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15-year-old Julie Richardson is about to learn that being the daughter of a witch isn't all it's cracked up to be. When she and her best friend, Marcus, witness an elderly lady jettisoned out the front door of her home, it's pretty obvious to Julie there's a supernatural connection.

In fact, there's a whisper of menace behind increasing levels of poltergeist activity all o
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Strange Chemistry (first published August 21st 2008)
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Anzu The Great Destroyer
I made the mistake of pausing Poltergeeks and starting another book. Now I can’t make myself get back to read it. I’m not in the mood. I’m not motivated enough. It’s just that stupid. Whatever.

Poltergeeks is not my kind of book. The story is cheesy and clichéd. The heroine, Julie, is a brat that sounds like a thirty-year-old woman. She is special, and, most importantly, she is a moron. Julie has a BFF, Marcus, who secretly has a crush on her. Her girlfriend hits on her BFF because she’s that evi
Apr 16, 2013 Mav marked it as avail-lib-no  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-interest
I was going to write a snarky comment about the lack of a love triangle - or any HINT of a romantic subplot for that matter - in the book description, but I'm too busy squealing over the fact that the book description makes it clear the mother-daughter relationship is going to be an IMPORTANT part of the female protaganist's character development. That, and the cover features a girl in a DYNAMIC, powerful pose. That, and I have hair envy.
Nov 01, 2013 Nikki rated it liked it
Poltergeeks is really fun. It's definitely very adolescent in tone, but it doesn't take itself too seriously. In fact, sometimes it's almost too flippant, which would be my main criticism -- but it made up for that for me by having a solid, meaningful relationship between the mother and daughter at the centre of the story. Not a perfect one, I hasten to add, but a strong one, and one where neither of them is portrayed as evil in any way for butting heads. Julie doesn't go off on her being all Wo ...more
Ryan Lawler
Oct 15, 2012 Ryan Lawler rated it really liked it
The YA binge continues with Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings, my third book from the guys at Strange Chemistry. This is another very solid entry that does a lot of things right and sets up things very effectively for future novels in the series.

Poltergeeks tells the story of Julie Richardson, a strong willed teenage witch who has a habit of picking fights well beyond her capabilities. When a rogue poltergeist put's Julie's mother in a coma and continues targeting Julie and her best friend Marcus, it
May 30, 2012 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poltergeeks opens up with all hell breaking loose : a woman is thrown out of her house while her furniture and objects are found floating around. From Julie and Marcus' expertise, this can only be the result of a very mischievous poltergeist who was yanked from the other side by someone very powerful. Supernatural activity is going off the charts everywhere, even in school. No one is safe, not even Julie's mother who falls under the spell of Endless Night, a powerful spell that leaves her in a c ...more
Rebecca McKinnon
This is my first experience reading a book by Mr. Cummings, and I'm beyond thrilled by it.

A fantastic opening, I have to say. It drew me right in. (After all, a poltergeist kicking a person out of their home doesn't happen every day!) I absolutely had to find out what happened next. What happened was that I held onto the book a little tighter and refused to put it down. This book has a place on my small list of single-sitting reads.

I'm in love with the characters. Julie is phenomenal, and you se
Tyrannosaurus regina
I wish I was the sensible sort of person who could easily give up on a book, because I knew from very early on that this one wasn't really working for me, but once I start something I have this compulsion to finish it. And I wanted to like this one, because it sounded interesting and I love finding things unapologetically set in Canada. (But then, when don't I want to like a book that I pick up to read?)

Fundamentally, the problem for me was with voice, which struck me as uneven throughout. It of
Hayley Arens
Nov 07, 2015 Hayley Arens rated it liked it
This book was described to me as "The Witch-Buffy of ghosts," which both intrigued and established a high bar for me.

Nothing will ever be as good as the Buffster, and the only comparison really comes in a good but snarky heroine, something that is wholly absent from YA. Heroines are either good and weak or strong and immoral. I'm a strong, moral girl so I like to see her in YA. That's what Julie is, the strong good girl.

The pacing was great, everything happens fast and just over the course of
From the first synopsis I read when Strange Chemistry announced they had signed Sean Cummings, this book sounded like it would be a super fun read. And though it wasn't a perfect book, it made good in its promise with a very fun tale of hauntings, magic and romance. Reminiscent in tone of Buffy, it's a book that has fun with the tropes of the genre and doesn't take itself too seriously, despite tackling some difficult emotional topics, such as the impending loss of a parent and the first steps o ...more
Christopher  Nelson
Apr 04, 2013 Christopher Nelson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
POLTERGEEKS: May the Force bewitch you!

The stunning cover art of POLTERGEEKS is a promise delivered. From the intense opening scene until the spectacular climax, author Sean Cummings conjures a Teen Paranormal novel that crosses the boundaries of the heretofore stereotypical teenage girl-biased genre and ushers in a whole new perspective, one to which many of us can easily relate.

POLTERGEEKS is about teenage witch Julie Richardson and her struggle to prove herself to her mother, a powerful witc
Oct 09, 2012 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya
That the main driving force behind most of Julie's choices is her relationship with her mother is a breath of fresh air in YA. There is a bit of romance, but her world doesn't revolve around it, and in fact she pushes things aside to deal with when she has more pressing matters sorted out. She's a rare teen girl protagonist, someone pro-active who makes her own decisions and faces the consequences, who spends more time kicking evil's butt than mooning after boys but isn't too damaged by a trauma ...more
Sep 25, 2012 Sarah rated it it was ok
I'm having a bit of a writing block today, so here, in list form, are some of my thoughts. (I like lists.)

Here are some things I liked:
* A teenage main character who acts and sounds her age. Julie is 15 and she's written like it! Her dialogue doesn't sound like the words of an adult coming out of a kid's mouth. She's headstrong and emotional and makes rash decisions and thinks she knows best. Sound like anyone you know? Yeah, sounds like me when I was 15.
* A teenage main character who has a good
Jul 17, 2015 Rebecca rated it liked it
This book has been sitting on my shelf for a couple of years now, and this year I have made it my goal to read as many of these old books gathering dust as I can. My reading tastes have changed a bit since I purchased Poltergeeks and lately young adult books have not been my kind of book. So when I decided that this was to be my next read I didn't have particularly high expectations.

Needless to say, I actually quite enjoyed reading Poltergeeks. It was just a nice fun and light read. I think that
Girl actually looking like she's saving the world instead of posing like she's on the cover of Teen Vogue? Check!

No pesky TWU WUV or WUV TRIANGLE? Check!

Actual Mother/Daughter relationship that isn't dysfunctional? Check!

Must spend money that should be used for groceries? Check!
Serendipity Reviews
Sep 06, 2012 Serendipity Reviews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
As soon as I heard about this book I was desperate to read it. From the first sentence I felt like I was on a thrilling ride which continued at a fast pace all the way through the book.
I adored the humour in the book. Sean Cummings has one sarcastic mind and I personally love it!
The characters really stand out, they all have a quirkiness about them. Julie, the main protagonist, is just full of sassiness and sarcasm. Straight away, you are cheering her on, desperate for her to solve the disasters
Lolly's Library (Dork Kettle)
*e-ARC graciously provided by the folks at NetGalley*

There are many things to love about this book and only a couple which will cause the eyes to roll dramatically and several “Oh, please”'s to be shouted. The writing is decent, moving along at a steady clip and keeping the reader involved. The action, while not exactly heart-pounding, is still fairly vivid, the dialogue is zingy, and some of the situations are downright laugh-until-your-sides-hurt funny (starting with the first scenes in which
Kirsty (overflowing library)
I really enjoyed Poltergeeks. It was fun with a brilliant led character and a uniquely different storyline which kept me engaged throughout.

This book follows the story of young witch Julie who is having some problems with an evil ghostly spirit which seems to wan her dead. What I really enjoyed about this book was that Julie was such a confident character with a huge sense of morality but at the same time quite naive in her magical ways and therefore regularly relying on her more experienced mo
Oct 24, 2012 Catie rated it it was ok
I've been trying for several days to write a review for this book. I added it to my list of Halloween reads because, well, it has witches and ghosts. It also came out earlier this month. The last book that I read from Strange Chemistry, Blackwood was lots of fun and full of quirk, which seems to be a staple for the publisher. I jumped in expecting a fun, spooky read (if maybe a little cheesy). Unfortunately Poltergeeks failed to deliver, even on the cheese. Of course I didn't hate everything abo ...more
Felicia Chien
Oct 02, 2012 Felicia Chien rated it really liked it
Book: Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings
Pages: 282
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: Sent from Strange Chemistry Publishing

Short Synopsis: Julie Richardson is not your average fifteen year old girl. She's a witch with special powers. After dealing with a poltergeist, Julie must face an ultimate evil that is trying to end her life.

My Thoughts: An action packed adventure, filled with paranormal ghostly elements, mixed with a hint of witchy powers.

Julie Richardson is a fifteen year old with magical po
Aug 06, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
Originally published at Walker of Worlds.

Poltergeeks is the story of Julia Richardson, a teenage witch. It runs in the family, and while they aren't part of a coven, Julia and her mother get by just fine by themselves. That is until, one day, Julia steps in to stop a poltergeist from terrorising one of her neighbours, and in doing so sets off a chain of events that not only lead to danger and tragedy, but also to discovery, and the reason behind her mother's often strict rules on Julia and her u
Oct 14, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review can also be found on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl.

Poltergeeks by Sean Cummings was such a light, refreshing read. I won this book off of a blog competition, and I'm so glad I did. I absolutely loved it!

Julie Richardson is a 15 year old witch. She's her mother's apprentice. However, when her mother's soul is stolen by something evil, Julie must step up and try to do everything in her power to save her mother. In the process, she is also putting her o
Jen*The Geeky Book Gal*
I would like to thank Netgalley for allowing me an advanced reading copy of this book for review.

Goodreads summary:
15-year-old Julie Richardson is about to learn that being the daughter of a witch isn't all it's cracked up to be. When she and her best friend, Marcus, witness an elderly lady jettisoned out the front door of her home, it's pretty obvious to Julie there's a supernatural connection.
In fact, there's a whisper of menace behind increasing levels of poltergeist activity all over town. A
Ben Babcock
When I was younger, I was ridiculously fond of watching Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. (I still am. I just don’t have the time to watch it as much any more, nor am I spry enough to stay up until 1 am when it’s usually on these days.) The show is typical of the 1990s sitcom-with-a-twist: typically, each episode consists of Sabrina trying to solve a typical adolescent dilemma with magic, only to make the situation even worse when her spell goes awry. From time to time, the bureaucrats of the magical ...more
Nov 17, 2012 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: witches, children-mg
Sean Cummings writing style was the first thing that grabbed me when I started reading. It flows naturally, and perfectly encompasses Julie's character including her sassiness, wit and outspoken teen voice. It reads so naturally like a teenager that I instantly got a sense of what Julie's personality was like and I loved her.

Although I guessed pretty much from the outset what was coming at the end, I'm not sure if this was down to my extra good guessing abilities or easy to read plot/characters.
Sep 18, 2012 Abhinav rated it it was amazing
You can find the full review over at The Founding Fields:

Shadowhawk reviews another Strange Chemistry title, the first YA novel by author Sean Cummings.

“This book can be summed up in three words: Fun, great, fan-frikkin-tastic. When’s the sequel out again?” ~The Founding Fields

My initial experience with Strange Chemistry was a really promising one, even though I wasn’t that taken with the book (The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Clarke). Still, I’m on a sor
May 23, 2012 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sean Cummings, Canadian author of adult Urban Fantasy, has written a young adult paranormal for Angry Robots’ new YA imprint, Strange Chemistry. Poltergeeks is about Julie, a young teenage girl trying to prove to her mother and herself that she is responsible enough to use her magic on her own, but she quickly gets in over her head, dragging her best friend Marcus along for the dangerous ride.

This is an action/mystery story with a sweet romance woven in. What impressed me most was Cummings’s kno
Marybeth (Manhattan Reader)
Nov 26, 2012 Marybeth (Manhattan Reader) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, ebook

This was a much, much needed break from all the intense adult books that I have read. Honestly, I was starting to feel a little dirty because I was reading so much of it, so when I got to this book it was like taking a huge step back and breathing.

This review is long overdue. Like many other works, I've been sitting on this, contemplating what to write. This was cute and funny and I really wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did.

Poltergeist have entered Julie's life; a young witch, the girl
Erleen Alvarez
Oct 24, 2012 Erleen Alvarez rated it really liked it
This review can also be found at Books For YA!

Poltergeeks is a querky, action-packed, ass-kicking novel that is hard to put down.

From the very beginning, I was immediately captured by the story. The level of excitement that I feel in the first 20 pages was off the roof. There's nothing more awesome than a fight scene between a witch and a poltergeist in the start of a novel.

And as I continue reading the book, I had a lot of expectations due to the fact that this started with a BANG! and I'm hopi

Somebody killed my father. I don't know who did it or why, but I'm going to find them.

I'm a girl.

I'm a witch.

I'm a Shadowcull.

Someone is going to pay.

I went into this book fairly blind - I had never read any book by Sean Cummings prior to Poltergeeks nor was I a big paranormal reader. The plot intrigued me and having a strong mother-daughter relationship was a definite plus. Now that I've read it, I'm glad I took that chance.

Julie Richardson is your averag
Oct 02, 2012 Everybookhasasoul rated it really liked it
From the first sentence I was hooked and read this book in just under a day. I was not putting this book down for anything, until I had finished it.

The characters present in this book was one of the many things that make this book so magical. Julie is am amazing characters and is brought to life inside the reader’s mind from the first page and who could not love Marcus every heroin needs a boy who will be by her side no matter what. Cummings did an excellent job with Julies mother even though sh
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