My Lunatic Life

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She plays for Team Spirit.

High school senior Tara Luna's got all the usual teen problems: a new school, her attraction to a hunky guy, feuds with the Mean Girls, being regarded as an oddball outsider-PLUS she has psychic powers, a duo of protective, meddlesome ghosts AND an angry, threatening teen girl ghost who wants Tara to solve her murder-or else.

Now you know why she calls this "my lunatic life."

Sharon ...

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Overview

She plays for Team Spirit.

High school senior Tara Luna's got all the usual teen problems: a new school, her attraction to a hunky guy, feuds with the Mean Girls, being regarded as an oddball outsider-PLUS she has psychic powers, a duo of protective, meddlesome ghosts AND an angry, threatening teen girl ghost who wants Tara to solve her murder-or else.

Now you know why she calls this "my lunatic life."

Sharon Sala's books repeatedly make the big lists, including The New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly lists, and she's been nominated for a RITA seven times, which is the romance writer's equivalent of having an Oscar or an Emmy nomination. MY LUNATIC LIFE is the first book in her Lunatic Life series for teen readers. Coming soon: THE LUNATIC DETECTIVE.

Visit her at http://sharonsalabooks.com and on Facebook.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611940428
  • Publisher: BelleBooks
  • Publication date: 8/31/2011
  • Series: Lunatic Life Series , #1
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 762,512
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2011

    Highly Recommend this book!

    I find anything that is written by Sharon Sala is a 'must read'. She is a fantastic story teller. Looking forward to the follow-up story, Lunatic Detective.
    Happy to be sharing this with my daughters and grand daughters......

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Really great book with a great story line. I can't wait to read

    Really great book with a great story line. I can't wait to read the next one.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    GREAT !!!!!!

    Its the first one in the series,and I Loved it,and got the second one,great for young girls,and also 56 year olds too.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    highly recommended

    I thought this was an excellent read. I love the way that Sharon shows how things are seen through a teenager. I have read several of her books and keep coming back for more!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    Enjoyable quick read!

    Review by Jen:
    My Lunatic Life is the first in Sharon Sala's new YA paranormal mystery series. Sala is a well-known romantic suspense author with 85 novels under her belt. And now she's trying her hand with YA fiction.

    As I read this book, I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading an uncorrected proof, review copy because there were some small things that should be caught during the final editing. But I found the premise of this series intriguing and this first book solid.

    Sala keeps the mystery in this book pretty simple since she's spending a lot of time introducing characters and world building. Tara's new in town, so it's perfect for us to meet people as she is, but we also get glimpses into her past and how her unusual upbringing has shaped who she is... a teenage psychic whose two best friends are ghosts.

    My only real issue with this book, as YA fiction, is the dialog. Keeping in mind that I'm in my mid-thirties, I found the dialog between the teenage characters to feel rather fake or forced. In one moment, the characters seemed to be quite mature and the next it's almost as if a "valley girl" possessed them.

    There was also some minor "head-hopping" (a particular pet peeve of mine) that jumped out at me. And I got overly tired with Tara's repetitious proving herself as physic (although probably not at frustrated as Tara gets). But I did enjoy the book, which was a quick read, and look forward to the next book to see what happens to Tara next.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2011

    cute book fast read

    This was a quick fast read and a nice start to a new series

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Good engaging read

    Much better than I expected - thoroughly enjoyed . Fairly quick read, entertaining enough that I'm considering purchasing the rest of the series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    I don't know why. But I feel like I am in a very strange luc

    I don't know why. But I feel like I am in a very strange luck with books for the past month and a half. Every book I read, I end up giving it four or five stars. They are just so good, and it's not fair to give them less. I have the third book in the series, Lunatic Revenge, for review. So I had to read the first two books. I knew this series was about ghosts, but I had no idea that it would be so good! A lovely, light paranormal read.
    Tara Luna, is tired of moving around so much. Yes, she loves her uncle, but moving into a new school every year is very hard. She can never fit in, and she can never make friends, or fall in love. How could she fit in anyway? She is psychic, is able to see ghosts, and feel people's emotions. When she arrives into a new town for her senior year, things are a bit different.
    First of all, there is a ghost at Tara's new house. Who, surprisingly, has her body buried in the backyard and wants Tara's help. Second, there is the absolutely-gorgeous Flynn who is the ultimate bad-boy and every girl's fantasy. The surprise of the year? He seems to be interested in her. Don't forget the mean girls who want nothing more than humiliate Tara. But when one of these girls, Bethany, disappears, it's up to Tara to find her.
    Will Tara find the body of the ghost? Will she be able to find Bethany in time? And will she take it a step further with Flynn? Find out what it's like to be psychic when you read Sharon Sala's imaginative, light, and quirky novel, My Lunatic Life...
    I liked this book a lot. It reminded me of Kim Harrington's Clarity series. But it was different and even better. On one hand, I loved Sharon Sala's writing. It is short, to-the-point, and quirky! I loved her simple manner. One the other hand, I loved the characters. Not all of them. But most of them, I loved. Tara is one hell of a psychic. She is smart, and not afraid to follow her heart. Flynn is also gorgeous, the typical bad boy with the sincere heart. I wonder why I can't find these kinds of guys here, in my HUGE town?
    This book was a really good mystery ride. We catch glimpses of where Bethany's kidnapped. But never the true place, which leaves Tara to find out. Loved the interactions between the characters and I think Tara's uncle is adorable! If you want to read a funny, mysterious book, then why not try this one?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book!

    This is the first book by this author that I have read, though after finding her on amazon I see that she has written a lot of books. This is a YA novel and I really enjoyed it, it was a short novel, and read very fast. I was close to the end and I was thinking to myself, I can't believe I am almost done. I was also thinking, umm they still have a dead body to find and a murder to catch, then I found out there was a sequel! Which I just bought today as I have to find out who the murderer of the ghost girl really is!

    Okay so back to My Lunatic Life, Tara Luna is always the new girl. Her gypsy style uncle is always moving them from place to place so she never really gets to make any permanent friends or boyfriends. She is a bit of a spitfire and stands up to the three cheerleaders she calls The Blonde Mafia. They get even with her by dubbing her Lunatic since her last name is Luna. Tara is psychic and a medium, so she has a double dose of strangeness in her life. She uses this to her advantage when it comes to the mean girls but it gets also gets her dubbed a witch. Especially when her ghost friend stirs up some fun trouble.

    Tara is use to being different and seeing ghost, but she has a new ghost that is really creeping her out. Then her friendly ghost find out that she is a young girl who use to live in the house Tara is in and she was murdered. So Tara sets out to help her and stirs up a little trouble with that, but it's not the only thing she has going on. In the mist of all this she finds herself a boyfriend and he is a hottie!

    Flynn, is known as the bad boy, but he is actually really sweet. He finds Tara interesting and different, but tries to stay away from her, but he can't. Tara is not sure she wants a boyfriend because she is always moving and it only leads to heartache. They are like kindred spirits though and fate has other plans. Flynn is a very likeable character.

    Things get interesting when Bethany one of the mean girls go missing and Tara has visions of her being held captive but there isn't anything she can do, or is there?

    There was a lot packed into this short novel but I didn't really feel like it rushed the book or anything. The only thing that bothered me was not finding the ghost girls body, etc, but knowing that that will happen in the next book doesn't bother me so much.

    If you like YA and fun paranormal novels then I think you should give this book a try and I really found it entertaining. Besides getting the next book in this series I will be checking out more novels by this author.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

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    As If High School Were Not Difficult Enough...

    The life of the average teenager is far from easy, but for Tara Luna the complications might seem overwhelming. After all, as a psychic, she can read the thoughts of others, which makes dating an insurmountable challenge (what with all of those gross thoughts in boy's heads). Also, she can see and interact with spirits. If you ever want to seem crazy, try talking to a "person" whom only you perceive. For the record, that usually leads to a diagnosis of schizophrenia. However, Tara is fortunate in a number of ways-she has the love of her Uncle Pat, the only family she knows at this point, and the protection of her two best friends, Henry and Millicent, who happen to be ghosts. And at her new school Tara has Flynn, her new boyfriend who is as much of an outcast as she is. Of course, she must deal with more popular "mean girls" who are hellbent on making her life miserable, but it comes with the territory of adolescence. Now, unfortunately for Tara, a new problem has surfaced, one that is less than typical for the average teen-a dark spirit demands Tara's assistance in solving the case of her mysterious murder, and if she thinks that Prissy and her popular female cronies are capable of bringing her hell, just wait until she recognizes the potential of this ghost to make her life a nightmare. Then, to add to the drama, a girl from school disappears, and it seems like Tara is the only one who can find her. Time is short, and who knows what it will take. Welcome to Tara's lunatic life...
    ...My Lunatic Life is the new novel from award-winning, highly-acclaimed author Sharon Sala, who is a specialist in both romance and suspense genres. This new series, which details the extraordinary life of Tara Luna, is of a more paranormal sort and perfect for avid readers of young adult fiction with a more supernatural nature. My Lunatic Life marks the start of this YA paranormal mystery series and of Tara's adventures in her complicated and challenging world. Look for My Lunatic Life by Sharon Sala, in bookstores everywhere.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    A Lot of Fun!!

    I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Tara Luna leads a very unusual life. First, she is being raised by her Uncle Pat, who is a displaced hippie who moves her from place to place, never staying for very long. He has been raising her since she was a baby, when her parents died in a car accident. Second, her two best friends are Milllicent and Henry, ghosts who have been with her for as long as she can remember. Third, she's psychic, although she has tried very hard to hide it from everyone. When she was younger she used to try to tell her Uncle Pat about her visions and her "friends", but he told her not to talk about, that he didn't believe in that stuff at all. She learned that it's hard enough always being the new girl without everyone thinking she was crazy to boot.

    When the book starts, she and Uncle Pat have moved again and she is starting her senior year of high school. She starts out with her usual routine of trying to blend in and not draw attention to herself, but when the cheerleaders demand that she move from the table she is sitting at (THEIR table), she decides enough is enough! It's her last year and she's not just gonna take it any more! She stands up to them and is immediately put on their hit list. Instead of hiding her talent, she starts using it, sometimes to help people (a teacher who doesn't know her babysitter is stealing money from her, and a boy who is having a seizure in one of the boy's bathrooms), and sometimes just to get people off her back and out of her face (usually the aforementioned cheerleaders!). When the head cheerleader, Bethany, is kidnapped, Tara starts getting psychic flashes that only last moments where she sees what Bethany sees and feels what Bethany feels.

    The only good thing that happens to Tara when she starts the new school is Flynn O'Mara, the hottest boy in the school, and he's noticing her right back! Unfortunately, he's the ex-boyfriend of the missing cheerleader, Bethany, which complicates things a bit.

    Another problem in Tara's life is that her new house has a ghost living in, and what she learns about this new house-guest sets her off on another quest to use her gift to help the ghost get justice.

    I really liked this book because it was nonstop action from page 1. It had a good clean YA romance, a couple of mysteries to solve, and a lot of humor. It was really funny! This is how the book starts off:

    "The alarm that Tara Luna had set with such confidence last night yanked her rudely from Channing Tatum's arms, just when he was about to kiss her.

    OMG ... did the universe have a wicked sense of humor or what?"

    Maybe you have to have a huge crush on Channing Tatum like I do to really appreciate that one, but I laughed out loud when I read it!

    I could go on longer about all the things I liked about this book and other things going on, but I'm sure you're bored with me by now! The book ended on a cliff hanger, setting up the next book in the series, and I for one am going to be buying it as soon as I can :D

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Review for Rachel's Book Reviews

    My Lunatic Life
    By Sharon Sala
    Tara Luna worries about all the natural tings, the new town, new school, new popular kids, and a new crush on a nice looking guy who may or may not have done prison time. Outside being a social outcast, she has the SUPER-natural worries. Like her two best-friends (ghosts.as in, dead but vocal and overprotective) not to mention she has some not-so-friendly ghosts haunting her new house. Then she finds out about an old murder...If she doesn't solve the murder, the enraged ghost will seek vengeance on its own. Which might not be a bad thing, except it may kill a classmate.and her.

    I loved this book. It was fantastic, a teenage psychic: an old sort of theme, revived by Sharon Sala. It was exciting, and perfectly balanced. The typical psychic plotholes are nonexistant, it steered clear of all the usual mistakes. The only negative was the language. It had a fantastic, high action ending. I highly recommend this book (especially for Halloween!) I'm looking forward to the next installment to see what happens next to Tara.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Just okay.

    Won't continue the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Highy recommended. You must check it out.

    Loved this book. Couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    A fun, entertaining and enjoyable read!

    I really like the way the characters were described...easy to relate to and real. Wish I could be psychic as well. Definitely recommended for a vacation read or something to just take you away for a few hours. Can't wait to read the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Great Read

    I got this as the book of the day and was a little skeptic, 20 pages in I was hooked, cant wait to read the rest!

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    fun read. really enjoyable

    Great teen book to adult. Fun to read likable characters. Alot of action in a short book. I enjoyed the other 2 in the series also. Plan to get any more if Ms Sala expands the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Fuck

    Suck my dick

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Fun read

    Great series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Cute

    Easy reader, cute, funny fast paced book filled with lots of ghostly and psychic activity

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