Hey guys! Welcome to my stop on the Haunting Joy Blog Tour hosted by Amber Stokes of Editing Through the Seasons and the author Lena Goldfinch. Click here to follow along with the full tour schedule. :D
Title: Haunting Joy: A Ghostly Little Story
Author: Lena Goldfinch
Publication date: October 21st 2013
Publisher: Indigo Road Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: Review Copy
Blog Tour organized by: Amber Stokes of Editing Through the Seasons
and Lena Goldfinch
~ Synopsis ~
"I never believed in ghosts.
Until it happened to me."
Joy's new dress has a secret - one with a little supernatural history, one that's a little more than she expected.
It all starts one ordinary afternoon, as seventeen-year-old Joy tries on some thrift-store clothes her grandmother gave her. The little white dress fits perfectly. Trouble is, now it won't leave her alone. Soon Joy is swept up in an extraordinary journey to help a ghost complete some unfinished business.
If only that didn't involve Joy driving through dangerous intersections...
Or calling up her high school crush, Nick...
Or getting stuck at a cemetery after dark.
Will Joy accept this ghostly challenge to be "more"? And just how far will she go to uncover the truth?
Light Paranormal Novella
~ My Thoughts ~
My Rating: 4 / 5
I really enjoyed Haunting Joy. Joy is a character who seems like she'd be fun to hang out and get you involved in some shenanigans. :) Once she tries on the white dress she finds in the box of clothes her grandma gave her from various thrift stores, the dress starts to haunt her, causing her to want to find out what happened to the girl it once belonged to. So Joy starts out on what seems to be a wild goose chase.
I couldn't help but cringe at some of the decisions she made because I knew she wasn't thinking clearly and that she was going to get into trouble with her mom. And get herself stuck in a cemetery at night. In the rain. Eep!
I really admired Joy's determination to find out what happened to the girl. She believes that the girl's ghost has "unfinished business" and wants to help her move on. Joy has a good heart with good intentions. Plus she's just so darn funny! Some of the thoughts she has made me laugh out loud.
Overall, Haunting Joy is a novella perfect to read any time of year but especially this time around Halloween. I love Joy and the story, and I recommend this to anyone looking for a light and fun paranormal read with a very likable main character.
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~ My Fave Halloween Memory ~
Here's my super awesome Halloween moment!
So two years ago when Paranormal Activity 3 released in theaters, my husband and I went to see it opening weekend with our friends Lauren and Erik. One scene scared me so much, I jumped out of my seat and was about to run to the nearest exit. My husband whispered, "Where are you going??" They started laughing, all three of them, and when my heart started up again, I laughed until tears started smudging my makeup. We still laugh every time we think about that night.
Do you have any Halloween moments you'd like to share? I'd love to hear them! :D
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~ About the Author: Lena Goldfinch ~
Lena lives in a scenic small town in Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, and a very spoiled Black Lab. She writes fiction for young adults, mostly light fantasy with a healthy dose of "sigh-worthy" romance. You can visit her online at http://www.lenagoldfinch.blogspot.com/.
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