Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator

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Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator
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12+
Release Date
August 16, 2012
ISBN
978-0525425847
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Violet Addison can chat with the dead, but what really frightens her is starting her sophomore year at a new school. Still reeling from the loss of her mother, Violet is about find herself in the company of ghosts . . . both playful and deadly evil. Standing at the threshold to an unseen world with newfound friends at her side, only Violet can uncover the truth behind her mother’s death and save the family business--paranormal investigation.
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A Cute Story
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator by Jill Baguchinsky is one part cheese factor with a large dose of an adorable story about a not so typical teenage girl's life. Spookygirl was so charming and endearing, I just couldn't help but to love it.

This book has the most fun chapter titles ever. My favorite is still probably "Who ya gonna call?" as who doesn't love a good Ghostbusters reference?

Violet, Tim, Isobel, and all the other characters are all way too awesome. I particularly loved Violet - she was such a great main character. All their antics were so easy to get caught up in and I had a blast reading this one. The plot was such clever and I loved how character driven it was.

Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator is the perfect sort of read for when you want a cute read to just sit back and enjoy. Jill Baguchinsky is an author to watch and I cannot wait to read more from her!
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Paranormal Investigator
(Updated: August 11, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
3.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
I was intrigued with the premise of a teen that not only sees the dead but decides to follow in her dead mother's footsteps and become a paranormal investigator. Think Veronica Mars meets the paranormal world.

First off I have to admit I do like Violet's spunk and determination. On the first day of classes she earns the nickname Spookygirl based on the fact that her father works in the town's mortuary. The first half of the book has some hilarious moments when Violet communicates with the dead. She doesn't do the whole, "Go toward the light", but rather has a matter of fact approach to dealing with the dead which is refreshing.

I also liked how there wasn't the usual rude behavior between father and daughter. You could tell that this was a normal, loving family environment.

The story has other moments that are filled with Violet's morbid-like sense of humor. She ends up solving a few paranormal 'issues' at the high school that are interesting. What did seem far-fetched was how she was able to tell others about her ability. Maybe she did this just to caught them off guard but I found it hard to believe at times. Also would teens just accept her ability right off the bat?

I loved Buster, the ghostly apparition that is kind of like a very hyper dog. Baguchinsky twists some usual stereotypes and instead shows their vulnerabilities such as the jock who loves art to the gym teacher who has her own Zen-like environment in her office.

The final climax felt rushed with an ending that was almost too wrapped up. One thing I did enjoy was the missing love triangle which probably wouldn't have worked in this story.

I have to say what makes this book stand out is Violet's sense of humor and determination to become a paranormal investigator which has a Veronica Mars feel to it.
Good Points
1. Violet has spunk
2. Fun twists on the usual stereotypes

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