Usually when I do book reviews it is for younger children with the occasional YA/NA book thrown into the mix. I read a lot of works in the young adult genre and today I thought it was time to go ahead and highlight a book for the older teen. Warning: Cover those impressionable eyes, this one is definitely not for the little ones! Although, to be fair, I would have read it when I was young and I would have allowed my daughter to read it as well. But I’ve never been one for censoring books. However, I thought I would forewarn parents so as not to have an angry mob. This series does contain some mature themes. I chose this book/series because according to a press release on Wattpad it has been optioned to be made into a major motion picture by Rami Rank, President of Top Ranked Pictures. I love to encourage my followers to always read the book prior to watching the movie version, because in my opinion, a movie can never compare to one’s own imagination.
Summary: Cherry blossom lipstick: check. Smokey eyes: check. Skinny jeans: check. Dead kid in the mirror: check. For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too. Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally. Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance. Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim… Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her? [Source: Amazon.com]
How it Begins:
The story begins with our protagonist, Mattie, in the bathroom of her foster home getting ready for a party. Meanwhile, her foster sister is impatiently waiting outside the door for Mattie to relinquish possession of the bathroom. However, Mattie has bigger problems than the pounding on the door–namely the little ghost girl with a bullet hole in her head whom she is doing her best to ignore.
“Mason will run faster than Forest Gump if I tell him I almost got strangled by a ghost.”
This quote thoroughly tickled me. Who can’t appreciate the lovable Forest Gump in the epic scene, “Run, Forest. Run!” The author uses quite a bit of popular references throughout her books, from Google to SpongeBob.
What I Enjoyed About This Book & Warning
I’m always up for a paranormal thriller. Perhaps it is the fact I grew up in an old Victorian and “ghost stories” always seem to attach themselves to old neighborhoods. Regardless, I have no qualms picking up such a book late at night when the lights are out, all is quiet, and using it to help me drift off to sleep.
There are multiple books in the series, which gives you a story line you can invest in for awhile. I am currently on Book 4 in the series. Although be forewarned, there is some redundancy in each new volume to bring readers up to date who might not have read the earlier books.
There are unexpected twists and turns throughout the story and the series runs the gamut from serial killers to ghosts and demons. I feel I should warn you, readers may find one particular scene in this book disconcerting.
Mattie Hathaway is a character with a lot of problems and a fickle heart, which is understandable considering her mother tried to kill her as a small child and she has been passed from foster home to foster home. She is quick to anger and strikes first. She doesn’t know how to trust or understand the different kinds of love–or love in general. Suddenly confronted with people who care, she has to learn how to deal with her emotions and to trust in those around her all while battling ghosts and trying to navigate them through the afterlife.
This book is definitely not for everyone. It is best suited for those who can process the mature themes, which include death and paranormal entities. If you prefer light and happy—look elsewhere. However, if you’re in the mood spookiness, turn down the lights and grab your Kindle. Amazon is currently offering the first book in the series for free. It is also available on Wattpad.
All the best,