City of Ghosts Review (Paranormal Fantasy)

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City of Ghosts: On the day the villagers were forced to flee Hensu, not everyone got out alive.

Jackson Stone is touring the abandoned Chinese city when he slips away from the group to spend the night, determined to publish an account of his ghostly experiences there.


Then he meets Yuèhai, a strange, soft-spoken woman who can tell him the city’s secrets—secrets the Chinese government would kill to keep hidden.

As Jackson uncovers the truth about Yuèhai and the ghost city, he’s drawn into a web of conspiracy, betrayal, and murder. He must risk everything to save himself and bring honor back to Yuèhai and her family. – Goodreads


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Cold Shadows Review (Paranormal Fantasy)

Book cover for Cold Shadows by J.L. Bryan

Cold Shadows: Footsteps in the attic. Toys that play by themselves. A dark presence in an upstairs room.

Paranormal investigator Ellie Jordan faces a difficult new case. Her new clients are a family haunted by multiple ghosts and a poltergeist that wrecks their home at night. Their seven-year-old son’s invisible friends may not be imaginary at all, but the restless spirits of dead children.

To clear her clients’ house of the dangerous entities, Ellie must unravel the mysterious deaths of another family who lived in the old mansion more than a hundred and sixty years ago—and she must do it before the ghosts can carry out their malevolent designs on her clients and their children. – Goodreads


Cold Shadows Review

 

Cold Shadows is a great follow-up to the first Ellie Jordan book. J.L. Bryan has created an interesting team in Ellie and Stacey Rae. Calvin and Jacob (and Grant) are solid peripheral characters (though I’m really hoping the romance thread doesn’t continue too strongly in later books). Seriously, if the romance thing heads the way it’s already looking, I’ll stop reading the series. Ergh. Anyways, the interaction and relationships between all the characters are believable and mostly enjoyable. I’d love to see a flashback bit dealing with Calvin and Ellie’s first team-up.

The situation that Ellie and Stacey face in Cold Shadows was, again, not your typical ghost story. J.L. Bryan is good at putting unexpected twists on set-ups that look fairly straight forward. There was definitely a scene in here that made me sit up a bit straighter and go “What the ??” He kept everything moving along at a decent pace with plenty of action. The otherworldly presences have a few appearances that will definitely spook a gleeful scaredy-cat reader. The Paulding House was described just enough that you got a sense of the layout without having a clear cut picture of everything in your head. I think this works to make it creepier because you can see it happening in a house you know easier.

The Ghost Trapper series is a solid paranormal fantasy with creepy overtones. If the books were made into films, those would most likely be skewed towards the horror genre. They’re fast reads that will delight any readers who like their monsters to go bump in the night. Also, not to be forgotten, so far this series has been ‘clean.’ No cursing, no smoochies, no guts, and gore. While I wouldn’t recommend them for the under 13 age group, I’d have no problem recommending them to teenage readers. (Interest may vary depending on maturity level.)

Overall, Cold Shadows was a good read that thoroughly entertained me. Well worth what I paid for it! (Those covers, though…)

Cold Shadows (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #2)

Title: Cold Shadows | Series: Ghost Trapper #2 | Author: JL. Bryan (site) | Pub Date: 2014-11-24 | Pages: 179 | ASIN: B00OL1QMFQ | Triggers: Death by drowning, apparent suicide by gunshot | Language: English | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: Self-purchased | Purchase on Amazon

Melancholy Ghost (Paranormal Fantasy)

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From ghost hunter to ghost, haunted.

Barrett has a plan—help Austin regain his memory, surround him with his friends and loved ones, and lead him into the light. Unfortunately, the tragic investigation of a melancholy ghost derails everything.

As new lead investigator, Thai struggles to maintain the high ratings SCI has always enjoyed. After a few subpar investigations, the network execs demand results, even if it means the team must put their lives on the line for a house more deadly than its dead occupants.

There are worse things than being dead.

Austin knows something is wrong. Most people ignore him, time eludes him, and his hands are basically worthless. If only he could remember what happened, he would have the answers he so desperately seeks. He’s sick of Barrett’s lies and Casey’s deflections. Austin will have to figure this one out on his own. Will the truth set him free, or destroy his soul? – Goodreads


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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Paranormal Fantasy)

the-unbecoming-of-mara-dyerThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.


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