A Gift of Ghosts (Tassamara, #1)
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A Gift of Ghosts (Tassamara #1)

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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...more
Kindle Edition, 211 pages
Published December 9th 2011 by Razor Productions
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...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
Carol
The story about someone who can see and talk with ghosts is written in a fun way. Everything has a way of working out for the better, even though it ruins her academic career.

With no possibility of continuing her planned career, Akira receives a mysterious invitation for a job interview across the continent in Florida. She takes a job at General Directions without knowing anything about the company or her job. This is pretty unbelievable even if she is receiving a 25% raise, but apparently she's...more
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...more
Mara
Apr 25, 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...more
Sorcha
giftofghostsAkira 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 that playing Halo with your employees is an e...more
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...more
MartyAnne

A GIFT OF GHOSTS... Such an enjoyable read. I could believe the emotions of the main character without a doubt, and when she finds out her (Scientifically explainable) "quirk" is what her bosses sought her for, well that was loads of fun. Her quirk is that she can see and hear ghosts. Not only did the tiniest of mentions of energy gets her blackballed in academia, now it got her hired. Learning she is in a town for of people with their own quirks. Like mind-reading. Or seeing the future.

In fact...more
Cathleen
I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This book reminded me so much of the TV show Eureka and I almost put the book away. I read a little further and I am glad I did as the story took on a life of its own. Interesting ideas about ghosts were presented which made the story interesting and unusual.

If you like ghost stories then pick up a copy of this book. You will not be disappointed.
Joanne Myers
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Rebecca
The Cover: Did I like it?

I actually did. Not in a that-cover-is-so-sexy-and-I-need-to-read-it-now kind of way. More of a that-cover-is-interesting-I-wonder-what-it-is-about way.I was a sucker for the weird crop circles on the cover as long as they were not real crop circles. I can't stand aliens. Or zombies. Also I am for some reason drawn to the color blue. I don't even really like blue. My favorite color is yellow and in close second, orange. Back to the original question. I liked liked the co...more
Charity
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Susan Lance
I'm a fan of any paranormal story so since this was a free download from Amazon Kindle, I figured why not. While it isn't the best book I've read, it had an interesting story line and good characters. The main character, Akira, has a special ability to not only see ghosts but to be able to talk to them. But she was raised to keep this gift a secret so that others would not consider her mentally unstable. So she hides her gift until she's hired by a company that works in the paranormal. All the f...more
Pjwhitmer
Fell in love with these characters and this quirky town...I'm catching the next flight there. lol
Brandy
Akira is a physicist, and she has a problem. Well, she thinks it's a problem, but the crazy people in her new town don't seem to see it that way. She sees ghosts, and she can talk to them. She'd rather ignore them, but then she finds herself getting tight with a few sweet ones. Luckily for her, her love interest Zane is not a ghost, just the uncle of the ghost she finds in her. Oh and he's her new boss at a company where she's still not exactly sure why she was hired and for what job she was hir...more
Sraedi
I was browsing through the free section to pass time and frankly didn't expect to find anything that interested me much less something that I would like and was very pleasantly surprised to come across this. I started and finished it in the same day. It was quick, light, entertaining and exactly what I needed at the time. I interactions between the characters was cute. I do wish I'd made note of my opinions as I went along.. I always mean to and I never do. Pthtbbttt..


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Mike
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
Laurette
A fun little ghost story. The characters, especially the ghosts, were very interesting and engaging, and the plot was exciting and kept me interested. My only dislike was the far too graphic sex scene, but it was easily skipped over.
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
Angela Oliver
I really liked this semi-ghost story, mostly-paranormal-romance. No vampires or werewolves, not even witches, but good old-fashioned psychics and future-tellers and people with quirky talents. The heroine had a goodly amount of spunk, despite her rather disturbing background and I enjoyed the scientific aspects and the fact that she was still in denial that some things cannot be explained by science - I am sure she shall find the answers! Other characters I enjoyed were Dillon, with his wry humo...more
Alisha-Dear Constant Reader
This quick cozy offers up a new perspective on ghosts, mediums, and that so called white light. When Akira is laughed out of the academic community, she finds a job in a small, remote town in Florida. The town has some unusual residents.

A Gift of Ghosts' best quality is it's unique take on spirits and ghosts. What happens when we die? Why are there so few ghosts? Where the hell is the white light? Because Akira hasn't embraced her talent, she actually knows very little about the afterlife. Sure,...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
Mariel Hoss
***ARC from NetGalley in Exchange for an honest review***

This was an enjoyable paranormal romance between Akira (“I see ghosts but I chose to ignore them”) and Zane (a paranormal believer/investigator) set in the very paranormal prone town of Tassamara, FL. All the characters are quirky and a lot strange but somehow still believable and relatable. The town and it’s people engages you with their unusual beliefs, gifts and realities. I felt that the romance between Akira and Zane kind of took a ba...more
R.C. Matthews
This book was 3.5 stars for me.

It's kind of difficult to describe this story. The focus was heavily on the paranormal aspect but with some romance thrown in the mix. I kept turning the pages but mostly because the the storyline with the ghosts was so intriguing. The romance between Zane and Akira was just - meh. Quite honestly it was a little awkward the way the two barely interacted in the first third of the book, the author fast forwards six weeks - mentions they spend a little time together...more
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