true love and Bridget is a lot like Baba, longing to experiment with life, excitement, and boys.

Many people say that teenage girls become obsessed with horses when they are looking for a safe outlet for their love and attention. Clare hasn’t got a chance of finding a horse to lavish her care upon, but she finds Jack, the ghost boy in the glass house behind their rented summer home. What could be safer than a ghost for a first real relationship?

Not as strong nor as well written as either The Lie Tree or The Country Girls, it is still a pleasant story and I wouldn’t hesitate to offer it to a young adult.

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review 2018-05-08 01:08
The House Next Door: A Ghost Story by Darcy Coates
The House Next Door: A Ghost Story - Darcy Coates

Darcy Coates has done a very creepy job with this book. I have read/listened to a few of her books and love them all so far. I love how she mainly does Haunted House books. Ghosts are my favorite. The book is Narrated by Emily Sutton-Smith. I really enjoyed her rendition of the book. She fully kept my attention all the way through the book. She has also done a great job with her character voices.

 

In this book Jo lives next door to a haunted house. The family living in the house flee's during the night with nothing but the Pj's they are wearing. They don't even bother to come back an collect their belonging.

 

Eight months later Jo gets a new neighbor. Anna is about Jo's age and seems like a very nice person. Jo and Anna become fast friends. Jo finally gets her chance to tour the house known as the Marwick House. She almost immediately knows it is haunted.

 

When Anna's abusive husband shows up at Jo's, she lies and tells him she doesn't know anyone by the name of Anna. As soon as he leaves she runs to let Anna know. She decides to spend the night at Anna's and this is where things really gets creepy.

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review 2016-02-13 05:28
Ghost in the House by Daniel Cohen
Ghost in the House - Daniel Cohen

This book has nine stories of haunted homes such as the Winchester house. Fast and interesting read, has some stories I never heard of before. Good book.

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review 2016-01-05 23:35
Ghost House
Ghost House (The Ghost House Saga Book 1) - Alexandra Adornetto

Despite all the negative reviews that liter the first page of each of the Halo trilogy books, I enjoyed the series very much. To some degree I even loved it. I saw all the valid points people made about Bethany’s character, but it was her vulnerability as an angel that won me over. I have wanted to read “Ghost House” for a while, ever since I heard it was coming out. The premise was much shakier this time, and honestly sounded like a book that was written for the sake of making money and buying into the YA ghost-loving romance fad. But still, I wanted to give it a go. While I could easily tune out all the negative reviews for Halo and say yes, they’re valid, but I know why I liked it and I’m content with feeling that, “Ghost House” made me echo a lot of the points people brought up, as well as have some thoughts and concerns of my own.

 

For starters, after a certain point I mentally rated this book as one star while reading, but it was the fast and relatively easy pace with which I got through it that bumped it up to a 1.5. With that ending, which I foresaw but still left me wondering how the hell it can possibly explained, I settled for a rather merciful 2. Mostly because I wasn’t ridiculously mad and frustrated with the book. It did, admittedly, provide a rather easy, leisurely read that didn’t require me to think. At all. About anything. Because it was a soap opera that I encountered dozens of times but still sometimes enjoyed immersing myself in, for some diversity in reading.

 

There really isn’t much to say about “Ghost House”, mostly because it doesn’t offer much. Not much originality, that is. There were numerous things that I disliked or was annoyed by, beginning with Chloe. It wasn’t her whinny and contradictory character, however, although I agree with the numerous reviewers on that point. Mainly it was that we have yet another rich, privileged female protagonist who, I paraphrase, at one point in the book states that she ‘dreamed of going to an Ivy League college and becoming a New York Times journalist afterwards’. Given America’s complex economic situation, I’m getting a little tired of books who portray only this small, niche dream which is actually very difficult to realize. It’s a very unhealthy mindset to push onto teenagers, and it’s even more terrifying how easily so many swallow this up and adopt a desire to live through a ‘Devil Wears Prada’ kind of life experience. Chloe’s friends are in the same boat, guilty of the same boat, but they add another layer of accusation onto Chloe: so do you like them or hate them? Make up your mind. It’s difficult when a character complains about how boring her friends are, with their ‘pencil skirt-minded world’, but please, if that’s how you feel about them, then leave. These two intertwining points are frustrations I have been having with authors and the publishing industry for a couple years, and I’m wondering why this niche lifestyle is so popular.

 

Other things, in no particular order:

Isobel’s character making it difficult to understand whether we’re supposed to sympathize for her because she’s afraid and lonely, or to hate her;

Alex’s character, which honestly I don’t feel sorry for, because as much as I get that you may love a person who’s already married, you still should respect the fact that they’re taken, both as a sign of respect to them and to yourself; the plot was predictable from start to finish, with aspects such as Joe’s character making me mentally put checkmarks in the stereotypical ghost-loving romance plot (I also ended up very mad at Chloe in the end, who seemed to have decided to work something out with Joe and then just goes back to California and is acting like none of that happened?);

the question of ‘where exactly is the plot going with this?’, where I felt like I was cheated out of any kind of suspense or intrigue or exciting explanation of why the heck Isobel is like that, but oh well, I guess I just have to swallow the fact that she’s there, and angry, and still loves Alex, and try to make up a fancy backstory on my own.

 

So it’s a very generous 2-star rating, given that I mostly had complaints for the book, with only the (predictable) but still surprising ending. If the last couple of chapters weren’t included, I actually would’ve wondered what the next couple of books could possibly be about. To be honest I still wonder what the next book could possibly be about…I might read the next one though, just to see how Adornetto will explain the (very predictable) bombshell she decided to finish the book off on. But for the most part, I’m closing my eyes on the Ghost House saga. I had a very light and joyous reading experience with the Halo series, which is one of my guilty pleasure series that I love despite all the things wrong with it. “Ghost House” doesn’t even come close. It was a quick read that didn’t make me form any emotional bonds with the story or the characters. Mainly I read it to satisfy my own curiosity and get it off my reading list, with a silent ‘thank goodness I took this from the library before buying it’.

 

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text 2015-08-15 23:32
So far
When I Found You - Catherine Ryan Hyde
Someone - Alice McDermott
The Ghost House - Helen Phifer
Journey by Moonlight - Antal Szerb,Len Rix
The Rival - Sandra Gustafsson
Hudlös - Sandra Gustafsson

What ever happened to this summer?

I´ve been working with the translation of my second novel (and third book) The Rival - (ready for pre-order here) and my new novel Hudlös (Skinless) that will be released in Sweden in two weeks.

 

I was supposed to read like 25 books - I´ve finished 3: When I Found You - Catherine Ryan Hyde, Someone - Alice McDermott  and Journey by Moonlight - Antal Szerb.

Almost half way thru The Ghost House - Helen Phifer now.

 

The best place to read this summer was in Greece.

Two weeks in Greece (with a three day stop by in Turkey to visit some friends) with my youngest son. Two weeks and only three books - I know, I really have to speed up a bit. 

 

 

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