Book Spotlight – Specter by Katie Jane Gallagher





Publication Date: July 7, 2019
Publisher: Hidden Bower Press
Genre: YA Paranormal Thriller
Print Length: 370 pages
ISBN: 978-0578508184
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A long-buried secret lies within the woods…
Horror aficionado Lanie Adams should be thrilled when two eighties-era ghosts materialize in her bedroom. Yet after a fainting incident unbecoming of a horror nerd, she would rather her haunting just go away—the ghosts’ distorted, waterlogged voices and ice-cold auras are more terrifying than any movie. Enlisting the help of Ryan, an entirely-too-cute stoner, she makes it her mission to put the spirits stalking her to rest.
Some sleuthing reveals that their sleepy Connecticut town is host to a shadowy, decades-old conspiracy. If Lanie wants to say a final goodbye to her ghosts, she’ll need to keep digging. But it’s important to tread carefully. The culprit is still in town—and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.
With strong characters who are easy to root for, this stunning, multilayered debut will keep you holding your breath till the very last page.

The bed skirt was blocking my view of the ghost. I sucked in a steadying breath and willed myself to get up. Surely she’d be gone when I stood up again, going for the jump-scare-then-leave kind of haunting. What a great story this would make, narrated by upturned flashlight around a clichéd campfire. I was lying sick in bed, then…

I pushed up from the floor with a groan.

“Fuck!” There she was, blue and muted, though she stood directly in the sunlight beaming through the window. A vague, familiar feeling quivered at the back of my mind…

The ghost was tracking me with her eyes. After a long, silent moment, her lips twitched up into some horrid semblance of a smile. She took a step forward.

“M-Mom?!” But my call was useless reflex only; she’d deemed my fever just low enough to go into work for a few hours, rather than shuttling me to the doctor. I was alone in the house—well, no one else alive was in the house.

You’re hallucinating. Call Mom so she can take you to the hospital. For that must be it—my fever had climbed too high. Yet the ghost looked so real, and I couldn’t help but scan my room for something, anything, to use to fight back. I didn’t keep my room stocked with weaponry, so I settled for the bedside table lamp, yanking the cord from the wall and clutching it baseball bat-style.

Time for the first and likely final showdown between Lanie Adams and Ghost Girl.



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Katie Jane Gallagher is the author of the serialized YA fantasy The Gold in the Dark. She was born and raised in Illinois, and the magical Naperville Public Library was her home away from home until she ventured to the East Coast for college. Katie graduated magna cum laude from Connecticut College with a BA in Chinese language and literature. She currently lives in Connecticut with her stupendous, half-human half-neanderthal husband and their dopey boxer dog.
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(Vicarious #1)

Paula Stokes


Published by Tor August 16, 2016
Genre(s): Young Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: Hardcover 336
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Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, work as high-tech stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you—for a price.
When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated. She won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the digital recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process

Last year, I received Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes from my Uppercasebox and absolutely loved Jordy and Maguire’s story. It’s actually one of my top reads in 2016 and I really enjoyed Paula’s writing style — it’s light, cute, fun, and so full of heart. I was really interested in her other books so I read The Art of Lainey and loved that too. Vicarious is definitely not light or cute, but the synopsis is quite intriguing. I bought the book a while ago, and recently got approved for Ferocious on Netgalley, so I’m bumping this up my TBR list. At least now I won’t have to wait for Ferocious. I really don’t like waiting for sequels cause my heart just can’t take all that anticipation. I mean I don’t mind it… but I personally prefer to binge on book series just as how I would on TV shows. I’m certainly looking forward on binging this duology next week.

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Do you binge read book series or read them as they’re released? Which way do you like better?

Sincerely Karen Jo