by J. P. Hightman
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Spirit 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
J.R._BookWorm More than 1 year ago
It was really well writen. But the end... that's why I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I really wish there was a squeal! It was so good up until that part....But other than that I loved some parts, like at the beginning. That was really cool. I'd recommed it to any any of my friend! So go out and read it!!!
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Golden_Reader12 More than 1 year ago
While reading this book I was thinking that it was a pretty good book,a little gruesome in some parts, but none the less pretty good. Then came the ending and I was like "what?" I guess if you like suprise endings you would be okay with this book but I felt very, umm...unsatisfied with the outcome
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R4Life More than 1 year ago
This book is full of great writing and a fascinating plot line. You find yourself rooting for everything to be alright because that is what Tess and Tobia deserve. Which is why the ending made me want to scream and rip my hair out. Is there no justice in the world? I truly hope there is a sequel because I might go crazy if there isn't. This is one of the few books that will haunt me for awhile. I need a better closure than the one Hightman gave us. Keep your fingers crossed.
BookLoversAdvocate More than 1 year ago
I am a 20-year-old Bookseller. I am not bias, nor closed-minded and I enjoy a decent scare just as much as the next person. However, I must strongly warn against this title. I was intrigued by the hugely understated plot summary on the inside flaps, so I borrowed a copy and read it in two days. I will admit the plot line is unique, but the content is full of pointless, senseless gore than has absolutely nothing to do with the story development and everything to do with feeble attempts to scare the reader. What really results is absolute disgust. Much of the horrific details are so unnecessary, one starts to wonder if the content did not exist, if a story would exist at all. Point being, it wouldnt. Maybe if the author had spent more time actually developing the storyline, instead of merely filling the pages with pointless murder, gore, massacre and mutilation, the book might be worth reading. Instead, we have a villain who kills for absolutely no reason, from slashing down innocent children to tearing the spines out of those who oppose her. Makes one wonder what on earth the publisher was thinking, allowing such a book to reach the shelves of the TEEN section of the bookstore.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Blackthorne has always been haunted. A tiny town in Massachusetts, it has been abandoned since the Salem witch trials, when a group of unfortunates fled there only to be hanged as witches.

Now, in the heart of the Victorian era, one train is bound for Blackthorne, where a winter carnival awaits in an attempt to breathe life into the old town. The cars are full of the promise of fireworks, sleigh rides, and skating, but Tess and Tobias Goodraven, two seasoned ghost hunters, expect something much darker.

Though they came in search of ghosts, even the Goodravens didn't expect a witch like Old Mother Malgore - a ghost full of malevolence, who stalks the forests, snuffing out any spark of life. When the train derails and casualties soar, the Goodravens must move between past and present tragedies to have any chance of killing the witch, quieting the souls of the living, and setting to rest the ghosts.

SPIRIT uses the historical Salem witch trials as a jumping point, and leaps off into an eerie ghost story. The prose is lyrical and haunting, and the narration, led by Tess and Tobias, oscillates between richly romantic, unexpectedly terrifying, and acerbically humorous, all with a touch of darkness. As the story progresses, readers' expectations will be completely derailed as new revelations move the plot in altogether uncharted directions.

With an ending so unexpectedly chilling that I was actually frightened, SPIRIT is a masterfully done book that will haunt the reader long after its cover has been closed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tess and Tobias- Incredible characters- vivid, rich and intriguing. The kind that usually get buried beneath layers of dull discription.

A memorable tale, a bit like the movie The Key with Kate Hudson.

The cello players dragged me in to their realm of ghosts and phantoms, leaving me to frown at the ending- how do two charcters, so rare in books these days, for their luring qualities, become quiet?

Hopefully Hightman will reconsider, like Kathleen Duey with Skin Hunger, and make a sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I gave this book four stars because it really was a great read...right up till the end and then it just leaves you with your mouth hanging open feeling completely indignant. Where's the justice? I'm keeping my fingers crossed in the hopes that there will be a second book to rectify the ending of this one. I recommend this book because it IS written well and pulls you through it with lots of excitement and of course the excentric love birds. Just be prepared for the end. You've been warned
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is really good! its written wonderfully. J.P. Hightman really knows what he/she is doing.