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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Review To Kiss a Ghost (Book 2) by Becky Pourchot

When the opportunity to read To Kiss Ghost was offered to me, I didn’t think twice because I just discovered (as I’m doing lately) the volume one of the series Hungry Ghost and both the description and cover attracted me. I didn’t have time to read the first volume, now I really want to fix that, but I can honestly say that I really liked To Kiss a Ghost.
The book has a special delicacy, a tenderness that I felt fully.
Despite the length that is not too large, Becky M. Pourchot succeeds a rich construction with numerous levels. Everyday problems of each teenager, including the delicate matter of the distance relationships, the traditions about we forget more or less, and especially their motivation as well as the problem (or whatever the tormenting thought of humanity) regarding what is "beyond" are completed each other and give birth to a beautiful story for youngsters (and not just for them taking me in account).
Penelope would let him rest his weary head on her shoulder and she would comfort him through his tears. From that moment on, I would be the one he left behind. I would be the ghost in this past.”
The Fantastic receives a special attention, the author introducing a hierarchy or rather say a classification of spirits, relevant qualifications that are supporting the book’s action, while they give us clues, but also lying traps for us.
They’re entities that exist to maintain order in the Universe. They’re the street cleaners, the vultures. You could also say they’re angels of the misfortune.”
Tension arises at the right time and in exactly amount to have you shiver and shake a bit your expectations.
The relationships between the characters are different and evolving on several plans. Each of these relationships impress and each of these relationships bring a plus of tenderness, regret and nostalgia, but also some hope.
Humor is also present and I like how the author used it to highlight the human characteristics: kindness, gullibility or even stupidity, insecurity, jealousy.
To Kiss a Ghost is one of those books that can make you want to be part of it and to have the characters’ powers even if they could put you in some messes.
Normal is overrated.”
The ending is good, sad and happy at the same time, providing hope of rejoining.
„[...] I don’t even Know who I am yet... how can I go on to something else” [...] Don’t I have to figure that out first?”
If you’ll read the book there are great chances to really enjoy it.

I received the book  from the author for review  - Thank you!

Când mi s-a oferit ocazia să citesc To Kiss a Ghost nu am stat pe gânduri pentru că tocmai descoperisem (cum mi se cam întâmplă în ultimul timp) volumul unu al seriei Hungry Ghost şi atât descrierea, cât şi coperta acestuia m-au atras. Nu am avut când să citesc acest prim volum, abia aştept să recuperez, dar pot spune sincer că To Kiss a Ghost mi-a plăcut mult.
Cartea are o delicateţe specială, o sensibilitate pe care am simţit-o din plin.
În ciuda lungimii nu prea mari a volumului, Becky M. Pourchot reuşeşte o construcţie amplă cu numeroase planuri. Problemele cotidiene ale fiecărui adolescent inclusiv chestiunea delicată a relaţiilor de la distanţă, tradiţiile de care uităm mai mult sau mai puţin şi mai ales motivaţia acestora, precum şi problema sau, mă rog, chinuitorul gând al omenirii cu privire la ce este „dincolo” se completează reciproc şi dau naştere unei frumoase poveşti pentru tineri (şi nu doar avându-mă în vedere).
Penelope would let him rest his weary head on her shoulder and she would comfort him through his tears. From that moment on, I would be the one he left behind. I would be the ghost in this past.”
Fantasticul primeşte o atenţie deosebită, autoarea introducând o ierarhie sau mai bine zis o clasificare a spiritelor, o calificare pertinentă şi care susţine acţiunea cărţii, dându-ne în acelaşi timp indicii, dar întinzându-ne şi capcane.
They’re entities that exist to maintain order in the Universe. They’re the street cleaners, the vultures. You could also say they’re angels of the misfortune.”
Tensiunea apare când trebuie şi este exact cât trebuie să te înfioare, să-ţi zdruncine un pic previziunile.
Relaţiile dintre personaje sunt diferite şi se dezvoltă pe mai multe nivele. Fiecare dintre aceste relaţii impresionează şi fiecare dintre aceste relaţii aduc un plus de sensibilitate, regret şi nostalgie, dar şi ceva speranţă.
Umorul este şi el prezent şi îmi place cum autoarea l-a folosit pentru a scoate în evidenţă câte o caracteristică umană: bunătate, naivitate sau chiar prostie, nesiguranţă, gelozie.
To Kiss a Ghost este una dintre acele cărţi care te poate face să-ţi doreşti să fii parte din ele şi să ai aceleaşi puteri chiar dacă acestea ar putea să te bage în unele belele.
Normal is overrated.”
Finalul este bun, trist şi fericit în acelaşi timp, oferind speranţa regăsirii.
„[...] I don’t even Know who I am yet... how can I go on to something else” [...] Don’t I have to figure that out first?”
Dacă veţi citi cartea sunt mari şanse să vă placă.

Description To Kiss a Ghost
Gala Rhyce the reluctant ghost whisperer is back again. When she finds herself bullied by shadow creatures to care for the ghosts in her town, she’s forced to dive deep into the world of the paranormal. The only benefit comes when Gala finds herself happily entangled with a mysterious, handsome ghost who is quickly falling for her.

“Even better than the first book in the series, To Kiss a Ghost, is a thrill ride not to be missed. You will cry, laugh, get angry, and repeat the emotional spectrum as you read this stellar new release. Pourchot has a series worth continuing on her hands.”

Book #1
Life was pleasantly normal for Gala Rhyce—that is, until her mom moved the family to Flagler Beach, Florida. Now—despite the palm trees, ocean breezes, and cute surfer guys—Gala is miserable…until she meets Trista. Trista makes a great friend, except for one thing: she's a ghost.

The girls learn to communicate, and through Gala, Trista finds a way to experience the world again. As Gala’s romance with a heartthrob poet begins to bloom, her unlikely friendship with Trista continues—until the ghost wants more than Gala can give, and things start to go horribly wrong.

Filled with horror, romance, and humor, Food for a Hungry Ghost is about friendship, trust, jealousy, and boundaries that get pushed too far.

How much can Gala endure? Will she survive the clutches of the Hungry Ghost?

1 comment:

Claudia said...

Wow.... coperta ma sperie, dar descrierea pare ok.