Sunday, January 21, 2018

*Review* Living Ghost by Ginna Moran

Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: January 2, 2018
Pages: 339

When a mortifying breakup in the school cafeteria triggers seventeen-year-old Callie White to project her soul from her body, the last thing she expects is to die from embarrassment. As it turns out, Callie isn’t dead but is gifted with the special ability to leave her body and turn into a living ghost. With the discovery of her newfound ability, she learns her world is inhabited by creatures from her wildest dreams—and worst nightmares.

As a genetically altered human, Mason Sullivan spends his life fighting creatures to keep humanity safe. With unmatched speed and strength, Mason is the perfect soldier for the Creature Council, the secret organization that polices the supernatural world. For Mason, one thing is certain, he’ll do whatever it takes, even kill, to guarantee the bad guys never win.

Callie and Mason’s lives collide when she saves him from a man-eating goblin while in her ghostly form. A chance meeting at a hospital brings the two together, but Callie isn’t safe in Mason’s life. Her special ability makes her a desirable asset to the monsters Mason fights against. To protect her, Mason breaks the creature laws he fights to uphold, but even with him by her side, Callie falls prey to the supernatural world’s worst enemy. She’s forced into an unthinkable fate by creatures who treat humans like food and property. No longer under Mason’s protection, Callie must fight for her freedom or risk losing herself to a world so full of horrors against humanity that she’d rather remain ghostly than survive.

I was hired to proofread this book. The only aspects of the story that I influenced were the spelling and grammar. If you feel that my connection to the story makes my review untrustworthy, so be it, but this is my honest review.

It's becoming clear to me that I really should have written this review when I finished reading the book. I say this because I have since proofread two other books for Ms. Moran since working on this one, and while they are in different series and I have the basic storylines straight in my mind, some of the details are a little fuzzy. So bear with me while I fumble through this and I will strive to do better in the future.

What I liked most about this story was that even though it's a new series, it's a spin-off from a previous series, so I was already familiar with the world, and really enjoyed some of the cameos. Although some of those cameos had me yelling at Callie and Mason for what I felt was their stupidity in how they handled certain things that happened to them. Like if they would have just talked to these people, the problems probably would've been solved super fast. But teenagers are kind of known for making bad decisions (I know I made bad decisions when I was a teenager).

Ultimately I really enjoyed diving back into the world first created in Lost in Dreams, and look forward to seeing what happens next in Callie's life. 4.9874756737 stars. - Katie 

Ginna Moran is the author of an array of both paranormal and contemporary young adult novels including the Demon Within, Falling into Fame, and Spark of Life series. 

She started writing poetry as a teenager in a spiral notebook that she still has tucked away on her desk today. Her love of writing grew after she graduated high school and she completed her first unpublished manuscript at age eighteen.

When she realized her love of writing was her life’s passion, she studied literature at Mira Costa College in Northern San Diego. Besides writing young adult novels, she was senior editor, content manager, and image coordinator for Crescent House Publishing Inc. for four years.

Aside from Ginna’s professional life, she enjoys binge watching television shows, playing pretend with her daughter, and cuddling with her dogs. Some of her favorite things include chocolate, anything that glitters, cheesy jokes, and organizing her bookshelf.

Ginna is currently hard at work on her next novel.

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