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Akira Malone believes in the scientific method, evolution, and Einstein's theory of relativity. And ghosts.

All the logic and reason in the world can't protect her from the truth-she can see and communicate with spirits. But Akira is sure that her ability is just a genetic quirk and the ghosts she encounters simply leftover electromagnetic energy. Dangerous electromagnetic
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Paperback, 190 pages
Published December 10th 2011 by Razor Productions (first published December 9th 2011)
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Sue
Well this was a fun read for October...a book of ghosts, psychics, strange people and a strange town. This is not the the chilling type of ghost story for those looking for such a book but it is quite interesting and diverting in its speculation on what ghosts are and where there they go...on top of why, in blazes, they hang around.

Akira Malone is a scientist but she is also looking for a new job and finds herself in Florida in a very odd interview for a company that has actually contacted her.
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Bark
Dec 16, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
My friends picked this to read for our local group next month. You can grab it for the Kindle or Kindle App @ Amazon as of today 12/16/14.
Olga Godim
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This short and humorous romance with ghosts was a delightful reading diversion. Its protagonist Akira is a physicist who can communicate with ghosts. All her life, she kept her quirky ability to see and talk to ghosts private, but after one unthinking paragraph in a scientific paper, her academic career started deteriorating. When a job offer came from a small town of Tassamara, Florida, Akira grabs it. She doesn’t know that on her new job, her ghost-chatting ability will be a huge plus.
The ent
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Yzabel Ginsberg
[I got a free copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]

This was a quick and light read, and I mostly appreciated it. Not the best book I've read this year, but definitely enjoyable.

I liked its take on ghosts, how they behaved, the way they were bound to places that had been important to them in life or at the moment of their death. Their world wasn't in black and white only: the "bad" ghosts, though definitely dangerous, aren't totally unredeemable, and aren't intri
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Mara
Apr 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, arc
If you, like me, have read the other reviews you'll notice that most of them say something like, quick, easy, nice, light or the like.

Unfortunately for me quick, easy or nice aren't bonus points in my book.

At 30% there was no hint of a story, the only glaring point being inconsistency. I have a mouse of an heroine. She clearly has a troubled past, she fears her "power", she would prefer the security of know places. She is described as scientist who might be having quite a few problems.

What I rea
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Anne Odom
May 22, 2014 rated it liked it
A quick, fun read. Will probably read the next one, too.

WHAT I LIKED
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- The town of Tassamara is cute and friendly. Charmingly magical, it's a place I'd move to in a heartbeat.
- The friendly ghosts in the female lead's house and car melted my heart a bit.
- I found a nice pace, a good wit, and a general sense of enjoyment in reading this book.

WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE
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- Female lead seems a little dense and in denial when it comes to her ability to see ghosts and the new to
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Nancy❤The❤Bookaholic
LOVED!!!!!

Awesome paranormal book. I could not put it down. I needed a little paranormal in my life and this book delivered!
Roslyn
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: maybe-read
This novel has a captivating main idea but the writing and characterisation are uneven, especially in the first few chapters, which left me quite disengaged. I did really enjoy the concepts, especially as the novel progressed.

The fact that I went straight on to read the next book shows that by the end I had enjoyed the book rather more than the 3 star rating suggests.
Amy
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-copy-only
This book follows Akira as she is summoned to a job interview in Florida without knowing exactly what the requirements are. Zane has been looking for a woman with certain talents and Akira seems to fit the description so she is signed up to a two year contract with the hope of carry out further research in her field, physics. However, Zane has other ideas and notices that Akira has a 'genetic quirk' that will benefit his company while she would rather ignore her talents. When Akira meets Dillon, ...more
❀Aimee❀ Just one more page...

Light fun read...perhaps a palate cleanser between books?

Quick read. Probably great for high-schoolers on up. I like the premise, and it might actually make a fun TV series. I have other books in the series on my list because the series might even better. I'm going to keep my eye out for this author as time goes on. I loved the ghosts' personalities and grew to love them...perhaps more so than the living characters.

There were a couple things that were odd to me.
1. Akira was a bit too dichotomou
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Andree
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Read this today on layover at the airport. It was fun! I thought sometimes the pacing was a bit weird, which is why I bumped it to four stars, but I enjoy the characters and the town a lot. Plus, Akira was a fun protagonist. I liked that she wasn't a traditional protagonist in many ways. I also enjoy Zane and his family, and the friendly ghosts of course. Plus, Zane and Akira's dynamic is really fun. I like how neither of them expected it to become so important, and it just did. On the other han ...more
Tati
May 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a far better read than I expected. I liked how Akira's story was slowly revealed, and I loved her relationship with Zane. As for the ghosts and the physics explanations, I couldn't really follow all of them, but it all felt well-rounded, as if it would make sense if I could have grasped the concepts. You see, I was awful at physics at school (I don't really know how I didn't fail it in high school, to be honest) and I didn't like it either (it was a mutual dislike). But this book makes ...more
Kathleen
3.5 * Kindle freebie that was surprisingly very enjoyable. And there are ghosts involved at that! I'm not a fan of ghosts but I really liked Dillon (the ghost) and I think I will continue on with the series. Not anytime soon but definitely following the series.
Joan
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
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siobhan Quinlan
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Cups of tea read. This was a fun read and i cant wait to read more. Video review to come
Akira is an interesting character who can see ghosts. I like the way the ghosts were created for this story and how things wrent just black and white and I enjoyed the town of Tassamara and the fact that it is full of psychics.
I removed one cup of tea because while i did enjoy th story i felt it was lacking something and also i found it odd that Akira signed a contract not knowing where she was getting her
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Anca
Oct 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was a quick, fun read.
Romance, family bonds, mixed with ghost stories... the best fluffy read for this time of year :)
Carol Kean
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had no intention of reading this novel this weekend, when I'm so far behind with the authors who've asked me to read/review their books, and I'd never even heard of Sarah Wynde, nor has she ever heard of me. However, I peruse the daily Kindle offerings, and "nerdy love scene" complete with physics terms caught my eye. So did the ghosts. I downloaded this "Free Today" book swearing it wouldn't be just another "Kindle stuffer," one of the thousands I never get around to reading, but I always try ...more
Julie
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've always been fascinated with ghosts and this book is full of them. The lead girl is Akira, who has the "gift" of being able to see and speak with ghosts, regardless of whether they are good or bad. Since she was a young child, she has always tried to hide her gift because most people don't understand what happens. As her gift has raised some questions where she is teaching and doing her research at a California University, she receives an invite for an interview for a company in Florida. Alt ...more
Tori
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Really compelling plot and characters. Enjoyed the supernatural elements and the romance.
July Is The Shadow Out of Time The Haunted Reading Room
REVIEW: A GIFT OF GHOSTS (TASSAMARA #1) by Sarah Wynde

A lighthearted but not lightweight approach to the existence of ghosts, A GIFT OF GHOSTS spotlights California physics professor Akira Malone, whose single paragraph on spirit energy in a journal article costs her university tenure. An unexpected invitation to a job interview in Florida leads to a new career, a new romance, and a new extended family. At last Akira can apply her ghost-sighting talents among those who acknowledge and appreciate
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Anna
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: freebie
This isn't a great book. The MC makes little sense and the love story with her boss is clonky, the sex scene cring-worthy. But I fell in love with Dillon, the ghost boy, hook line and sinker and am actually buying the next in the series because it's about Dillon and his parents. So two stars for the actual story, one for introducing me to Dillon, half for the solid language and another half for providing a fun freebie that has a properly wrapped up ending. Makes four.
Charissa
Apr 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
This had a very unique premise and plot, but the characters disappointed me. They had loose morals that irked me, and the F-word was used a couple times unnecessarily. Otherwise, the idea of the main character being able to see certain ghosts while no one else can was very enthralling. There are different types of ghosts, some benign, others destructive to her and other ghosts.
Anna
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I'm not a big fan of ghost books, but this one really hit the spot. There was something about A Gift of Ghosts that reminded me of The Raven Boys, and the last scene is pure delight. If you're looking for a standalone fantasy with interesting world-building, a sweet romance, and charming characters, this book will definitely float your boat.
Lyndi loathes love triangles
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable. I would have liked more research on and info about the various types of ghosts, though.

Not sure if I'm interested in the rest of the series, but this book works well as a standalone story.
Angie Bartley
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

Wonderful paranormal romance. I loved how the heroine was willing to try to understand her gift better and grow as a person. It was great how the whole community was quirky. can't wait to read the rest of the series and learn more about all the family.
Pjwhitmer
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fell in love with these characters and this quirky town...I'm catching the next flight there. lol
Jessica
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
SUCH a good book! The characters are all so sweet and lovable and it's not your "run of the mill" ghost story. Though I suppose it can't be run of the mill when she's plopped down into the middle of a whole town of "sensitive" people. It's got just a touch of thrill without being scary, exactly how I like it! I simply cannot wait to devour the rest of this series!
Canan
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2,5
Helen
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ghosts, romance, reviewed
A quick, light, and fun paranormal romance. I enjoyed this a lot more than I expected to!

Akira is a scientist who can see and talk to ghosts. She tries to keep it hidden but one slip in a scientific paper she writes makes her a laughing stock and could cost her her job.

Luckily she is headhunted by Zane Latimer for a research job in a small town called Tassamara, but when she gets there she finds that she is not the only person in the town with an unusual ability.

There was some good banter to st
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Megan
The book started off well and I was very interested in it, but then there was a scene that felt out of place with the rest of the story and after that the story seemed different and not a good. Then ending was predictable. Not sure if I'd read more in the series.

2.5 stars
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“You’re a sulker, aren’t you?”
A sulker? Akira had never had a sibling, but she recognized the type. He was a button-pusher. “And you’re a younger brother, aren’t you?”
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“Okay, sister mine, what do you know that I don’t?” She grinned at him. “Well, there’s that entire medical school curriculum, for one thing.” 1 likes
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