Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Texas Gothic revolves around Amy Goodnight, who is housesitting with her sister, Phin, for their aunt. Now the Goodnights aren’t your average family, they have some added magical flair. Some of them create magical things, like lotion that makes all your aches and pains go away, and others are psychic. Amy wants nothing to do with her magic side whatever her skills might be, but she finds herself attracting ghosts and a whole lot of trouble instead. After a skeleton is discovered near her aunt’s ranch, Amy and Phin find themselves more involved than they ever expected, which puts the town’s folk in a tizzy when people start getting hurt and ghost rumors and Goodnight connections to the events start to fly. There’s a bit of romance (not pukey) between Amy and ranch neighbor, Ben, which is pretty amusing. With a good dose of creepiness and intrigue, this is a guaranteed scary read.
The Mostly True Story of Jack by Kelly Barnhill
I really liked the feel of this book. Throughout the story it was really easy to connect with Jack and the other characters and get wrapped up in the story. Jack has always felt invisible in his family and when his mother drops him off at his Aunt Mabel’s and Uncle Clive’s for a visit, he starts to unravel the mystery and magic behind why he never felt loved or part of his family, especially when he realizes in Hazelwood he can make friends and people do care about him.
Jack is very resistant to this whole idea of magic that the kids he meets in town keep mentions and that his uncle keeps nudging him to read about in book of the town’s history at first. Once Jack starts unraveling what really happened in Hazelwood and how he’s connected to it all things start to get interesting, with Mr. Avery, the richest man in town, who’s also the town bully’s dad, wanting him dead, his and Aunt and Uncle’s house starts talking to him, the nature around Jack seems to be reaching out to him and that’s just the beginning.
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk
When Will Halpin transfers from his all-deaf school into a mainstream Pennsylvania high school, he faces discrimination and bullying, but still manages to solve a mystery surrounding the death of a popular football player in his class.
Lulu Dark and the Summer of the Fox by Bennett Madison
When a mysterious person called the Fox begins to threaten young starlets, Lulu Dark investigates, even though she suspects that her own mother–an aging actress–might be behind it all.
Something Rotten by Alan Gratz
In a contemporary story based on Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, Horatio Wilkes seeks to solve the murder of his friend Hamilton Prince’s father in Denmark, Tennessee. Something is rotten in Denmark, Tennessee, and it is not just the polluted Copenhagen River. Hamilton Prince’s father has been murdered, according to a hidden video message. Horatio Wilkes, Hamilton’s best friend, is visiting the Prince mansion when the video turns up. The guys need to find the killer before he strikes again.
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Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
Desires of The Dead is a follow up of another book called The Body Finder. In this book Violet has the ability to hear echoes of the dead who aren’t buried or “put to rest”. She can also see matching imprints of killers. I love the plot of this book because at times it can get pretty spooky and mysterious! It’s a very thrilling book. It’s filled with people who are hiding secrets from their past, murderers, and the dead. Filled with romance, secrets, mystery, and all that exciting stuff you would LOVE to read, I would recommend this book to anyone.
review submitted by Lina
Head Games by Christopher Golden
I read the book Head Games by Christopher Golden. It is a mystery about a series of murders that have been going on. However, these aren’t just normal killings. The victims are college students who spontaneously go on to kill their whole families. When they wake up in the morning, they can’t remember a thing. Jenna Blake is suspicious from the start and investigates the coincidences of each crime. This is a great thriller that will always keep you interested.
review submitted by Emily