- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Strange Chemistry (October 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781908844101
- ISBN-13: 978-1908844101
- ASIN: 1908844108
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,536,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Poltergeeks Paperback – October 2, 2012
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Julie is one kick-ass young woman! The story gripped me from the first page and provided a dark but thrilling romp through a wonderfully constructed magical world. Poltergeeks is true edge-of-your-seat entertainment and I am really hoping there will be a sequel! - Linda Poitevin author of Sins of the Angels.
"Poltergeeks rattles along at a fair old clip, shooting out thrills and spills and quite a few good jokes along the way. All this is carried off with an enviably light touch that makes Sean Cummings not just a good YA writer, but a good writer whatever genre he chooses to work in."
Gary McMahon author of PRETTY LITTLE DEAD THINGS
"POLTERGEEKS is GHOSTBUSTERS meets SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH with a dash of X-FILES. A magical spell with equal parts humour, adventure and surprise."
Sara Grant - Author of Dark Parties
The action starts on page 1 and never lets up. Julie and her sidekick Marcus make an ideal team. Together, they face everything from the hazards of high school hallways to an evil spirit bent on destroying witches. By turns funny, moving, and action-packed, POLTERGEEKS is almost too much fun!
Nancy Holzner - Author of Deadtown
About the Author
Sean Cummings is a comic book geek, superhero junkie, zombie fan and a total nerd. (He's also a gold mine of completely useless information about films made prior to 1960. Don't get him started on "Arsenic and Old Lace" because he won't shut up about it. ) He's been writing since 1978 (as a means of liberating his "inner nerd").
His interests include science fiction, the borg, cats with extra toes, east Indian cuisine and quality sci-fi movies/television. When he's not collecting comic books or attending the latest science fiction convention, he can be found in his home office, writing away like a man possessed.
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POLTERGEEKS is about teenage witch Julie Richardson and her struggle to prove herself to her mother, a powerful witch that lives apart from the local coven. When sudden poltergeist activity reaches new and terrifying levels of violence, Julie's mother is compromised and a tragic twist of irony places Julie in such a position where she must prove herself if she is to save her mother's life. Her journey becomes one of self-discovery and growth as Julie must navigate through two worlds, one of high school drama and typical teen challenges--now without her only parent there to comfort and guide, the other a breakneck pace through the spirit world of evil shades and spell-blasting immortals.
Sean Cummings captures the voice of his teenage protagonist from a surprisingly risky style, but one that pays dividends throughout. Unlike the typical, first-person POV and present tense combination found in so many titles under the Teen Paranormal heading of late, POTERGEEKS is written in a third-person past tense, making it a bit more appealing to the young male audience, as well as female. Also, the use of language is spot on with a great Star Wars motif woven throughout and a very believable teen dialect found in both conversation as well as narrative. Of course, it wouldn't be a good teen novel without a solid romance arc and Sean Cummings crafts a beautiful one that--while not exactly unexpected--teases and then delivers to satisfaction.
Overall, the only drawbacks I found in POLTERGEEKS were a few very minor grammatical/ typeset errors in the e-book version, though I suspect that is idiosyncratic to digits and not found in the actual print edition.
Highly recommended, POLTERGEEKS is an action adventure amalgam at every chapter. Righteous imagery, military precise detail, and all the wonder of the unknown wrapped into one delightful tale where the teenage witch is more than just a spell-casting chick in red hair and sparkles--she's a kick ass heroine with the moves of a ninja and the power of a Jedi, all fueled by a heart that beats fierce for the ones she loves.
I liked Julie. I liked her a lot. In many was, I was Julie when I was that age. She's a teenager, meaning sometimes she acts like a child and the next minute she acts like an adult. She loves her Mom--as a matter of fact, her relationship with her mother is one of the most important ones she has. And she maybe, just maybe, loves Marcus.
First, Julie's mom is always ragging on her to make sure her potions are smite-worthy and her hexes rock.
Then, Julie's pool of potential friends is small because it's damn hard hiding her innate witch powers. Too many times odd stuff `just happens' around her. Good thing she's known Marcus, her BFF, forever. He's a handy punching bag for the football players, but he's brilliant and super loyal. And, Marla's goth, so... yeah. Julie's not fantastically popular.
Still, she's a good witch, and that's how she gets into trouble: helping others.
After removing a poltergeist from a neighbor's home, Julie and her mom sense a new malevolent force in their area. Marcus wants to help, despite not being a witch, because, well, he's secretly crazy about Julie. When another poltergeist attacks the high school, Julie, her mom, and Marcus must rescue Marla. And that's when Julie's good deed goes punished.
Julie's mom gets hexed with a killing curse, Endless Night, and Julie has two days to wake her from a coma before her body succumbs.
To save her mom's life, Julie and Marcus team up to find Hudibras, the practitioner responsible for the attacks. In the midst of the hunt, Julie meets the ghost of her father for the first time. Alive he'd been a Shadowcull, an agent of coven justice, but he was murdered when Julie was young child. Julie receives his bracelet, which couples with her amulet to magnify her natural powers, and takes her place as the next Shadowcull.
Now, all Julie needs to do is smoke out Hudibras, save her mom, and decide if Marcus is The One. Tick, tock.
I really loved POLTERGEEKS. The relationship between mother and daughter is spot-on. Impulsive, irrational at times, and eager to take on too much responsibility to prove she can handle it, Julie is every bit fifteen. Her selflessness and emotional awareness are admirable in equal parts. Julie is resourceful and decisive, and I love that in a YA heroine. She met Hudibras on her terms and, despite the shock of betrayal, Julie kicked serious butt. Julie is likeable and grounded, for being a witch with exceptional power. She and Marcus make a great team, and the budding romance between them is done with a light touch--particularly as Julie can't focus on Marcus while also fighting to save her mom's life.
Just so we are clear, the language in this one is probably PG-13. Still, I hear 9 year-olds who curse more at the park, so I'm gonna let it go. YMMV.