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Autumn Ghosts Paperback – October 15, 2014
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"They were everywhere. The flaming oranges and reds surrounded her in a fiery circle. Dancing in the gusts of wind which hit her face as she sat there, they flickered violently, The colours blanketed the ground, some of the hues fading as they merged into brown, There was no heat from them, though. Drying out under the canopy, the leaves rustled as a few were swept along the ground."
We met Ellie in Winter Angel, when she arranged the trip to Val D'Isere for her brother. Although she knew this holiday would be difficult for Luke, there was no malice behind her motives. Instead, she was trying to help him move past his accident.
Ellie's loyalty to her family and closeness to her twin are traits Mia Hoddell explores further in Autumn Ghosts. It is the responsibility she feels to live up to her parent's expectations which gives her the impetus to continue with the degree she hates and is clearly making her unhappy.
Ellie is probably the most open yet of Mia Hoddell's characters in this series. Although she disguises her emotions from those close to her, we witness the private breakdowns she experiences.
Initially, I thought that Ellie's love-interest would be Aiden because of their closeness, but I really like Justin. He has the same kindness as Ellie and though he hides a family secret, he does this because he thinks it will affect the way Ellie feels about him.
We realise how important the relationship between Ellie and Justin is; She gives him the confidence to be himself socially and he encourages her to face her parents.
I have been captivated by each of the couples in the Seasons of Change series, but I think Ellie and Justin might be my favourite! Autumn Ghosts is a warm and charming romance, perfect to snuggle up with!
I also go to school with a lot of people who are simply there because of their parents and so I see how it tears them up and it’s really sad. I think Ellie embodied that struggle in a very real way and Mia Hoddell was able to convey a lot of the pent up emotion that can be swirling through people’s minds (this is something she also did really well in the previous stories in the series). Speaking of previous novels in the series, I really liked how they had snippets here and there of previous characters.
Justin was super cute too! He’s definitely now on my list of book boyfriends. I loved his geeky demeanor, but that he was able to conquer his own fears whilst helping Ellie with hers. I just want to grab him and hug him tight!
Overall, a really great addition to the series and I can’t wait to see what the last one will have in store!