Poltergeeks [NOOK Book]

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15-year-old Julie Richardson is about to learn that being the daughter of a witch isn't all it's cracked up to be.
When she and her best friend and uber-geek, Marcus, witness an elderly lady jettisoned out the front door of her home, it's pretty obvious to Julie there's a supernatural connection. The house is occupied by a poltergeist and in order to reclaim it, Julie's going to have to exorcise the spirit. ...
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Poltergeeks

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Overview

15-year-old Julie Richardson is about to learn that being the daughter of a witch isn't all it's cracked up to be.
When she and her best friend and uber-geek, Marcus, witness an elderly lady jettisoned out the front door of her home, it's pretty obvious to Julie there's a supernatural connection. The house is occupied by a poltergeist and in order to reclaim it, Julie's going to have to exorcise the spirit. Of course, she'll need her mother's help and what teenager in their right mind wants that? Surely she can do this on her own - right...?

But there's a whisper of menace behind increasing levels of poltergeist activity all over town. After a large-scale
paranormal assault on Julie's high school, her mother falls victim to Endless Night - a dark spell that rips her mom's
soul from her mortal body. Now it's a race against time to find out who is responsible or Julie won't just lose her
mother's soul, she'll lose her mother's life.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"POLTERGEEKS  is action and magic brewed into a fast-paced, death-defying spell of a read. Best friends Julie and Marcus make for a fantastic team with great chemistry and quick humor to balance out the dark peril in this high-stakes, do-or-die tale of witchcraft and suspense."
-Erin Kellison – Author of Shadow Bound

"The action starts on page 1 and never lets up. Julie, an apprentice witch, and her sidekick Marcus, a science nerd who can’t quite believe some of the things he’s seeing, make an ideal team. Together, they face everything from the hazards of high school hallways to an evil spirit bent on destroying witches. By turns funny, moving, and action-packed, POLTERGEEKS is almost too much fun!"
-Nancy Holzner – Author of Deadtown

POLTERGEEKS is GHOSTBUSTERS meets SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH  with a dash of X-FILES. A magical spell with equal parts humour, adventure and surprise.”
-Sara Grant – Author of Dark Parties

“Julie is one kick-ass young woman! The story gripped me from the first page and provided a dark but thrilling romp through a wonderfully constructed magical world. POLTERGEEKS is true edge-of-your-seat entertainment and I am really hoping there will be a sequel!”
-Linda Poitevin – Author of Sins of the Angels

POLTERGEEKS rattles along at a fair old clip, shooting out thrills and spills and quite a few good jokes along the way. All this is carried off with an enviably light touch that makes Sean Cummings not just a good YA writer, but a good writer whatever genre he chooses to work in.”
-Gary McMahon – Author of Pretty Little Dead Things

Kirkus Reviews
An eager teen witch discovers the supernatural world is more dangerous than she ever imagined. Fifteen-year-old Julie and her best friend Marcus aren't the most popular kids at their Calgary, Alberta, high school. He's a skinny brainiac, and she's a witch (though, of course, only Marcus knows that). When an elderly neighbor is sent flying out her front door by a poltergeist, Julie's ready to investigate, but her overprotective mother (also a witch) urges caution. The attacks continue, and suddenly Julie's mother is incapacitated. With the help of skeptical Marcus and an immortal spirit who claims to be her "tutelary," Julie must use her powers to delve into her family's past and find the ancient spirit she's sure is responsible for her mother's condition and the increasingly violent supernatural incidents around town. Canadian author Cummings' first for teens features some fizzy magic and an interesting supernatural world, but discerning readers will likely find the characters shallow and their motivations simplistic. Worldbuilding is problematic as well: If witches have always existed, it strains credulity that devastation of the magnitude described could be explained away over the centuries. A sequel is all but guaranteed; perhaps it will be an improvement. Passable escapist reading for witchcraft fans in search of something light. (Urban fantasy. 12-16)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908844118
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Series: Strange Chemistry Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 165,444
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • File size: 313 KB

Meet the Author

Sean Cummings is a comic book geek, superhero junkie, zombie fan and a total nerd. (He's also a gold mine of completely useless information about films made prior to 1960. Don't get him started on "Arsenic and Old Lace" because he won't shut up about it. ) He's been writing since 1978 (as a means of liberating his "inner nerd").
His interests include science fiction, the borg, cats with extra toes, east Indian cuisine and quality sci-fi movies/television. When he's not collecting comic books or attending the latest science fiction convention, he can be found in his home office, writing away like a man possessed.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    I LOVED this book and God knows I've read enough bad ones to kno

    I LOVED this book and God knows I've read enough bad ones to know the difference.

    The stunning cover art of POLTERGEEKS is a promise delivered. From the intense opening scene until the spectacular climax, author Sean Cummings conjures a Teen Paranormal novel that crosses the boundaries of the heretofore stereotypical teenage girl-biased genre and ushers in a whole new perspective, one to which many of us can easily relate.

    POLTERGEEKS is about teenage witch Julie Richardson and her struggle to prove herself to her mother, a powerful witch that lives apart from the local coven. When sudden poltergeist activity reaches new and terrifying levels of violence, Julie's mother is compromised and a tragic twist of irony places Julie in such a position where she must prove herself if she is to save her mother's life. Her journey becomes one of self-discovery and growth as Julie must navigate through two worlds, one of high school drama and typical teen challenges--now without her only parent there to comfort and guide, the other a breakneck pace through the spirit world of evil shades and spell-blasting immortals.

    Sean Cummings captures the voice of his teenage protagonist from a surprisingly risky style, but one that pays dividends throughout. Unlike the typical, first-person POV and present tense combination found in so many titles under the Teen Paranormal heading of late, POTERGEEKS is written in a third-person past tense, making it a bit more appealing to the young male audience, as well as female. Also, the use of language is spot on with a great Star Wars motif woven throughout and a very believable teen dialect found in both conversation as well as narrative. Of course, it wouldn't be a good teen novel without a solid romance arc and Sean Cummings crafts a beautiful one that--while not exactly unexpected--teases and then delivers to satisfaction.

    Overall, the only drawbacks I found in POLTERGEEKS were a few very minor grammatical/ typeset errors in the e-book version, though I suspect that is idiosyncratic to digits and not found in the actual print edition.

    Highly recommended, POLTERGEEKS is an action adventure amalgam at every chapter. Righteous imagery, military precise detail, and all the wonder of the unknown wrapped into one delightful tale where the teenage witch is more than just a spell-casting chick in red hair and sparkles--she's a kick ass heroine with the moves of a ninja and the power of a Jedi, all fueled by a heart that beats fierce for the ones she loves.

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  • Posted October 24, 2012

    Lots of potential but falls short

    I've been trying for several days to write a review for this book. I added it to my list of Halloween reads because, well, it has witches and ghosts. It also came out earlier this month. The last book that I read from Strange Chemistry, Blackwood was lots of fun and full of quirk, which seems to be a staple for the publisher. I jumped in expecting a fun, spooky read (if maybe a little cheesy). Unfortunately Poltergeeks failed to deliver, even on the cheese. Of course I didn't hate everything about it or I wouldn't be giving it the two stars that I have, so let's start this off on a positive note shall we?

    LIKES:
    Marcus is not your normal heartthrob: Our main character and resident witch, Julie, starts to develop a crush throughout this book. While I was disappointed that there was a love story since I was hoping for a YA novel free of romantic entanglements for a change, I was happy that Marcus was not your stereotypical YA man candy. He is not a brooding vampire/angel/demon, he doesn't spend his weekends working on cars or tossing footballs and he isn't the adorably aloof new guy who may or may not have killed someone. Marcus spends most of his time working on science homework and getting shoved into lockers. Sure, I love large, hulking broody types just as much as the next girl, but pocket protectors can be cute too right? Well, sort of. While I was relieved that the author chose to go in a different direction with the leading man, I didn't find myself all that compelled by Marcus and I certainly won't be ordering any Team Geek t-shirts in the near future. Sorry.
    Ghosts: I walked into this story thinking that it was mostly about ghosts. It turned out to be mostly about a witch. I wasn't too disappointed though, because when the ghosts were present they were done right. So good on you Sean Cummings for writing actually creepy ghosts! Ten points to Gryffindor!


    DISLIKES:
    Julie: Things start to go downhill quickly when you don't like the main character. This is definitely the case for Poltergeeks. Julie is supposed to be a take-charge, kick ass heroine, but to me she comes off as whiny, inconsistent and overly-aggressive. She spends half the book having an inner-dialogue about whether or not Marcus likes her, whether she should get involved with magic, how much trouble she's going to be in if she gets involved with magic, etc. It's tedious and it really distracts from the plot.
    Show, don't tell: This one's pretty self explanatory. Much of the bulk of this book is Julie describing how she's feeling, what's going on or what the consequences will be if she does magic (see above). Again, this makes the story tedious and frankly made me want to put the book down about half way through.
    Predictability: One of my biggest problems with this book is that I wasn't surprised by anything. Even the twist at the end I could see coming a mile away.
    Overall, this book just bored me. I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn't get into it. Then again, I've talked to others who really loved it so, as always, the choice is up to you, but I can't recommend it.

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