Book Review #139 – The Afterlife of Holly Chase

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 400 Pages
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Synopsis:
On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn’t.

And then she died.

Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . .

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Graphic Novel Review #13 – Watersnakes

Watersnakes by Tony Sandoval
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 144 Pages
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ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Synopsis:
Mila is a quiet, solitary teenager ready to put another boring summer vacation behind her until she meets Agnes, an intriguing adventurous girl who turns out to be a ghost. And not just a regular ghost, but one carrying the essence of a fallen king, and a mouth full of teeth that used to be guardian warriors. She introduces Mila to a wondrous world of secret places and magic that exists deep beneath the ocean, and the occult battle for freedom that approaches . . .

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Exploring & Recommending Monsters – Ghosts

BLOGOWEENPLOGO2We are almost halfway through Blogoween! How have you been doing on the event so far? As we continue on the 12th day of Blogoween, Lauren @ Northern Plunder has created today’s prompt to be about exploring and recommending your favorite creatures. Lauren has chosen vampires for her topic. However, as vampires are not my favorite, I am choosing to talk about ghosts for my 7th entry! Boo!
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Graphic Novel Review #9 – Louca – Vol. 1: Kickoff

Louca – Vol. 1: Kickoff by Bruno Dequier
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Louca, #1
Length: 79 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon]

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Synopsis:
Adolescence is a terrible time for most people. For Louca, it’s especially bad! Generally mediocre, a poor student, awkward with girls… he’s a walking disaster. But Louca has decided: starting tomorrow, he’s going to change! Still, that’s easier said than done… especially when your own mind keeps changing! Luckily, Louca will get a helping hand from a certain fellow named Nathan. Good-looking, amazing at football, funny, smart… this Nathan certainly seems like the perfect guy, and the best coach Louca could possibly hope for. With one little exception: Nathan is a ghost… How did Nathan die? Why can only Louca see him? Will Nathan manage to turn Louca into the kind of guy people want to be with? Will Louca manage both to pass his exams, and to win over Julie, the girl of his dreams?

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Arrow Review #72 – The Haunting Season

The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto
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Rating: 3/5 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 296 Pages
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Synopsis:
Be careful what you let in…

Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead.

The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all

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Arrow Review #17 – Girl of Nightmares

Girl of Nightmares By Kendare Blake
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Rating: 5/5 Stars
Series: Anna, #2
Length: 332 Pages
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Synopsis:
It’s been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can’t move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they’re right, but in Cas’s eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he’s seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong…these aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.

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Arrow Review #13 – Anna Dressed in Blood

Anna Dressed in Blood By Kendare Blake
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Rating: 5/5 Stars
Series: Anna, #1
Length: 320 Pages
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Synopsis:
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

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