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Review – Ghost Files #3.5 by Apryl Baker

Tick tock…

Mary Cross has been forced to accept the world of the supernatural because of an experience that left her with the ability to hear—but not see—the supernatural. She survived three weeks of being kidnapped and tortured, and it has left her emotionally and physically scarred.

Across the street from her house, strange things are happening…

Mysterious noises haunt the residents, faucets turn on by themselves, and footsteps can be heard running up and down the stairs. It all centers around Noah, a two year old child. Babysitters have run screaming from the house.

Caleb Malone has been dumped into a teeming hornet’s nest…

He’s always been the good son, done everything asked of him, and even gave up graduate school to join the family business of hunting supernatural villains. He’s convinced himself he’s happy, that his duty to his gift should come before anything else.

Until he meets Mary Cross.

She gives him hope that things can be different, that he can be different.

Together, the two of them must solve the mystery of the two shadows stalking the child and save him from whatever has attached itself to him. Time is running out and to save Noah, forcing Mary to face her own demons.

But in doing so…has she put a target on her back?


Review

So far liking this series, this book runs alongside number 3, however this focuses on Mary and her new “talents” since she is no longer held captive, and hanging onto the edge of her existence.
What I appreciated in this book was that it didn’t repeat book 3, it mentions what is happening, but it does solely focus on Mary, it was one worry I had when going into this book.

Mary is a lot stronger and forthcoming than I thought she was, after all I had only read snippets in the previous book about her.
The story is relatively short, with the neighbours ghost being the main plot line, however I feel this is more about Mary discovering herself and coming to terms with this new paranormal world she lives in, after all having a new “sister” who not only talks to the dead but can see them is quite life changing.
The two focussed characters are Caleb and Mary, it gave the plot a little more to go on, especially with both characters coming from two very different backgrounds.

The humour and growth between all characters does not read like a bunch of teenagers, in fact the intelligence of them all is refreshing compared to some other books based on teenagers I have read about. I am really enjoying Apryl Bakers fiction.

3.5 is very fast paced and to the point, I managed to read it in an hour. I really enjoyed it, and look forward to the following books in the series, there is always some spooky goosebump moments, whilst still keeping the genre YA.


Previous books in the series:

Ghost files –
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2019/01/24/ghost-files-1-by-apryl-baker-book-review/
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2019/03/18/review-ghost-files-volume-2-by-apryl-baker/
https://hannahsbeautifulfantasy.blog/2019/04/15/review-the-ghost-files-3/

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Review – Ghost Files Volume 2 – By Apryl Baker.

Title – The ghost files volume 3
Author – Apryl Baker
Pages -264 pages – Kindle edition
My copy – Kindle – from kindle unlimited.
Published – 09/06/2014
Genre – Fantasy, Paranormal, Horror, YA, Supernatural.

At seventeen, Mattie Hathaway has survived her mother attempting to kill her, multiple foster homes, and a serial killer. Oh, and she sees ghosts on a regular basis too. You’d think Fate would give her a break right? Umm…nope, not Mattie.

Dan Richards is the only person in the entire world Mattie trusts, but then the boy goes and breaks her heart. Mattie does what she does best, she runs and lands herself slap in the middle of a haunted house full of ghosts turned vengeful that want Mattie to join their ranks. 

Only bright spot on all this? Eli Malone – the gorgeous boy with the beautiful aqua eyes that makes her feel things she’s never even imagined before. She’s not sure what to do with him, especially when Dan shows up glowering at him. 

She’ll figure Eli out if she can survive the house. The ghosts are bound and determined to kill her so she’ll be one of them. Now if she can just figure out how to survive them and the demon stalking her, she might be able to decide what to do about her feelings for Dan and Eli.

That is if she can survive the night in the house.

Review

Via Goodread’s book receives contradictory review’s. I for one enjoyed this book, and so far the series.  Prior to this series I read the follow on series called “The Crane Diaries” and was confused about Mattie’s past. This series clears that all up and has kept me engrossed. (Homecoming – The Crane Diaries – Review).
There may not have been a lot about new Orleans featured in this book, which appears to be fellow reviewers complaints. I on the other hand found there to be plenty of paranormal content, gossebumps and drama to keep me entertained throughout, New Orleans was simply a basic setting for this book.
The only part I found myself skipping was the internal dialogue from Mattie…. I wanted action, dialogue between characters, however as soon as I was getting bored the story picked up again, throwing me back into Mattie’s paranormal gifts, demons and more.

The main critique I have seen from other reviewers was Mattie’s constant switch between men.   What people need to understand is, this is from the point of view of a 17 year old, who has experienced prolonged abuse and upset.  Mattie has been tortured, passed around foster homes, and given a gift which is not only terrifying, but dangerous!. Of course she is going to jump at the chance to fall for a cute, caring guy.  This is probably the only normal part of her life, experiencing what other teenage girls do at her age. The fact that one of the three men is dead, does not bring much hope for Mattie’s love life, even if Mattie has her heart set on “mirror boy”.

I very much enjoyed meeting the New characters, Caleb, and Eli. their brotherly banter and protectiveness over Mattie.
they featured in my favourite character moment.
Dan discovers more than he realised on the journey to find Mattie’s real mum. He also needs to gain Mattie’s trust, and try to salvage her broken heart that he smashed.

The mystery dark goo demon who appears from the beginning and I thought was the plot, seems to disappear halfway thought the story line and replaced by a news demonic ghost. 
This threw me off, however I preferred the demonic ghost from the 1700’s, his dark twisted mind and Voodoo.
The descriptiveness of Apryl’s writing is enough to keep any reading captivated, but not too descriptive to bore us.

I would definitely recommend this book and read it myself again. Apryl Baker has not let me down in this series, and has made me fall in love with the paranormal genre all over again.

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WWW Wednesday

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

What I recently finished….

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm – lone novel.
Book review – The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

What I am Currently reading…..


The Blood Prince – Third and final instalment of the Sovereign series.
Previous Reviews of the sovereign series –
The Gilded King
The Silver Queen

Previous series Solis Invicti –
A Bargain in silver
The price of silver
Bound to silver
The silver bullet

What will I read next?

The Ghost files book #2

Previous review of this series –
Ghost Files Book #1

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Review – The Haunting Of Hillwood Farm By Kathryn Knight – #Romance #Suspsense #BookReview #Paranormal

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Pages – 174
Genre – Romance Suspense, Paranormal
Rating –
Goodreads – 3/5 stars
Amazon – 4/5 stars

After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted—the ability to communicate with ghosts. But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm. She quickly realizes she’s dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she’s ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear—the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner’s handsome grandson, thinks she’s a scam artist. While she’d prefer to just ignore him, her heart beats a little faster every time he’s nearby. 

Luke Turner doesn’t believe in spirits. He’s moved back to restore the family farm, but living on the property serves a dual purpose—he can watch out for his grandmother. He’s not happy about the sudden appearance of a self-described psychic, or his inexplicable attraction to her. His initial suspicions crumble as evidence points to an actual haunting, but he’s still determined not to fall for Callie—the past has taught him it’s best to avoid relationships. 

As Callie is drawn deeper into the mystery, she becomes the target of a vengeful spirit, and Luke can no longer fight his feelings for her. Unable to resist their desire, passion ignites…even as the paranormal activity escalates to a final deadly confrontation. 

Review

I was sent a ebook copy of this book in return for an honest review.

This was my first time reading a book by this author, and I am not disappointed.
This was only a short story.

The book is based around Hillwood farm, a farm that has been in the Turner’s family for generations. Everything was calm and going well until Alice Turner’s husband passed away, leading to her grandson, Luke moving in.
Ever since then weird things have been happening, paranormal disturbances. Alice believes it’s her loving husband returning to her until the acts of what she perceives as love turn viscous.

The beginning of the book jumps straight in to the story of Callie, with just enough back story to understand her abilities, however we discover more about Callie and Luke as the story develops. They both have their own baggage to share.

I enjoyed the paranormal events from the beginning, they were spooky enough to give me goosebumps, and build just enough tension to make me wonder what was going to happen next.
Poor Callie not only has to convince a sceptic, but also take some beatings of her own.
Alice, Callie and Luke are in for a dangerous journey ahead, as they discover the ghosts true identity.

This was a light romance book, the main focus being the paranormal investigation. The tension between both romantic and Paranormal was very well thought out. I was drawn in from the very beginning and wish there was a series about Callie. This was a stand alone novel.
The length was perfect, I didn’t feel anything was missed, or could have been developed.

I would highly recommend this book for you paranormal lovers.

My rating 5/5 stars  
Link below to Amazon, currently available on Kindle unlimited.
£3.15 on Kindle
£10.20 Paperback

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Ghost Files #1 – By Apryl Baker – Book Review.

Cherry blossom lipstick: check 
Smokey eyes: check 
Skinny jeans: check
Dead kid in the mirror: check 

For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too. 

Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally. 

Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance. 

Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim… 


Review

Genre – Paranormal, Horror, Mystery, Young adult.
Available in – paperback + kindle + Audible.
My copy – Kindle.

Length – 284 pages

First of I want to start by stating I should have read this book before Homecoming (I found Homecoming confusing). This book was the series prior to The crane diaries. And trust me everything is now clearer about Mattie.

The plot of this book kept me turning every page. Apryl Baker has made an amazing, creepy story. Even I was shivering a little bit with some of the gruesome details. For a young adult, paranormal book I was shocked and intrigued with the amount of spooky details and gore. Not one detail was missed.
The gradual build up to the end left me wanting more, each chapter added new gifts, new ghosts with an added adrenaline rush in the final few chapters.
It has been a long time since a paranormal book has excited me like this.

The characters were kept simple. Mattie and Dan are the main characters portrayed in this book.
The Ghost Files follows Mattie’s life coming to terms with the fact her mother tried to kill her and then committed suicide, now she can see ghosts.
However after spending years in the foster system, as well as trying to avoid ghosts Sally disappears and Ghost boy arrives, sending Mattie into a string of hospital visits, which she can’t explain to her foster mother….. But she can with Dan.

Raising the knife once more, she pushed it deep into her own throat before pulling it out. She collapsed beside me, her face inches from mine. I had to lie there and watch her die.

The back and forth banter with Dan and Mattie was the best. Dan was like an over protective older brother at first with the need to protect Mattie even outside of work. Mattie decides to confide in Dan when it comes to her gift but cannot understand why – what has this random guy in her life got that her boyfriend doesn’t, and why is she slipping up with her words around him.
All these new ghosts, and with the help of Dan and a new doctor Mattie begins to understand her gift, and begins to trust in the spirits knowledge.

I never felt I was reading from the point of view of a teenager, Mattie comes across as a grown woman, troubled past but now stronger than ever and ready to kick ass.
There was nothing I disliked about this book, and I have already added the rest of the series to my TBR.

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Goodread’s Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back here and feel free to add your link to the comments section.


Switched – the first book in the Trylle Trilogy… 

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. 

With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed – a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy’s not sure she wants to be a part of it.


The perfect genre for me again.  You will find all I love to read are paranormal, fantasy books.  This genre interests me the most because I can get lost in the pages.

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*Blogtober day 8*Goodread’s Monday

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back here and feel free to add your link to the comments section.

402124541Kindle Edition, 228 pages
Published August 23rd 2018 by Maatkare Books

Can two assassins outwit each other to claim the ultimate prize? 

Dru is a blood-bound assassin, tied to Hell and her master for eternity — okay, not ‘eternity’, but it sure as Hell feels like it. She’s got a slight attitude problem, a strict no-touching rule and she has claws and knows how to use them. She’s also willing to earn her freedom at any cost, even if that means stealing from an angel.

Azrael was once a member of an elite unit in Heaven’s army, but after a priceless artifact was stolen on his watch, he was thrown out of Heaven. Now the fallen angel is on a mission: find Heaven’s Heart, save his missing comrades, and get even with the angel who took his wings.

The first time Azrael and Dru meet, she leaves him for dead. The second time, they’re tasked with the same mission — retrieve Odin’s Orb. Will their sparking passion derail their best-laid plans? Or will they play for keeps?

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