[REVIEW] The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

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21413855Title: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
Author: Paige McKenzie
Series: (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1)
Pub. Date: March 24th, 2015
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Rating: ★★★.5

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Something freaky’s going on with Sunshine’s new house . . . there’s the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mom believes her. Sunshine’s always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort . . .

If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can’t help them?

As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.

The first in a frighteningly good new series based on the popular YouTube sensation The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, created by Paige McKenzie.

MY REVIEW

      The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is an intriguing novel capturing ghosts and the other world in a perfectly blended paranormal reality. Teeming with spirits, demons, and a species with powers to help the lost find peace, this is a novel you won’t want to stay away from.

Sunshine just moved to a new home and now she’s being haunted. The new guy at school, Nolan, is cute and wears old fashioned clothes kind of like her, her art teacher is super weird, and her new school doesn’t have a dark room for developing photos. Mix all of these together and you have a home sick teenager and a whole lot of trouble. A team forms (Sunshine and Nolan), hunting for answers about the giggling little girl who just wants to play. The closer they get to answers however, the more her mom and those around them are affected.

Sunshine is a strange girl, a lover of retro styles who has never fit in and never will. She doesn’t care what others think, she uses saying such as “My Golly!”, and she has trouble accepting things that are otherworldly. It’s safe to say that she was feeling fairly unhinged as the hauntings continued, and she remained sane because she had a partner. She was slightly annoying, she claimed to care about everyone but it seemed like she only cared about herself (get the ghost to stop haunting her). She says she’s not a crier but she cried a fair bit, and she didn’t do much for herself, she left that to Nolan.

Nolan is kind and compassionate, but lonely and he likes to wear his dead grandfather’s leather jacket. Quickly becoming a part of Sunshine’s life, he is introduced to a world he never thought truly possible. He does research for Sunshine, tries his best to reassure and protect her as well as making sure she ha someone to talk to. They quickly become close friends. He risks his life for her and never strays far from her side. It is enjoyable to read about their time together.

Overall, this is an interesting start to the trilogy and it holds a lot of promise.

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