The Ghost Host by DelSheree Gladden
Everyone thinks Echo Simmons is crazy, but being The Ghost Host isn’t just a YouTube hoax like people think. It’s the only way to control the ghosts haunting her…at least until the FBI shows up asking questions. The first eighteen years of Echo Simmons’ life have been less than ideal. On more than one occasion her parents have considered committing her. They don’t believe she sees ghosts or that they harass her on a daily basis. So when a rogue ghost begins tormenting her, they’re the last people she’s going to tell. Her best friends Holden and Zara are doing their best to help, but ghost attacks are only the beginning of Echo’s problems. Handling the ghosts by giving them a voice on YouTube through her webshow has been her saving grace—even if her parents think it’s all a hoax—but that gets a little complicated when the ghost of Madeline Crew reveals a little too much about her previous life and the FBI shows up at her door wanting to know how she gained access to long-buried government secrets. It just keeps getting worse from there. Madeline’s message to her great grandson sparks a strange connection between Echo and Malachi, which leads to Georgia, secrets, mistakes, love, lies, and life changing revelations.
Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
The Ghost Host is a great read for the Halloween season-- nice paranormal theme featuring mystery and a budding romance.
What I liked:
Malachi-- I loved his character. There was just something about him that drew me in.
Switching POV-- I liked reading the story from both Echo and Malachi's POV
Plot-- Intriguing combination of paranormal and mystery
The YouTube show-- Great idea. I'd tune in.
What I didn't like as much:
Echo-- While I found her intriguing, her behavior tended to be rasher than I'd have liked. I can't really explain it, but I just didn't connect with her.
The pacing of the story moves along a a nice clip, with nary a dull moment. I also liked Echo's friends Zara and Holden who play a rather significant role in the story. Overall an enjoyable read and a nice start to a new paranormal series.
Author DelSheree Gladden DelSheree Gladden was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn't speak a single word for the first three months of preschool, but she had already taught herself to read. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting and perfecting it before having it published. Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her husband spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family again. Their two children love having their cousins close by. When not writing, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing and trying not to get bitten by small children in her work as a dental hygienist. DelSheree has several bestselling young adult series, including "Invisible" which was part of the USA Today Bestselling box set, "Pandora." The Date Shark Series is her first contemporary romance series, and her first book in her upcoming new adult series, The Ghost Host, will be releasing 2015.
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