Give Up The Ghost

Megan Crewe

Cass McKenna can talk to and see people who are dead. Ghosts, you may call them. Ones who have for some reason have not moved on from earth. In fact, she highly prefers communicating with them than ‘breathers’, people who are living. They are so much more uncomplicated and always tell Cass any dirt or secrets they can dig up on people. Ones that ‘breathers’ think are told in private places, however, little do they know that the dead are listening in. Cass uses this to her advantage to expose the poseurs in her school which is why most of her peers highly dislike her and keep their distance. And to be honest? She is totally fine with this.

When Tim, the extremely popular president of the student council, approaches her asking for her help, Cass’s guard automatically goes up. However, when Tim keeps persisting, she finally relents a little bit and only will help him if he gives back secrets and information on a few select students. Nonetheless, as she becomes more involved in his life and helping him out, their relationship becomes much more than just trading each other for things they want. Although they are an unlikely couple, Megan Crewe keeps her readers guessing at every turn of the page!

This book was sometimes slow at certain parts, but other than that it was an interesting story to read. Despite the fact that I usually am not into these kinds of genres, I still enjoyed this novel and the characters within. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance books with a classic ghost fantasy twist. – Juliana M.

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The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1)

Kelley Armstrong

Maya is in grade 11 and lives a pretty ordinary life. Since she was adopted, she doesn’t know much about her biological family or how her life would be if she lived with them. The only clue she has is a paw shaped birth mark that sits on her hip. However, Maya had never really thought about her biological parents as she is happy with living with her adoptive family in a very small community on Vancouver Island until strange events start to happen in the small town. Events that for some reason make her think of her best friend Serena’s strange and ‘freak accident’ drowning. For instances, mountain lions always seem to be near wherever Maya is. And a mysterious new boy starts to slowly draw her in.

After a ‘reporter’ starts to come around the island and ask unusual and out of place questions, Maya and her best friend Daniel feel that something is off. As they investigate further, a puzzle starts to form about her biological family, the medical institute in her small community, and the incident of her best friend’s death. As she dives deeper down into this entanglement, relationships start to form, even in a way she would never expect.

‘The Gathering’ was enjoyable for me to read as I connected it to my life and my experiences. This book draws you into a web of secrets, puzzles, and questions that can only be answered by guessing and reading. My recommendation for this book would go out to people who relish in fantasy novels, as well as trying to figure out many mysterious questions and characters. – Juliana M.

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Madeleine Roux

Asylum is the first book in a trilogy, following Abby, Dan and, Jordan while they work their way through, and remarkably survive, countless run-ins with dark secrets hidden within the town of Brookline.

Daniel “Dan” Crawford is a normal teenage boy looking for a bit of adventure when he decides to participate in a summer program that’s being held in a historic, restored mental institution that has been repurposed as Brookline University. What he actually discovers is more than he bargained for, to say the least. The moment he steps foot onto the grounds of the school he receives an uneasy feeling, though he’s not sure from what, but he shakes it off and convinces himself that he’s just nervous. While residing at Brookline he meets a mysterious professor who seems oddly obsessed with him and his name, a roommate who is doing creepy things like watching Dan sleep and digging through his bags, and his only allies in his nightmare to come; Abby and Jordan.

Personally, the book was exciting and mysterious, it didn’t give away what the plot twist was too early and by the end, you desperately wanted another adventure with the trio! At times the writing was confusing and it was helpful to go back and read it over again but I think that was all part of the author’s tricks; to confuse you in a subtle way. By far the best book of the series, Asylum is always a great choice; for a quick read, a rainy day, or even to scare yourself a little bit as the authentic-looking images throughout made you feel the fear as the characters did. – Maggie D.

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Andrea Cremer

In the third book of the ‘Nightshade’ series, Shay must retrieve the last pieces of the elemental cross; the only weapons that can destroy wraiths and banish Bosque Mar back to the Nether. Still finding out who he is as the Scion, he must endure a journey with some guardians and searchers who have now formed an alliance. They will meet many obstacles along the way such as other guardians guarding the sites who want to stop them at all costs.

Although Calla has been itching for a battle, she also has other matters to deal with, such as supporting and vouching for her brother, even if he did betray them; finding and saving Ren despite what Shay thinks; leading her pack as the alpha; and keeping her feelings for Ren and Shay in check, not just for Ren or Shay but for herself.

The keepers are soon on the searchers’ trails determined to stop them from returning Bosque Mar to the nether, the realm where all the keepers get their powers from. If Bosque Mar disappears, so do their powers to conjure Succubi, Incubi, Wraiths and other evil but powerful creatures.

Personally, this book was very enjoyable because there was so much adventure! New plot changes were always surprising and constantly had me predicting what was going to happen and how each situation would play out. Romance and jealousy were also tied in and sometimes affected the characters decisions and outcomes. Many difficult decisions and sacrifices were made. Overall, I absolutely loved this book! Between all the action and mystery, this book is definitely on my top 10 list. I highly recommend Bloodrose and the other books in the Nightshade series, to anyone who enjoys fiction novels. – Juliana M.

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