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Texas Gothic (Goodnight Family #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,203 Ratings  ·  667 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 "Tex" Thompson
Feb 19, 2012 Arianne "Tex" 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
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
(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
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
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
Sep 01, 2011 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
"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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: im-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
Mar 09, 2014 Inês rated it really liked it

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
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
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
Oct 05, 2011 Phoebe rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, ghost, romance
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
Jul 29, 2011 Anya rated it it was amazing
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
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

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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.

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