The Haunting of Sunshine Girl was a quick and enjoyable read. It had familiar elements to the timeless haunted house stories we all love. Moving to aThe Haunting of Sunshine Girl was a quick and enjoyable read. It had familiar elements to the timeless haunted house stories we all love. Moving to a new town, a new spooky house and discovering the mysteries therein. While it wasn’t a new story overall there were plenty of twists to keep me interested and it had me listening til I finished the same day. (A shorter listen then I’m used to and hey the print version is a little less then 300 pages so there you go.)
Sunshine and her mother move to a new town because her mother landed a job at the local hospital. She isn’t excited about it but she’s dealing. Sunshine is pretty disturbed by their new house and her mother brushes off her concerns (which is strange) but then on top of that her mother is now beginning to act strange. Luckily Sunshine makes a friend at school who is just as interested in finding out what is behind the creepy things going on in her house. Enter the minor romance subplot. (very minor thank goodness)
You can predict pretty accurately the course of events or make good guesses. Sunshine and her friend begin investigating the house and develop a slight attraction (Again I can’t help but note that this is a very very mild romantic element here especially considering this is a young adult novel I feel I should point that out because some YA readers expect a heavier romance focus. I found it very refreshing that any romantic elements weren’t heavy handed at all as most YA axis rotates completely around whatever romance is there, where I personally prefer romance to be on the backburner. So win win for me on this one!
A little of what you can expect.
- Sunshine is special (but most main characters of a supernatural or paranormal themed book are – so roll with it because it’s interesting). - Focus on family. I loved that there was a strong focus on the relationship between Sunshine and her mother and how important that was/is to her. Often in YA the parents are very absentee or they are just bad. - Series starter. This book doesn’t fall into the series starter trap where nothing really happens other then setup. Here there is a mystery and that is the main plot of this book and yes you get resolution to it while the sub arc is the one that the series as a whole will follow. That to me is the right way to start off a series.
Now for the narration!
I personally love it when an author narrates their own book. It’s like their enthusiasm for their work and their characters comes through so much more. Which is then contagious for me. Plus who knows a character’s personality better then the writer? Paige McKenzie does the female voice narration for Sunshine and does an excellent job at it. There is a male narration portion performed by T. Ryder Smith of a nameless mysterious person who seems to be tracking Sunshine. He’s got a very nice timbre to his voice that lent to his mystique. I got this vibe that he could be dangerous but wasn’t necessarily a bad guy. Suffice to say I really enjoyed the voice acting here and look forward to more....more
The Pillars of Reality series continues in The Assassins of Altis to be a great action filled adventure. Following Mari and Alain into ever greater daThe Pillars of Reality series continues in The Assassins of Altis to be a great action filled adventure. Following Mari and Alain into ever greater danger as they leave the city of Marandur.
The Mechanics Guild has always been right on their trail every step of the way and that continues to be the case here, except things get way more intense for them because the guild is no longer trying to hide their intent to kill Mari. Luckily they encounter a number of people along the way who are willing to help them.
I really enjoyed how much more I learned in this third novel about the background of Dematr and how all the people came to be there. It was just as I suspected. :-)
Things get moving pretty fast, action wise, on their journey and yet there is still plenty of time for the romantic development between Mari and Alain to progress. Tinge is also spent delving deeper into the building of the characters themselves. I felt as if there was much more time given over to their character building this time around as compared to the first two books. Mari seemed to get even more of the spotlight, or maybe that is because she has such a stronger alpha personality. She can be quite the temperamental missy. Thank goodness for Alain or I would be beating my head against a rock. In case anyone didn’t already know I think this series is most definitely a romantic fantasy. The flame burning between these two is a major part of the plot, which I’m seriously enjoying because of how inexperienced yet earnest both characters are in their feelings.
Major developments take place and we are set up well for the next big step in the series and things end off hate at a good stopping point. So many exciting things happen that I can hardly wait for the next book to be released.
Thoughts on the Audio Narration
The narration by MacLeod Andrews was again superb. He has such a way of moderating his voice that really makes me feel the differences in the characters personalities and presence. Mari comes across so hot headed and moody (which of course she is and annoys me about her sometimes) and Alain just as reasonable, mild mannered as I picture him. The excellent narrating makes me enjoy these books all the more! If you enjoy a good romantic action adventure fantasy give these books a go....more