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The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw: a supernatural academy series (Praxos Academy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw is such a creative start to a series by SG Turner. An island off the coast of England, known for its fog, two sisters with a mysterious past, a ghost, and then, if that was not enough, the adventure truly begins once the two girls get to London. This engaging YA novel is perfect for adults, too, who never lost their love for all things that go bump in the night!"
"The author has a great imagination to create such a complicated, fascinating storyline"
"This is a wonderful story with a totally unique paranormal theme"
"This is a great book. I was hooked at the beginning and didn't want to put it down. The characters are well thought out, the plot is fun and fast paced, and I enjoyed the twists and turns"
"I would go so far as to say that this book could be the beginnings of a series as good as those by J.K. Rowling!"
"I loved the bad guys, the graveyard antics, the talking dead, the superpowers of the kick-a** ninja chicks, and the rite of initiation the sisters go through"
"This book is a great start to a potentially brilliant series"
"Great character development throughout helps you become emotionally invested in the story. I love the relationship between the two sisters"
From the Author
- ASIN : B00A37SE0I
- Publisher : Chill Out Press (November 6, 2012)
- Publication date : November 6, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 1818 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 274 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,678 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is very suitable for the tween years. There is no foul language, no sexual innuendos, no gore, and no innappropiate topics. It was a little too innocent for my tastes (hehe). ;-) That being said, it was a great story. It held my interest throughout the entire book. I would have enjoyed MORE in several scenes throughout the story, but it was just enough to keep me enjoying the story.
I loved Eleanor and her punishment, and I love that her whole story wasn't revealed in book one. I'm a huge fan of books that are a part of a series because they keep you guessing about things yet to come. Eleanor is one of those characters that intrigue me. I want to know more about her. I also want to know what role Scott is going to play in all of this. I doubt he's just a "friend" who's going to be left on the island. Hmmm...
I loved getting a preview of the next book at the end. It definitely makes me want to find out how her dream connects to the state of the train's passengers. Smart move. ;-)
I was not sure how much I would appreciate this one. I got acquainted by reading the story about Daisy Madigan. I really enjoyed Daisy's character and the story sort of reminded me of Ghost Whisperer and then there were elements that were like Scooby Do and the Scooby gang except that the entire Scooby gang might have Paranormal powers. I wasn't sure I'd like the Morgan Sister's since it was likely that Daisy wouldn't be a main character.
I've always been a fan of horror and paranormal films but my real love is Science Fiction. My daughter did manage to get me hooked on Buffy - probably revenge for my having hooked her on Science Fiction. I've in the past enjoyed Mary Shelly's Frankenstien, Bram Stokers Dracula and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's Camilla which might be considered darker than this novel. I've also been a fan of Thorne Smith whose Topper was pretty hilarious. I think that if you look at a lot of his work you can see his influence in the Paranormal literature of today. Anyway, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw carried on with the tone of Daisy's story so it was very entertaining.
I'm particularly intrigued by this notion of a tattoo that grows it self. With the inscription it seems to embody the whole of the classic eye symbol and a popular trend toward the winged eye. It's neat though, how it seems to have a life of it's own until it finally finds it resting spot on the body. Usually it seems to be in the same place. That it's a marker for the watchers- who may or may not by tradition be related to the Nephilim- is interesting. Considering the powers of these people it's interesting to connect them to the theory that the watcher angels are the ones who took the sons and daughters of man and had offspring.(The term Nephilim does not show up in this book and is not discussed as such.)
Another interesting concept in the story is the unreasonable fears that the sisters have. Emma's fear of water and Lana's fear of heights. Mostly interesting in that the power they acquire after the tattoo marks them is related to their old fear, which goes away. It's predictable that everyone with these tattoos has a prior unreasonable fear related to their skill. They all have one parent who was an angel who did not stay to raise them. And many are orphans raised by other people.
At the beginning Lana and Emma -orphans adopted by the Morgans- are thrust into the mystery of Josiah Grimshaw who nearly drowns along with a mysterious young stranger who also nearly drowns (the both eventually die from nearly drowning). Both men mistake Emma for someone named Emilia.
Both girls have reach the age of 16 and the tattoo shows up -days apart from each other coincidental to their true birthdays.
Through a friend of their parents they are introduced to Eleanor Hyden-Jones of the Fourth House of Praxos - a secret society of Angel offspring who work to fight for justice. Eleanor is a true fallen angel who choose to stay on earth with her mate. She's forever cursed to live her life half the day old and half the day young and has reduced powers.
There is a counter organization known as the Skulls who are evil offspring of Angels or Paranormal-s.
The girls will discover more about their past and parents and they will train to become proficient at their natural skills and at fighting evil. And their first assignment will be to help Josiah cross over. That means that they need to find out what is keeping him here- the problem is for some reason he's lost his memories.
Anyone who like mysteries suspense and thrilling horror and paranormal romance should love this book. The coming series promises to be very entertaining.
This book is well written, with great descriptions, and is done in a way that makes it incredibly believable. The author has a great imagination to create such a complicated, fascinating storyline. I strongly recommend 'The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw' as a YA novel.
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However, once the girls went to London and we learned of the whole Praxos foundation and their destiny, I found my attention slipping. This was where I felt the plot came undone slightly and a few elements wound their way into the story that I was considerably less interested in. I liked some of the powers that the teenagers displayed, and I felt that the two main characters were developed quite nicely. However, there were also lots of plotlines that I felt were under-developed. The love stories for both main characters were weak. I know what teenagers are like – ‘love’ happens quickly, but for me, the way the girls conducted their romances was unrealistic. Teens are nervous, shy and uncomfortable around the opposite sex, especially if they’ve been living on a remote island all their lives. But these girls were confident and jumped immediately from minor attraction to kissing!
I also felt that certain characters were thrown in without a great deal of development – the lycanthropes for example. I understand that this is a series and so these characters will be developed more fully in later books, so I can’t blame the author for that. I just felt as an individual book, there were a lot of loose ends left unexplored.
Despite those criticisms, however, I read the book very quickly and I did enjoy it. I will probably read the next books in the series at some point too, as I liked the author’s style and found her work accessible and enjoyable.
I thought this was an easy, enjoyable read. The characters are believable and it felt like a different twist on the usual teen paranormal novel. Although it's quite a common thing in YA paranormal books for the main characters to develop powers, I thought the story in this one was really unique and had some fun and surprising elements to it.
I will say that this was written for older children/younger teens, so it wasn't totally my kind of book, but it was very well written and there were enough interesting developments to keep me reading regardless of the age range it was intended for.
Overall this is just the start of what looks to be a very interesting and different paranormal series. It's a clean read and easy to get in to. Recommended to fans of YA Paranormal.
This is clearly not the author's first book, but it would benefit from some editorial input - unless it is generally thought that writing for the Young Adult market does not merit quality production to go with what is a pretty reasonable storyline. Yes, it's important to get young people reading, but there's no reason why what they read can't at least follow the rules of those dread nouns, grammar and punctuation, both of which could only enhance the reading experience.