Friday YA: The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter by Caroline Flarity

Anna Fagan’s mother was possessed and killed by a demon when she was a child. Her father never recovered from the loss and buried himself in his work, the exorcism of ghosts from haunted relics. Anna’s home life is definitely not the norm, but when she see’s people from school going off the deep end she starts to wonder if there’s not something going wrong in her hometown. When her own thoughts start to become murderous, she shies away from her best friends Freddy and Dor and tries to salvage the scraps of her sanity. What she doesn’t realize is that her friends lives are also getting blacker and by the time she realizes it, she’s almost too late to save them.

Anna’s home life was a wreck. Her father was not just a ghost hunter, but he was also a hoarder. His things a labyrinth that blocked light and created an even more creepy atmosphere for the setting of this story. Known as the “Goblin girl” at school because of her dad’s job, Anna struggles to overcome that stigma and her feelings of shame. It’s only because of her best friends support that she had any light in her day. It’s when she becomes fixated on a boy at school and her fixation starts to turn unhealthy that I got an inkling that I might become uncomfortable with the direction this novel was headed.

I don’t want to sound too dramatic, but I kept looking for those moments of light in this story where I’d finally get to start rooting for Anna. There was just so much going on, and all of it was pretty dark and depressing. Anna does realize the town has been taken over by an evil demon and she does overcome all odds to save the day, but that only happens near the end of the book. On my wait for that to happen we see her father advance further into depression and hoardom (is that a word?), her friends become suicidal, and the bully at school turn into being bullied (by Anna!). Not to disrespect this author because I could see the work she put into it, but it really just wasn’t for me.

I am a huge fan of urban fantasy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, etc. and I went into this with my eyes wide open, hoping for the best. If there had been a few more kernels of light or humor I think my feelings would have been different. I will say that I do believe every book has it’s reader and I just wasn’t a good fit for The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter. If you like creepy fantasy-type novels The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter may be the right fit for you, so please give it a try.


I received a free ARC of this novel through NetGalley for my honest review and it was honest!

Opinions from around the Blogosphere

“The thing I loved most about this narrative was the supernatural lore. It was interesting and compelling, and unlike anything I’ve ever read before…. It was a rollercoaster ride of thrills, chills, and despair, and I loved every second!” UnabridgedBren

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I am published- Book Bloggers and Reviewers Wanted!

I started this blog for a couple of reasons. The first was because I like to talk about the books I am reading and none of my friends or family were interested. The second reason is because I wanted to jump start my creative writing. I figured if I were blogging regularly I would get used to making the effort to write and would actually start that novel that I had been kicking around in my head. I gave you all a taste of my novel as I was going through edits and got some nice feedback from several of you. Well, I have GREAT news! Yes, I finished the book, but not only that, I have self published the book on Amazon and Smashwords.

Now that I am published (boy is it weird to say those words!) I need some help getting the word out. I get it. We are all super busy, and a lot of us, myself included have our calendars full. I was wondering if there were any of you who would be willing to read my novel and review it, and of course, post those reviews on your blog and on Amazon or Smashwords? As with any review I do for other authors, I only want honest reviews. If you don’t like the book, that’s ok. If you love it, great! Please take a look at the cover and read the synopsis below and let me know if you are interested and I’ll send you an e-copy. The book is relatively short at just over 210 pages and around 67k words.

Midnight Metamorphosis Cover -3

Here’s the synopsis for my YA Paranormal novel Midnight Metamorphosis:

A prophecy that a child of both Elemental and Seer races would be born as savior or destroyer of their kind prompts the existence of two factions. One faction wants to kill the child before her sixteenth birthday when she’s due to transition into her full powers. The other wants to steal her powers and with those powers help Avadar, a Grand Duke of Hell, rule the Earth.
Avery Anderson, at fifteen, lives with her aunt in southern California following her mother’s death. She wants a normal life going to high school and making friends, everything she hasn’t done living on the run with her mother for years.
On her first day of school her Elemental powers start to manifest and Avery finds out that her life will be anything but ordinary- this school is filled with Other kids, one of whom is assigned her Guardian, Cole.

Devon, part Mesmer and Elemental and his twin sister Dani have been enrolled at Avery’s school by the other faction to become close with Avery. Devon uses his Mesmer talent to become paired with Avery on an assignment. When they realize they can share their powers during a fight against Demonids, the Sentinel of the Elementals, who is also Avery’s father, realizes she is a threat to all Elementals and orders Cole to kill Avery before she goes through her transition on her sixteenth birthday. 
As her birthday approaches the attacks on Avery intensify and it is only with the help of her friends that she is able beat back evil, but as with any battle there is tragedy.

Of course, if you are interested in taking a look at the Amazon  and Smashwords pages here are the links:

Amazon – Midnight Metamorphosis

Smashwords- Midnight Metamorphosis

Thanks so much for your consideration,