Thursday, October 31, 2013

Blog Tour: Phantom Summer by Amy Sparling - Review & Giveaway!

Phantom Summer

Amy Sparling

YA Contemporary Romance with Ghosts
Publisher: 336Love

Available at Amazon | B&N


Seventeen-year-old Taylor Gray moves to Sterling Island to get over her dead boyfriend. Mom’s cool with letting her crash on the couch, but Taylor needs to get a job before the lights are cut off again.

When the tall, dark and crazy Raine Tsunami offers her a position at his thriving ghost tour business, she figures it’s an easy way to make some cash. Taylor isn’t afraid of ghosts--that crap is as fake as her mom’s boob job. She loves their adventures on the historic island, especially the secret places he shows her when the crowds go home. So what if all the ghost stories are just legends?

When Taylor comes face to face with a ghost and Raine crosses the line between friend and boyfriend--Taylor’s new life collides with her haunted past. If murdered people end up as ghosts, then that someone she was trying to forget is probably watching her.



Friday comes way too fast and I'm not even mentally prepared by the time eight o'clock rolls around. It's been so long since I've hung out with anyone besides Brendan, and now I'll be with several people my age. At least they didn't appear to be stuck up or judgmental. Well, besides judging me for not believing in ghosts. Of course, it's been my experience that people judge you more once they see where you live. I vow to make sure they never find out.

"Do you have big plans tonight?" Margret asks as we finish closing up the museum. I know she knows I have plans; she just likes to remind me. And to think I had spent all of my seventeen years wishing I had a loving grandma like in the movies. Margret is basically a loving grandma and she's starting to get on my nerves.
"Tay-lor." She waves her hand in my face. I jolt out of my daydreams. "Yes," I say. "Anna and Pax are meeting me after work, remember?"
"Oh, that's right," she says, all coy-like. Yeah, as if she didn't remember. "Do you think Raine will be there?"
"I don't know."
"I bet he'll be there." She puts all the day's donations into a bank deposit bag and zips it closed.
"Why does it matter?"
"Because if anyone can make a believer out of you, it's that boy." My first inclination is to object and point out all thing things that make him weird. But I don't, because honestly if anyone is going to make me a believer, I want it to be Raine.

My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Phantom Summer is a YA contemporary romance featuring paranormal elements in the form of ghosts. I love the plot; coming of age, mixed with accepting the past, sprinkled with learning to love again. A very haunted island coupled with ghost tours adds just the right amount of excitement.

Taylor lives with constant, gut-wrenching guilt over her best friend/boyfriend's death. She moves to live with her deadbeat mother on Sterling Island to escape the memories that have haunted her since his death. She meets Raine, who runs the local ghost tour company. Pretty soon she's joining him on his ghost hunts even though she's beyond a skeptic. Taylor is a great character. I fell in love with her from chapter one.

Romantic interest Raine is a rather impressive guy. He took over his father's ghost tour company when he was only thirteen after his father was injured. Taylor doesn't really understand his interest in her since she was always considered a loser in her hometown. She's embarrassed by her mother and their less than stellar accommodations, and shocked when wealthy Raine doesn't seem to care.

My favorite part of the novel was the ghost hunts Raine and Taylor went on together. I wouldn't mind reading more about their ghost tours and ghost hunting. Taylor's thoughts can be quite humorous at times, and her remarks (especially during the ghost tours) tend to be witty.

I recommend Phantom Summer to everyone high school and up that enjoys an engaging plot and endearing characters. This novel is a fast-paced read that's difficult to put down once started.


About the Author

Amy Sparling is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, nail polish and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her daughter, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world. Amy Sparling is a pen name for YA author Cheyanne Young.




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