Tuesday, February 5, 2013
I saw this book at the book store when I was browsing with a friend a month or two ago, and it looked like something I might enjoy - so I of course picked it up at my library. Teenage Violet has always had the ability to see ghosts, just like her mother before her, and while her father refuses to discuss the paranormal investigation agency her parents ran together before her mother died, Violet is secretly determined to become an investigator just like her mother. When she decides to investigate the matters surrounding her mother's death, she finds herself in a situation more complicated and dangerous than she could have imagined. Violet is a plucky heroine, and I particularly enjoyed the development of her relationship with her father, as well as the fact that her special abilities are a shared fact, not a secret to be kept from him. The mystery may not be complex enough to satisfy adult readers, but it should be very appealing to its intended audience: teen readers who enjoy a supernatural mystery with engaging characters.
Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator by Jill Baguchinsky (Dutton Books, 2012)
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In Bed with Books: "Jill Baguchinsky's debut is the perfect novel for people who love paranormal fiction but want something without the now requisite romance."
Just a Lil' Lost: "Spookygirl has an interesting blend of all different kinds, from scary to sappy – it makes for an interesting cast of characters. I did find some of the scenarios a bit too easily explained away, like it was packaged up in a neat bow and problem solved."
Ticket to Anywhere: "The mystery itself that encompassed the main plot was a bit predictable and the ending was a bit underwhelming but overall I did enjoy this story."