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Book Review: The Ghosts of Centre Street by Michelle Dorey

The Ghosts of Centre Street
Series: The Hauntings of Kingston #3
Author:
Michelle Dorey

Published: September 16, 2016
376 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

He’s the new gatekeeper to hell

Barry is the old lady’s favorite cab driver. Not only is he funny and sweet, he’s got the sixth sense, just like she does. She bequeaths the mansion to him and his pregnant wife upon her death.

She never told him that the house sits on mystical ley lines, that it’s haunted with her ancestors as well as demons, and it will be his responsibility to keep evil forces at bay.

As if that’s not bad enough, the old lady’s nephew, a twisted bitter man is determined to claim his legal rights to the house. He appreciates the power of the house and intends to use it. He’ll stop at nothing, even murder to attain it.

Will Barry and his family survive the evil enemies that threaten their sanity and their very lives?
Any reasonable person would flee, but they can’t. If they do, an unspeakable evil will be freed. They have to stand and fight, no matter the cost.

No matter the grief.

A powerful tale of gruesome spirits and ordinary people colliding in a supernatural thriller!

Kim’s Review:

This was a simple, yet effective ghost story! And those are usually the best kind! It was also very unique; I feel like I hadn’t read it before. My only major issue is that I wish it was scarier. I did get some chills while reading, but overall, it felt more detached with the horror. I did enjoy how Dorey tried to explain a lot of what was going on. Y’all know I love getting as much info as possible and this book gave me more than the typical ghost story does. And adding a disgruntled killer into the mix was some great icing! The characters were all likeable and I found myself on Barry and Myra’s team consistently throughout the story.

Overall, this was a really good ghost story and actually a good one for those who don’t like outright, scary horror!

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Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

Do You Dream of Terra-Two?
Author: Temi Oh

Published: March 7, 2019
520 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

When an Earth-like planet is discovered, a team of six teens, along with three veteran astronauts, embark on a twenty-year trip to set up a planet for human colonization—but find that space is more deadly than they ever could have imagined.

Have you ever hoped you could leave everything behind?
Have you ever dreamt of a better world?
Can a dream sustain a lifetime?

A century ago, an astronomer discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting a nearby star. She predicted that one day humans would travel there to build a utopia. Today, ten astronauts are leaving everything behind to find it. Four are veterans of the twentieth century’s space-race.

And six are teenagers who’ve trained for this mission most of their lives.

It will take the team twenty-three years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years locked in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong.

And something always goes wrong.

Kim’s Review:

I really liked this book! Once I started and seeing that most of the characters were teens, I rolled my eyes and expected an obnoxious, drama filled snooze fest. I was wrong! These teens were forced into adulthood and maturity in order to win a place on Terra-Two. The best thing about this story was the sense of adventure and wonder. It captured some of the best qualities of humanity. It felt very Lost in Space even though the Damocles was tracked every step of the way. This book definitely scratched the sci-fi itch, without being so ridiculously scientific that I didn’t understand everything. I think this is actually a great book for teens and adults! Even those who don’t gravitate towards sci-fi will enjoy it!

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The House of Whispers by Laura Purcell

The House of Whispers
Author:
Laura Purcell

Published: June 9, 2020
336 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft’s family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken. But Dr. Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the same disease in the cliffs beneath his new Cornish home. While he devotes himself to his controversial medical trials, Louise finds herself increasingly discomfited by the strange tales her new maid tells of the fairies that hunt the land, searching for those they can steal away to their realm.

Forty years later, Hester Why arrives at Morvoren House to take up a position as nurse to the now partially paralysed and almost entirely mute Miss Pinecroft. Hester has fled to Cornwall to try and escape her past, but surrounded by superstitious staff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers that her new home may be just as dangerous as her last.

Kim’s Review:

This was a weird one. I think my only real criticism is that the end was a little too open for my liking. I mean I liked it, but I wanted more. Morvoren House is one of those amazing old houses that I would love to live in and explore all its mysterious books and crannies. I’m not a huge fan of Hester’s character; she’s kinda stupid in many common sense ways and that brings her down quite a bit. But everyone else adds fascinating and complex issues. The story kept me guessing almost to the end and once everything started to fall into place, it was neat and clear! This is a perfect book for those who like those gothic mysteries!

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