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Review! Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

9 Oct

Spirit Hunters
By Ellen Oh
288 pages – ages 9+
Published by HarperCollins on July 25, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher- “Harper doesn’t trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. She knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?”

What I Thought- I loved this book. Ms. Oh is able to instill the perfect amount of terror, love, hope, and suspense all into one story. I absolutely loved (and hated) reading about Harper’s troubles. I hated them because they were so awful for Harper, but I also loved them because they were just so darn excellent! There is some instances in the book that touch on tough topics, such as an old woman saying racist remarks to Harper and her mother, who are Korean, but I also like how the book addresses it but doesn’t dwell. There is a lot of paranormal thriller aspects but written with a younger audience in mind.  Although I am an “older” kid – I really liked it. I definitely think it was interesting how Harper realizes that her life is more convoluted than she originally thought. I especially like how the plot thickens as she realizes these things. I think kids who like a chilling story that isn’t too scary will like this book; it puts a chill on your spine, but doesn’t give you nightmares. I really hope this is a series in bloom!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

#LockwoodandCo Halloween Giveaway! LOCKWOOD & CO by Jonathan Stroud

27 Oct

Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy is a favorite of mine so I was thrilled when Disney Hyperion sent me all four books in his Lockwood & Co series and is allowing me to give away a prize pack of all four books PLUS a cool pumpkin carving kit to get everyone in the Halloween mood! 


About the series:

A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren’t exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see—and eradicate—these supernatural foes. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business.

Jonathan Stroud, author of the internationally best-selling Bartimaeus books, continues his hit series of supernatural thrillers about three teen members of a Psychic Detection Agency who are battling an epidemic of ghosts in London. The fourth book in the series, The Creeping Shadows, released September 13th.



Jonathan Stroud (www.jonathanstroud.com) is the author of three previous books in the Lockwood & Co. series as well as the New York Times best-selling Bartimaeus books, and the stand-alone titles Heroes of the Valley, The Leap, The Last Siege, and Buried Fire. He lives in England with his wife and three children.

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What I Thought:

I am by no means a fan of scary horror books. I really have a distaste for monster books (with a few exceptions). I would not classify these books in these groups. These books are creepy paranormal meets Sherlock Holmes. I like creepy. Stroud’s writing and story-telling abilities shine through in each book. Want to see what I mean? Click HERE to read an excerpt from the newest book – CREEPING SHADOW.

I love the dystopian setting in the books. It is a clash of modern London with a hint of Holmes and a big ghost problem. Stroud pulls the reader into this world with ease and before you know it, you are completely submersed in the plot.  The characters are memorable with a favorite being Lucy, who tells the story from her point of view. Each book in the series, including Creeping Shadow, can be read individually, but I urge you not to cheat yourself out of the series.



Prize: One (1) winner will receive a prize pack containing the following:

  • print copy of the Lockwood & Co. series (4 books)

  • a pumpkin-carving kit to get into the Halloween spirit!

  • Contest ends: October 31, 11:59 pm, 2016

    Open: United States

    How to enter: Please enter by commenting below for a random draw. Winner will be announced on November 1, 2016.

**Disclosure – Free products provided by Disney Consumer Products. All views are my own.

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