Ghost Hand: Book One of The PSS Chronicles

Ghost Hand: Book One of The PSS Chronicles

by Ripley Patton

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Ghost Hand: Book One of The PSS Chronicles by Ripley Patton

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.

*Ghost Hand is a semi-finalist for The Kindle Book Review 2013 Best Indie Book Awards in the Young Adult category*

**Ghost Hand was nominated for the Cybil Awards 2013 in the Speculative Fiction YA category**

GHOST HOLD, Book Two of The PSS Chronicles is now available for purchase on B&N.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148492894
Publisher: Ripley Patton
Publication date: 11/28/2012
Series: The PSS Chroinicles , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 386
File size: 715 KB

About the Author

Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer, and her only real vices are reading, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television. Her favorite thing to read is young adult genre fiction, and that's why she writes it.

To find our more about Ripley, her fiction, or to connect with her on social media go to her website HERE:

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Ghost Hand: Book One of The PSS Chronicles 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
Olivia has PSS (Psyche Sans Soma) A.K.A. a “ghost hand.” Lately, it’s been acting weird. Was she some kind of Grim Reaper that with one touch of her rubber-band hand, she can either predict or cause death? A military group wants her hand. For what? The pace was slow and grueling, and the chase was subdued. It was cool how the ghost hand could unlock a gate and be a nightlight, but the story wasn’t strong enough to hold my interest. It was your typical government conspiracy militant co-op story.
AnyTime_ReaderSF More than 1 year ago
I am giving this review for author Ripley Patton. This is book 1 of The PSS Chronicals book series by the author. Olivia Black is not your ordinary 17 year old teenager because her right hand is not flesh and bones and now she is running from men who want to get their hands on her ethereal energy that makes up her right hand. This story line and the characters is great and the author really knows how to grab hold of you in the first chapter and not let go. This is a great read for any paranormal book readers. If you like suspense and intriguing then this is a must for your library. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful read with great characters!
AmandaEmma More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review It's been a while since I read and enjoyed Ghost Hand - -I just never got around to writing a review, and that probably has something to do with me having a hard time gathering my thoughts about this book.  I've never read anything quite like this before and that just means that this book kept surprising me. It's so adventurous and full of imagination - I've no idea where Ripley gets it from, but as long as the other books are just as great I'm a happy reader! I loved the main character Olivia, she's this goth girl with all the regular teenage problems and some - because she has something called PSS (<i>Psyche Sans Soma</i> , which means that she has a hand made of ethereal energy instead of flesh and bone)  She has lost her faber and her relationship with her mother isn't that great, unfortunately.  I probably enjoyed every little thing in this book, I just felt like something was missing all the time - but since there's a sequel I hope it'll have those bits and pieces that's missing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though written for young adults it would appeal to less than young adults as well. Intriguing story with mystery and mayhem speckled with great details about people and places that will have you cheering and booing for the characters.
nicepuppy421 More than 1 year ago
All I can say it wow. This book was exciting and intriguing. The concept is awesome. The authors imagination is beyond awesome. There is mystery and plot twists enough to keep readers interested and invested in the story. Once I started reading I couldn't put this book down. I can't wait to read the next book to find out where this journey takes the PSS group. I would highly recommend this book. 
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
Wow, what a great book! I was so hooked from the first few pages, and that doesn&rsquo;t happen to me very often. See I was supposed to be reading another book for a tour, but had not put it in my Kindle yet, so just randomly picked a book I had on there now, and knew it was one I needed to read soon, and bam, was hooked and could not stop reading till I was done. Lol. Yeah, it&rsquo;s that good. I took just a bit to warm up to Olivia, but did pretty soon. I really liked Marcus, and the mystery surrounding him. I think he is a wonderful person to do what he does to help other like himself and Olivia. This whole idea of the PSS (Psyche Sans Soma) was unique, which of course I never heard of and thought it was very interesting, even if it was a bit hard to believe at first. But the paranormal lover in me got my head around it pretty quick and went on and really got into this story. I can&rsquo;t wait to get my hands on the 2nd book, Ghost Hold. I loved how this book did not end in some climatic cliffhanger, which I hate, so will for sure continue with the series. I now got to where if there is a huge cliffhanger in a series, I generally won&rsquo;t read the next, as it just makes me so mad I get fed up. I only will continue a series like that after several books in it are out, then I will read them back to back. So I love the ending, it was just right, pointing to more to come, but not where you want to throw the book against the wall. I highly recommend this book, especially if you&rsquo;re looking for something a little different than so many books out there. I give it 5 out of 5 stars. It&rsquo;s very well written, and original. I also love that the author lives in my part of the country, I think that's cool. I was provided a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.
Danielle_C_Smiley More than 1 year ago
This is an incredibly fun read!  I love the creativity that went into the creation of the PSS condition -- especially Olivia's special gift in regards to her PSS (no spoilers here for sure!).  From the very first chapter, the reader is drawn in to this world and crazy stuff starts happening immediately.  There's lots of mystery, suspense, unanswered questions and dubious motives in this quick-paced read.  Many questions are left unanswered by the end of the book, but I have confidence future installments will bring the answers to light.  My only real complaint is that the adults were a bit one-dimensional, but that didn't hurt my overall enjoyment of GHOST HAND.  I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the PSS Chronicles, GHOST HOLD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ripley Patton is an amazing author and has written a wonderfully original story. The story is about a girl Olivia who has PSE which is a rare birth defect that basically gives her a ghost hand. I personally have never heard of that defect, nor have I ever read about it in any story. So right off that bat I was intrigued. The book starts off a little slow so you can get a taste of who Olivia is and about PSE. But it quickly speeds up and sends you on an adventure. Like anyone that is different, there are always people who are out to manipulate and destroy anybody with a gift. So there is mystery, romance, adventure, and the normal angst that a teenager goes through. So there is something there for everybody. Olivia is a great female lead. Strong willed, stubborn, and vulnerable too. All the characters are very well written and you get a good sense of who is in her life. And unlike most romance where it's love at first sight (which can be a little annoying sometimes)Ripley takes time on building their relationship and trust. Which from what Olivia and Marcus have gone through is nice. A Speaking of Marcus, he is everything you could want in a male lead. So I would definitely recommend this book to everyone
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
From the &ldquo;Hidden Gem&rdquo; pile, comes Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton and I have to say, I like her style! There is no slow build up, no waiting for the action to start, it was BAM, outta the gate and they&rsquo;re off! From the quick jump into the action to the unique twist on YA Paranormal/Romance/Fantasy, my inner YA was hooked and lost in the world created by Ms. Patton. What is so different, you ask? Have you ever heard of PSS? It&rsquo;s a birth anomaly where a body part is made of pure energy, for our heroine Olivia, it is her hand, and it is starting to do things it has never done before. Thankfully, the new kid in school saves her from guaranteed disaster, but Olivia&rsquo;s tendency to be a little snarky, (okay she has some attitude problems), prevents her from appreciating what Marcus has done for her. Meanwhile, Marcus has his own agenda and it includes Olivia and her hand. Together with a group of PSS endowed teens, they face almost certain death as they go up against a powerful organization of PSS hate mongers and twisted scientists who have their own evil plans for these kids and anyone like them. Toss in some budding romance and some dissension in the ranks between the kids and this really becomes one great read, thanks to Ms. Patton&rsquo;s ability let her characters take over and run with the realistic dialogue and fast pace, as well as the element of danger and risk taken. There are secrets, there is deceit, there are prejudices from unlikely places, loyal friends, the creepy, foreboding and mysterious dark man and best of all, another book on the way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK. SO MUCH. Many thanks to the author for sending the book in exchange for an honest review. And, honestly: I LOVED THIS BOOK. SO MUCH. And it's not just me: Ghost Hand was recently selected as a semi-finalist for The Kindle Book Review 2013 Best Indie Book Award in the YA category. Olivia Black has Psyche Sans Soma, a rare birth defect affecting one or more areas of the body. Instead of flesh and bone, the body part is made of a transparent, ethereal substance, giving it a ghostly appearance. Olivia's PSS is in her right hand. One day, her ghost hand takes on other qualities, making her unusual condition extraordinary. She tries to keep what happened a secret, but soon finds herself on the run, not knowing who is after her or why. Marcus, the new kid at school, offers his help, but he may have his own agenda. The action and suspense begin in Chapter 1; the plot unfolds in a series of arguments, chases, surprises and narrow escapes. It is a thrilling, unpredictable ride along the way and fulfilling at the end. Ghost Hand has an innovative plot, believable characters and entertaining dialogue. Olivia is convincing as a teenager whose world is coming apart at the seams, and unraveling the mystery of Marcos is fun. Their world becomes hinged on people with PSS and people who want it. Now I must admit something embarrassing: one-third through the book I was so convinced of Olivia's malady, I freaking Googled 'Psyche Sans Soma.' I'm a bright girl, but I started to wonder maybe I missed the 60 Minutes report Olivia mentions on page 1. I can only hope this is a compliment to the debut author. It's a challenge to convey why I liked it without including spoilers; the secrets are what make the book such a good story. I can say I have never read anything like it, and I am telling my friends who enjoy good books to read it. Don't miss this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ripley Patton&rsquo;s Ghost Hand is not for the faint of heart. Marketed as a YA paranormal thriller, it may initially attract fans of lighter fare like Twilight and other paranormal romances. If that&rsquo;s you, buckle up for a dark and wild ride. Olivia Black is a high school student with a rare genetic mutation known as PSS, or Psyche Sans Soma, a condition in which a portion of one&rsquo;s body is manifested as energy rather than flesh. The book jumps right into the action when Olivia loses control of her PSS hand and it reaches into a classmate to retrieve something that most certainly should not be there. Marcus, the new guy in class, seems far too interested in Olivia after he witnesses this incident. But it may be because he has vital information about the dangerous men who chase Olivia through the cemetery and go to extreme lengths to bring her into custody. This novel was a fresh voice in the genre and brought some exciting new things to the table, including one of the toughest, smartest, spunkiest heroines I&rsquo;ve had the pleasure of reading this year. Olivia&rsquo;s character is informed significantly by the death of her father and the burden of being different, of being born with a PSS hand. When she gets in big trouble with militant political group Citizens Against Minus Flesh, her refreshing, tough-girl response? &ldquo;Solve the problem. Get yourself out.&rdquo; And while the novel tackles some dark themes, including cutting, torture, and death, Olivia handles it all with a healthy dose of snark. This novel made me laugh out loud a number of times, especially at Olivia&rsquo;s interactions with budding love interest Marcus. Much like Jace and Clary in Cassandra Clare&rsquo;s Mortal Instruments series, humor forms a big part of their relationship and they variously refer to each other as an &ldquo;emo ninja,&rdquo; a &ldquo;labrador&rdquo; and a &ldquo;cute narcoleptic.&rdquo; I dare you to read this book without snickering to yourself. Speaking of Marcus, this novel earns major points for the inclusion of a dark-skinned love interest and a mixed-race romance. His and Olivia&rsquo;s relationship develops organically throughout the course of the novel as they slowly open up to each other. The rest of the characters are equally diverse and have unique backstories; Patton is equally as gifted at characterization as she is at plot development. However, some characters, like Jason and at times Marcus, though fully realized, are not always likeable or trustworthy, and I found myself rooting for Olivia more than any of her allies. I hope we&rsquo;ll see a softening of these hard-ass boys in the next two books of the trilogy. The only drawback to Patton&rsquo;s first full-length novel: the pacing at the top of the novel was a bit too fast, which I suspect is related to Patton&rsquo;s background as a short story writer. I could have used more exposition in getting to know Olivia and the phenomenon of PSS. Patton suggests that Olivia&rsquo;s life is turning upside-down, but it&rsquo;s hard to comprehend the extent of that change when we don&rsquo;t see the before, only the after. Ghost Hand is an original, engrossing read that I highly recommend to fans of other YA paranormal fiction who are ready to delve into more challenging and adult themes. With the introduction of Olivia Black, the genre is all grown-up. -Meg @ Mad but Magic