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Texas Gothic (Goodnight Family #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  3,783 ratings  ·  625 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

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
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
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
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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
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
"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
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
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.
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.
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
(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
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
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
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

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
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
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
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

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

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
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
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

Midnight Bloom
I've always enjoyed reading Rosemary Clement-Moore's novels in the past... and there were no worries when I began reading Texas Gothic because I just knew it would deliver in the same way. In fact, the opening sequence already had a smile tugging on my face because it sure is memorable. And with such a fantastic initial impression of the events to come, I couldn't think of putting the book down for even a moment! Witches, a creepy ghost, and a hot-tempered handsome cowboy make an awesome combina ...more
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
So it actually took me a while to get into Texas Gothic. It felt like it took a good hundred odd pages for me to really settle into the story and throughout that time I felt like giving up on this book several times. Looking back now that I’ve finished I kind of wish that I hadn’t bothered.

The thing is I just didn’t like the actual story itself. It reads a little bit like a Scooby Doo mystery and I’ve never been a fan of Scooby Doo. From the back of the book I expected a lot of cool paranormal g
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
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
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