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A Gift of Ghosts (Tassamara #1)

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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  1,104 ratings  ·  223 reviews
Akira Malone believes in the scientific method, evolution, and Einstein’s theory of relativity. And ghosts.

All the logic and reason in the world can’t protect her from the truth—she can see and communicate with spirits. But Akira is sure that her ability is just a genetic quirk and the ghosts she encounters simply leftover electromagnetic energy. Dangerous electromagnetic
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Kindle Edition, 211 pages
Published December 9th 2011 by Razor Productions
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Bark's Book Nonsense
Dec 16, 2014 Bark's Book Nonsense is currently reading it
My friends picked this to read for our local group next month. You can grab it for the Kindle or Kindle App @ Amazon as of today 12/16/14.
Sue
Well this was a fun read for October...a book of ghosts, psychics, strange people and a strange town. This is not the the chilling type of ghost story for those looking for such a book but it is quite interesting and diverting in its speculation on what ghosts are and where there they go...on top of why, in blazes, they hang around.

Akira Malone is a scientist but she is also looking for a new job and finds herself in Florida in a very odd interview for a company that has actually contacted her.
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Olga Godim
This short and humorous romance with ghosts was a delightful reading diversion. Its protagonist Akira is a physicist who can communicate with ghosts. All her life, she kept her quirky ability to see and talk to ghosts private, but after one unthinking paragraph in a scientific paper, her academic career started deteriorating. When a job offer came from a small town of Tassamara, Florida, Akira grabs it. She doesn’t know that on her new job, her ghost-chatting ability will be a huge plus.
The ent
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Yzabel Ginsberg
[I got a free copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

This was a quick and light read, and I mostly appreciated it. Not the best book I've read this year, but definitely enjoyable.

I liked its take on ghosts, how they behaved, the way they were bound to places that had been important to them in life or at the moment of their death. Their world wasn't in black and white only: the "bad" ghosts, though definitely dangerous, aren't totally unredeemable, and aren't intri
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Roslyn
This novel has a captivating main idea but the writing and characterisation are uneven, especially in the first few chapters, which left me quite disengaged. I did really enjoy the concepts, especially as the novel progressed.

The fact that I went straight on to read the next book shows that by the end I had enjoyed the book rather more than the 3 star rating suggests.
Aimee *just one more page...*

Light fun read...perhaps a palate cleanser between books?

Quick read. Probably great for high-schoolers on up. I like the premise, and it might actually make a fun TV series. I have other books in the series on my list because the series might even better. I'm going to keep my eye out for this author as time goes on. I loved the ghosts' personalities and grew to love them...perhaps more so than the living characters.

There were a couple things that were odd to me.
1. Akira was a bit too dichotomou
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Anne Odom
A quick, fun read. Will probably read the next one, too.

WHAT I LIKED
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- The town of Tassamara is cute and friendly. Charmingly magical, it's a place I'd move to in a heartbeat.
- The friendly ghosts in the female lead's house and car melted my heart a bit.
- I found a nice pace, a good wit, and a general sense of enjoyment in reading this book.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE
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- Female lead seems a little dense and in denial when it comes to her ability to see ghosts and the new to
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Mara
Oct 04, 2014 Mara rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf, arc
If you, like me, have read the other reviews you'll notice that most of them say something like, quick, easy, nice, light or the like.

Unfortunately for me quick, easy or nice aren't bonus points in my book.

At 30% there was no hint of a story, the only glaring point being inconsistency. I have a mouse of an heroine. She clearly has a troubled past, she fears her "power", she would prefer the security of know places. She is described as scientist who might be having quite a few problems.

What I rea
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Julie
I've always been fascinated with ghosts and this book is full of them. The lead girl is Akira, who has the "gift" of being able to see and speak with ghosts, regardless of whether they are good or bad. Since she was a young child, she has always tried to hide her gift because most people don't understand what happens. As her gift has raised some questions where she is teaching and doing her research at a California University, she receives an invite for an interview for a company in Florida. Alt ...more
Charissa
This had a very unique premise and plot, but the characters disappointed me. They had loose morals that irked me, and the F-word was used a couple times unnecessarily. Otherwise, the idea of the main character being able to see certain ghosts while no one else can was very enthralling. There are different types of ghosts, some benign, others destructive to her and other ghosts.
Rhonda
Jun 02, 2014 Rhonda rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
" Akira has secrets. But so does the town of Tassamara.

Akira Malone believes in the scientific method, evolution, and Einstein’s theory of relativity. And ghosts.

All the logic and reason in the world can’t protect her from the truth—she can see and communicate with spirits. But Akira is sure that her ability is just a genetic quirk and the ghosts she encounters simply leftover electromagnetic energy. Dangerous electromagnetic energy.

Zane Latimer believes in telepathy, precognition, auras, and th
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Angela Smith
I didn't think I would be adding an unfinished book to my list so soon into 2015. The book started out well enough for me, Akira, who has the ability to see and talk to ghosts is employed by a secretive firm under false pretences.

Some of her interactions with the ghosts are interesting, but it's the breakneck speed of which her relationship with the boss proceeds. No chance for chemistry or build up. I was 40% in when I decided to give up. (basically after the sex scene) I like a good sex scene
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Pjwhitmer
Fell in love with these characters and this quirky town...I'm catching the next flight there. lol
Liezl
I might have been taken so much by this book long ago, but not now. You see, I was a dropout of Physics (fuck Quantum Mechanics!) and the female protagonist here, Akira Malone was a Physics professor who due to mixing Physics with the metaphysical in her research article was compelled to consider a different path. So before she is denied her tenure in the College she's working at, she sought for a different job, landing her at General Directions, Inc. for a job that even her dreamy interviewer—Z ...more
Joanne Myers
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Keeley (ABibliophilesJourney)
I absolutely loved this story!

Akira has always known that she had a special gift; she can see and talk to ghosts. She can't see dead people, just ghosts.

Zane Latimer has a strange family. They all live in the town of Tassamara where everyone has a "gift." Zane's gift is that he can find things. If someone has lost something and he touches them, he will be able to tell them where to find it. He can also find people, but only living people.

One day Akira is called for an interview in Florida at so
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Alyssa Pivirotto
Dec 28, 2011 Alyssa Pivirotto rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Alyssa by: Sarah Wynde
Shelves: favorites
So I started reading this author's work on fan fiction and loved her writing style. It was simply impeccable and her ability to capture the essence of the Eureka characters was amazing. So even though I loved her work when I heard she was writing an original work I was little skeptical. I'm definitely not a fan of paranormal fiction so I decided to skip this and stick to Eureka fan fiction. Then recently the book went for free on amazon for one day only so I decided to get it and give it a chanc ...more
Marti
I really enjoyed this book - so much so that I read it entirely in one sitting. Akira was a physics professor at a small college in California who had just realized that she would never make tenure. Around that same time frame, a mysteriously named company in Florida contacted her and offerred an interview. Akira had a secret which relates to the title. Akira saw it more as a curse or aggravation rather than a gift however. When she got to Florida, the interview was strangely unfocused and she w ...more
Robin
Very cute and enjoyable read. Funny too. Akira is offered a job out of nowhere, but it seems to good to be true. But she pack up and heads to this odd town. Akira is a scientist, who thinks her ability to see ghosts, is just a genetic mess up. And doesn't really except her gift. Unknown to her, her new boss Zane is looking for people like her by offering jobs to bring in certain kind of people. Some of the things that happen are pretty funny. When Akira arrived she was giving a certain vehicle, ...more
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
This is a fast-paced paranormal romance.

Akira sees ghosts. She tries not to interact with them because it never goes well. She also needs a new job since she's made a mess of her previous one. However her new job is nothing like she expected. First there is the very strange company town. Then, there are all of the ghosts she starts encountering. Her very handsome and charming boss wasn't part of the plan either.

I had a lot of fun reading this one. I liked how Akira and Zane played off each othe
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Elayne
I loved this book! Akira Malone is an educated woman, a scientist in fact, but she has, what she calls "a quirk", she can see and talk to ghosts! She is offered a job in a place called Tassamara and goes along to the interview. Right from the time she arrives she senses that things are different, its as if people are watching for her reactions. When she meets her prospective employers (The Latimer family) things start to get stranger. Trying to find out what her job will entail seems to be an im ...more
Joanna Gawn
"A Gift of Ghosts" is a book I enjoyed on many levels.

The lead characters are strong, with doubt and uncertainty as much a part of their relationship as the attraction.

I thought the conflict between Akira's scientific, analytical approach to her gift, and the reality of her experiences, was realistically portrayed. As she learns more about her gift, and its apparent limits, we in turn discover more of her past, such as who broke the bones in her hand - and why.

There's plenty of humour, too, not
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Michael
Ghost stories aren't usually my bag - but this one was a free download so I thought I would give it a go. I loved it! This is not your usual ghost story - the plot is excellent and I was hooked right from the start! The heroine of the story is a 'wacky' scientist who doesn't want to believe in the afterlife - but she can see ghosts everywhere. I found I was right with her from the start! What a great character. There was also enough science thrown in to the mix to make the whole story believable ...more
Maggie Dory
I'll be the first to admit I didn't have high hopes when I downloaded this book. I was mildly intrigued by the description and was hoping for a light, somewhat diverting read. I wasn't expecting to be completely blown away by the highly imaginative plot, superb dialogue, and to become emotionally invested in the characters. My only complaint is that this book was too short and fast to read. I would have liked a tad bit more drama and a few more explanations of some loose ends, but otherwise this ...more
Kyra Dunst
I loved Akira. She is the perfect conundrum, as a scientist who can see and talk to ghosts. She has spent a good part of her life ignoring her gift, until she is contacted about a job out of the blue. Only after accepting the position does she realize that she wasn't hired for her research or her degree, but for her other gifts. Zane was a welcome change from most male leads in paranormal stories. He isn't exactly an alpha male, though he is strong and caring and has a boyish appeal that makes h ...more
Wendy Robertson
Great ghosties, and other para people

Rating 5 for originality, sweet, mysterious, some surprises, quick to entice and grab. Fer grammar typos, not disturbing story line. Really really liked. Quirky, fun and funny. Must read.
So many avenues to continue, so many thoughts of what's next after death, can they come back to visit.
siobhan Quinlan
This book had me sucked in from the start. I fell in love with every character and i just couldnt put it down. It was 20 past 1 in the morning and I just finished it. I laughed and cried during my time reading this.
It in my opinion is a must read and i am now on the hunt for paperback version so i can add it to my favorite book case and i plan to read even more.
Georgia
Quick, easy, fantasy read--a young woman can see and communicate with ghosts because of a genetic 'quirk'. Said young woman is hired to work a a rich family's research firm, not knowing that there is an ulterior motive; hearing about her 'gift, they want her to communicate with a dead teenager. There is the requisite hunky guy involved and of course, Akira and he fall in love--but not too soon. The writing was surprisingly good, and I liked the story and characters quite a bit, although I've mos ...more
Mireille
So I really liked this! The beginning had me so excited that I was kind of giddy! (The weird job! The black car and how she was insistent on not driving it, and then on driving it! Getting a house with a friendly, excited lady ghost! And I loved the beginnings of Akira's relationship with Zane, who looks like Chris Messina in my head!) I thought once (view spoiler) it was slightly less interesting, but I still had a lot of fun reading it. I can't believe it wa ...more
Sonja
SO GOOD. Maybe my favorite in the series? It's probably weird I read this series backwards and I don't know how I'd feel if I'd read it in order, but this was soooooooo good. I loved Akira and Zane so much. I got so much Rose and Dillon, who are my favorite ghosts, and I was semi-spoiled for the plot points that would've probably made my heart race with anxiety, so it all worked out for me :D

But seriously. READ THIS. It's about a bunch of friendly ghosts, and a human who can talk to them. And a
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Sarah Wynde graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in English, which she actually managed to put to use by becoming an editor. She's worked on magazines, websites, and books, including ten years spent as a senior acquisitions editor with Pearson. Eventually, her love of writing pushed her into independent publishing. She likes to think of the stories she writes as unexpected fiction—bend ...more
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