Series: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1
Published by Recorded Books on March 31, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Length: 7 hours 34 minutes
Narrator: Paige McKenzie, T. Ryder Smith
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*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
In that place where you're more asleep than awake any more, I hear something else. A phrase uttered in a child's voice, no more than a whisper: Night Night.
Something freaky's going on with Sunshine's new house . . . there's the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mum believes her. Sunshine's always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort . . .
If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can't help them?
As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.
The first in a frighteningly good new series based on the popular YouTube sensation The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, created by Paige McKenzie.
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl was a quick and enjoyable read. It had familiar elements to the timeless haunted house stories we all love. Moving to a new town, a new spooky house and discovering the mysteries therein. While it wasn’t a new story overall there were plenty of twists to keep me interested and it had me listening til I finished the same day. (A shorter listen then I’m used to and hey the print version is a little less then 300 pages so there you go.)
Sunshine and her mother move to a new town because her mother landed a job at the local hospital. She isn’t excited about it but she’s dealing. Sunshine is pretty disturbed by their new house and her mother brushes off her concerns (which is strange) but then on top of that her mother is now beginning to act strange. Luckily Sunshine makes a friend at school who is just as interested in finding out what is behind the creepy things going on in her house. Enter the minor romance subplot. (very minor thank goodness)
You can predict pretty accurately the course of events or make good guesses. Sunshine and her friend begin investigating the house and develop a slight attraction (Again I can’t help but note that this is a very very mild romantic element here especially considering this is a young adult novel I feel I should point that out because some YA readers expect a heavier romance focus. I found it very refreshing that any romantic elements weren’t heavy handed at all as most YA axis rotates completely around whatever romance is there, where I personally prefer romance to be on the backburner. So win win for me on this one!
A little of what you can expect.
- Sunshine is special (but most main characters of a supernatural or paranormal themed book are – so roll with it because it’s interesting).
- Focus on family. I loved that there was a strong focus on the relationship between Sunshine and her mother and how important that was/is to her. Often in YA the parents are very absentee or they are just bad.
- Series starter. This book doesn’t fall into the series starter trap where nothing really happens other then setup. Here there is a mystery and that is the main plot of this book and yes you get resolution to it while the sub arc is the one that the series as a whole will follow. That to me is the right way to start off a series.
Now for the narration!
I personally love it when an author narrates their own book. It’s like their enthusiasm for their work and their characters comes through so much more. Which is then contagious for me. Plus who knows a character’s personality better then the writer? Paige McKenzie does the female voice narration for Sunshine and does an excellent job at it. There is a male narration portion performed by T. Ryder Smith of a nameless mysterious person who seems to be tracking Sunshine. He’s got a very nice timbre to his voice that lent to his mystique. I got this vibe that he could be dangerous but wasn’t necessarily a bad guy. Suffice to say I really enjoyed the voice acting here and look forward to more.