The Haunting #1
Author: Paige McKenzie
Expected Publication: March 24th 2015
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Number of pages: 304
Preorder: Amazon, TBD
Based on the wildly popular YouTube channel, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as “ Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age.” YA fans new and old will learn the secrets behind Sunshine—the adorkable girl living in a haunted house—a story that is much bigger, and runs much deeper, than even the most devoted viewer can imagine…
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl enchanted me from the moment I read that it had been inspired by a Youtube series about ghosts; many of you may have noticed that I love Horrors, I love Stephen King, I loved Bag of Bones, and I was excited to read more about ghosts and creepy stories. Although The Haunting of Sunshine Girl may not have lived up exactly to my expectations, I can't really say that I didn't enjoyed it ... on the contrary, it was a light read with a little touch of creepiness that I would recommend to all those who actually don't have the courage to pick up horrors, but would like to give ghosts a try!
Let's just say that I had some troubles with the beginning (as I usually have); the ghostly theme is introduced since the very start, and I though that, this way, there would have been more space for the creepiness itself, but actually, half of the book developed without really focusing on the haunting.
Sometimes I felt like the book resumed some majors cliche without really bringing something new: I mean, I think I've heard a lot about the weirdo girl, who tends to stay away from boys and girls her age, that discovers to be special. Sunshine, although, is a very likable character, funny, sweet, someone you can easily grow fond of, but probably not the right person to put as the heroine of a ghost novel. I thought that her humor sometimes didn't quite fit the situation and contributed at lightening the tension that was already really low. On the other hand, I loved her relationship with her mother, and I think this has been one of the main reason why I kept reading the book, because I loved how she struggled to keep her safe, and I really wanted her to be safe, indeed.
Speaking of the creepiness, I already told you, I expected it to be more than what it actually was, especially because of the Youtube's references, but being sincere I also have to admit that there were a couple of scenes that really got me goosebumps! They were horrible, disgusting to imagine, but, of course, I can't reveal much more without ruining the story!
Despite everything, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is really fast-pacing and entertaining novel, the author knows how to write fluently and how to interest the reader. If you're willing to try a little bit of horror, without compromising your sleep, then you should give The Haunting of Sunshine Girl a try!