Ghost Huntress: The Awakening
Psychic Kids, Paranormal State, Haunting Evidence--these and countless other television shows are making believers out of millions of people: Ghosts exist, and they're living right beside us. For centuries, individuals have been trying to prove the existence of ghosts. But without hard evidence, it's been difficult to make the case. But now as science and technology have progressed, ghost hunters have been able to use scientific means, along with more traditional psychic tools, to make their case. Photographs, video recordings, and sound recordings are all producing some amazing results.
In this new series, Ghost Huntress, meet Kendall Moorehead, a seemingly typical teen. When her family moves from Chicago to the small historical town of Radisson, Georgia, her psychic abilities awaken. She's hearing, feeling, and seeing things that seem unbelievable at first, but with the help of the town psychic, Kendall is able to come to terms with her newly emerging gift. So, together with her new BFF, Celia, Kendall forms a ghost hunting team. They've got all the latest technology. They've got Kendall for their psychic. Now they're going to clean up Radisson of its less savory spirits.
The story is fiction. The science is real. Welcome to a new reality.
Ghost Huntress: The Awakening is the first book in Marley Gibsons new series about Chicago girl Kendall Moorehead, whos just moved to the deep South Radisson, Georgia, to be exact. Not only does Kendall have to adapt to small town ways, she has to deal with the voices she hears in her new house.
Voices from another realm.
Kendall hooks up with Celia Nichols, a teenage girl who has the paraphernalia and the know how to track down the source of the voices Kendalls hearing. Soon, Celia and Kendall form their own ghost hunting team joined by new friends along the way, one of whom just happens to be a super cute blue-eyed boy Kendalls dreamed about. But they might run into more trouble than they've bargained for when Kendall has visions of her dad being hurt...visions that come true.
Action, romance, suspense and spooky fun are waiting for you in The Awakening. Just dont stay up too late reading, or you might not be able to go to sleep!
It took me a while
to get into this book. In fact, at first I was worried that I wasn't
going to like it at all. Generally, I'm a fan of paranormal lit, as
well as TV shows (I secretly love watching Ghost Hunters). So, that
meant I understood most of the technical terms that were thrown around.
Since the first half of the book was spent introducing characters, and
ghost hunting tech, that could be a reason why it wasn't holding my
interest. The first half also chronicles Kendall's discovery of her new
found abilities, and trying to cope with the fact that she can see and
talk to spirits.
I think my main issue was the language used by
the teens. Seeing "BRB" as part of a conversation, or extended vowels
(i.e "yeeeeeeah") really pulled me out of the story. While I'm sure
some teens talk like that, I've personally never heard it. There were
also a lot of brand names mentioned in the descriptions. While I
appreciate what the author was trying to do (hey, who doesn't love a
little more description in books), I personally would rather read more
description of the surroundings as opposed to the clothes. It feels
awkward, because I never think to myself "I'm wearing _________ brand
jeans and a cute top from _____". In the second half it had toned down,
possibly because that was when the action began. So, I was able to
concentrate more on the story.
Overall the book was okay. It's the start to a series, and I'm looking forward to book two, Ghost Huntress: The Guidance.
Now that the author doesn't have to introduce the characters and tech,
I think that the story will flow more. Definitely an interesting read
if you want to learn a little bit more about ghost hunting, or feel
like getting creeped out right before bed
Most teenagers worry about making friends and fitting in when they have to move. But what do you do when your new town is haunted, and on top of it all, you seem to have become some sort of homing beacon for every restless spirit in the area?
Kendall Moorehead is just a typical teenage-girl-next-door when her family moves out of the hustle and bustle of Chicago and into the quiet, sleepy town of historic Radisson, Georgia. Since the move, Kendall has had the annoying problem of not being able to sleep. But when she begins experiencing the pain of those around her and hearing strange voices, that's when she becomes really panicked. It's not until a chance encounter with local psychic Loreen Woods that Kendall is able to come to grips with what is really happening to her. Shes not schizophrenic (like her ultra religious mom thinks she might be). She's just psychic!
When Kendall confides in next door neighbor and newfound friend Celia about her abilities, Celia eagerly suggests they begin ghost hunting together. Kendall embraces her newfound gift with gusto, and vows to rid her home of the ghost she's made contact with, as well as the more pressing problem of a malevolent spirit taunting her father at work. Armed with an unlimited Amex and Celias bountiful knowledge of paranormal investigative tactics, the duo quickly assemble a quirky team of charismatic characters to assist them.
Ghost Huntress, Book 1: The Awakening was a fun, fast paced beginning to a spooky trilogy. Kendall was a likeable and believable teenager who just happened to be struggling with a unique gift. The drama of restless spirits added a nice contrast with familiar issues of teenage insecurity, family quibbles and relationship misunderstandings. Kendalls diverse ghost hunting team added an interesting dynamic to the book and I enjoyed their well drawn characters. One of my favorites was the recently popularity impaired Taylor Tilkins, a beautiful, talented photographer with a nervous tendency to blurt out French expressions. Celia Nichols, the walking encyclopedia of knowledge with an impressive ability to relate any situation to a Shakespearean quote, was my other favorite character.
There has been some criticism about Gibsons use of product naming in the book, and while I understand the potential for a book to become too dated down the road, I believe Gibsons teen audience will appreciate the numerous cultural references in Ghost Huntress and identify with Kendall even more because of them. However, older readers may become turned off by the constant product labeling and some editing down mightve helped the book connect with a much wider audience.
It was obvious when reading Ghost Huntress that Marley Gibson had done thorough research on ghost hunting equipment and techniques. I appreciated how she described in detail the basic types of equipment, but didnt lose the reader with too much technical jargon. Another interesting aspect of the book was the incorporation of personal and spiritual protection methods for ghost hunters. I never realized there was so much religion intertwined with ghost hunting. The scene where ghosts did actually appear are what really drew me in though.
BOTTOM LINE: Grounded in science, Ghost Huntress is an entertaining, spooky offering in what promises to be an exciting new ghost hunting series. Make sure to read the great excerpt at the end of the book for Ghost Huntress, Book 2: The Guidance due out in September too. Its a great teaser for the sequel!