A Few Good Reads...

Tuesday September 20, 2011

After a what seemed like a very short summer and a crazy back-to-school last few weeks I am finally caught up here in the library enough to at least start posting some reviews! I read a lot this summer and found quite a few enjoyable books that I am more than happy to talk to you about!

Texas Gothic 
by Rosemary Clement-Moore 
Hardcover, 416 pages 
Published July 12th 2011 by Random House Children's Books 

Summary: Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face. 

Pontifications...I really enjoyed this paranormal mystery and the cover is a real attention grabber! Amy is a strong female lead and her practical no-nonsense sister Phin is another great character.

As Amy tries her best to hide the "gifts" of her paranormally inclined family, the ghost around her aunt's farm seem to feel differently. At every turn it seems someone or something is trying to reach out and tell her something. Including the infamous "Mad Monk" who Amy is starting to think just might have it in for her.

As weird and sometimes dangerous events start happening around her aunts and neighbors farms, Amy is desperate to figure out whats going on. It doesn't help that Ben McCulloch, who lives on a nearby farm and thinks her whole family is nuts, keeps showing up when she least expects...and why does cowboy McCrankypants have to look so good in that saddle?

Super fun paranormal mystery mixed with a little romance :) This is a great addition to any middle school or high school library!