Thursday, February 8, 2018

Review: The Ghost Files by Apryl Baker

The Ghost Files (The Ghost Files, #1)Title: The Ghost Files
Author: Apryl Baker
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Publishing Date: August 13, 2013
Pages: 275
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Mystery
Series: The Ghost Files
Source: Audio

Cherry blossom lipstick: check
Smokey eyes: check
Skinny jeans: check
Dead kid in the mirror: check

For sixteen year old Mattie Hathaway, this is her normal everyday routine. She’s been able to see ghosts since her mother tried to murder her when she was five years old. No way does she want anyone to know she can talk to spooks. Being a foster kid is hard enough without being labeled a freak too.

Normally, she just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see’s the ghost of her foster sister… Sally.

Everyone thinks Sally’s just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth—she’s dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can’t do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally’s disappearance.

Only to find out she’s dealing with a much bigger problem, a serial killer, and she may be the next victim…

Will Mattie be able to find out the truth before the killer finds her?

"I see dead people" That's what 16-year-old Mattie can tell you. Ghost Files is about a teenage girl in foster care, who sees the ghost of her foster sister. While trying to figure out who killed Sally, she finds out that the killer is also responsible for several other missing children.

What made me pick this book up: 
I like anything creepy, anything ghosts, anything horror. I had been wanting to read this book for years because the cover just looks so creepy.

What did I like about the cover: 
It just screams creepy. Creepy girl? Check. Bloody white dress? Check. Dark ominous background? Check. I absolutely love the girl on the swing made of thorns. I would love to do a photo shoot based just on this book cover.

What made me read this book? 
I had decided to try out audiobooks because Jenn had been bugging me to try for a long time. I noticed that this book was on our audible and it was one of the shortest books on there. So for my first audiobook, I thought this would be perfect.

What did I like the most? 
It was definitely very creepy. From the moment she saw the first ghost in the book I wanted to keep listening. Then when she saw her foster sister's ghost, I just had to find out what happened to her. The relationship between the main character and her friend Officer Dan was amazing. I would have just read a book based on them, and honestly, I don't normally like that kind of book. I think one of my favorite parts of the book, was also the mystery about what happened to her with her mom. It had been years since I read what the book was about and when I was listening she kept talking about something that happened to her when she was young, and the way the author described it was perfect. I was staring off into space just listening to it and imaging. I can only imagine what my face must have looked like. 

What didn't I like: 
Her boyfriend, he isn't in the book much, but I really didn't like him. Or her friend. She was annoying. As far as the audio, it took me a little while to get used to being read to, and to her switching voices. When she does the voice for Mattie's best friend, it is really really really high pitched and annoying, but she's barely in the book so it's bearable. Otherwise, she's good at making sure you know who is who and she reads at a good pace.

Would I read the rest of the series:
Yes absolutely!

I really enjoyed listening to this. It gave me feels, it made me laugh, it made me want to read more and more. Even once I found out whodunit, I kept wanting more and more. I cannot wait to read the next books.
A Little Snippit
“We all have that inner fear of the dark, no matter how old we get. It’s an ingrained instinct to fear the velvety blackness of the night, of things you can’t quite see, but know deep down in your bones is there, waiting.” ― Apryl Baker, The Ghost Files
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So who am I? Well, I'm the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friends laugh at me when I scare myself watching them and tell me to stop watching them, but who doesn't love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.
Growing up in a small town, I learned a lot of values and morals, I also learned parents have spies everywhere and there's always someone to tell your mama on you. So when you get grounded, what is there left to do? Read! My Aunt Jo gave me my first real romance novel. It was a romance titled "Lord Margrave's Deception." I remember it fondly. But I also learned I had a deep and abiding love of mysteries and anything paranormal. As I grew up, I started to write just that and would entertain my friends with stories featuring them as main characters.
Now, I live Huntersville, NC where I entertain my family and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something
I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.

1 comment:

  1. That cover is incredibly creepy! And ghost stories really creep me out a lot haha. I'm glad you enjoy this


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