Secrets of Ghosts: Forgotten Orphans an Abandoned Church Too Many Secrets

Secrets of Ghosts: Forgotten Orphans an Abandoned Church Too Many Secrets

by Mardi Orlando


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ISBN-13: 9781466939202
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
Publication date: 06/15/2012
Pages: 468
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.19(d)

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Secrets of Ghosts: forgotten Orphans An Abandoned Church Too Many Secrets 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a marvelous story!!! It is a combination of several fictions, science fiction, fantasy fiction, and mystery fiction. In reading this story I felt like I really knew the characters. The characters all have different issues but these issues are part of what makes them interesting and unique. I found myself not wanting to put the book down and I was rushing back to read it because I kept speculating what would happen next. The way it is written, it’s style is very to read and to enjoy!! This is a fun, interesting, and exciting book to read. Secrets of Ghosts, by Mardi Orlando is a story that touched me. I could see myself being any one of the characters. They all have a life that not every character has in some stories. Mardi kept me guessing all through the story and I think she could do a series from this, hopefully, first story, Secrets of Ghosts!!! I highly recommend Secrets of ghosts!!!!
Loggie More than 1 year ago
This book defies categorization. Is it Paranormal - certainly, YA Fantasy - most definitely, Mystery - again, yes? It is all of these, but so much more. In Secrets of Ghosts, Mardi Orlando has developed a tale that touches the heart. This book goes far beyond well-developed characters, intriguing plot, and unique formatting. This is the tale of a group of damaged teens struggling with powers and concepts that would tax the strongest and most self-assured of us. This motley group must overcome their troubled pasts while facing their internal fears and learning to understand and coordinate with each other. Mardi Orlando's superb prose breathes life into her characters while unfolding the story's mysteries like the peeling of an onion. With the deft hands of a master, the author reveals enough to keep interest peaked without frustrating the reader. Fortunately, she has left the way open for a sequel.
HBurrows More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author for an honest review. This was an interesting story of ghostly encounters, history and tragic lives. The Author has a unique way of story telling using ghost static transmissions, newspaper clippings on the history of the town of Blackwater in England as well as historical facts from WWI and WWII. With a group of young teenagers gifted with paranormal powers, a mystery must be solved in order to free the Lost Children and save their own lives before the Shadow of darkness consumes them all. I think this book was good but it took me a long time to get through it and I am normally a fast reader. At times it seemed to spin its wheels trying to get a point across to the reader. I am also confused if this is geared towards a YA audience or an adult one, as the characters are all teenagers with little or no adult interaction. That being said I don't know of many YA who would spend the time reading this story as it was a very hard read with lots of hopping around and at times I had to force myself to finish it. Not because I didn't like the story, I really did, it just never engrossed me and for being 450+ pages, I would expect it to. The characters are very descriptive and again the Author did a great job in developing them all, ghost bugs included! You can tell there was a lot of time spent on the characters and their individual stories especially the twists that tie them all together. The ending was a bit of an anticlimax as most of the characters had such sad pasts and then they just kind of return to them. I am not sure if this was done intentionally leaving an opening for a continuation, but after all the time spent reading I was hoping for a more show stopper of an ending. I guess I will just have to wait and see where the story goes from here in a future book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ConciseReviewsByMichelleL More than 1 year ago
This book really was intriguing, it’s got it all, Mystery, Danger, Fantasy, romance, and darkness too. It’s like several different types too, like science fiction, fantasy fictions, and mystery, with some paranormal thrown in. Certainly can keep your interest. When reading I really felt like I got to know the characters too, its was beautifully written, and you can tell that Mardi did extensive research for the historical facts. Very impressive. The plot never really slows down, and the characters come to life for you it seems. You can visualize every word they speak, and what expressions they make. I am not usually one to read a book with this much history type stuff in it, as it usually will bore me. But I really wasn’t. We do get some going from the present back to World War 1 and 2 days, but it’s done well. The tragic stories of the ghosted children touch your heart. She does an amazing job in weaving a haunting tale between the ghosted children, the local town, and the seven teens. It turns into a haunting tale that keeps you interested. Here is a quote that is very touching: I don’t know how much the others have figured out but I am very worried for us. I know our time is running out. I don’t think we are supposed to stay here but we can’t leave or the Shadow will get us. None of us like the Shadow. I can tell that we are fading. When I look at everyone they are starting to look different and Bruises is almost gone. I know that if we fade before we are found we will never be able to go home. If we fade, we disappear forever as if we never existed. That is very dangerous for everyone, ghosted or not. I do not want to give too much away, trying to keep this spoiler free as I can. It really is a interesting book, and I highly recommend it. The writing is flawless, it really is. Mardi is amazing how she brings these characters to life. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
A-Heid More than 1 year ago
Secrets of Ghosts is a combination of paranormal, mystery, and fantasy. Though it may be written for the young adult audience, as an adult who reads across the spectrum, I think it can appeal to adults just as easily. The history and characters drew me into the story quickly and never really let me go. Each character came into the story with unique abilities that they tried to hide, but each secret is revealed throughout the book until you know what makes each character tick. It was touching to see how each character stepped into the role of hero as they gained confidence in their abilities. The book was fun, exciting and let the flaws and talents of the characters unfold as the danger and excitement build through the story. Lost precious hours of sleep because I could not put this book down. I would love to see more of these characters in a sequel. I really loved this book and would recommend this to anyone from upper middle grade through adult.
sd12 More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific read! It's got it all: Mystery, Danger, Fantasy, Darkness and Romance. You get a really good feel for the characters and their backgrounds - their troubled backgrounds and secrets must eventually be revealed - it is the only way they can discover their strengths and the enormity of their gifts. The mood is haunting and yet it's a real page turner! I couldn't stop reading. I really like the writing style and am really looking forward to the sequel. "I know that if we fade before we are found we will never be able to go home. If we fade, we disappear forever as if we never existed. That is very dangerous for everyone, ghosted or not." OSCAR is hiding in an abandoned church with his gathering of ghosted orphans trying desperately to find a way to save their souls. He ghosted at the frontlines in WW1 where he fled to escape the loss of his entire family and now he is here, trapped in limbo. He is very powerful but his control is causing more problems than any of them can know - until it's nearly too late. Through static recordings they call for help but slowly they are forgetting everything. If they forget to hide from the Shadow it will consume them, taking their existence-time, and that will be disastrous for everyone - living and dead. Sixteen-year-old Daffodil has escaped the Institution where she was sent after both her parents died. The abuse she received there didn't stifle her gift but it did prepare her for her first mission with The Secret Society of Gifted Teens. And now she finds herself stranded in an icy wasteland surrounded by an impenetrable mist with six other gifted strangers. Madame Glizsnort has carefully orchestrated their demise and is going to manipulate their fears to get them to do what she has been unable to - save her Lost Children. Even death cannot release her from her obsession; after all, she has more than a vested interest in the outcome. The survival of these teens is unlikely - for that would mean they would have to destroy the Shadow - a teeming whirlpool of hatred borne from a place of such human darkness that it turned Blackwater into a ghost-town decades ago. All devices are taken from them and Jake, who has suffered terribly in his short life, is desperate - without static he won't be able to sleep. When Madame Glizsnort doesn't turn up for the required instructions at the old church, the group makes an expedition to the ancient graveyard where they find several unmarked graves and where they discover the heinous power of the Shadow - it feeds off misery and shame and there is plenty of that here. And so begins their battle for survival. Lots of surprising twists and turns - kept me guessing until the end. I can't recommend this book more highly. I want everyone to read it. Enjoy.