Monday, March 9, 2015
Review: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
Read on January 12th, 2015.
(Source: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)
I recently complained that it's been a while since I've read a really good book that I just couldn't put down. I'm not sure if I was just in a reading slump, or if I just had unfortunate luck in the books I was choosing to read. But The Haunting of Sunshine Girl definitely changed that. I honestly did not want to put it down. I made the mistake of starting it during one of my breaks at work, and it was so hard to stop reading. I continued reading it at lunch, and then could not wait until I got home so I could finish it. I managed to read the entire book in just one day, and it has been such a long time since that has happened.
It wasn't a perfect book, but there was just something about it that made me love it. I was captivated from the very beginning, and I was never left feeling bored.
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is about a girl, Sunshine, and her mother, Kat. They move from warm and sunny Texas to cold and rainy Washington state, and Sunshine isn't too thrilled with her new surroundings. She stays cold all the time and the house smells like mildew, even though her mother doesn't seem to notice. Not to mention the footsteps she hears upstairs or the ghostly laughter of a child. She thinks the house is haunted, but her mother doesn't believe her. As a matter of fact, her mother seems to be growing distant and aloof, despite the fact that she and Sunshine have always been extremely close.
I am not a fan of scary movies or books at all - I'm a scaredy-cat, I admit it - but this book had just the right amount of creepy without being scary. It was intriguing and spooky, and while I had some things figured out before the end, I was still on the edge of my seat until I finished.
It was well-written, with nice character development and good pacing. Apparently this was based on a YouTube series, but I've never watched the videos, and I don't feel like I missed out on anything by skipping them.
And quite possibly my favorite part of the book - no love triangle! Finally! A story about a girl and a guy that doesn't revolve around them falling in love instantly, and then introducing a second love interest for the heroine. This is one of the most believable relationships I've read recently, because they're actually just friends to start with, and the focus isn't on "will they or won't they fall in love?" It's secondary to the plot, and progresses naturally.
This is definitely a series that I will look forward to finishing. I don't want to wait for the second book! I would highly recommend this, especially to readers who enjoy a bit of paranormal mystery without it going over the top.
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