Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Boo!

Ellie Jordan investigates ghost sightings and haunted houses for a living. In Maze of Souls, she and her assistant, Stacey, are looking into the paranormal activity at Pine Hollow Farm. And there is plenty. From a Hessian highwayman on his ghostly horse to the bloody shadow of a young girl who was killed hundreds of years ago, Ellie has her hands full. Then there are all the angry ghosts in the old family cemetery who seem determined to push the living off their land.

This is another entertaining read from J.L. Bryan. There are some good ghostly scares and I enjoyed watching Ellie figure out the farm's history and how to keep all those ghosts from terrorizing the family living there. Here are a few fun highlights:

"This house had presence, history, layers of emotional energy accumulated over the generations. In the stillness and silence of the night, the soul of the house could emerge, along with any spirits that had been dormant during the day, waiting their turn to creep out under cover of darkness."

"I had to wonder how many layers of hauntings we faced. Was the horse-mounted ghost really a Hessian soldier or somebody from later years? Was the horseman connected to the bloody girl ghost at all, or were they separated by generations? Once a place is haunted, it tends to accumulate more ghosts over the years, the energy growing denser and darker like a spiritual black hole. Nothing attracts a ghost like a haunted house."

"The pale woman surged up from the darkness. Her face was a white death mask, but her hand was gleaming blood red, droplets of gore hanging from her long fingernails. I had a good look at those as they swiped at my face ... The air was instantly ice-cold all around me. I screamed and leaped back from the bed..."

Happy Reading!


Other J.L Bryan books I've enjoyed:


29 comments:

  1. Dang it, our libraries don't have his books. I might have to try interlibrary loan.

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    1. I know what you mean. My library only as the first two. I had to buy this one on Amazon.

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    2. I found the first one free on Amazon, hooray!

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  2. I ant to try his theme park book for an upcoming challenge but haven't grabbed it yet.

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    1. He's written a series about Jenny Pox that I want to try after I finish reading this series.

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  3. Ellie Jordan has recently come onto my radar and I want to give the series a try. Perfect read for the season! :)

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  4. I haven’t heard of these but they sound fun. Great October read too.

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    1. I found the first two at my library, then had to buy this one.

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  5. I've always been curious about this series. Gotta check it out now because this one sounds pretty interesting.

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    1. I think they're very entertaining books.

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  6. I'm not familiar with this author, but it sounds like a good Halloween book!

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    1. It is a good book for this time of year! :D

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  7. This sounds like a great spooky read. I really need to check this series out.

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    1. I really like this series a lot. The three I've read so far have been very fun.

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  8. Sounds like a good series, and a great Halloween read. And I'm intrigued by the idea that haunted houses would attract more ghosts. Does that mean ghosts that weren't originally associated with the house?

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    1. That's kind of what they imply...although the ghosts in this book all seemed to belong there.

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  9. Sounds fun but our library don't have his books. Sigh. :(

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    1. I know. My library only has the first two in this series. They are available on Amazon.

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  10. I don't think I've heard of this author before but this sounds like the perfect Halloween read. Love spooky houses, well in my books that is! :)

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  11. I know you read ghost stories year 'round but this series sounds particularly appropriate for this time of year!

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  12. I definitely have to give this series a try!

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