Thursday, 21 July 2011

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

For Review: Random House
Published: 7 July 2011

From Goodreads: Amy Goodnight knows that the world isn't as simple as it seems—she grew up surrounded by household spells and benevolent ghosts. But she also understands that "normal" doesn't mix with magic, and she's worked hard to build a wall between the two worlds. Not only to protect any hope of ever having a normal life.

Ranch-sitting for her aunt in Texas should be exactly that. Good old ordinary, uneventful hard work. Only, Amy and her sister, Phin, aren't alone. There's someone in the house with them—and it's not the living, breathing, amazingly hot cowboy from the ranch next door.

It's a ghost, and it's more powerful than the Goodnights and all their protective spells combined. It wants something from Amy, and none of her carefully built defenses can hold it back.

This is the summer when the wall between Amy's worlds is going to come crashing down.


Ever since reading The Splendour Falls I have been looking forward to a new book by Rosemary Clement-Moore.  I really enjoyed it and I enjoyed this one even more.

The story follows Amy, who doesn't have a typical family.  For her family,  ghosts and spells are the norm.  So she spends her time being a buffer for them and the 'real' world. But when she goes to ranch-sit for her aunt in Texas this proves harder than it should.  Add in the gorgeous cowboy that lives on the ranch next door and things get even more complicated...especially when you add a persistent ghost to the mix...

And that gorgeous cowboy is definitely gorgeous!  I so loved the character of Ben, even if he is Mr Cranky-pants!  And I loved the chemistry between him and Amy.  So good!  I also really liked Amy and her sister Phin.  Phin is mega crazy - but really likeable and Amy is the perfect narrator for the story.  It's so easy to like and relate to her.

The story is great and I can honestly say I didn't work out what was going on.  It's also really funny - I loved the scene with the bat..er..guano!  Less than halfway through this I jumped on the Internet and ordered myself a copy of Rosemary Clement-Moore's other book Prom Dates From Hell and I can't wait to get stuck in.

Seriously good!

5 comments:

Tasha said...

I haven't heard of this before but it sounds really good. THanks for sharing your thouoghts.
Tasha @ A Trillian Books xoxo

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

My sister's reading this at the moment and loving it. I think I need to give it a go!

Clemee said...

I wander who is on the cover? Cuz I have an icon of this girl bt have no idea who she is, even she looks very familiar.

Sarah said...

I'm so glad you loved this as much as I did! Such a fab book :o) I really hope that this ends up being the first book in a series - I would love to re-visit these characters & there is loads of scope for more with Amy's crazy family!!

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I was drawn to the book by the cover. So glad to hear that it's good beyond that!

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