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REVIEW: AMITY by MICOL OSTOW

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Synopsis:

 

Connor’s family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen’s family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she’s recovered from a psychotic break.

But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor’s nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren’t there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?

Amity isn’t just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she’s done before. As she’ll do again.

 

 

Review:

 

Growing up, I was a horror film junkie! While Freddie, Jason, and Michael pumped my adrenaline, they never caused me any permanent damage. What scarred me for life was The Exorcist, Chainsaw Massacre, Jaws, and The Amityville series. For in my mind, these were the real horrors that lurked in the shadows. After all, they were loosely based on real stories, right?

Recently, I’ve noticed a fad in which authors are rewriting stories to fit the young adult group, and why not? I think it’s a brilliant idea that gives our teens a bigger variety of literature to choose from.

This novel in particular has interlaced two stories, a decade apart, into a chilling tale!

I applaud this author, as she has done a great job of writing a novel that terrifies, thrills, and disgusts! The brilliance of her work is in the details, as her creativity and story background was above and beyond what I expected. There are a few twists added, making this version of the horror classic a more unique and interesting tale than the previous stories. The narrative is bounced expertly between two teens, whose lives have been abruptly changed by the house and other entities involved. I must add that although Ostow leads you down a twisted path, the most heinous of acts are left to the reader’s imagination. As expected, there are some bloody scenes, a few mentions of abuse, and some vivid descriptions of a demented mind in action. There were several times when nothing seemed real, but everything was horrifying. I loved it!

I highly recommend this to mature young adults, high school being the youngest, and adults who love the paranormal, thrillers, and horrors!

micolostowAbout The Author:

Micol Ostow is half Puerto Rican, half Jewish, half reader, half writer, and, when under deadline, often half asleep. Micol was working as an editor of young adult fiction when she began to write her own books; since then, she has published over 40 works for readers of all ages. Her novel, Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa, was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and her graphic novel hybrid, So Punk Rock: And Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother, was chosen as a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Teens.

 

Micol received her MFA in Writing For Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2009, and currently teaches a popular young adult writing workshop through Media Bistro. She lives in NYC with her Emmy-award winning filmmaker husband, Noah Harlan, their daughter, and a persnickety French Bulldog named Bridget Jones. When not lurking online, Micol can most frequently be found reading, running, or drinking way too much coffee. You can also visit her online, blogging with the readergirlz divas over at the National Book Award-winning literacy project, http://www.readergirlz.com.

Links:

http://www.micolostow.com/

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WANTED: ONE GHOST

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Stuck in ghostly limbo for 238 years, James Addison can’t move on to an afterlife. After being falsely accused of treason and executed, fate’s cursed him to remain an earth-bound specter until he meets a historian sent to research his past. Distrustful of fate,Dr. April Branford wants to be taken seriously, but her unique ability to divine history by touching objects seriously compromises her credibility. Her latest assignment? James Addison, a legendary colonial ladies’ man with a shadowy past. Without much to go on, she doesn’t hold out much hope to discover the man behind the legend until the day she accidentally touches him and brings him back to life. With the help of family and ghosts from James’s past, they unravel the truth. But after falling in love and with time running out, it’s hard for April to believe in fate and a future where forever is now

REVIEW:

What a treat just in time for the Halloween season!

This book was mesmerizing!  The astute manner in which the author blended historical and paranormal fiction with modern day intricacies made this an excellent read that I just couldn’t put down!  The story line is captivating and the characters are divine.  I couldn’t help but to think of “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” while reading this, as it’s one of my favorite classics.  Of course, the relationship she had with her ghost is tepid, at most, compared to James and April’s steamy love affair.  In this day and age, it’s hard to find a man that’s as attentive and chivalrous as James. 

This novel is much more than a ghost story with a romantic twist, though, it’s a mystery/thriller as well.  A dark secret lurks in the shadows of the historic town, but bringing light on the subject could come at a cost. With the help of April’s hilarious relatives, she and James try to answer questions that no one alive knows.

Joseph Buchanan’s coined term “psychometry”—which means being able to see the past by touching an object– is utilized brilliantly and the author takes it to another level, catapulting this novel high above others in the same genres.  I laughed, I cried, and unfortunately, I was up investigating everything that went “bump!” in the night.  This is definitely a must read!

5/5 STARS

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Loni LynneAbout the Author

Navy veteran and Maryland resident, Loni Lynne was born in Michigan, graduated in Texas, and lived in various states in between. Upon graduation she joined the Navy and married her Army hero before being stationed in Hawaii for four years. On their return to the mainland, they settled in Maryland close to family.

Loni started writing in her early teens and never really stopped. Her travels and experiences created ideas and inspired characters for her stories which ended up half finished files on disks and spiral notebooks. On her 40th birthday her husband gave her a laptop, portable hard drive and a membership to Romance Writers of America as a gift and told her she had one year to finish a manuscript and try to get it published.

Her debut novel, Wanted: One Ghost is only one of many she’s written since then.

Author Amazon Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Loni-Lynne/e/B00D4NRM6U/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Goodreads Page:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7115619.Loni_Lynne

Author Website: https://www.lonilynne.com/

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