September 19, 2009
Rabid Reads "Ghost Huntress: The Awakening" by Marley Gibson
Title: Ghost Huntress: The Awakening (Book One)
Author: Marley Gibson
Publisher: Graphia; imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing (2009)
Genre: YA Fantasy
I can't say I liked this book. I also can't say I finished it. There is the very real possibility of a good story lurking inside this book's pages, but I'll never know because the first sixty pages failed to hook me at all.
The premise for the story sounds fantastic, which is why I made it a point to read it this summer. A young girl (Kendell Moorehead) moves from Chicago to the outskirts of Atlanta, provoking all the neccessary angst and anxiety of being uprooted during adolescence from the place she's grown up. Throw in a blossoming paranormal sensitivity to throw Kendell off balance even more, ultimately compelling her to seek out the spirits she has come in contact with, and you've got the makings of a good read.
Unfortunately for me, Kendell's voice irritated me. A lot. And, even though her voice sounded genuine enough at times to create a three-dimensional character, the teen-speak hit a saturation point with me in record time. While nowhere near as insufferable as the teens of "Dawnson's Creek" or "Gossip Girl," Kendell and those around her grated on me and made me question just how tiresome my friends and I sounded as teens.
The spooks and chills, in what little I read of the book, showed potential and good build-up. But, through the eyes of Kendell, I grew weary of her inner monologue, which sounded less like a scared teen than a supporting character in the Scooby Doo gang. That's just my cynical side showing, so take the criticism with a healthy dose of salt.
I'm nowhere near the target demographic for this title anyway, so it's not really for me to say whether people should rush out to read this book or not. Heck, with only eighty-or-so pages read, I would be a tad arrogant to give that kind of verdict. If the premise for the novel, which is the first in a trilogy, perks your curiosity as it did mine, then you should probably give it a read. Chances are you're going to give it a fairer shake than I did. I may even give it a second read sometime down the line, but right now. I guess it comes down to being in the mood to read this book.
Other reviews--by people who read the book in its entirety--can be found at the following book blogs: The Book Butterfly; Carrie's YA Bookshelf; Read This Book!