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Texas Gothic (Goodnight Family #1)

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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...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Emily May

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.
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...more
Arianne "Tex" Thompson
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...more
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
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...more
"I wasn't worried about myself. I didn't consider the possibility that either of the men could catch me. I was all-star varsity soccer. I was Braveheart in Urban Outfitters. I was Supergirl. I was seriously delusional." (p 374)

Amy Goodnight knows exactly what to expect of her summer. She is taking care of her aunt's ranch with her "mad scientist" sister, Phin. Her days should consist of feeding the goats and making sure the little escape artists stay in their pen. Amy has it all planned out, but...more
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2011/07/j...


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 kn...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Aug 20, 2011 Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
One of the best books I've read in awhile. Definitely in my top 5 (not that I have ever made such a list).

I loved the settings (I'm a city girl, but I would love the have a small family farm with just a couple of animals, sigh). I've never been in Texas or US in fact but I've seen movies and it was easy to imagine this small town full of rumours about one odd family. The Goodnights - witches. I have a major thing for witches, they have all the power but they don't have to change into furry anima...more
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
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...more
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
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
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Aug 12, 2011 Greta is Erikasbuddy rated it 2 of 5 stars
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...more

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...more
Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms)
Oct 07, 2011 Terry (Ter05 TwiMoms/ MundieMoms) rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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...more
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...more

I like ghost books.
I especially like ghost books that have funny characters.
And a cute guy.

The magic aspect was good. I liked how, even though the Goodnight's were witches, didn't mean they could control the elements and move things with their mind. No, they're the potion-making, spell-doing kind of witches, with a clairvoyant in a mix.

Phin was one of my favorite characters. She's basically a genius, and the way she talked always made me laugh, she reminded me so much of Temperance from the TV...more
This book surprised me. It's not new or stunning or revolutionary, it's just quietly, sneakily very good. The protag's voice was truly wry and intelligent--as opposed to that typical teenage snark that is all too common in YA lit. And I LOVED the relationship between the sisters. Recommended.

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...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...more
Amy and her sister Phin are housesitting at their Aunt Hyacinth's ranch while she is traveling, and they run into trouble, seemingly paranormal, surrounding a nearby archaeological dig. Amy also finds herself in repeated run-ins with cute Ben McCullough, alienated neighbor who dislikes anything to do with Hyacinth Goodnight.

This book starts out so promisingly, with a magical realism flavor that is really appealing to those of us who love authors like Sarah Addison Allen, but it bogs down in the...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
My first impressions of this book were that it has a truly beautiful and intriguing cover and it was absolutely funny. I liked the premise of the story as well. Here is the Goodreads summary:

Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discover
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

Rosemary Clement-Moore is one of those authors that writes the same thing over and over again, but with different names and mysteries. And this isn't a bad thing, at least not for me. If you've read Splendor Falls then you know what to expect with this book; a romance that starts off with the guy and gal hating each other, magic that the main character doesn't want to have anything to do with, a mystery involving ghosts and betrayals,a southern setting, and a title that makes no sense.

The Splend...more
This book is like a cross between a romance and an episode of Scooby Doo. In the end, I think I was reading more for the romance than the mystery, which was... well, like an episode of Scooby Doo.

I loved the main character, Amy. She was easy to identify with. I liked her struggle to keep the normal part of her life from crossing over with the paranormal part. Her relationship Phin was very realistic too, as was her relationship with Ben, the hot cowboy love interest neighbor.

This is is a prett...more
Two stars is a gift, may change it to one.

Yuck, so not my thing.

Two fish- out- water city girls from Austin go spend the summer on their aunt’s herb farm in Texas ranch country, and Amy falls in lust with the hunky cowboy next door. They are from a witchy family, but Tanya Huff does this much, much better, but set in Canada. Borrowed for the 50 States+ YA Challenge, Texas, but Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is set in Texas and wonderful and magical, though without any...more
Wendy Cantu
Review featured at TheRekindledReader.com

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...more
Cynthia (A Blog about Nothing)
I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book, I just knew that it was going to have magic and I do love a great book with magic and witches, there’s not many out there, so I ended up loving it way more than I thought I would. It was surprisingly fun and had me laughing out loud several times.

I seriously adored the main character Amy, she was the type that wouldn’t let some guy save her, she wasn’t a damsel in distress but a pretty smart, responsible and stubborn girl that liked...more
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