Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Awakening by Marley Gibson (review)

The Awakening (Ghost Huntress, #1) 
Ghost Huntress: 
The Awakening (1)
By Marley Gibson
Genre: Paranormal/Supernatural, Young Adult
Published May 2009
Pages: 338
Publisher: Graphia

Summary:  "The first in a trilogy. Get out your tape recorders, crystals, and extra batteries-- you're about to go where our world meets the spirit world.
Psychic Kids, Paranormal State, Haunting Evidence--these and countless other television shows are making believers out of millions of people: Ghosts exist, and they're living right beside us. For centuries, individuals have been trying to prove the existence of ghosts. But without hard evidence, it's been difficult to make the case. But now as science and technology have progressed, ghost hunters have been able to use scientific means, along with more traditional psychic tools, to make their case. Photographs, video recordings, and sound recordings are all producing some amazing results.
In this new series, Ghost Huntress, meet Kendall Moorehead, a seemingly typical teen. When her family moves from Chicago to the small historical town of Radisson, Georgia, her psychic abilities awaken. She's hearing, feeling, and seeing things that seem unbelievable at first, but with the help of the town psychic, Kendall is able to come to terms with her newly emerging gift. So, together with her new BFF, Celia, Kendall forms a ghost hunting team. They've got all the latest technology. They've got Kendall for their psychic. Now they're going to clean up Radisson of its less savory spirits.
The story is fiction. The science is real. Welcome to a new reality."
Review:  Not a bad story with some good potential. Sadly, it ended up frustrating me more than interested me. I can think of several that would love this book but it was not for me.

Lets start with the good, before I scare anyone off. There was a very good blend of characters with very diverse personalities. At first they seem very stereotypical but some do start to branch out from how they first appear. The ghosthunting research put into this was very good. Imagine the TAPS team with a ghost psychic. That sums everyone up. It was a nice, light, quick read that can easily draw a reader into the series.

My problems with this book: The text speak!!! I hate hearing people use this in speech but thought, action, speech and more is WAY too much! If the story was not drawing this would have killed me for continuing the book. Too many teens cannot spell as is and I feel this book is a bad influence on the English language. Also I had a problem with how realistic this book is, the psychic aspect meeting the religious aspects. I can accept one of the other but the combination, in the manner in how it is done is offensive to me.

Overall, not for me. I even tried (and failed to finish) book two of the series. Nope. Now some will like it. If you like the show Ghost Hunters, check this out. Just be warned of horrible writing styles.


  1. I think the text speak would bother me, too. The concept is intriguing, though...

    Trix, vitajex(At)aol(Dot)com

    1. The concept is, but the style just put me off too much.

  2. Good review. Too bad this book was a miss; it sounded good.

    1. If not for the text speak It would have been 3 1/2 for the rating. So ya, those OMGs, etc really do me in for disliking a book.

  3. I was imagining Taps team with a good psychic when i read the summary but now. I am not a fan of YA. though i don't really hate that genre. Most YA books just frustrates the hell out of me until i start pulling my hair out or throwing things across the room. That's when i just stop reading. It's just not worth my hair!!

  4. love anything with ghosts in it .

  5. Ah, maybe too today's teen?? Sounds like it to me!! Sadly I feel like that's where Young adult books will go from now. I don't find myself reading this, although I do enjoy the paranormal!

  6. i usually dont read books like this, but this one kinda got me curious i also liek to watch those type of tv shows. sadly u didnt like it :s


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