Notes from Ghost Town by Kate Ellison
[Published February 12th by EgmontUSA]
This is hard to review because I don't feel like I connected very well
with Olivia. This is a very sad story, and I didn't feel very sad
watching her anguish. On the other hand, I thought her pain and
confusion was very well done. Being torn between Stern--the dead boy she
loved and Austen, a living breathing boy was very realistic. Her
struggle to accept her father's new bride-to-be is also very
understandable and realistic.
I think overall this is a decent
mystery novel. I didn't expect what happened at the end. I am a bit
disappointed there was nothing much creepy. Ghost stories should always
be creepy! But this wasn't a ghost story. Not really. And this part of
the novel was never really explained. Was it Olivia imagining things?
Was Stern really visiting her and leading her towards the truth? Olivia
doesn't figure it out and neither does the reader.
The writing is
good, the storyline is significantly engaging. I don't usually reading
YA like this and I enjoyed it, even if there were times I dreaded going
back to it. I think it deserves 4 stars.