by Diana Corbitt
Spooky without being too scary, Ghosters is a fun and light story that seems great for younger readers. Filled with ghostly adventure, a bit of mystery, and a scattering of fun facts, this book made for an entertaining read. Around the second act, the story really picked up and I finished the rest of the novel in one sitting, enticed by the mystery and mischief. Ghosters is exactly what I’d expect (and want) from a typical ghost story.
Such a fun story.
Some good spooky fun.
Colorful and eye-catching, the cover of Ghosters perfectly fits the subject matter.
This book was not perfect (although, few things in life are). There were a couple of little errors scattered throughout the text but I wouldn’t say that they interfered with the story in a major way.
I did feel that the character relationships were a bit unnatural and a little unrealistic, in some places. Especially toward the ending of the book, the characters’ emotions felt oversimplified and rushed, perhaps, in my opinion, so that the conflict could be resolved… The big family conflict at the story’s climax was just quickly thrown out into the open. I think I would have appreciated it if the moment was drawn out a bit and the conclusion handled more delicately.
I guess I kind of felt that way in a few areas of the story. It almost seemed that, in my opinion, in an effort to keep the story moving forward with lots of action, the plot was just pushed forward. (I must admit I did appreciate how fast-moving the story was, it just could have been done a bit more smoothly, at times.)
I don’t like to be scared, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love a good ghost story every now and then. Ghosters was able to combine the spookiness of a good Halloween story with a fun adventure that never felt too scary (at least for me, though let’s be honest I am 17). Ghosters is a book with plenty of mystery and a bit of suspense, still managing to touch upon important lessons without becoming dark or heavy and never losing its upbeat tone. Throughout the story, we get to see the main character, Theresa, cope with some pretty major life events and face her fears, which added a nice layer of depth to the book.
What I really appreciated was the fact that this book was about more than just ghosts. Corbitt does a great job of sprinkling in little fun facts and bits of information to make this book educational as well as entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed the addition of a character with Asperger syndrome to the cast. It is great to spread awareness and understanding of our differences, especially among younger audiences, so I definitely applaud Corbitt for that.
The Last Word
A ghost story that was more than just a ghost story, Ghosters was a fast-paced and entertaining read.
A good story for Halloween or any time of year when you’re feeling a bit spooky…
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Age Group: Middle Grade
Summary: Spooky, not scary.
Series: #1 Ghosters Series