Everyone thinks Echo Simmons is crazy, but being The Ghost Host isn’t just a YouTube hoax like people think. It’s the only way to control the ghosts haunting her…at least until the FBI shows up asking questions.
The first eighteen years of Echo Simmons’ life have been less than ideal. On more than one occasion her parents have considered committing her. They don’t believe she sees ghosts or that they harass her on a daily basis. So when a rogue ghost begins tormenting her, they’re the last people she’s going to tell. Her best friends Holden and Zara are doing their best to help, but ghost attacks are only the beginning of Echo’s problems.
Handling the ghosts by giving them a voice on YouTube through her webshow has been her saving grace—even if her parents think it’s all a hoax—but that gets a little complicated when the ghost of Madeline Crew reveals a little too much about her previous life and the FBI shows up at her door wanting to know how she gained access to long-buried government secrets.
It just keeps getting worse from there. Madeline’s message to her great grandson sparks a strange connection between Echo and Malachi, which leads to Georgia, secrets, mistakes, love, lies, and life changing revelations.
Excerpt from the Book:
Somehow, I always knew the people I saw hovering around looking aimless were ghosts, and it never really bothered me. Sometimes I talked to them when I was little. They never talked back. Sometimes they would play with me, though. My mom used to tell people what a good baby I was, how I never cried or fussed. She thought she had just lucked out with an easy first kid. Really, I always had someone standing over my crib smiling at me or making silly faces. Ghosts really seem to like being around babies for some reason.
It wasn’t until I got a little older that I realized some of my ghostly friends were hanging around for a reason. A few of them were just lonely and either weren’t ready to move on or didn’t know how. I haven’t got a clue about how to send them on their way, so I figure the least I can do is keep them company.
Others, they had messages they wanted to pass on. At first, I didn’t know how to do that without getting into trouble. My mom refused to make phone calls or send my letters to who she deemed were random strangers. I found ways to get the letters in the mail, at least, without her knowing, but it wasn’t easy and they occasionally got sent back to us when the address proved inaccurate. Mom wasn’t happy when she found one and realized what I’d been doing.
Holden was the one who came up with the idea for the webshow. It made things a lot easier since my parents think it’s just a funny hoax we like to pull, and it gives us a hobby and keeps me out of trouble for the most part. That’s the biggest reason they let me do it. As I got older and more capable, more able to help the ghosts, they became more insistent. That’s when things got really bad.
Up until that point, I didn’t know the ghosts could affect my dreams, and not in a good way. The nightmares got progressively worse, morphing into full on night terrors. The headaches followed, though I’m still not sure if the ghosts were trying to talk to me, or just doing whatever they could to get my attention. Sometimes, their presence would become so oppressive as they tried to communicate that I would completely zone out… which sent my grades into the toilet and my behavior into the realm of unmanageable. The worst by far is when they try to touch me.
DelSheree Gladden was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn’t speak a single word for the first three months of preschool, but she had already taught herself to read. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting and perfecting it before having it published.
Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her husband spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family again. Their two children love having their cousins close by. When not writing, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing and trying not to get bitten by small children in her work as a dental hygienist. DelSheree has several bestselling young adult series, including “Invisible” which was part of the USA Today Bestselling box set, “Pandora.” The Date Shark Series is her first contemporary romance series, and her first book in her upcoming new adult series, The Ghost Host, will be releasing 2015.
The Ghost Host was a compelling read for me. It pulls you in and you could easily read the whole thing without stopping(unless you have two small children begging for your attention, like me). My only complaint was the amount of missing letters, words and commas throughout the book. The book read surprisingly well despite these, but they were there and did slow me down. Because of that I did knock my review down a notch.
4 out of 5 stars
So, my favorite part of any book is the characters. This book is chock-full of them! There are seriously a lot of characters involved on a regular basis, which is why I am so impressed. The author is able to give each of the characters very distinct differences and personalities without spending too much time on back stories or anything boring or time consuming. It is also still very clear who the main main characters are, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I really enjoy all the personality differences and clashes. I feel like the relationships between the characters are very natural and easy to understand as well. Nothing feels forced. On that note, the romantic relationship between the two main characters is one of my favorite relationships I have read about in a long time—very little drama. I don’t mean there aren’t struggles in the relationship or crazy things that happen, but the characters don’t act stupid about it. I always hate when I am yelling at a character to just get over themselves and be honest. I love that these two are honest with each other and that their “drama” stems from real struggles instead of self-induced struggles.
I will admit, I’m not usually a paranormal fiction type girl, but when I read the description for The Ghost Host It sounded interesting, even though I still had my reservations. I’m happy to say, It made me want to pick of paranormal fiction more often. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, especially the parts about the ghosts. The rules they played by were restricting enough to keep things interesting and frustrating for the characters, easily giving conflict where it was needed in the story.
As far as how “clean” the book is . . . things do get heated up between the two main characters who are romantically involved premaritally. There is a sex scene, but little is described. What is described are the emotional effects of the act rather than the physical sensations. In reality, I thought the author did a great job of giving detail enough to let you know what happened without painting a vivid picture. Also, I liked that it showed the emotionally damaging side of having sex too early.
I guess to sum up, I really liked the book. It ended without a cliff hanger, but left me wanting to know a little more even though I was satisfied in general with the information I ended up with. It was good.
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