I love books with a lot of humor in them. Peer pressure in high school is a given and creates plenty of stress and discomfort, but when you can see and talk to ghosts, not to mention having to deal with rumors that your Dad killed your mother, uneasy takes on a whole new meaning. And, on a side note, there is absolutely no romance for Violet in this book, which worked for the better, in my opinion. Even though it's about a girl that hangs around with dead people, it is still very light-hearted and witty. Her first book, Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator, won the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for Young Adult Fiction.
It had fun ghosts, creepy ghosts, and just plain great characters! At the same time, she begins to question what happened the night her mother died while investigating paranormal activity in an old house. She's not whiny or bitchy despite the unique talent that she's been given and I love that. I absolutely loved Buster and his squeaky burger and how she used him as her guinea pig several times and his reactions to things were priceless. There is a lot of ghostly action! As others have mentioned, there was almost a complete lack of romance in this book. In fact, I loved all of the ghosts. Violet was likeable enough, but I didn't relate to her much at all. It has a touch of spookiness that younger readers might enjoy, without being too scary or over the top for the young crowd.
The best part of this novel by far is the paranormal aspects. She's not bratty or anything, and though she did have several fights with her dad, it makes sense why, because they are for legit reasons and not just because she's a teen and needs to rebel. Her first real inve I'm used to dead people. Still, there are things that in my older age I found a little. For those of you who like romance, I will tell you that there isn't really a love interest. Think Veronica Mars meets the paranormal world.
No one knows what Buster truly is, or what he was when he was alive, or if he was ever alive at all. One thing I did enjoy was the missing love triangle which probably wouldn't have worked in this story. Violets dad will not tell her what happened so she finds out her self. Violet doesn't remember much about her late mother, but she is certain of one thing: She too can see ghosts and communicate with the dead. It's nothing that gets in the way.
Violet Addison can chat with the dead, but what really frightens her is starting her sophomore year at a new school. I loved Ghost whisperer right up to the last season or so when it jumped the shark. It was cute and there was plenty of witty jokes and paranormal activity, but I felt that with all this darkness centering around this one house, there'd be more of a struggle. Even though it's about a girl that hangs around with dead people, it is still very light-hearted and witty. Can you believe I found this at the dollar store?! She's not worried about fitting in when she knows that what makes her special is a good thing.
Another thing is that I thought that the bows were neatly strung by the end of the book, leaving the story all squeaky clean and a little too bright for a supposedly dark tale. The characters are incredibly loveable and the story is easy to follow. It was morbidly funny and fast paced, always keeping me interested. One thing is certain, though—despite the label Violet puts on him, Buster is not a poltergeist. Violet was likeable enough, but I didn't relate to her much at all. I love both of their characters, but it would be very easy to confuse one for the other.
She was likable, but there wasn't exactly a characteristic about her that made her unforgettable. The final climax felt rushed with an ending that was almost too wrapped up. You can read book reviews by our staff or write your own! If your a fan of the genre and you've read the Mediator series by Meg Cabot recently, you may have a similar experience when comparing The Mediator's Suze and Spookygirl Violet. I picked this book up right after it was released, when I was much younger and not as proficient of a reader. Buster prefers oatmeal chocolate chip.
I was so sad to see that this isn't a series. Although I wasn't always a huge fan of the themes in the book more on that later Baguchinsky's writing was very engaging, especially for a debut. The title gives a certain cheese factor, and combined with the simple cover, it kind of gives off the vibes of a Disney Halloween special. I read the first book in the ghost huntress series last year, which is about a teenage who investigates the paranormal. Something else that I give Baguchinsky some major credit for is that Violet is a teenage girl who sees ghost, but doesn't fall in love with one! A fun weekend read with a satisfying ending.
Speaking of, I loved the secondary characters! Between that and partly living with her Aunt, Violet has just had to hide that part of herself. With sharp wit and determination, Violet sets out to uncover the truth behind her school's haunting, to finish the investigation that led to her mother's sudden death, and to learn why the only ghost she has ever wanted to see is the one that has eluded her forever. I would have like to have spent a little more time on Riley Island, but alas, the conclusion and explanation came too quickly and I was left feeling unsatisfied and hungry for more. She's dealing with something evil, something that may actually contradict what her mother has always told her - ghosts can't you you. She's not worried about fitting in when she knows that what makes her special is a good thing.