The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
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Age Range
14+
Release Date
March 24, 2015
ISBN
978-1602862722
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In that place where you're more asleep than awake any more, I hear something else. A phrase uttered in a child's voice, no more than a whisper: Night Night. Something freaky's going on with Sunshine's new house . . . there's the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mum believes her. Sunshine's always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort . . . If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can't help them? As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death. The first in a frighteningly good new series based on the popular YouTube sensation The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, created by Paige McKenzie.

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Teeming With Spirits and Mystery!
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3.7
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4.0
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3.0
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4.0
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is an intriguing novel capturing ghosts and the other world in a perfectly blended paranormal reality. Teeming with spirits, demons, and a species with powers to help the lost find peace, this is a novel you won't want to stay away from.

Sunshine just moved to a new home and now she's being haunted. The new guy at school, Nolan, is cute and wears old fashioned clothes kind of like her, her art teacher is super weird, and her new school doesn't have a dark room for developing photos. Mix all of these together and you have a home sick teenager and a whole lot of trouble. A team forms (Sunshine and Nolan), hunting for answers about the giggling little girl who just wants to play. The closer they get to answers however, the more Sunshine's mom and those around them are affected.

Sunshine is a strange girl, a lover of retro styles who has never fit in and never will. She doesn't care what others think, she uses saying such as "My Golly!", and she has trouble accepting things that are otherworldly. It's safe to say that she was feeling fairly unhinged as the hauntings continued, and she remained sane because she had a partner. She was slightly annoying, she claimed to care about everyone but it seemed like she only cared about herself (get the ghost to stop haunting her). She says she's not a crier but she cried a fair bit, and she didn't do much for herself, she left that to Nolan.

Nolan is kind and compassionate, but lonely and he likes to wear his dead grandfather's leather jacket. Quickly becoming a part of Sunshine's life, he is introduced to a world he never thought truly possible. He does research for Sunshine, tries his best to reassure and protect her as well as making sure she ha someone to talk to. They quickly become close friends. He risks his life for her and never strays far from her side. It is enjoyable to read about their time together.

Overall, this is an interesting start to the trilogy and it holds a lot of promise.
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Creeptastic!
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5.0
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I wouldn't read this in the dark...
Really though, I wouldn't. I ended up freaking myself out reading it in the middle of the night. Lol
This book was really gripping. It's the kind of book you can finish in one sitting. (If you aren't mega busy with people buggin you ever couple of seconds). It didn't take long for me to fall in love with this book. I really thought I had it all figured our about 20 pages in or so... I was wrong. So wrong. Sunshine took all this better than I would have. I would have probably just curled into a ball and cried my eyes out. Lol. Nolan.. Oh my gosh. So adorkable! Sunshine and him are so cute together! I don't see how Sunshine was ever friends with Ashley.. She was so stuck on herself. Or should I say "stuck on Chris"? *dramatic eye roll*
I really adored this book. it was creeptastic ! Haha.
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Great Ghost Story, Though Some Things Fell Short
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3.3
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3.0
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3.0
MY THOUGHTS
I was kind of worried about this book at first. Not because of he creepiness, but because I watched the YouTube series and it was a disappointment. Thankfully, this book was much creepier (which I love).

Sunshine's mother just moved the both of them to a new town and a new house. The house is creepy and Sunshine is convinced that it's haunted. She's hearing noises, coming home to her stuff rearranged, and she's having dreams of a little girl. Her mom remains unconvinced despite all the proof and she's becoming more an more distant. Sunshine teams up with a fellow classmate in order to figure out the ghost situation.

First off, I love the plot. I'm a sucker for ghost stories and the creepier the better. This one definitely had the creep factor involved. There were enough ghosty shenanigans and the book just got darker and darker! I didn't like the luiseach thing, though. It added an unnecessary "chosen one" plot that I could've done without. I just wanted an old-fashioned haunting.

As for characters, I hate Sunshine's name. It's a fine nickname, but otherwise, horrible name. Anyway, she's an okay character. She annoyed be with her "I'm not like other girls" thing. Especially since she thinks she's different for shopping at Goodwill. Other than that, she's likable and a bit quirky. Nolan, a friend she makes, is a great supporting character. He's a bit nerdy, which I loved, and helped immensely.

As for romance, there really wasn't any, though there must be some in the coming books.

IN CONCLUSION
I know it sounds like I'm complaining, but I did like this book. The ghost story is really what made the book and the ghost story was fantastically creepy! I will be looking into the other books when they come out.
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