Ghost Hunter’s Daughter
Author: Caroline Flarity
Genre: Young Adult > Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: EastSide Press
Published: April 13, 2019
Format Read: Ebook via Netgalley
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Supernatural meets Mean Girls in this dark, YA paranormal mystery for older teens.
Sixteen-year-old Anna sees things from another world, the spiritual world, a skill that isn’t exactly useful in high school. It’s bad enough that her mother, possessed by a demon, took her own life when Anna was a child, a loss she remains tortured by. Now her father makes his living “clearing” haunted objects, and Anna’s job as his assistant makes her a social misfit. Most kids in her suburban New Jersey town refer to her just as “Goblin Girl.”
Only Freddy and Dor remain loyal friends. But Anna’s so focused on her own problems, she’s missed that her connection with Freddy is moving beyond the friend zone and that Dor is in crisis.
As junior year approaches, a rare solar storm lights up the night skies and the citizens of Bloomtown begin to act strangely: Anna’s teachers lash out, her best friends withdraw, and the school bullies go from mean to murderous. When Anna realizes she can harness this evil power, she sets out to save Bloomtown and the only family she has left.
But to do so, she must keep her own increasingly dark urges at bay.
About The Author
Caroline Flarity is a web content producer living in NYC. Her fascination with fringe topics and love of scary movies led her to begin her writing journey penning creepy screenplays. Her debut YA novel THE GHOST HUNTER’S DAUGHTER started life as a feature script, placing in the finals of the StoryPros Awards and as a semifinalist in Slamdance Film Festival’s writing competition. This YA horror mystery for older teens has been described as “Supernatural meets Mean Girls.”
Not What I Was Expecting… In a Good Way
Much thanks to Netgalley and East Side Press for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy.
📚 Series? No.
📚 Genre? YA Paranormal Mystery / Horror
📚 Read for? #NetgalleyNovember #30DayReviewChallenge Day 9
⚠ Content Warnings: Bullying. Peer pressure. Suicidal thoughts. Mental illness. Self harm. Abuse. Animal cruelty.
⚠ Book Tags : Demons. Supernaturals.
⚠ This Book In Emojis: 💀☠🧐👻👻👻👻
When I requested this book from Netgalley, I was mainly attracted by the unique title. I didn’t care for the synopsis, but I was sold from that and the cover alone.
Fast forward to quite a few months now, the Ghost Hunter’s Daughter was able to provide me with a surprising experience.
As a YA debut, this book gave an attempt at normal teen life then crossed it over with supernatural elements. Anna, our lead, experiences normal high school dilemmas like bullies, friends, crushes, and relationships with parents. The catch is that there is a demon disrupting the peace in her small town and it makes people become the worst version of themselves.
If you notice the trigger warnings above, I have to admit I was surprised by all of those. I was expecting some cute PG horror, but there were some serious themes touched on by this book. Though there was a considerable amount of sleuthing, the teenage drama sideplots also seeked to balance it all out.
All in all, it was still an entertaining read. It wasn’t what I was expecting coming on to the book, but it still gave me a fun adventure for a few hours
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Mystery/Thrill: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐