Ghost Huntress, Book One
Tags: MG, YA, paranormal, ghosts
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
When Kendall Moorehead’s family moves from Chicago to the sleepy town of Radisson, Georgia, she experiences more than just cultural shock. The quietness of the historical Southern town awakens Kendall’s psychic abilities, and soon she’s seeing, hearing, and feeling ghosts all around her.
With the help of some odd friends, Kendall begins to understand her newfound abilities. She forms a ghost-hunting team to deal with the many spirits of Radisson…especially the ones that intend to cause her and her family some harm…
THE AWAKENING begins a MG/YA paranormal series that promises to be pure entertainment, with plenty of research and borderline irritating characters that will appeal to younger lovers of paranormal lit.
While no great work of literature, GHOST HUNTRESS: THE AWAKENING is wonderfully well researched; Marley Gibson displays an impressive range of knowledge about the history and technology of ghost-hunting that lends much-needed authenticity to this highly speculative genre. The details with which Kendall and her friends’ adventures are described are fantastic and thorough. You could almost use this book as a guide to ghost-hunting, if you are so inclined.
On the other hand, the characters are often over-hyper and a bit ridiculous, with vocabulary and diction that would probably appeal to middle school readers and no one else. Kendall and her friends Celia and Taylor often react to situations in an unappealingly over-the-top way. That being said, once you get over their silliness, Gibson still manages to shape them into believable, and ultimately likable, characters.
GHOST HUNTRESS: THE AWAKENING is nothing to call home about, but it’s perfectly fitting for its genre and intentions: a fun paranormal romp for younger teens and/or readers looking for easy escapism. This is a good series to recommend to that younger sibling or babysitting charge who expresses interest in but is certainly not quite old enough for books like Twilight.
P.C. and Kristin Cast
Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / May 2009
Thank you, Sarah, for providing me with a copy for review!