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The Ghost Chronicles
by Marlo Berliner
YA/Adult Crossover Paranormal
Paperbook & ebook, 298 Pages
November 2015 by Teddy Blue Books
Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go?
Michael Andrews had everything – a loving family, a great girlfriend and a promising basketball career. That was before the accident that took his life. Now, he’s a ghost, wandering among the living, struggling to understand why he’s stuck. All he wants is to move on.
That is until he meets Sarah, an attractive young girl who died just as tragically as he did. The only trouble is falling in love and binding oneself to another soul is forbidden, for it may keep one or both of the souls bound to earth for longer than they should be.
To make matters worse, there’s also a danger in going too far with Sarah, because the “joining” of two souls in the afterlife is also strictly forbidden and they don’t know what will happen if they do go that far. Each time they touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another.
Things get even more complicated as Michael learns he’s being pursued. Demons are after him because he’s a marked soul, a soul the devil wants very badly for some unknown reason.
So, maybe falling in love in the afterlife isn’t such a good idea.
Michael Andrews is a Senior in high school, weeks away from graduation, an all-star basketball co-captain and has a great girlfriend. Unfortunately, he is hit by a reckless driver and dies in the accident. Michael is left to navigate the ghost world on his own and it is no easier than the living world. Michael wants to move onward and upward after his death, but doesn’t know how. Michael finally meets Tom, another ghost who is able to help him figure out his new world. As Michael learns about being a ghost, he meets many other ghosts, including Sarah, the resident haunt at the Angel of the Sea. With Sarah, he learns that love can be part of the afterlife. However, danger is also part of being a ghost. Michael learns that he is marked by the devil and is being chased by demons that want his soul and will put Sarah in danger in order to get it.
I was pulled right into this story about Michael’s trials and learning about how to be a ghost. It was really interesting to see his struggles with leaving his family and girlfriend behind, especially in the absence of his father. I really liked when Michael met Tom and was able to learn about his new world, do cool things and meet other ghosts. Some of the famous ghosts were awesome to get to know in the afterlife. Michael and Sarah’s relationship is very sweet but a little strange to me; I’d love to know more about ‘joining’ of souls and why it is a bad thing and maybe more about Sarah’s life. The suspense builds as Tom sudden disappearances grow and the demons are more intent on chasing down Michael for his mark. There is a lot to still figure out: Why is Tom special? Why do some ghosts move on while others are stuck? Why is Michael marked for the devil? I will definitely be reading the second book!
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Formerly an accounting manager for a Fortune 500 company, Marlo is currently an intern with a literary agency based in New York City, as well as, an editor at Chimera Editing. Marlo writes young adult, women’s fiction, and short stories. She is currently working on her third novel.
When she's not writing or editing, Marlo loves reading, relaxing at the beach, watching movies, and rooting for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After having spent some wonderful time in Pittsburgh and Houston, she’s now back in her home state of New Jersey where she resides with her husband and two sons. This is her first novel.
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