Texas Gothic (Goodnight Family #1)
Ranch-sitting for her aunt in Texas should be exactly that. Goo...more
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
This book remains me of two series Bones and Ghost Whisper, i like both series so i also like this book.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...more
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...more
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
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
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
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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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.”