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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?

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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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text 2015-05-27 03:28
A Good Supernatural Read
Give Up the Ghost - Kelly Moran

 

**ARC provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**


Such an enticing blend of mystery, romance, and paranormal investigating! Give up the Ghost is the second book in the Phantoms series, but can be read as a standalone.

Six years. That's how long Paul and Kerry have been working together on the paranormal TV show, Phantoms. It's also how long Paul has been in love with Kerry, without her knowledge. Kerry is somewhat of an empath, sensing people's feelings both alive and dead, which is why Paul has kept his feelings for her hid away. Their contract states 'no dating within the crew', and Paul knows how important the show is to her.

The night before their meeting to find out where they will be investigating next, Kerry looks out her apartment window and sees...herself, dressed in the same pajamas, and staring at her with a blank expression. She immediately calls Paul, hysterical. He's her best friend and the one person she depends on. Paul uses his key to enter Kerry's apartment, and finds her sitting on the floor. What she's saying doesn't make any sense to him and he tries to calm her down so she can explain, again, what she saw. However, Paul doesn't know what to make of it. Knowing she's safe, he returns home so they can both get some sleep.

At the meeting, they are introduced to the newest member of their team, Cain. They also find out they are going to be investigating a ghost town in Black Canyon, Arizona. Before boarding the flight, Cain overhears Kerry and Paul talking about what she saw the previous night. He does some research, and by the time they get to their hotel room in Arizona, has an answer for her. A doppleganger, which is usually a harbinger of death. Whether a warning for herself or someone close to her, they don't know, but Paul is determined to keep her safe.

During their time in Arizona, they experience more than one hospital visit, threats from invisible forces, and confessions.

I knew the moment I started reading the 'terms' section at the beginning of this book, that I was going to love it. I knew all of the terms and devices mentioned in that section. Anyone who knows me, or has read some of my reviews before, knows that I am a paranormal junkie. This is such a good idea, a ghost-hunting romance? I'll be the first to volunteer for that read! Not to mention a friend-to-lovers romance...with a guy who smells like books, I might add.

One of my favorite parts was the Mary Mackaby mystery. The interaction between the supernatural and the ghost hunters was fascinating! The author had perfect timing when it came to those "didn't see that coming" moments. If you like the paranormal, romance, or paranormal romance--this book's for you!
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