Thursday, August 11, 2011

Girl vs. Ghost by Kate McMurry and Marie August

Isabel Lindley doesn’t believe in magic, but her best friend is obsessed with witchcraft. Strictly as a favor, Isabel agrees to help with a spell and is shocked when the ghost of a teenage boy splat-lands in her bedroom. Her friend is thrilled—even though only Isabel can see or hear the ghost—but Isabel is horrified. She’s the most ordinary sixteen-year-old girl on the planet. What is she supposed to do with a ghost who doesn’t know his own name, how he died, or why the heck he’s tied to Isabel with a psychic chain? Her only hope to take back her life is to help him solve the mystery of his demise so he can go to the Light. Or wherever. She’s not particular, as long as the ghost is gone. 

Isabel and Tripp are in for a surprise when a spell goes wrong and a ghost ends up tied, literally, to Isabel.

Girl vs. Ghost is the first in a trilogy of books by the mother/daughter team, Kate McMurry and Marie August. The story follows Isabel, Tripp and their newly acquired ghost as they unravel the mystery of the ghost, where he came from and what he wants.

I thought the story was fast paced - but well paced. Isabel and Tripp were fun together, though, I’m not entirely sure how Isabel puts up with Tripp! She’s quite a character.

It’s written from multiple perspectives, however, it’s easy to pick up on whose point of view you’re reading. Sometimes, as many characters share their view of certain scenes, it did get a bit dizzying, but nothing overbearing.

The one thing I didn’t like, were the times some of the characters seemed to speak in a manner that didn’t fit them. Well, either that’s what happened or grandmothers say, “No biggie” all the time! You never know …

I’m curious to see where the other two books lead; the ending - though not a cliff-hanger - did leave a few questions unanswered. If you like light-hearted ghost stories, this is a book for you. (Trust me, it’s not scary!)

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