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Texas Gothic (Goodnight Family #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  4,323 Ratings  ·  692 Reviews
Amy Goodnight knows that the world isn't as simple as it seems—she grew up surrounded by household spells and benevolent ghosts. But she also understands that "normal" doesn't mix with magic, and she's worked hard to build a wall between the two worlds. Not only to protect any hope of ever having a normal life.

Ranch-sitting for her aunt in Texas should be exactly that. Goo
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published July 7th 2011)
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Emily May
Jun 17, 2012 Emily May rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, dnf, 2011

I gave this book 100 pages to get interesting but, for me, it just wasn't. I kept waiting and waiting for the story to kick off but unfortunately all I got out of those first 100 pages was some flirtations with a cowboy and a ghostly occurence that was just boring.

There is a chance that this story becomes absolutely fabulous later on in the novel but I'm afraid I don't have the patience to wait for it.
Arianne Thompson
Feb 19, 2012 Arianne Thompson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-ya
Five Reasons To Read "Texas Gothic"

1.) A good heroine! Amy is 17 or so, and she acts it. She has plenty of appealing traits (grounded, sensible, caring, brave in a pinch, smart in the mouth) and her negatives - shooting off said mouth, occasionally doing stupid things for stupid or emotional reasons - are framed by a good deal of self-awareness. It's so refreshing to spend 400 pages with a likable person who recognizes her own flaws without drowning in them. Amy is one of the best.

2.) Excellent
Information to the author of this book: I know that people in the US sometimes confuse Sweden with Switzerland. After all, they are two countries in Europe, who both begin with SW... Bit like Missouri and Michigan, you could say.. same-same really, or not?

I'd just like to let you know that Alfred Nobel was a Swede and every year since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace. The Nobel Prize is an international
Ashley Daviau
Aug 04, 2016 Ashley Daviau rated it really liked it
I picked this up on a whim quite awhile ago because the title intrigued me. I'm glad I did so because I thoroughly enjoyed this story! I'm always a big fan of anything that has ghosts or witches and when you pair both together, it's a definite recipe for success! Not only was the story great but I really enjoyed the characters as well. I kept forgetting that many of them were in their teens because they definitely didn't act like teenagers. And then the ending was absolutely not what I was expec ...more
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
DNF at page 116.

I like the book but I hate the whole love story angle. Ben is such an asshole.

To continue or not to continue.

Romance in YA is really overdone. Also tends to be really problematic, which wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't portrayed as omg assholes are so hot~~ way.

Like this whole vendetta against her aunt by him extending to them is really grating on my nerves.

Yeah, I'm DNFing. I hear this book is heavy on the romance and less emphasis on the ghost plotline. *YAWN*

Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers:


First Impressions:

Thea: There are a number of things that Texas Gothic has going for it. First, there's the cool Nancy Drew homage/vibe (right down to the red-headed gumshoe sleuth heroine). Then, there's the awesome setting of the novel on dusty ranches during a Texas summer. Add an old fashioned haunting and ghost mystery to the mix, and you've got the makings of a fantastic young adult novel. And you
Sep 13, 2011 Glass rated it it was amazing
Last time when I read a ghost story, I was a child, and I'll be honest with you, ghosts were only fantastic creatures I was afraid of. I used to have awful nightmares and I was scared to go to any place which looked abandoned and haunted. Even later, when I figured out that ghosts don't exist, I had my share of scared-to-the-death moments. So you can easily imagine how I felt when I realized that Texas Gothic is a ghost story. It wasn't that pleasant to read it at night after everyone went to sl ...more
Jul 04, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Early review! Release date: 7th July 2011 (Book received from publisher)

When sisters Amy (short for Amaryllis) and Phin (short for Delphinium) Goodnight show up to ranch-sit for their Aunt Hyacinth, they don't realise quite how much the experience will change their lives. Phin is so wrapped up in her scientific studies (with a paranormal twist) that she rarely notices anything that doesn't fall directly into her sphere of interest, and Amy? Well, Amy wants nothing to do with the para side of nor
Amber [Only True Magic]
Jan 12, 2016 Amber [Only True Magic] rated it really liked it
Recommended to Amber [Only True Magic] by: Sevairi
Something wicked this way comes in the rolling hills of Texas — and it certainly isn’t the ever-looming threat of Rick Perry attempting another presidential run. In her first book following the intriguing Goodnight family, Rosemary Clement-Moore explores the divide between magical and mundane in a seemingly normal community. While there were definitely some times in which I felt that Texas Gothic was a modern, witchy version of Nancy Drew, I ultimately found myself swept up in the ghostly myster ...more
Sep 17, 2012 Tracey rated it it was ok
I so wanted to like this story more than I did. It sounded like a good, creepy ghost story, complete with a family of (nice) witches. Amy, the first-person narrator, seems amiable and interesting, even though she's anxious about toning down her family's magical, ghost-friendly reputation in her own life. Fresh from high school, Amy spends her summer housesitting her aunt's homestead with her college-age sister, Phin. The gist of the story is simple: Amy discovers that a hostile ghostly presence ...more
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Amaryllis (Amy) is looking after he aunt’s herb farm with her sister while her auntie takes a holiday, what she didn’t plan on though was some buried bones, and several ghosts.
What is going on with these ghosts? And who do the dead bones belong to?

I was hoping that I was in for a good ghost story with this one, but quickly realised that this was going to be long and boring.

I can’t say I really liked any of the characters in this. They were all fairly self-invo
Veronica Morfi
Amy and Phin are spending their summer watching over their aunts farm, away from their family Goodnight magic. Or this is what they think. After a skeleton is found where a bridge is supposed to be build, the mystery of a town ghost is thrust upon them waiting to be solved. Amy, who has spend her whole life trying to balance her family world and the real one, will find herself in the middle of everything and will have to accept her onw magic if she wants to make it out alive.

The story is really
Aug 23, 2011 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars Loved it!

This story has you laughing so hard you're crying one minute (well, maybe ten) and creeped out the next.

Amaryllis and Delphinium Goodnight (Amy and Phin) are sisters, farm-sitting for their Aunt Hyacinth on her Texas Farm while she is on summer vacation. Amy and Phin come from a family of witches who have various talents. Amy, for the most part, tries to keep this on the down-low and lead a normal life. This becomes difficult when a dead body is discovered on neighbor, Ben Mc
Oct 24, 2015 Nafiza rated it really liked it
I had this whole review planned for this title. You know, talking about why I like it and why I think you should read it.

But I just wrote a paper and my Brain (always capitalized) told me, in no uncertain terms, that if I try torturing it again (also known as writing) it will walk out and leave me Brainless.

And all my mutterings about the impossibility of it accomplishing such a feat? Details.

So. Just take my word for it. It's a fun book. It's entertaining and while it has its flaws, it also has
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Aug 20, 2011 Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tanja (Tanychy) by: Glass
Shelves: paranormal
I like this book, it's funny. What can you expect of the book that starts with "The goat was in the tree again." :D
This book remains me of two series Bones and Ghost Whisper, i like both series so i also like this book.
Jul 23, 2011 Isamlq rated it liked it

It's cute which I do not mean in a negative way. Texas Gothic is a surprising mix of witches and cowboys, magic and science, romantic-comedy and ghost mystery. It's not deep but damned entertaining. It starts with a girl in her undies flapping her arms at a cow whilst a young cowboy watches over then moves to a mystery of a long dead body, ghosts and sink holes. Can you blame me for finishing it? And it's funny! I love me a good laugh. While there's slapstick, with them bumping into each othe
Jul 18, 2011 Audrey rated it really liked it
Amy Goodnight has her hands full taking care of the goats and dogs at her aunt's farm, along with her sister Phin. The two girls come from an unusual family of witches and psychics, although Amy has tried to distinguish herself as the most normal of the group, saving her family from utter embarrassment. She can't prevent embarrassment, though, when she's caught chasing cows and goats in her undergarments and galoshes by the hot neighbor cowboy. The summer takes on a more sinister turn when old s ...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Aug 12, 2011 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nerds who are smarter than me
2.5 Stars

I really wanted to like this book. I can't tell you how much I wanted to like this book! It started out sooo soo good!! With goats that were climbing up a tree and escaping their pen and a girl chasing them in her underroos while a hot cowboy rides up and helps her herd them back into their pen and thinks she's nuts because goats don't climb trees.

I mean... THAT was most awesome!!!

But what got me was the way this was written. IT was NOT the funny book I thought it was going to be. I mea
Amy Goodnight is the straightwoman in a family of psychics and witches -- she just wants to major in pre-med and live a nice, practical life. But when she and her older sister agree to take care of their Aunt Hyacinth's farm while she takes a vacation, Amy's life gets a little more complicated. Not only do the goats keep escaping from their pen by climbing trees -- but she seems to have attracted a ghost, and finds herself tangled up with a mystery involving the farm next door and the handsome y ...more
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
Aug 10, 2011 Natalie (Natflix&Books) rated it really liked it
I'm drawn to a pretty cover like a frat boy to a keg. With this rash of supernatural YA lit, the covers are almost always delicious, while the text is, more often than not, dull, trite and borderline unreadable. Not so with Texas Gothic, the story of two witchy sisters ranch-sitting for a month in Texas for their Aunt. The story follows Amy Goodnight, the straight arrow (by choice) in a family of Lutheran kitchen witches and her connection to a ghost, the Mad Monk, that terrorizes the land surro ...more
When I read the opening line of this book "The goat was in the tree again" I knew this one was going to be fun. I just loved Texas Gothic. It wasn't anything spectacular, it wasn't super creepy like I thought it would be, and it wasn't anything new, but I enjoyed the characters, the mystery, and the setting. Plus it was just so darn funny at times. Mostly I think I loved that this book paid tribute to Nancy Drew and a little bit to Scooby-doo as well, two favorites from my childhood.

I had previ
Nov 27, 2016 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Light-hearted, fun tale of witches, spells and ghost hunting on a Texas ranch.

Main character Amy is interesting and well developed, but it's her absent minded genius sister Phin that is the best thing about this book. Phin is studying Chemistry and Physics at University and is developing technology so that she can track paranormal activity. She reminds me of Hotlzmann from ghostbusters.

Ghostbusters character Holtzmann wearing her own unique idea of a scientists outfit

So nothing new or groundbreaking here but the characters are warm and likeable, there's a bit of a mystery, and
Jun 29, 2016 Hazellie rated it it was amazing
Read from November 1-2, 2013
2nd read - June 24-25

I really loved this book. The story and the characters are really interesting, I love that Amy and Phin come from a family of witches with paranormal abilities, and I would've loved to have read more about them. I see that there's a second book, but apparently it's about their cousin Daisy, who puts in an appearance in this book too. I'm glad about that, but disappointed that the focus won't be on Amy. This particular story has ghosts, cowboys, bu
Feb 05, 2012 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-ya-ya
Well for one, the cover is rather gorgeous. I love the vibrant red of the girl's lips and the scarlet of her hair and the pale pink color tones and the wisps of white that wreathe the title and the splash of green for her eyes. I think it's a beautiful color palette.

And then there is the story, which promises to be beautiful as well. I loved Clement-Moore's The Splendor Falls and I hope that in these pages I'll find more of the same magic and suspense and wonderful characters and delectably droo
Aug 03, 2014 Susana rated it really liked it

If someone had told me that once I was able to finish this book's first chapter, I would be indecisive between giving it a 3.5 stars or a 4 star rating, I would probably tell her/him to get a grip! ~by then I was blowing a gasket!~

And the story starts out really good!

"The goat was in the tree again.
I hadn’t even known goats could climb trees."

But then Amy "opens" up her mouth...I mean, her mind to us...

"The only thing that might keep her from getting a Nobel Prize someday was her field of stu
Wendy Cantu
Review featured at

What do you get when you cross Nancy Drew with Practical Magic? Apparently the answer is hidden behind the cover of Texas Gothic.

Without reading the description, I would’ve pictured the homely, plain farmers depicted in the Grant Wood painting or emo kids from the 90s. Or, maybe, homely farmer goth kids from the 90s. I even looked up “gothic” assuming the author had some greater meaning or understanding of the word. If so, I couldn’t find it.

But the fact
Fiendishly Bookish
4.5 Stars

Rosemary Clement-Moore’s Texas Gothic is a charmingly authentic witches’ tale full of character that will instantly be a favorite amongst the YA paranormal set that appreciates spine-tingling romance, an intriguing mystery and dangerous ghosts all wrapped up in a quirky wrapper.

Clement-Moore’s Goodnight clan can at best be described as outlandish and quaint. But what else can you expect from a family full of witches that regularly zap and zing magick like it’s going out of style? It’s

Elizabeth "Liza"
A few weeks ago the topic for Top Ten Tuesday was about authors that deserve more recognition and I stumbled upon a list with Rosemary Clement-Moore’s name in it. I promptly went to my local library and checked out Texas Gothic and managed to fall in love with the Goodnights.

I love the writing from the beginning. I mean, take for example the first line of the book:

“The goat was in the tree again.”

Isn’t this hilarious? I found it hard to stop reading right after that opening line. The writing is
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Oct 07, 2011 Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) by: Casey G.
This was a solid five star read for me. It has two things that make a television show great and that you don't find in every book - a great cast of characters. The other is a wonderful "main man". This author has brought to life a wonderful spunky heroine in Amy Goodnight who is telling the story in the first person. She is clever, funny, resourceful, and one thing I really appreciated is that she makes decisions and does things that make sense for her character. I have read reviews and synopsis ...more
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

The hangover from this one is going to be savage; I can already feel it.

Texas Gothic is an exciting YA paranormal mystery novel from Texas author Rosemary Clement-Moore!

Amy Goodnight comes from a large family of witches, clairvoyants, and psychics. She does her best to keep out of the paranormal world around her, as well as keeping the normal world far enough away from hurting her family. However, when she and her sister, Phin, agree to take care of their aunt's farm outs
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“[W]hen Ben was kissing me, the whole world retreated. I felt things I'd never felt before, in places I never knew were connected.

But I was pretty sure that whatever was buzzing against my thigh was not normal. For one thing, it was ringing.

Ben dragged his mouth away from mine and mumbled a curse that was a little shocking and kind of hot.

"Ignore it," he said.

That was easy for him to say when his cell phone was rounding third base. If anyone got a home run tonight, I didn't want it to be Verizon Wireless.”
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