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Ghosts

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Title: Asylum
Author: Madeleine Roux

16-year-old Dan Crawford spends his summer at New Hampshire College Prep. The dormitory he is assigned to is none other than the infamous—converted and newly renovated--Brookline Sanitarium. Soon after his arrival at the college, Dan makes friends with Abby and Jordan, who soon find themselves exploring the abandoned, eerie hidden recesses of the Brookline. Soon after their first midnight escapade, the trio begins experiencing the supernatural. Dan receives mysterious notes and visions, Abby’s mood takes a turn for the disgruntled, and Jordan begins losing sleep over frightening nightmares. The events that unfold beg the question, did these teens choose Brookline, or did Brookline choose them?

Asylum is a great book for those that read and enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. Roux employs some really creepy found-photographs to help the reader feel a part of the story. It is a bit of a scary read, but not too scary so fans of the thriller genre may like this one as well as the horror fans and adrenaline junkies.

My Reaction: I liked this book. Ever since Rigg’s book (referenced above), I have taken an interest in books that use “found photography.” I think it is a really neat way to get a better picture of what the characters are experiencing. I also enjoyed that this book was creepy without ever crossing the line which makes it appropriate for a range of audiences. On the negative side, I thought the characters were a little bit flat and could have been better developed and there were some loose ends (i.e. strange “coincidences”) that never get fully explained. Maybe you can chalk this up to it being the first in a series, but I doubt it. The overall plot was well-done and the setting was fabulous. I might re-read this one just in case I missed something. Grades 7 and up.

Themes: Ghosts, Haunted, Insane Asylum, Sanitarium, Summer School, Prep School, Mystery, History, Friends 

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Author: Lisa Schroeder

"Ava can't see or touch him, unless she's dreaming. She can't hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she's crazy, but she knows he's here. Jackson. The boy Ava thought she'd spend the rest of her life with. He's back from the dead, as proof that love truly knows no bounds"
5/5 Stars. My 2nd favorite book!!!

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Author: Adele Griffin

Picture the Dead is about a girl named Jennie Louell. Jennie experiences strange events. Jennie wanted to know if her love was dead or alive. So Jennie went and acted like a spy. She ends up getting engaged to Will's brother Quinn. But in the end Quinn and Jennie don't marry because Quinn ended up pushing Jennie in the water and he knew she didn't know how to swim. But she ended up surviving and made it back home. Then when she did she said she wanted to leave the house. So she has a place of her own now. Quinn was just using her to get more wealthy. It was a really good book.

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Author: Vera Brosgol

I thought this was a great story about trust and betrayal.

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Author: Kim Harrison Harrison

Rachel Morgan, kick-butt witch and bounty hunter, has taken her fair share of hits, and has broken lines she swore she would never cross. But when her lover was murdered, it left a deeper wound than Rachel ever imagined, and now she won't rest until his death is solved . . . and avenged. Whatever the cost. This book is so sad, sadder than the others because to me it feels like Rachel and Ivy (while they've cracked the case) are losing it. The farther into the series I get the more worried I am. Rachel's been shunned, called a black witch, and she's even a bit of a demon. Pierce is pretty adorable though. 5/5 stars, I hope Rache and Ivy aren't going nuts, but I won't keep my hopes up, because there's always that possibility.

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Author: Rachel Caine

This book is about a girl, Claire who has always been the smartest and the smallest. She's only 16 years old when she decides it's time for college. She could go to any school she wanted but her parents want her close to home since she's still just a kid. So, she ends up going to the university in Morganville, Texas where there just happen to be huge secrets, for instance the town is run by vampires. Claire, after getting into it with pretty much the most powerful girl at school, has to fight for her life. They take her in at the Glass House where she finally makes some friends and get's some answer.

I give this book 5/5 stars, it's short, the covers pretty rad, and I really just love the whole story. I wasn't crazy about how it ended, I felt like they needed something, like two more pages of story, but either way it was really good.

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Author: Gaston Leroux

Okay, so who hasn't heard of the Phantom of the Opera? It's a story about an opera house that is haunted by a man, a genius, a mad genius, a mad genius that happened to a monster, but he was quite human, though, still a monster. He has the face of "Death's head", four dark holes in his face. Two holes instead of eyes, he had no nose, and for a mouth, well...you'll have to figure that one out for your self. He also did some terrible things, including murder, kidnapping, torturing...the list goes on. It is also a story of a young girl named Christine Daae, who lost her father at a young age. Before he died he told her that when he was in heaven, he would send her the Angel of Music, and she has been visited by the angel. Then one day she comes forth on the stage and enchants every one with a voice like...an angel's. In the crowd there is a young man who recognizes her from their child-hood years. But when they meet each other again, Christine seems distant.

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Author: Marlene Perez

The Giordano Sisters are back. Rose is still dating her undertaker. Poppy's dating a ghost and Daisy is still with her long time love Ryan..or is she? Prom's closing in on them. Daisy has finally found her true psychic powers and this year there's a new kid at Nightshade and he's got his eye on her. He's a fortune teller. When one of his predictions come true she starts to wonder about him. If she can find out who the killer is maybe she can figure everything out, but is she a match for a werewolf?