Book Review: A Gift of Ghosts – Sarah Wynde


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Series: Tassamara – Book One
Pages: 190
Publisher: Razor Productions
Find It On: Goodreads. Amazon.

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A fun and exciting novel about ghosts, psychics and the strange little town of Tassamara…

Synopsis:
Akira Malone believes in the scientific method, evolution, and Einstein’s theory of relativity. And ghosts.  All the logic and reason in the world can’t protect her from the truth-she can see and communicate with spirits. But Akira is sure that her ability is just a genetic quirk and the ghosts she encounters simply leftover electromagnetic energy. Dangerous electromagnetic energy.

Zane Latimer believes in telepathy, precognition, auras, and that playing Halo with your employees is an excellent management technique. He also thinks that maybe, just maybe, Akira can help his family get in touch with their lost loved ones.

But will Akira ever be able to face her fears and accept her gift? Or will Zane’s relatives be trapped between life and death forever?

Review:

This was one of those books that I selected on a whim, it caught my eye on Netgalley – and I’m so glad it did. A Gift of Ghosts is a fun and enjoyable read from start to finish. Being a little under two hundred pages, I absolutely flew through it, and am definitely going to read the next few books in the series.

The story is a simple and enjoyable one. Akria believes in all things scientific – except she can see ghosts and no one else can. When she takes a job on the other side of the country, she finds out her boss, Zane Latimer believes in all kinds of paranormal behaviour. The two of them clash, and with the Latimer family’s tragic past, Akria has to decide whether to flee back to her old life, or embrace the gifts she has always fought to hide away.

Akira is a great character, she’s stubborn, determined and intelligent, but also at times vulnerable and funny. Akira and Zane make for a very interesting pair, and both of them are very likeable. It was easy to immerse myself in the story because the characters felt realistic – despite the paranormal setting.

One thing I absolutely loved about A Gift of Ghosts is the setting – Tassmarra is a fascinating little town in which everyone has a paranormal ability.  You can see ghosts? Not a problem. I was particularly intrigued by Maggie’s Diner, the restaurant in which the chef and owner knows exactly what everyone wants to eat.

The story is well paced, and has plenty of interesting plot moments. There’s also some romance elements to the story as well, which aren’t too over the top, but tie in nicely with the story. My one reason for not giving the book five stars is how short the story is. There were so many characters I wanted to get to know more, some of the ghosts and secondary characters are only mentioned a handful of times, and it would be great to get more of their stories. There are several more books in the series though, and I am hoping that these books will give us a little more of a back story – particularly about Zane’s eccentric father and his sisters, as well as some of the other unusual residents of Tassmara.

If you’re looking for a quick, enjoyable read full of mystery and ghostly goings-on, then this is definitely one for you!

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