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Review: Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings

15-year-old Julie Richardson is about to learn that being the daughter of a witch isn't all it's cracked up to be. When she and her best friend, Marcus, witness an elderly lady jettisoned out the front door of her home, it's pretty obvious to Julie there's a supernatural connection.

In fact, there's a whisper of menace behind increasing levels of poltergeist activity all over town. After a large-scale paranormal assault on Julie's high school, her mother falls victim to the spell Endless Night. Now it's a race against time to find out who is responsible or Julie won't just lose her mother's soul, she'll lose her mother's life.


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I really enjoyed Poltergeeks. It was fun with a brilliant led character and a uniquely different storyline which kept me engaged throughout.

This book follows the story of young witch Julie who is having some problems with an evil ghostly spirit which seems to wan her dead. What I really enjoyed about this book was that Julie was such a confident character with a huge sense of morality but at the same time quite naive in her magical ways and therefore regularly relying on her more experienced mother to bail her out of the insane situations she finds herself in. This works quite well for her (apart from when she finds herself grounded for getting involved with something out of depth) until one day when comes up against something so big that even her mother can't face in down and all of a sudden Julie finds herself having to rely on her non magical best friend and an immortal soul (who inhabits the bodies on an old lady and a great Dane) to her save herself and her mother from evil.

I really enjoyed that this book ha a new and different take on witchcraft and that the authors offered a new and unique story to the YA market especially because so many YA books of late seem to all be so similar (even if they pretend not to be). I loved the whole host of characters that you meet throughout the book. It I especially loved the mother daughter relationship between Julie and her mum as I think it really reflected how teenagers really are with their parents (e.g. rebelled and doing things they should one minute, running back to them for help the next). You got a sense of a real bond and warmth between them despite all the bickering almost instantly.

A cracking read and a unique new series which I am very excited to continue in the not so distant future.

Comments

Vivienne said…
Yay!Glad to hear you loved it too!
bibliotropic said…
I've heard mixed reviews about this one so far, but I'm still interested in reading it to see what it's all about. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it, though; that's another point in its favour, from where I'm standing!