[Book Talk] Maze of Souls (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper, #6) by J. L. Bryan

maze-of-soulsBook Details:

Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Read: January 2017

Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper series

  1. Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper
  2. Cold Shadows
  3. The Crawling Darkness
  4. Terminal
  5. House of Whispers (no review)
  6. Maze of Souls

Synopsis:

It’s October, and down at newly opened Pine Hollow Farm, the ghosts are running wild!. This “genuine” old-time family farm offers a big heap of fun fall activities. You can drink cider fresh from the orchard, enter a pumpkin-carving contest, and explore the five-acre corn maze. At night, if you aren’t too scared, join the haunted hayride through the woods, featuring a genuine eighteenth-century cemetery. According to local legend, the ghost of a horseman has ridden the old dirt road through the woods for nearly two centuries, menacing travelers. Hayriders beware!

Then the real ghosts start to come out, threatening visitors to the farm and the family who live there. Paranormal detective Ellie Jordan travels out to the remote farm to root out the dangerous spirits. Ellie and her assistant Stacey must move fast, because the night is coming when all ghosts will be at full strength and free to roam—the night of Halloween.

My Thoughts

I am loving this series by J. L. Bryan! Fall is my favourite time of year and I’ve always loved reading about things that go bump in the night (even when they keep me up in the night). This book made me terrified for corn mazes in my future — it’s something I won’t be going into one for a while!

Ellie is still an amazing, kick butt character, and I love the humour between her and Stacey. I’m still not totally convinced that they both need relationships, but I guess it’s the norm as series like this continue on. And Ellie has the shittiest of luck, it seems, when it comes to bringing people close to her – you definitely need to have read the previous books in this series to follow what’s going on in this regard!

Since I love spooky books so much, I hope this series continues on for many more books! J. L. Bryan writes super spooky books and who doesn’t love a good ghost story?

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[Audiobook Talk] The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

the-winter-peopleAudiobook Details:

Format: Audiobook
Source: Bought
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Kathe Mazur
Length: 10 hours 46 minutes
Read: January 2017

Synopsis:

West Hall, Vermont, has always been a town of strange disappearances and old legends. The most mysterious is that of Sara Harrison Shea, who, in 1908, was found dead in the field behind her house just months after the tragic death of her daughter, Gertie. Now, in present day, nineteen-year-old Ruthie lives in Sara’s farmhouse with her mother, Alice, and her younger sister, Fawn. Alice has always insisted that they live off the grid, a decision that suddenly proves perilous when Ruthie wakes up one morning to find that Alice has vanished without a trace. Searching for clues, she is startled to find a copy of Sara Harrison Shea’s diary hidden beneath the floorboards of her mother’s bedroom. As Ruthie gets sucked deeper into the mystery of Sara’s fate, she discovers that she’s not the only person who’s desperately looking for someone that they’ve lost. But she may be the only one who can stop history from repeating itself.

My Thoughts

This story was one I started early in the morning, in an effort to make cleaning my dark basement more enjoyable. This book was ridiculously creepy and I loved the tale as it took place in the past and in the present, the central force being an old book about the dead.

This is the kind of horror that I love to read, nothing with lots of blood and gore, but one of those slow paranormal and psychological burns that just creeps under my skin, making it hard to sleep at night. At first, I wasn’t sure I could get into the story but after a few chapters I was hooked and just had to keep listening.

The book blends the past and present perfectly and is very reminiscent of Pet Semetary — horrifying and creepy, and an ultimate reminder of why the dead is probably left buried.

Audiobook Notes: 

Cassandra Campbell and Kathe Mazur are amazing at this narration. This book is super creepy and atmospheric and their readings really help get that across. The benefit of having the physical book for this one is that you can look ahead when things might not be going in the direction you want it to — the problem with this book is that while it’s good, the first part just drags a bit and it doesn’t come across as a story that will compel you to just sit and listen because you have to. It’s not quite the page turner in the beginning and with the audiobook, you can’t really “flip ahead” to see what might be in the next chapter. However, please persevere and listen because the narration is really great and the book super spooky and perfect for Halloween!

[Book Talk] Terminal (Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper, #4) by J. L. Bryan

terminalBook Details:

Format: Ebook
Source: Purchased
Read: August 2016

Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper series

  1. Ellie Jordan: Ghost Trapper
  2. Cold Shadows
  3. The Crawling Darkness
  4. Terminal

Synopsis:

Ellie Jordan and her apprentice Stacey investigate a house in an elaborate planned community that was only half-built before it went bankrupt, leaving an instant ghost town with only a few residents. The entity haunting this house is a banshee that feeds on sadness and misery.

Unfortunately for Ellie, this is no simple haunting, but just one symptom of the cursed land on which the suburban community was built. The old railroad line running through the nearby woods might just be a conduit for lost souls, including dark spirits with ill intentions toward the living. Ellie soon finds herself facing one of the most complex and difficult hauntings she’s seen in her career.

My Thoughts

Another great instalment in the world of Ellie Jordan! I’m totally digging this series and just can’t get enough. My favourite thing is starting a new book in the series right before bed – I love the creepiness of reading these stories in the dark, in bed, usually by myself lately while the husband watches the Olympics downstairs.

This was a fun story, though probably the one I didn’t connect too much with. For me, personally, I love the stories that involve the hauntings of people or their homes, that take place mostly in their homes. Though the whole ghost town aspect was pretty cool. Actually, while I was reading this, we had taken a drive around a local city, waiting for some play group to start. I was driving around the older part of town where the streets end in a flurry of trees and bushes, with a house just next to them. Part of me wondered what these yards look like and whether these houses experience strange occurrences, being right next to the wild, not really on the normal path of the street where the streetlights lend their light. At one point I thought maybe these little areas where the houses end might be great to live in, but then after a story like this where old things lay haunted, I’m not so sure. Now, we drive by these houses, when we’re on our way here or there and I get a chill down my spine, both out of curiosity and maybe a little out of fear.

Anyway, while the mystery of this story wasn’t quite up my alley, I love what we get with Michael and Ellie – I freaking LOVE Michael – and the mystery surrounding the future of their ghost trapping business. What is going to happen? I’m so glad I have three more books to find out!