Posts Tagged ‘Ghosts’

How to hang a witch

By Adriana Mather

ISBN 9780553539479

 

It has been sometime since I posted a YA trailer. Not sure if they are not being made as often but seeing this one, I am glad there are some people out there who still believe in the power of a good trailer. After watching this one I am very keen to get hold of a copy of the book when it comes out next month. Will be down to the bookshops for sure.

Sam  Mather is a descendent of Cotton Mather who was one of the men responsible for the famous witch trials of Salem. When Sam ends up moving to Salem and attending the high school, she is confronted by descendents on the other side who see her as trouble. Being an outsider is never easy and the folks here are not keen to help her. There is also a ghost and a centuries old curse to deal with. Sounds intriguing and one to look out for. Ghosts, witches and curses is striaght up my alley!

 

 

 

The house on the hill

By Kyle Mewburn

Illustrated by Sarah Davis

ISBN 9781775430841

Scholastic

 

HOTH

What a treasure! 

This story begins with two young ghosts as they near the entrance to a very haunted looking house at the top of a hill. Eerie lights, slamming doors and even shrunken skulls are just some of the dangers in their way. 

Will they be brave enough to enter?

“Pray, flee now, flee now if you will!

Or dare ye brave this house on the hill?”

The language and illustrations marry up perfectly to create a suitably creepy atmosphere.  The use of sepia tones in the illustrations adds to the tension and pulls readers in. The first double spread is just stunning. There are two large, golden-eyed owls peering down from a tree watching as the two ghosts slowly make their way through the night and up the street towards the lone house on the hill. The language definitely has the Gothic style of Edgar Allan Poe which helps build suspense and add so much more to the story.

I also love the moths and their somewhat cheeky smiles and a special mention must be made of the raven on the back cover (surely a nod to E A Poe). This highlights the perfect collaboration of the author and illustrator who understand each other. Not always successful with many picture books but this is just wonderful.

I love the end pages which create a beginning and an end to the story with all the spookiness trapped inside. Beautifully written, gorgeously illustrated, this book is going to be a hit! This will be a great one to read aloud to children.

For those that dare – check out Kyle reading The House on the Hill.

A warning though, maybe, just maybe, keep the lights on!

I confess when watching this clip I actually jumped at one part but you will have to watch it yourself to see if you jump too.

The word ghost
By Christine Paice

AllenandUnwin
ISBN 9781743318263

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While technically on the contemporary fiction stands, this book will also appeal to many young-adult readers.
We begin in the year 1973 when Rebecca Budde aka Abes is fifteen. We feel her angst as she falls in love with Dave. Dave whom she hasn’t even spoken to yet is all she thinks of. Eventually they connect but then like all good stories, they are pulled apart.
A move to the tiny village of Brightley separates Rebecca and Dave. She struggles to cope but it isn’t long before strange things begin happening, strange appearances from ghosts. I did find myself falling in love with the ghost Algernon Keats who inhabits her wardrobe and his sense of humour but not so much his deranged sister Augusta!
And then of course there is the not-so-nice Alex March for whom Rebecca walks his dog.
For those who love the poetry from the romantic era of Keats, Byron and Wordsworth this is one to read as short bursts of poetry are shared throughout the novel.
I love how the author brings in all that made the seventies good – depending on your opinion of the times of course. David Cassidy, flares, even Donny Osmond gets a mention and admitting that I remember all of them is, I fear, giving away my age but a great book to enjoy.

Monkey boy
By Donovan Bixley

I am excited about this book and hope it is just the first of many. This is one of those books that capture the attention of so many readers for so many different reasons. It is as the blurb says, part comic, part novel and from the looks of it all action, with full on humour as well.
Donovan Bixley is well known for some wonderful illustrations and art work and this book is no different. Dad’s will giggle too if reading this to their children. The trailer is a great introduction to this book about Jimmy Grimholt the youngest sailor aboard the warship H.M.S. Fury which is bound for bloodcurdling battle.
Do hunt out for it but be prepared for battle and even a ghost or two!

Blood eagle tortures
Book 4 in the CRYPT series
(Covert Response Youth Paranormal Team)
By Andrew Hammond

Book4

This book has been on my TBR pile waiting for the holidays to read it and it was well worth the wait.
I love this series and have devoured each book. What makes this book great is that as readers we are let in to a little more of Jud’s past. There are still plenty of secrets and Jud has to navigate his past with his present. We also see more of the relationship building between Jud and Bex but I really don’t want to give anything away. I will say though, tension is building between them!!
Jud and Bex work for a secret division of MI5 where a group of gifted teens investigate paranormal events. They have met many horrible, nasty ghosts in their investigations and are always only just lucky enough to escape with their lives.
In this particular book, horror is unleashed when a lone diver discovers items that should have stayed buried forever and bodies begin to pile up. Gruesome deaths have the team all over the place looking for clues and answers to the ghostly horrors. And in the midst of all the horrors is someone with a face Jud just can’t place. There is more danger than just the ghosts if Jud’s secret is let loose.
I love the way the chapters are short, sharp and go back and forth between characters so that we sense the tension building and become privy to possibilities that leave us guessing.
However, I wasn’t prepared for the ending and have to say Mr Hammond, you need to hurry up with book number 5 because I am desperate to know what happens next.

The madness underneath
By Maureen Johnson
Shades of London Book 2

I loved the first book in this series. Love a good ghost story. There were definite edge of your seat moments and I am thrilled there is more to come.

“After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the city’s secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.” From the Goodreads site.
I really am looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of her latest book.

The name of the star
A reminder of the trailer for the first book in the series.

Girl of nightmares
by Kendare Blake

“Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl gets sucked into Hell story”.

I am so excited about this book. I didn’t even know there was going to be a sequel. I think I actually gave a squeal of delight when I read there would be a new book in March. I loved the first book Anna dressed in blood which was a great ghost story with blood and gore, murder and mayhem. Cas the ghost hunter, and Anna, the ghost. (See my review for the first book on the reviews tab).
Anna is a ghost but that’s okay – sort of. She had her reasons for what she did and the murders she committed. It came at a price though and Anna ended up in Hell.
In Girl of nightmares ghost hunter, Cas Lowood is determined to rescue Anna and bring her back. Guilt or something more! But in order to rescue Anna they must face even more danger than before. Really can’t wait. Roll on March!

This is the sequel to Hereafter (trailer below)where Amelia is still stranded and caught in the in-between. Caught between living and dead and fighting for her love of Joshua. In New Orleans, searching for answers, Amelia meets other spirits also caught in the in-between and they tempt her to join them. But what of her love for Joshua and even more dangerous, what of the evil spirits who may just ending up taking any choice away.

Hereafter
Amelia has been stranded in an everlasting nightmare, stuck for years in the in-between where no-one knows of her existence. No-one that is until the day Joshua falls in to the water almost drowning and she rescues him. Can he help her?

Unrest
By Michelle Harrison
Simon and Schuster UK 2012

The cover alone is enough to make me want to read this book. It sounds so intriguing.

Elliot is 17 and has hardly slept in the six months since he had an accident which nearly killed him.
Some nights he wakes up unable to move at all. Suffering from paralysis he is forced to watch ghostly figures move around him. Other nights he has out-of-body experiences where he is moving around while his body sleeps on the bed. He believes this connects him to the spirit world so he eventually finds a job working in one of England’s most haunted places. It is there that he discovers Sebastian, the ghost of a servant boy hanged many years ago for stealing bread. But Sebastion is dangerous. As Elliot leaves his body, Sebastion begins to occupy it and the more he takes over his body, the more resistant Sebastion is to give it back. Sebastion also has an unhealthy interest in Ophelia, the new girl in Elliot’s life. This will be another must read and I have just ordered it at the library.

The house of dead maids
By Clare B. Dunkle

I loved this book. I absolutely love the cover. It’s a very haunting face of a young dead girl. The language is perfectly suited to the times the story takes place. Gothic type mansion, eerie comings and goings. Orphan girl Tabby is nursemaid to a young boy – wild, stroppy and nameless. There are many ghosts and many secrets. Great book. This story is suggested as a prologue to Wuthering Heights.

“Young Tabby Aykroyd has been brought to the dusty mansion of Seldom House to be nursemaid to a foundling boy. He is a savage little creature, but the Yorkshire moors harbor far worse, as Tabby soon discovers. Why do scores of dead maids and masters haunt Seldom House with a jealous devotion that extends beyond the grave?

As Tabby struggles to escape the evil forces rising out of the land, she watches her young charge choose a different path. Long before he reaches the old farmhouse of Wuthering Heights, the boy who will become Heathcliff has doomed himself and any who try to befriend him”

The name of the star

By Maureen Johnson

The start of Rory’s new life in London is thrown into chaos when a series of brutal murders happen. What makes the murders stand out even more is their resemblance to Jack the Ripper murders of years ago. The only witness to the possible suspect is Rory, even though her room mate was with her at the time. How can Rory be the only one to see him and just why is she his next target.

Darkest powers trilogy

Posted: November 17, 2011 in Secondary
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Darkest powers tilogy
by Kelley Armstrong

HarperCollins Publishers

Chloe Saunders was genetically altered at birth by a group of scientists at the Edison Group. She has the ability to see ghosts, raise the dead and is becoming more powerful. She must be stopped permanently. She is now on the run with other teenagers with their own special powers. But can she trust them?

The summoning Bk 1

The awakening

The reckoning

Ghost story

Posted: November 7, 2011 in Intermediate, Primary School
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Liesl & Po

By Lauren Oliver

This book is gaining momentum. It is talked about everywhere. Locked away in a tiny attic by her cruel stepmother, Liesl is lonely. She has only the mice and shadows for company. That is until the arrival of the young ghost, Po.  The arrival of Will, an alchemist apprentice leads to an extraordinary adventure for the three new friends.

Reading for the holidays.

Posted: October 10, 2011 in Secondary
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Glow
By Amy Ryan

A bit of science-fiction and a bit of romance.

Taken away
By Celine Kiernan

A fire changes everything for two young boys – lives changed forever. And a goblin-boy who now has found a new home. The trailer to this book is intriguing and I have placed an order at the local library. Can’t wait!

Gallows Curse

Posted: September 12, 2011 in Intermediate, Secondary
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Gallows Curse
By Andrew Hammond

Jud Lester is a paranormal investigator for the Covert Response Youth Paranormal Team (CRYPT).
People are disappearing, people are being attacked and what about those ghosts of 17th century highwaymen.
Can’t wait to get this book and the trailers are very cool. Certainly hope this is just the start of a series.