Tuesday 12 February 2013

Notes from Ghost Town by Kate Ellison - Book Review

Title: Notes from Ghost Town
Author: Kate Ellison
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication Date: February 2013
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback   
Genre: Paranormal/Contemporary YA
Source: ARC via NetGalley


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They say first love never dies...

From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.

There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?

With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

Notes From Ghost Town was a really interesting story that blended a YA contemporary with a hint of paranormal. I wasn't sure how well this would work, but in the end, Ellison pulled it off without a hitch.

The story is compelling and Olivia is a likeable and believable character. I definitely felt involved in her story from start to finish and the introduction of the paranormal element was done seamlessly, weaving beautifully into the tale and adding an extra depth to what Olivia is going through.

The pacing of this book was excellent, holding my interest throughout, and I had trouble putting it down.

This is a great read for fans of contemporary YA who are looking to cross over into paranormal YA (or vice versa).

In conclusion, this is a very enjoyable read and I would be happy to pick up future books by Ellison.

I received this book as a free e-book AR via NetGalley.

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