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review 2017-07-09 00:00
Give Up the Ghost
Give Up the Ghost - Megan Crewe This was a really solid paranormal YA entry.

Ghosts, in the non-scary sense, not shifters etc., and the romance is very believable teen stuff; light, awkward attraction that doesn't really go too far too fast and involves believable interactions. I found the MC's voice a little rough at the start, but came to appreciate how prickly and challenging she was.

It covers some tough territory, with family deaths, bullying, adults not coping well, secrets and backstabbing, substance abuse and suicidal depression, but feels clever, sarcastic and ultimately has some real heart to it, instead of just being bleak, grim, or miserable. The slow, tentative change arcs were unusually authentic; this plot felt like it reflects life better than most, but since it doesn't follow genre conventions and rigid plot structure so completely, it takes a little more work from the reader to appreciate.

Not just throwaway entertainment, but an enjoyable read nonetheless. Great quality; no issues with the editing or proofreading at all, which is refreshing. Bonus points for Canadian author! Will certainly look up her other books.
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review 2017-01-11 23:29
Give Up the Ghost (Phantoms #2) by Kelly Moran
Give Up the Ghost - Kelly Moran

I absolutely loved Jackson and Avas’ story. I’ve never really been into ghost stories or anything of the sort but, Oh My! Kelly Morans’ writing is just magical. And this series just keeps getting better.

 

My first thought was poor Paul, what an amazing character he is. I totally fell in love with him from almost the very beginning. Then again, i think anyone who reads this book will too (and you totally should, It's AWESOME).

 

Kerry is such a strong character throughout most of the book. She has her moments of doubt, but who doesn’t? She’s not just beautiful on the outside, Kerry has got the whole package. Lovely on the inside as well as out. Always putting others before herself. I loved her too <3

 

Paul and Kerry make a dynamic couple. They have a lot to sort out but i prayed they’d get through it and come out the other end smiling. As usual, Moran writes a fantastic story that i just couldn’t get enough of.

 

Still loved all the other characters from the Phantoms group. The new man was a great addition and i can’t wait to see what else he brings to the team. #FLOVE

 

I promise you wont be disappointed in this series. If you haven’t read them yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Source: morphybooksblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/11/give-up-the-ghost
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review 2016-11-12 00:00
Give Up the Ghost
Give Up the Ghost - Megan Crewe I found this story surprising.

Cass has pretty much given up on the living, preferring to spend her days getting all the latest gossip from her circle of ghosts rather than trying to make friends in high school. Not that the living would give her much of a chance if she tried. So when one member of the popular clique, Tim -- student council VP and all around fangirl favorite -- decides he needs her help, she's skeptical. But the possibility of digging up enough dirt for the ultimate revenge pulls her in. Except he's not quite who she thought he was, and she has to decide if she should keep helping the living or bury herself deeper in her ghosts.

I kind of expected more of a love connection, but it's actually not that much of a romance, which is kind of perfect, given all the ghosts in the story (figuratively speaking). This story really pulled me in, and despite the initial questioning about the ending, I found myself satisfied, hopeful, and happy.

It's a little Pride & Prejudice, but not in formula. The high school setting is a great backdrop for the drama, and the sometimes questionable goals of the protagonist, but the story is relevant no matter your age.

After reading (and loving) [b:A Mortal Song|30376044|A Mortal Song|Megan Crewe|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1470922362s/30376044.jpg|50890450], Megan Crewe is quickly becoming a favorite author for me.
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review 2016-07-15 10:05
Give Up the Ghost (Haunted Home Renovation Mystery, #6)
Give Up the Ghost - Juliet Blackwell

I was a little worried after the last book in this series, because after a string of solidly entertaining and ghostly mysteries, it was lacking hugely in plotting.  Happily it was just a blip; Give Up the Ghost brings the series back onto solid footing.

 

After spending an obscene amount of money destroying the historical integrity of a San Franciscan Victorian mansion, turning the inside into a soulless modern expanse of drywall and vinyl windows, the owners find the home haunted by a very pissed off ghost and impossible to sell.  After bringing in a psychic who tells them to restore the interiors as much as possible to appease the ghost, Mel is hired to do what restoration she can.  Almost immediately afterwards, the psychic is murdered.

 

The pacing of the story was great and Blackwell introduced another ghost-story sub-plot which I thought kept things moving and interesting.  She's also introduced some personal upheaval that I'd normally find to be a deal-breaker, but oddly enough, I find it welcoming.  Maybe what she was doing before didn't work as well as I thought it did.

 

The murder plotting was great: a nice distribution of clues and information meant the ending was a surprise and I love that Mel gets her questions answered through research instead of ridiculous amateur sleuthing tactics. 

 

Looking forward to seeing where Blackwell takes these characters next.

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text 2015-12-04 02:21
TBR Thursday - December 3
Pouncing on Murder - Laurie Cass
Ghost in the Wind - E.J. Copperman
Guilty as Cinnamon - Leslie Ann Budewitz
Give Up the Ghost - Juliet Blackwell
To Brew or Not to Brew - Joyce Tremel

December cozies are starting to arrive.  All except To Brew or Not to Brew are new books in existing series.  To Brew or Not to Brew is the first in a new one.

 

Total received this week: 5

Total read this week: 6, but 4 of those are re-reads

Total TBR (physical): 172

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