Texas Gothic

Texas Gothic

by Rosemary Clement-Moore
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Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Amy Goodnight knows that the world isn't as simple as it seems. She also understands that "normal" doesn't mix with magic, and she's worked hard to build a wall between the two worlds. Not only to protect her family, who are all practicing witches, but to protect any hope of ever having a normal life herself.
   Ranch-sitting for her aunt in Texas should be exactly that: good old ordinary, uneventful hard work. Only, Amy and her sister, Phin, aren't alone. There's someone else in the house with them--and it's not the living, breathing, amazingly hot cowboy from the ranch next door.
   It's a ghost, and it's more powerful than the Goodnights and all their protective spells combined. It wants something from Amy, and none of her carefully built defenses can hold it back.
   This is the summer when the wall between Amy's worlds is going to come crashing down.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

An ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults

Praise for Texas Gothic:

[Star] "You can't get much more Nancy Drew. . . . This engaging mystery has plenty of both paranormal and romance, spiced with loving families and satisfyingly packed with self-sufficient, competent girls."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred

[Star] "Teens looking for a rollicking adventure filled with paranormal events, dastardly evildoers, and laugh-out-loud moments as Amy and Ben argue and snipe their way to love will adore this book."--School Library Journal, Starred

"The author mixes suspense, humor, and lots of local flavor. . . . The enjoyable sum is a lively teen ghost story with sex appeal."--The Horn Book

"A deeply affectionate rendering of Texas landscapes and legends combines with an appealing cast of well-developed characters to give texture to this well-plotted mystery; truly scary moments are balanced by the humorous bumbles of the awkwardly developing romance between Amy and Ben, as well as Phin's sublime cluelessness about the way her eccentricities appear to other people."--The Bulletin

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385906364
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

ROSEMARY CLEMENT-MOORE is the author of Prom Dates from Hell, Hell Week, Highway to Hell, Brimstone, The Splendor Falls, Texas Gothic, and Spirit and Dust. She grew up on a ranch in south Texas and now lives and writes in Arlington, Texas. You can visit her at ReadRosemary.com or follow her on Twitter @rclementmoore.

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Texas Gothic 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Unwasted_Words More than 1 year ago
Texas Gothic is filled with charming quirkiness, and great writing. What's there not to like with a cute cranky cowboy, tree climbing Houdini goats, Go Go Gadget Gidget girl, rump scratching cows, and a love story like a prize fight. Amy Goodnight is an island of normal in a sea of crazy. As the self appointed Gatekeeper, Amy straddles the line between magic and mundane constantly providing damage control for her above average family. The Goodnight's are witches, each with a different affinity, and to the dismay of Amy, none of them are shy about their abilities. Amy's PR talents are about to be tested. She and her sister Phin are looking after their Aunt Hy's farm for the summer. Everyone in the small Texas town has an opinion about the crazy Goodnights and it doesn't help that the sleepy town has seemingly awaken with paranormal activity since the girls arrival. There's quite a lot of chatter about a rogue ghost on the loose knocking people out, skeletal remains are popping up at the perpetually cranky yet hunky neighbor's ranch, and a spirit is personally haunting Amy. Amy is going to have to except who and what she is, find some balance between her two worlds, and along with her friends, they are going to have figure out what's really going on with the pestering poltergeist to save her Goodnight name and possibly her life. Clement-Moore doesn't write hardcore paranormal, she writes normal with a certain slant of the unusual. Rosemary's strength is her witty writing style, and wonderfully rich characters, which hits a definite high in Texas Gothic. In most books the main character is the author's focus in development and spotlight. Here the supporting cast doesn't get left behind but blossomed. I loved all the players in this book. They were interesting and distinctive like her work. Fans of Hex Hall and Paranormalcy will like the snarky quirky prose. There's nothing negative I can say. Lots of laughs. Great characters, good story line, a romantic love story, and perfect prose that pulls you in. If you need a literary vacation then pick up a copy of Texas Gothic and get completely entrench by the writing.
LaurelMS More than 1 year ago
TEXAS GOTHIC has so much going for it! First: A very fun, interesting main character in Amy Goodnight. She is a witch, despite her best efforts not to be, and has assumed the role of family ambassador to normal society. She self-identifies as the responsible one and does her best to smooth the way for her more eccentric mother, sister, aunts, cousins, basically everyone in the Goodnight clan. Unfortunately for her, they're all perfectly happy with their identities and talents. Amy and her sister Phin are watching their Aunt Hyacinth's small Texas ranch for the summer while Aunt Hyacinth travels to China. Amy inadvertently undertakes a quest to lay a persistent ghost to rest at the same time as ghost rumors from the neighboring McCulloch ranch slow down progress on the efforts to build a bridge that will ease the task of herding their cattle. Ben McCulloch doesn't like Amy because she's a Goodnight, but Amy can't avoid Ben and investigate her ghost problem since all clues point to a connection with McCulloch land. Specifically, the mass burial they uncover during work on the bridge. This book reads YA and tricks you into thinking it's light fare because it's so fun. Amy's colloquialisms are thick and witty, very Texan, and her dual perception of her family as the real deal vs. the walking freak show that everyone else sees are both funny and poignant. The mystery unfolds in a kitchy throwback to Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew (with a soupcon of those meddling kids from Scooby Doo) but it completely works. The tension grows as the ghost gets more aggressive with Amy and someone, ghost or human, physically attacks a ranch hand or two who've gotten too close to whatever Amy isn't supposed to find. But Amy's voice is very smart and there are little Easter Eggs for the more sophisticated reader: literary and scientific references that demonstrate how smart the MC is although the story is approachable for any YA reader. I just love that. In short, this definitely qualifies as a beach read but it has more going for it than just that. You'll probably find yourself reading it again.or hoping for another installment.
HeatheR-FlyleafReview More than 1 year ago
So, growing up I loved reading any and all things vampire, witch and ghost (with a sprinkling of werewolf for good measure.) Today, not much has changed and it would be safe to say that I will always compare any paranormal books I read to some of those old favorites. My go-to authors regarding “witchy” type books will always be Anne Rice (The Witching Hour) and Alice Hoffman (Practical Magic.) These two ladies have the whole “family of witches” thing down pat in my humble opinion. So when I read the blurb earlier this year regarding Texas Gothic, I knew this book would be right up my alley. Like Rice and Hoffman’s works, Texas Gothic includes eccentric relatives and cool family dynamics, which I loved. The relationship between Amy and Phin is fun to read and it’s nice to see two sisters close in age getting along in spite of all their differences. I liked Amy’s character and really sympathized with her struggle for normalcy in a decidedly abnormal family. I appreciated her desire to strike a balance in her life and enjoyed seeing her grow and develop, eventually accepting and embracing her inner witch by story’s end. I also really liked the bookish Phin and all her cool experiments and gadgets. I do wish however that I could have gotten to know more of the Goodnight clan. I enjoyed the inclusion of Cousin Daisy and would have liked to have learned more about Amy and Phin’s mom as well their Aunt Hyacinth. As for the mystery that unfurls in the book, I really liked all the interesting facts about Texas history that the author included. However, I thought the mystery itself was a little elementary. I was hoping with a title like Texas Gothic (emphasis on the word Gothic) the story would have been a little more The Turn of The Screw and a little less The Secret of The Old Clock. That aside, I enjoyed the plot well enough,and I think Clement-Moore's witty dialogue and interesting characters make up for my other issues. There is some romance between Amy and the hot, yet somewhat jerk-ish, neighbor Ben. I liked the back and forth between them, and thought there was some pretty decent chemistry, but the romance didn't sweep me off my feet. In fact there were a few occasions when I preferred the character of Mark, the anthropology student interested in Phin, more than Ben. So, to sum up my review of Texas Gothic: Clement-Moore delivers cool, quirky characters; humorous, witty dialogue; and a decent mystery and love story. I plan to check out more works by this author, including her work The Splendor Falls
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
This was a refreshing and wonderful read about a young woman who reluctantly embraces her familiy roots and becomes involved in a ghost hunt. Of course it does not help that the neighbor is extremely cute and anoying at the same time, nor does it help that there is ages of bad blood between the families. But Amy Goodnight is a great character and the dialog in the whole book is believeable and very easy to get into. The setting is in Texas and after a few pages, you really feel like you are right there in the Hill Country. What I like is all the supernatural things going on, and how there really is a mystery that they are really helping to solve. The ending is nice and does tie up a few loose ends, but I would love to see more of Amy and the gang in another book. They are just to much fun to see go away with one book.
FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
I knew I was going to love this book. I love southern gothic superstitions and stories, the ones that are passed down over generations. And, well, it's set in Texas. What I liked: 1) Phin - Amy's sister Delphinium was my absolute favorite character. She reminded me of...Bones (Brennan from Bones). Everything is about science to Phin, she's brilliantly book smart, but hopeless when it comes to social norms. She had me cracking up. 2) The setting - I'm a little bias, since I live here and all. But Miz Clement-Moore has described it kind of perfectly. 3) Historical accuracy - so it's a ghost and magic story, right? But that doesn't mean that that we can't have some historical accuracy. 3) Amy's desire to not participate in the family crazies. 4) The ghost story! Southern gothic at its finest! 5) I wasn't sure I expected humor, but it's great. It sneaks up on you and makes you laugh out loud. 6) Hot cowboys. 7) Hot cowboys. 8) Hot cowboys. What I didn't like: 1) I love Big 12 football, but the only time I'm gonna root for the Longhorns is when they are playing the Sooners....meh. Go Oklahoma State Cowboys! Ha ha, so that's not really a dislike, I just wanted to say Go Pokes! Overall thoughts: This is a cleverly and well written story. The characters are all developed really well, the plot is substantial and complete, and the setting is full of southern Texas charm. I absolutely loved it. It has found a new home on my 're-read' shelf! And can someone please tell me where I can get some of Aunt Hy's cool soap and shampoo and stuff?
ashlynrae More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored reading Texas Gothic! It had the right amount of everything. The plot wasn't too scary, it wasn't too slow, and it didn't move too fast either. I thought Rosemary Clement-Moore developed her characters very well in the book. Reading about Amy, Ben, Phin, and the "gang" was really enjoyable! The dialogue was great. I loved the whole idea of ghosts, magic, and where it all takes place. Its different from other ghost and paranormal stories, so anyone who wants something different will like reading Texas Gothic. I also liked how Clement-Moore described the ghost scenes. I actually liked reading them! They were so vivid and clear, I could picture the scenes in my head. Another thing that I really enjoyed was the cover. The story and the cover go really well together, and I think the red lipstick really compliments the model's eyes! So if you want something fresh and new, don't hesitate to go read Texas Gothic! Rosemary Clement-Moore does not disappoint! Twitter: @teenagereader
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
First I have to add, what a beautiful cover this is. Normally we never “judge a book by it's’ cover” but this one is so eye catching and lovely so, yes, I am guilty of this. Just for this one. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a book that made me laugh as much as this one! Amy is such a likable character, one that you can relate to and instantly befriend if she were in your class/neighborhood/work place. It makes the story enjoyable to read, and adds more personality to the book. Supporting cast around Amy also do a great job and are fun to read as well. Her sister Phin is such a great laugh and fun to read. Amy has a pretty kooky family to begin with which adds more to her imperfections and makes her all the more likable. The romance aspect was cute and fun to read. To be expected as the main central theme is seen with a comedic light. Loved Amy and Ben hating each other first and then it grows to love. Yes it sounds pretty cliche and very Harlequin Romance. It’s over done isn’t it? I’ll accept it for this time. If it’s done with likable characters, then it makes the romance bearable. Onto the plot itself. It was well done. A mystery with supernatural elements to it. It’s a well rounded book with plenty of other elements drawn in without making the plot confusing or all over the place. It’s well written, and enjoyable. I couldn’t really compare this with anything else that I have read in the past although Nancy Drew with supernatural powers comes pretty close. Although the plot was great and everything in it was a joy to read, 400 and more pages is just a little too much. Maybe there was just too many ‘fillers’ in the book added to make it this long. It’s not necessary. Short books are okay too, we have a huge pile to go through as readers. :) Overall worth a read. Love it for the comedy factor and a well written murder mystery with paranormal elements. Also love it for the well written characters featured.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rosemary Clement-Moore is a talented and gifted writer. Amy Goodnight is a great female protagonist; she's realistic and quirky in a way that combines to make her a very strong female lead. Ben is a great character as well. The story is well-written and it's hard to put the book down. I love all of Rosemary Clement-Moore's books, but this one is my favorite!
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Would like to but have to go. Srry tlk at hunger games tonight?
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Any retard stupid enough to harp on thhis go f*** your self
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Read it twice in two months
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Sorry college rp shut down
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, and i do not usally like paranormal stuff like ghosts...But this book changed my mind. The author did a fantastic job of develiping the charrectors... a annoying but hot cowboy neighbor, sciency sister( Phin reminded me of Sheldon from the big bang thery and Bones from bones) a crazy cousin a main charrector who is trying to make her famaliy seem normal and i just love hove the author put the dogs in the book! The setting of the book was geinus! Because ranches are cool but at night they can be spoky. The idea of bodies being discovered was another great idea by the author in my opinion. I loved the amount of detail the author used when the ghost made a apearance. The only thing i did not like is that this book is not apart of a series. You will love this book!
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