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Book Review: Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh

HarperCollins
Published July 25, 2017
288 Pages

“Harper doesn’t trust her new how from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of deja vu but she can’t remember why.

She knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in the hours, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?”- Goodreads

Before I give my thoughts on this book, I need to explain why I picked it up. I don’t follow Ms. Ellen Oh on Twitter but someone I follow does and she happened to liked a tweet that caught my attention.

Just based off that my curious its was peaked. So I requested the book from the library that same day. I didn’t have a lot of thought or even a pressing need to read this book. I just wanted to see what the fuss was about. But let me tell you once I started this book, I did not put it down until well after 1 a.m. This book was fantastic from beginning to end.

Harper is what I would picture of a child having to deal with something paranormal when you family doesn’t believe you and also sent you away for help. It was such a realistic viewpoint of not a disobedient loner child but of a little girl, who loves her family but is struggling to deal with her own past and keeping it all together. I’ve always wondered what if the child that can see things, no one else can see, actually said something to her family as opposed to hiding it and dealing with it on her own. For anyone that has ever wanted to know that, this book is the answered.

It touches on a lot of subjects such as family and doing what you feel is best for that family. It touches upon family ancestry and the divide that can cause. It touches upon racism and diversity without it feeling as if the author is trying to hard. This book flowed extremely easy with these topics and of course the paranormal aspect of it.

But what I liked most about Harper, herself, was her ability to face her fears. It’s cliche I know but she literally faces the worst head on and keeps pushing through until she has done what she set out to do. She wasn’t bratty, mean or even desperate. She was a little girl that wanted to be with her family and make some friends in a new town.

Beyond all of this, what sold me was how freaking creepy this book was. Whatever resource Ms. Ellen Oh used as a reference to help her write this book was on point. Every scene, every time Harper felt something or saw something, it was so visual it was as if I was watching a movie. As a grown woman, there were things in this book that creeped me out and I loved every moment of it. Harper stood tall and faced all of that and I have nothing but respect for her.

The pace was great. The down time didn’t even feel like down time because there was so much going on emotional as well as physically. The imagery was pure talent actually the entire book was and I hope and pray that there will be a book two.

5 Pickles.

Quick Five© with Mindee Arnett

 Courtesy of Mindee Arnett            (Goodreads)
Courtesy of Mindee Arnett
(Goodreads)

Name: Mindee Arnett

Who is Mindee? A horse loving, former boxer who loves all things paranormal and Mumford and Sons.

Website: http://www.mindeearnett.com

Books: The Nightmare Affair (The Arkwell Academy Books 1 &2) and Avalon (Avalon #1)

Buy: Amazon, Barnes & Nobles

If you haven’t read The Nightmare Affair you need to read my review here and then go buy the book. When you speak to an author a book that you believe changes the whole game, the excitement you feel is off the charts. After having a brief fan girl moment, Tanya Pickles interviewed Mindee Arnett, cutting down the basics of her popular first book and what it took to get there.

Motif Ink is honored . . . Enjoy

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What inspired The Nightmare Affair?

             Tor Teen  Published March 5, 2013              367 Pages
Tor Teen
Published March 5, 2013
367 Pages

The primary inspiration came from the Henry Fuseli painting The Nightmare. It depicts a woman with a “nightmare” sitting on her chest. I saw it and wondered what it would be like if the situation were reversed, if the woman were doing the sitting instead. And voilà, Dusty was born.

You state on your website that you wrote four novels, only submitted one and received dozens of rejection letters. What pushed you to keep trying?

Well, publishing was always the goal, but the drive has always been the story. Regardless of failure I never felt any desire to stop writing. And it just sort of followed that I would keep on trying to publish as well. Also, more than anything I think beginning writers need to understand that writing is a skill that takes a lot of time to develop. And the only way to develop it is to continue writing. I don’t consider those early novels as failures. They were practice novels.

 How would you define your style of writing? What is it about your writing that draws people to read or continue reading your book/books?

Hmm…I’m not sure how to describe my style. I love vivid imagery and language, snappy dialogue, and a story that moves. I really don’t know what draws people to read my stuff other than the ideas themselves.

             Tor Teen    Expected Publication March 4, 2014             384 Pages
Tor Teen
Expected Pub. March 4, 2014
384 Pages

Do you feel that you are a successful writer? What makes you successful?

I think that success isn’t something you obtain. I think it’s something you have to strive for every day. It’s always ongoing. So I guess by that logic I’m only successful because I keep at it.

 Finally, what is the lasting impression you wish to leave in the literary world?

Ha! For now, all I aspire to is to keep having the opportunity to write more books. We’ll see if there’s any lasting impression later, I suppose.

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Fairy Tale Book Review: The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

Two reasons why this book completely threw me off. Its predictable but not completely as such and not to seem sexist this fairy tale was written by a man.

Before you get all the defensive let me give my review and then plea my case :)

        Harper Collins   Published May 14, 2013             488 Pages
Harper Collins
Published May 14, 2013
488 Pages

Best friends Sophia and Agatha live in a town in which fairy tales are real. The story goes two children are kidnapped and taken to the School for Good or the School of Evil in order to become the villain, the prince, or the princess of a fairy tale. Sophia wants to be kidnapped. She is unhappy with her life at home and plus she is the most beautiful and should be trained to be a princess at the School for Good. Agatha doesn’t believe a word of it but being dressed in all black and not caring what she looks like she would be fitted for the School for Evil.

However, when both of the girls enter the beginnings of this fairy tale you find out that Agatha is placed at the School for Good and Sophia is at the School of Evil. Sophia and Agatha think this is a mistake and they need to simply switch places and all is good. Things aren’t that easy for the ladies and they need to find out who they truly are and how their fairy tale ends.

This book was amazing. The storyline took me by my surprise because there were something that were very expected however, I believe the author wrote it that way to drag into the story so he can prove you wrong. I also loved the fact that although there was an underline to the some of the old fairy tales but it didn’t completely make the story. This is a new fairy tale on its own.

I also liked the fact that it showed the obsession girls have with not only a happy ending but making sure there is a prince in the story. Sophia and Agatha were perfect. I honestly can’t complain or find anything to complain about because they each played their part very well.

I didn’t like the prince . . .  annoying. ANNOYING!

What is not an issue but it didn’t need to be that way . . .  was the length of the book. I didn’t feel the story was dragged out but I wouldn’t have complained if the book was shorter.

Overall, the book gets a perfect score 10 out of 10. Now I was surprised because the author was male because most modern fairy tales are written by women. When I picked up this book or any book there is no attention to what the author looks likes. It is just by chance I looked up this goodreads account.

Anyway perfect book must read. Do I think there needs to be a book two? No, I do not. But I will read it.

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Belladonna (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #2) by Fiona Paul 7.16.2013

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A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly #2) by Susan Dennard 7.23.2013

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OCD Love Story by Ann Haydu 7.23.2013

 

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