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Girl vs Ghost

(Misdirected Magic Trilogy #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Girl vs Ghost is a young-adult, paranormal, romantic comedy suitable for all ages.

Isabel Lindley doesn’t believe in magic, but her best friend is obsessed with witchcraft. Strictly as a favor, Isabel agrees to help with a spell and is shocked when the ghost of a teenage boy splat-lands in her bedroom. Her friend is thrilled—even though only Isabel can see or hear the ghost
Published by Blazing Star Press (first published April 1st 2011)
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Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA fans who enjoy Paranormal series involving magic and mayhem
Recommended to Jackie by: Authors
Girl vs Ghost is the first in the Misdirected Magic Series, the writing team of author Kate McMurry and her graphic illustrator daughter Marie August worked together to combine a Young Adult themed book with Fantasy and Romance, in the process they created a truly unique and fun reading experience for audiences of all ages...

Isabel and her best friend Tripp are fairly typical teen girls with some individual quirks that set them apart without making them unbelievable... The ghost they man
usagi ☆ミ
I received this from the author for a review. I did give this book a chance, and got about halfway through until I gave up. I can see where the authors were trying to go with this story, but I have to say, I didn’t feel anything, I wasn’t emotionally connected, I found the characters annoying instead of quirky, and the plot has been done to death. It just saddens me that I have to give this review, because I promised I would. This could have been so much than it was.

Girls (one of which is the gi
C.C. Thomas
Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
These are just the kinds of books I like—feisty female main character, just enough supernatural to keep things spooky and a storyline with a mystery I can really sink my teeth into. Too often, though, many of these books make big promises and then fall short-undeveloped characters, unbelievable plot, trite or rehashed storylines. This one, however, was a delightful surprise. Right from the start, I really liked the main character, Isabel, and was drawn into the story right away.

Isabel is a reluc
Jun 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Way Cute! I was hooked once I started reading this book!
I've never been much of witchcraft when I was a teen, but this was so cool! NOTHING like how I thought the book would be like :)

The book starts off with 2 friends, Isabel and Tripp playing around one Friday night. Tripp tries to do a summoning and lo and behold - a strange teenage boy falls from the sky and lands in the circle of salt right in the middle of Isabel's bedroom!

When Isabel stands up to defend herself, she finds out that Trip
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Isabel Lindley was only doing her friend Tripp a favor when they were doing a spell in her bedroom. She really didn't believe in magic. She certainly was surprised when a teenage boy lands on her floor. Isabel is not happy, Tripp is, even though she can't actually see him, and Isabel is the only one that can. Isabel does not want to take on the responsibility of this boy who doesn't know his name, when or how he died, and why he is tied to Isabel by a psychic chain. The only way to get rid of hi ...more
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Isabel always gets pulled into her best friend's newest hobbies - this time it's witchcraft and spells read from a powerful spellbook. What Isabel didn't expect was to be tethered to a ghost only she can see and hear. Now she and Tripp have to figure out what happened to the ghost and unravel the tie between them!

I really liked the characters - Isabel's shyness spiced with sass and Tripp's bold and brassy nature. Even the supporting characters were well defined which gave even more depth to the
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The premise is good, the writing is easy on the brain, and the story is fast paced.

For my full review, visit: http://boundanddeterminedtofindagoodr...

Many Adventures,
Tammy Golden
A terrifically fun, paranormal romantic comedy that's not just for teens

Isabel Lindley is a sixteen-year-old girl who's very, very pretty, but a complete nerd. She doesn't want to skate by in life on her looks. She wants to be a doctor someday, which is an enormous project. Because of that, she doesn't waste time on typical high school stuff, most especially dating. Partly because she's too focused on her big life plan to get sidetracked by a guy, but mostly because she's burned out on males in
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Isabel has no interest in magic, just like she hasn't been too interested in her best friend Tripp's past obsessions. Like in the past, though, Isabel supports her, because that's what friends do, even if they do whine about it a little. Tripp performs a summoning spell and all of a sudden things are going crazy. There's a hot, male ghost who can't go more than five feet away from Isabel, who is also the only one who can see or hear him. Isabel just wants him to go away, he just wants to figure ...more
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-pub-review
Isabel and Tripp are in for a surprise when a spell goes wrong and a ghost ends up tied, literally, to Isabel.

Girl vs. Ghost is the first in a trilogy of books by the mother/daughter team, Kate McMurry and Marie August. The story follows Isabel, Tripp and their newly acquired ghost as they unravel the mystery of the ghost, where he came from and what he wants.

I thought the story was fast paced - but well paced. Isabel and Tripp were fun together, though, I’m not entirely sure how Isabel puts u
Melanie Marks
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm excited to read this. Below is the summary from the book description:

Girl vs Ghost is a young-adult, paranormal, romantic comedy suitable for all ages.

Isabel Lindley doesn’t believe in magic, but her best friend is obsessed with witchcraft. Strictly as a favor, Isabel agrees to help with a spell and is shocked when the ghost of a teenage boy splat-lands in her bedroom. Her friend is thrilled—even though only Isabel can see or hear the ghost—but Isabel is horrified. She’s the most ordinary si
Amber Ditullio
Isabel Lindley has always followed her best friend, Tripp, whenever Tripp found a new interest. But when Tripp's interest in witchcraft ends up giving Isabel a ghost of her own, she just wants out. But it doesn't look like things are going to be too easy - until she, Tripp and the Ghost Boy can figure out who he is and then help him go to the Light. Or something.

This was a book that I won through the Goodreads First Reads giveaways and, thus far, it has become my favorite read of the almost 30 b
Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
It was a great book! This book opens up beginning with Isabel and her best friend Tripp doing a spell.(witchcraft) Tripp does a spell making a ghost named Marc(aka Marco) appear in the room. He shows up not knowing who he is, how he got there, or what happened to him.

Isabel is the only one who sees him. Starting from the first time he came into the room (which is her room..awkward am I right?) all the way through out the book. But anyways he appears and only Isabel sees him. Tripp can't see him
Julie Smith
Jun 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This review first appeared on my blog:

Isabel's best friend Tripp is always getting into something new. Her grandmother Alora, has a New Age shop, and right now, Tripp's interest is witchcraft. One night while Tripp is practicing "witchcraft" at Isabel's house, Isabel feels as though someone is watching them. As Tripp finishes her summoning spell, someone falls into Isabel's lap.

The problem? Only Isabel can see this someone, and worse, he doesn't even kno
Patrick Kampman
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Girl vs Ghost was a fun, quick read. I enjoyed the story, the development of the characters, and the creative ideas. I particularly liked the imaginative details like the "low spirits" at the high school and the girls' visit to the grandmother's shop.

The plot was what hooked me, though. It twisted and turned from the first line to the last, genuinely surprising me several times. The story is really creative, and alternated nicely between humor and action. I'm looking forward to the second and th
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review

Girl vs Ghost is a cute teen read. In all honesty the two best friends, Isabel and Tripp, reminded me of my best friend and I in high school. We were always up for what the other was doing. Of course neither of us got a hot ghost attached to us as part of the deal.

The first half of the book was very slow moving. The Story really begins when the girls think they have discovered who killed Marc (the Ghost). It was intriguing to figure this mystery out. This is the point were Girl vs Ghost really
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a well-paced, interesting ghost story geared for a younger audience. It's got some humor, some action, and a mystery surrounding the "ghost" of the title. The cast of characters is wide, and I hope we revisit more of them in subsequent books, but the ones we follow most closely are likable and have interesting back stories. I'm looking forward to reading the next! ...more
Dec 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I always really love ghost stories, and this book did not let me down! Girl vs. Ghost is well written, with a fast paced story that starts with a bang! Kate McMurry and Marie August make an awesome writing team! I can't wait to see where the next book is this trilogy takes me!

* won from Goodreads
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-paranomal
This book was a Goodreads First Reads Win by a friend of mine. I was happy that he passed this forward to me.

This was an enjoyable read for all age groups. This book will appeal to female teens. The characters were interesting which is a big plus in adding books to this trilogy.
Rebecca Francone
Funny, sweet young adult novel.
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I gave this book to my niece in Kansas City and she just loved it. She was pretty good and she really liked the story and she commented on it wasn't too long. ...more
Gemma Brooks
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A funny, sweet romantic comedy with a paranormal twist. Girl vs Ghost is an excellent first novel for a pair of new writers.
Kristina Franken
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book for anyone

FTC: I received a free copy of this book and was not reimbursed in any other way.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it liked it
RECEIVED FROM: Won From Goodreads First Reads


Isabel Lindley is an attention neglected sixteen-year-old whose sole focus is her studies to become a doctor. The main distraction in her life is her zany best friend Tripp who picks up new interests like furniture picks up dust. Every time Tripp develops a new interest it becomes the sole focus of her life and she drags Isabel into it too. Tripp’s current focus is magic, but when she cons Isabel into sittin
Jun 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
I received Ghost vs Ghost as a First Reads win and was very hopeful based on the premise of it -- especially since the majority of the books I read are YA. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed with the novel and couldn't even finish it, regardless of how hard I tried.

The main characters, Isabel and Tripp, were beyond obnoxious. I understand that author Kate McMurry was going for a feisty female lead with Isabel, but there is a fine line between having a feisty independent lead, and a rud
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Isabel and Tripp have been friends since 4th grade. Despite Tripp's constant stream of new and different hobbies Isabel has stuck through them all with Tripp and even enjoyed a few. But, when Tripp begins to dapple in witchcraft and summoning Isabel has decided this isn't one that she would want to partake in, especially when she keeps having an eerie feeling that someone is watching them as Tripp does her seances. But, Isabel sticks it out and holds her candle throughout the rituals to pacify T ...more
Jun 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Lukewarm All-Ages Friendly Paranormal Dabbling (3 stars)

When Isabel's best friend, Tripp, wrangles her into helping with a little bit of spell casting the last thing she expects is to wind up with a handsome guy practically plopped into her lap. She especially doesn't expect it to be a ghost with a bad case of amnesia that only she can see. Complicating matters is the psychic rope binding him to her by a handful of feet. If Isabel wants to get rid of her haunting companion she'll have to uneart
Jan 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Girl vs. Ghost is the first in the Misdirected Magic series by the mother-daughter writing duo of Kate McMurry and Marie August. I am a sucker for any book dealing with magic as a theme, and was excited to see one that had both magic and ghosts and much mystery. What I found the most interesting about this book was the writing style. It was told from the point of view of Isabel and the language style was very much that of a teenager. It read like a teenager and that definitely added to the overa ...more
Dec 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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May 27, 2011 is currently reading it
Shelves: owned, first-reads
Have you ever read a book and thought to yourself "Wow, that sounds great, I wonder where this story is going?" and then you read the book and think "I kinda wish it hadn't gone there."? Well, that's pretty much what happened with me and this book. There were several things about this book that I honestly enjoyed, and there were some very unique aspects of the plot that caught my attention. On the whole, however, I thought that the story could have used some more development.
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Kate McMurry is married with two grown children, one of whom is her coauthor, Marie August. Kate has worked as an English teacher, a therapist, a paralegal, and a freelance writer. Girl vs Ghost, a G-rated, young-adult, paranormal comedy, is her first published novel. Kate's author websites is: ...more

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