Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move from sunny Austin, Texas, to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the moment they arrive, Sunshine feels her world darken with an eeriness she cannot place. And even if Kat doesn’t recognize it, Sunshine knows that something about their new house is just … creepy. In the days that follow, things only get stranger. Sunshine is followed around the house by an icy breeze, phantom wind slams her bedroom door shut, and eventually, the laughter Sunshine hears on her first night evolves into sobs. She can hardly believe it, but as the spirits haunting her house become more frightening—and it becomes clear that Kat is in danger—Sunshine must accept what she is, pass the test before her, and save her mother from a fate worse than death.
Bubby: Cue the creepy music (a la from the shower scene in Psycho), grab your blanket and your flashlight, and get ready to be scared! We don’t usually review books in the horror genre, but The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is just enough on the side of YA paranormal that we decided to give it a try.
Sissy: It is under the “teen and young adult horror” section on Amazon, but I would think of it as more paranormal myself. Much more creepy and spine-tingling than horror. When I think of horror I think of satanic or slasher stuff, and this is not that. Anyway…Sunshine, our main character was named that because she truly has the role of taking people to the light. Her mom didn’t know that when naming her, but just instinctively felt it was right. Have you ever heard of a Luiseach before, Bubby?
Bubby: No, but I’m fairly sure I am one because I bring light into the darkness and…
Sissy: …you forgot to take your meds today? Perhaps aren’t getting enough attention?
Bubby: Fine. No, I’ve never heard of a Luiseach before. Must you always take all the fun out of my life? At any rate, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is guaranteed to have you jumping at every noise, but in a good way.
Sissy: If you like a good scare but are not wanting truly horrific stuff, this is the book for you. Great storyline, a tiny bit of romance, and a great ending all happen here, but I must warn you! Just when you think most things are resolved, the very last part throws a whopper of a twist at you, leaving you longing for…BOOK TWO. Hate it when that happens (at least until book 2 actually comes out).
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