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Sixteen-year-old Anna sees things from another world, the spiritual world, a skill that isn’t exactly useful in high school. It’s bad enough that her mother, possessed by a demon, took her own life when Anna was a child, a loss she remains tortured by. Now her father makes his living “clearing” haunted objects, and Anna’s job as his assistant makes her a social misfit. Most kids in her suburban New Jersey town refer to her just as “Goblin Girl.”
Only Freddy and Dor remain loyal friends. But Anna’s so focused on her own problems, she’s missed that her connection with Freddy is moving beyond the friend zone.
As junior year approaches, a rare solar storm lights up the night skies and the citizens of Bloomtown begin to act strangely: Anna’s teachers lash out, her best friends withdraw, and the school bullies go from mean to murderous. When Anna realizes she can harness this evil power, she sets out to save Bloomtown and the only family she has left.
This kind of sort of dark paranormal YA genre is not really my thing. However, I still enjoyed the book. It was easy reading and the characters were not just well-defined but realistic. The issues brought up that many people must experience and/or deal with were realistic too. At first, I thought there were so many issues that it would muddy the plot but in fact, it didn’t happen. All of the issues being so real, so everyday in some ways, made the supernatural and the quirky parts of this story fall together.
A good read and an excellent debut novel. The kind of read it never hurts to add to one’s repertoire.
read an excerpt...
Anna continued the staring contest with herself until the current of connection became so strong that she couldn’t look away from the mirror even if she wanted to. And then the details of the yellow flecks around her pupil—the golden starbursts in the hazel of her irises—suddenly grew sharper in the glass, crystallizing. Every muscle in her body tightened. Something was going to happen.
At first Anna thought she was shaking with fear, and then she was sure that a bee had flown into her mouth. Her jaw clenched instinctually, biting down. She braced for the soft crunch and searing sting that was sure to follow, but her teeth met without resistance. There wasn’t a bee, but her teeth continued to rattle as an electric thrumming spread throughout her body. Was this another portal attack? Anna wasn’t sure, but it was a vastly different sensation from the river rage—a much faster and higher-pitched vibration. She waited with dread for the shaking to slow and deepen, for the waves of hatred and misery to roll through her. But the vibration inside her increased in tempo, intensity and pressure.
It was like being in an airplane right before the wheels lifted off the ground—all that power. She was vibrating at a body-numbing, incredibly high rate, but was somehow still at the same time, like a tuning fork. It had been a mistake to try this in her room. What if the mirror gazing had opened her up even more to the destructive power of the portal spew? There was something familiar about it, the growing roar in her ears, but she braced herself and resisted with all her strength. No.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Caroline Flarity is a web content producer living in NYC. Her fascination with fringe topics and love of scary movies led her to begin her writing journey penning creepy screenplays. Her debut novel THE GHOST HUNTER'S DAUGHTER started life as a feature script, placing in the finals of the StoryPros Awards and as a semifinalist in Slamdance Film Festival's writing competition. She enjoys pitting her characters against both supernatural and cultural evils.
Author website: www.CarolineFlarity.com
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Some updates on the book: the ebook is widely available now, so readers can find it on their vendor of choice. I also recently reclassified the genre as ‘YA horror’ based on reader feedback. Good luck in the giveaway!
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Victoria, great to 'see' you again. Thank you so much for your continued support! So glad Kathy was able to enjoy the book even though the genre was not quite her thing. I probably should have classified the book as horror from the get go, but it took a few goodreads reviews until I understood it was a bit too dark for some unsuspecting readers. It's been quite the learning experience on goodreads/netgalley! Have a wonderful week and good luck in the giveaway.Delete
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Hope one of you wins that Giveaway and thousands of people buy your book Caroline!ReplyDelete