Texas Gothic (Goodnight Family #1)
Ranch-sitting for her aunt in Texas should be exactly that: good ...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.
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
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
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*
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 ...more
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
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
The story is really ...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
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
This book remains me of two series Bones and Ghost Whisper, i like both series so i also like this book.
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
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
I had previ ...more
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.
So nothing new or groundbreaking here but the characters are warm and likeable, there's a bit of a mystery, and ...more
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 ...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
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
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
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 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 ...more
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 ...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.”