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Publishers Weekly Review
"I'd never seen him look so lost.... But right now I had a bigger problem." Meet Chloe Kennedy, observing her father at her mother's funeral. Dad's unsightly grief is a problem, no doubt, but Chloe's "bigger problem" is that she's just seen a ghost. She's been seeing them all her life, and this one is doing nothing in particular. It's symptomatic of Adornetto's (Halo) heroines that this familiar personal nuisance commands all of Chloe's attention. Later, whisked off to England by her grandmother to give her father a little space, Chloe continues to whine until a beautiful ghost in the woods catches her eye. He's Alexander Reade, last alive circa 1860, and unlike other ghosts is willing to talk, far more graciously than Chloe's obnoxious ripostes merit. Alex is not the only ghost behaving oddly, however, and the others aren't nearly as friendly. The plot is slow to reveal why, but once the conflict finally emerges, a competent thriller-romance ensues-and concludes. A tacked-on cliffhanger for the next book sits awkwardly on a finished tale. Ages 14-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-As a child, Chloe Kennedy saw ghosts, but her mother taught her to control the spirits, and Chloe managed to shut them out. After her mother dies, Chloe's grief allows the spirits to manifest again, and when her father agrees to send her to her grandmother's house in the south of England, Chloe quickly learns that some ghosts can even talk-Alexander Reade has been dead for 157 years, yet he is still haunting Grange Hall. Emily Foster's varied voices and charismatic narration are the best part of a formulaic, not especially well-written story. A supplemental purchase for high school or public library collections where ghost stories are popular.--Elizabeth L. Kenyon, Merrillville High School, IN (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A girl with the ability to see ghosts, a gloomy English manor with a tragic history, an angry spirit seeking retribution for a doomed love affair: these standard paranormal romance elements will feel immediately familiar to genre fans. After their mother's death, Chloe and brother Rory are sent to their grandmother's country estate to give their father grieving time. There, Chloe meets Alex, a gut-wrenching beauty who she later discovers is a ghost. Inflamed enough to contemplate dream sex with him, Chloe draws the ire of ghost Isobel, Alex's former lover. Unlike Alex, Isobel doesn't want to move on, and she will do anything to stop Chloe from banishing her, including attacking Rory and dropping a chandelier on the other hot (living) boy in Chloe's life. Adornetto's writing suffers from some clichéd phrasing, plot inconsistencies, and one-note characters. The final confrontation is appropriately dramatic, though the twist ending feels like a bit of an afterthought. Still, this should attract young teens looking to swoon over the heightened emotions of star-crossed lovers.--Hutley, Krista Copyright 2014 Booklist
Kirkus Book Review
Chloe's family is reeling from her mother's sudden death. At the same time, Chloe realizes that her childhood ability to see ghosts has returned. To deal with their grief, Chloe and her little brother, Rory, are sent to their grandmother's English estate. It's more than a culture shock for Chloe: It exposes her to a great number of ghostslike the handsome, charming Alexander Reade, dead for over 150 years. Their immediate connection provokes vengeance from Isobel, Alex's love and fellow ghost. Isobel sees Chloe as a threat, not just because of Alex's interest, but because of the living girl's supernatural ability. Chloe doesn't want any of this, but when Isobel strikes out at Rory and Chloe's new friend, Joe, not to mention dozens of innocent bystanders, Chloe will have to take a standeven if it means losing Alex. Chloe's voice is rarely convincing, and other characters are one-dimensional and inconsistent. Plot inconsistencies and pedestrian prose are likely to deter all but the most persistent paranormal-romance fans. Even a great idea can be sunk by poor characterization and plotting; this has a standard idea, which makes the poor execution all the more obvious. (Paranormal romance. 12-16) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.