High school's hard enough for most kids, but it's a real nightmare when you throw unhappy ghosts and an unsolved murder into the mix. Welcome to my life.Teenage ghost whisperer Bridget Young would be satisfied with a boring existence, but the car accident that killed her sister took away everything normal in her life. Now she spends her days helping miserable ghosts move on to the afterlife and trying not to flunk out of high school. Everything changes when the vengeful ghost of a missing high school student turns up on her doorstep and asks Bridget to find her killer. Armed only with her wits and a motley crew of spirit companions, Bridget must untangle the mystery and find a vicious killer before he takes another innocent life.
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“Phantom Touch” by Jessica Hawke 5 out of 5 stars Make sure you have a block of time when you start this book because you will not want to put it down! I sat down to read the first few chapters and did not get up again until I hit the last page! Jessica Hawke delivers with her novel “Phantom Touch”. It has just the right mix of paranormal and reality, humor and angst, friendship and love, but the heart of the book is learning to be okay with who you are. Bridget literally has the phantom touch…she can see and communicate with ghosts. She deals in what she terms “wrongful deaths”. Her ghosts aren’t quite ready to head to the other side and she helps them find closure so they can. It’s been a few rough years for her as she developed her gift but her seventeenth birthday is around the corner and she’s ready for everything to change. Her dreams of a normal future are threatened by a very unhappy ghost that refuses to leave her alone. As her plans take detour after detour she is faced with the ultimate decision…will she accept herself for who she is and embrace her fate or will she leave it all behind to be just a regular girl? I loved being on this journey with Bridget. She was funny with a quick wit and intelligent with a knack for thinking on her feet. I felt her pain, her indecision, her loneliness, and her longing for normalcy. I loved her sense of adventure even when she thought she had none and her courage as she faced and helped the ghosts move on. In a world where she lacked friends I wanted to hang out with her because she was just cool. The outlying characters all bring something to the table as well. Emily, her crazy best friend, brings the drama and adds a little lightness to Bridget’s dark. Michael, her cute friend that is a boy, brings a sense of possibility…a glimpse at what her life could be like. Valerie, her sister, is the voice that prods her to try harder to actually live life, not just watch it go by. And last but not least is Kale, her ghostly Watcher. Not only does he look out for Bridget as she navigates the spirit world, but he grounds her as well and their chemistry practically burns up the pages. The best part about the book is that it’s extremely well written. It flows from start to finish and keeps you riveted to the page. I’m not certain if Hawke intends for this to be a stand-a-lone or the beginning of a series but I hope for the latter. While the book has a definite ending there is certainly room for a series to continue to grow from it. I, for one, would love to see Bridget’s adventures continue! I would happily recommend this book to all looking for an awesome read! *I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.* Shannon
Fun YA novel with lots of ghostly suspense Bridget White is a sixteen year old who sees the ghosts of people who have died wrongful deaths. She is a somewhat unwilling participant in her paranormal duties, and who could blame her? Dead people show up in front of her and insist on her helping them cross over. When a new spirit, Natalie, comes seeking her help, Bridget quickly gets involved in much more than she bargained for. She’s suddenly playing detective and caught up in tangled mess of missing girls. She even lies to her family, friends, and the police, to help out a dead girl. The action and suspense flow all the way to the end of the book. Bridget is a believable and likeable character and I thought the author did a great job creating a very realistic teen voice. I enjoyed the ghost characters and found some of the scenes with Natalie were quite spooky - but not so freaky that I wanted to hide under the covers. Natalie’s brother, Michael, and Bridget’s sister were appealing characters that added a lot of depth to the story. Some of the scenes are pretty dark, but the author manages to keep a lot of the dialog light, funny, and entertaining. I enjoyed the author’s use of snark, quick wit, and her sense of humor. This novel has great dialog, interesting characters, plenty of action, ghosts, and suspense. And I love the cover!