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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385736932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385736930
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6.7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2011:
"This engaging mystery has plenty of both paranormal and romance, spiced with loving families and satisfyingly packed with self-sufficient, competent girls."

Starred Review, School Library Journal, August 2011:
"It’s hard to picture a successful merging of Texas ranching culture with psychic ghost-hunting and witchcraft, but that’s what Clement-Moore has achieved in this novel laced with great characters, a healthy dose of humor, and a nod to popular culture...Teens looking for a rollicking adventure filled with paranormal events, dastardly evildoers, and laugh-out-loud moments as Amy and Ben argue and snipe their way to love will adore this book."

About the Author

ROSEMARY CLEMENT-MOORE is also the author of Prom Dates from Hell, Hell Week, Highway to Hell, The Splendor Falls, and Spirit and Dust. She grew up on a ranch in south Texas and now lives and writes in Arlington, Texas. You can visit her at ReadRosemary.com or follow her on Twitter @rclementmoore.

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Rosemary Clement-Moore is the author of Prom Dates from Hell and Hell Week (which you can find together in Brimstone), Highway to Hell, The Splendor Falls, Texas Gothic, and Spirit and Dust. She grew up on a ranch in south Texas and lives and writes in Fort Worth, Texas. She loves dogs, horses, sailing, vintage fashion, history, old movies, Gilbert and Sullivan, Guitar Hero, BBC America, and books. Lots and lots of books. You can visit her at readrosemary.com.

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This was a great paranormal ghost story.
S. Power
Great characters, good story line, a romantic love story, and perfect prose that pulls you in.
Kale
The whole time they're fighting, your saying to yourself, just kiss and get it over with!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kale on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Texas Gothic is filled with charming quirkiness, and great writing. What's there not to like with a cute cranky cowboy, tree climbing Houdini goats, Go Go Gadget Gidget girl, rump scratching cows, and a love story like a prize fight.

Amy Goodnight is an island of normal in a sea of crazy. As the self appointed Gatekeeper, Amy straddles the line between magic and mundane constantly providing damage control for her above average family. The Goodnight's are witches, each with a different affinity, and to the dismay of Amy, none of them are shy about their abilities.

Amy's PR talents are about to be tested. She and her sister Phin are looking after their Aunt Hy's farm for the summer. Everyone in the small Texas town has an opinion about the crazy Goodnights and it doesn't help that the sleepy town has seemingly awaken with paranormal activity since the girls arrival. There's quite a lot of chatter about a rogue ghost on the loose knocking people out, skeletal remains are popping up at the perpetually cranky yet hunky neighbor's ranch, and a spirit is personally haunting Amy.

Amy is going to have to except who and what she is, find some balance between her two worlds, and along with her friends, they are going to have figure out what's really going on with the pestering poltergeist to save her Goodnight name and possibly her life.

Clement-Moore doesn't write hardcore paranormal, she writes normal with a certain slant of the unusual. Rosemary's strength is her witty writing style, and wonderfully rich characters, which hits a definite high in Texas Gothic. In most books the main character is the author's focus in development and spotlight. Here the supporting cast doesn't get left behind but blossomed. I loved all the players in this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cornellk on July 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Everybody has that normal one in the family. You know the one. She sort of holds everything together when your crazy aunt is off making potions and magic organic household products, shampoos, soaps, and hand sanitizers, and your genius sister is popping fuses every time she tries to test her latest invention.

She's the responsible one. The one who answers the phone every time; the one with the normal future that doesn't involve getting swept up in mystery; the one who does it because she loves you no matter how weird things get in the nuthouse.

That's Amy Goodnight. She's ranch-sitting for her aunt (and baby-sitting her brilliant but intellectually distracted sister). Until construction on a bridge unearths a body and a ghost won't leave Amy alone. She struggles to maintain her aura of normalcy in front of the neighbor cowboy, Ben *cat-growl* as well as the Anthropology crew that shows up to take care of the body.

Make that "bodies". As the body count grows higher, Amy's might be the next one to be buried if she can't get the whole ghost thing under control.

Witty, sarcastic, dramatically ironic. Just...bloody brilliant.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Librarian VINE VOICE on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Dear Rosemary Clement-Moore,

I know you wrote TEXAS GOTHIC for yourself and not for me especially (Althoughitsurefeltlikeyoudid, didyourealizethat?), but I thought you should know some of the reasons I think it's the BEST BOOK YOU'VE EVER WRITTEN:

a.) The gorgeous word choices that stop me in my tracks, the ones that make me remember how much I appreciate stellar writing. (Anyone who can use the word `cabal' as effectively as you do, deserves some kind of Hermione-Granger-Smart-Girl-Snark Lifetime Achievement Award)

b.) The fabulous, dead on analogies that make me nod my head and help me understand and relate to the character's precise emotion: "...cognitive dissonance up to eleven."

c.) The delicious, complicated, sweet Tracy and Hepburn/John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara flavored relationship built between Ben and Amy. TEXAS GOTHIC is the kind of romance freshly painted in a gothic palette with touches of DuMaurier's REBECCA and classics such as TURN OF THE SCREW.

d.) The terrific characterizations, including loyal, half nerd, half not-so-crazy loon Phin and every-ranching-patriarch-I-ever-known-in real-life Grandad Mac. (I grew up in a ranching town, and I know you did, too. You've really captured the small touches of ranch life.)

e.) The Goodnight family's tea shop products which I picture marketed in Philosophie meets Practical Magic packaging.

f.) Finally, I love that I can successfully turn off my editorial mind and just bask in appreciation of a truly good book.

This one's definitely a keeper.

Your Constant Reader,

Jenny (Who Would, Thank You Very Much, Like a Sequel Soon.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Rekindled Reader on November 20, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
What do you get when you cross Nancy Drew with Practical Magic? Apparently the answer is hidden behind the cover of Texas Gothic.

First of all, I have to assume magic is real since there had to be some sort of hocus pocus going on to allow this book to be published with a name like Texas Gothic. The "Texas" part makes sense since it takes place somewhere outside of Austin, but "gothic?"

Without reading the description, I would've pictured the homely, plain farmers depicted in the Grant Wood painting or emo kids from the 90s. Or, maybe, homely farmer goth kids from the 90s. I even looked up "gothic" assuming the author had some greater meaning or understanding of the word. If so, I couldn't find it.

More appropriate titles would be like The Mystery of the Mad Monk or Witches vs. Cowboys (not really, but still an improvement).

But the fact it was a great book puts me in a forgiving mood and I'll let the title slide - now that I've ranted about it.

Sisters Amy and Phin Goodnight are housesitting for their grandmother, taking care of her organic farm (along with some organic pain-in-the-ass goats) while she's on vacation. The sisters come from a family of witches. Not like the broom-flying and spell-casting kind or the Wiccan pentagram wearing emo kids, but the kind new-age-type hippie herbalists that harness the power of nature to influence reality. Depending on who you ask, it's not that far from the realm of possibility.

Each of the sisters deals with their family craft in a different way. Phin is the scientist. She spends her time working on gadgets that document and measure paranormal phenomenon and energy. Amy spends her time running a PR campaign to make her family at least appear normal to the outside world.
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