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Rain of the Ghosts

(Rain of the Ghosts #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  195 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Rain of the Ghosts is the first in Greg Weisman's series about an adventurous young girl, Rain Cacique, who discovers she has a mystery to solve, a mission to complete and, oh, yes, the ability to see ghosts.

Welcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), a beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle. Rain Cacique is
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Published December 3rd 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Apr 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Teenage Rain Cacique lives in the Prospero Keys (known to locals as The Ghosts), a series of islands between Florida and the Bermuda Triangle. To her dismay, she's pretty sure she's going to spend the rest of her life there, catering to the tourists who come to enjoy the tropical weather and scenery. Her and her friend Charlie spend their last free days before school begins having as much fun as they can.

But while returning from a water skiing trip with friends, Rain learns of the death of a
RoAnna Sylver
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teen and older readers
Shelves: reviews
Note: My actual rating would be around 4.5 stars - but I feel like bringing up its average a bit. Rain of the Ghosts deserves it.

So, I initially decided to check this out due to the fact that I've been a fan of Greg Weisman's creations since I was 4. His animated TV series "Gargoyles" was one of the most formative and important works of fiction in my life, and I've also enjoyed his later works on Young Justice and Spec. Spiderman. To my knowledge this is his first novel, though he's written
All Things Urban Fantasy
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Sometimes when I finish a book, I lean back, close my eyes and revel in the memories. After finishing RAIN OF THE GHOSTS, this wasn’t one of those times. Rather than revealing, I think I looked more like a dog after hearing a high-pitched whistle; the dog is trying to figure out what it heard, and I am trying to figure out what I read.

There isn’t an easy way to sum up RAIN OF THE GHOSTS. It’s told in the first person, but not Rain’s, or even her best
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: junior high fantasy readers
Recommended to Skjam! by: Greg Weisman
Rain Cacique may have just hit puberty, but her future is already locked into place. Rain is going to stay here in the Ghost Keys near Florida, the Prospero Keys to outsiders, and serve the tourist industry in some way. Just like her parents and grandparents before her. She’s never going to see the outside world, to be a tourist herself, or have her own career. True, her grandfather did once leave the islands during the war, but that was long ago, and he doesn’t talk about it. She herself will ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
This rating is for myself. I believe that kids will enjoy this book a whole lot more. This was the kind of book I used to love reading when I was younger. It's full of adventure and mystery, not to mention ghosts. It's just the first part of what seems like a long series.

Audiobook - brilliant audio, with sounds. Definitely made the whole experience better. This will really be enjoyed by kids.
Mickey Phillips
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received Rain of the Ghosts from Good Reads First Reads. If I was going to get technical I would say that it should actually be rated 3.5 stars, but I'm feeling generous.

Rain lives with her family on a beautiful chain of islands called Prospero Keys (or the Ghost Keys if you're a local). She spends most of her days with her best friend Charlie, dreaming of adventure and a life away from the tiny islands. But when her grandfather gives her a family heirloom, two golden snakes intertwined into
Nov 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Thirteen-year-old Rain Cacique lives on an island in the Prospero Keys or, as the locals call them, the Ghost Keys. When she’s not helping out at her family’s inn, she spends much of her time biking around the island with her best friend Charlie trying to avoid tourists.

When her beloved grandfather, Sebastian Bohique dies, he leaves her an armband. When she puts it on, she can see ghosts, most specifically, eight men in WWII bomber jackets, who tell her that they want to go home. Soon, she and
Nicholas Ahlhelm
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an odd one. In many ways, it feels like a television pitch, a very solid pilot for a series to come. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised as it comes from TV writer/producer Greg Weisman, of GARGOYLES and YOUNG JUSTICE fame. Set on a fictional set of Florida Keys, the tale follows young Rain as she comes to terms with the death of a loved one and her new ability to see ghosts. It's got an oddball narrator, some just plain weird ideas and a strange sense of pace. But it's also a good fun ...more
Kimberly (Book Swoon)
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
An adventurous young girl, a magical armband, and mysterious ghosts

Rain of the Ghosts was so much more than I expected. The story slowly drew me in with it suspenseful story until the very end where I immediately wanted to crack open book two of the fabulous tale. Sure it has a spirited heroine with a great best buddy sidekick, thrills and adventure, and fascinating tropical setting, but what really surprised me was the compelling mystery in the storyline. It was much more than I had
Emeline Lmtt
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Perfect for a young-adult and fantasy lover. You follow a 13 years old girl who discover she has a magical power. It keeps you on your toes even if sometimes events are predictable.
Timo Multamäki
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Okay, for younger audience. The full cast audio version was nice.
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

RAIN OF THE GHOSTS is an interesting and captivating paranormal tale about one girl's discovery that she can see ghosts and the mission she undergoes to help them leave this world.

This book is told from the third person omniscient point view with a mysterious all-knowing narrator telling the story of Rain. I thought this was a great choice because it let you into everyone's head to see how they reacted to certain situations. The narrator is named Opie--we find out
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Thirteen-year-old Rain Cacique and her parents live on a series of islands in the Bermuda Triangle known as the Prospero Keys, the Ghost Keys to the locals. The height of tourist season is upon the Keys and the Caciques' home/inn is currently serving as a haven for some very odd guests - including the creepy Callahan. Rain's only escape is an area of the jungle dubbed the NTZ: No Tourist Zone. It is in the jungle that Rain and her friends find peace and
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A sarcastic teenage girl--that's original. (Deliberate irony--don't laugh at me.) Rain hits all the clichés: She feels trapped and worries that her life isn't going to go anywhere, she thinks school starting is the end of the world, she back-talks to her parents but not enough to be a Really Bad Kid, she has a lifelong friend who's a boy and who has found to his astonishment that he has developed Feelings for her. All things considered, she was an okay/mediocre heroine with some growing up to do ...more
Steven Matview
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I‘m about as big a Greg Weisman’s fan as they come. “Spectacular Spider-Man” was by far the best adaptation of Spider-Man in any non-comics medium and “Young Justice” showcased his talents at writing young people and expertly weaving together long form narratives with a large cast.

And then there’s:

So yeah, Weisman has earned a lifetime pass from me and is a certified “best dude.”

To say I was excited for “Rain of the Ghosts” was an understatement, and to say I was left disappointed a sad truth.

Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Welcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), a beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle. Rain Cacique is water-skiing with her two best friends Charlie and Miranda when Rain sees her father waiting for her at the dock. Sebastian Bohique, her maternal grandfather, has passed away. He was the only person who ever made Rain feel special. The only one who believed she could do something important with her life. The only thing she has left ...more
Andrea P.
Apr 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013
This review and others can be found on Cozy Up With A Good Read

I had a few issues with this story, I can say I was intrigued by the cover and the synopsis but I felt that this story did not completely live up to expectations. I really was taken with the idea that Rain is able to ghosts, and that there is a mystery lurking in the island. I am usually intrigued by ghost stories, and there were times where the book had me interested and wanting to understand more of what was happening, but I think
Reading this book, I was immediately frustrated by the quality of the writing. It was as though I was reading a children's book (and I have no problems with children's books), yet this book was geared toward young adults. As a teenager, I fit into this category. I did not appreciate the writing. The author overly simplified the writing in such a way that I felt belittled and--though it was most likely unintentional--an air of condescension.

If you are writing with a specific audience in mind, do
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
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I had a big crush on the cover when I saw it, it was impossible for me not to read this new novel. Secondly there is the synopsis: ghosts, a good plot and a mystery to solve.

Rain is a girl who lives in an idyllic spot near the Bermuda triangle with her friends Charlie and Miranda. But overnight, her grandfather dies, leaving her and her family destroyed, given the closeness they had. But before dying he gives Rain a brassard, something kept in the family.
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Seeing the recently departed is not always a joyous occasion, even when you live on an Island named after the dead. Those that have passed on are meant to move on to another plane of existence, where they can choose another life path to follow. They are not meant to linger, but instead move up to embrace the next level of life. This book is about a girl named Rain that lives on an Island called Prospero Keys or Ghost Keys by the locals. It is here that an undiscovered World War II tragedy ...more
Brenda A
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I'm going to give this four stars because although it's kind of confusing, I loved that the pace picks up and it's a quick read. It's obvious that we only got a small piece of the puzzle with this book, and I wish that we'd been given a little more answers a little earlier on--it was all so abrupt in the end it was hard keeping up with the new information.

That being said, it was a fun ride. If I look at just the story featured in the pages, and not the continual story, it's a fun plot with a
Mar 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Hold the phone: you're telling me that Greg Weisman - the guy who created Gargoyles and Young Justice - wrote a book? A *series* of books even?


OK, so having actually *read* the book in question... well it wasn't for me. It's an interesting book with a good premise - a young girl living in the Prospero Keys (locally known as the Ghost Keys) is given the ability to see and interact with ghosts after her grandfather gives her a gold bracelet that later
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received free from Goodreads First Reads my ARC of "Rain of the Ghosts".

The story began with Rain and Charlie, long time friends, dreading the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. A missing prized possession, a family loss, unusual visions and dreams collided leaving Rain's life turned sideways. No longer were their days filled with dread. Those next few days tested and strengthened their friendship through mysterious, unbelievable events. Working together they had a magical
Lena Fickle
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
Rain of Ghosts is a fantasy novel about a girl (Rain) who sees ghosts and sets out on an adventure in a group of islands called the Prospero Keys. The Prospers Keys are known to locals as the Ghost Keys. Rain receives a bracelet from her grandfather shortly before he dies.

I choose to read this book because I am a big fan of Gargoyles, and have also enjoyed other series by Greg Weisman, such as Spectacular Spider-Man and Young Justice.

This book reminds me of various adventure books that I had
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindling, ya, 2013, fantasy
Y.A. supernatural story with strong female lead!

I decided to get this because the author, Greg Weisman, has been the creative force behind several really great cartoons (most especially: Gargoyles! He's already given me so many good stories I thought the least I could do was get his debut novel for my Kindle.

My verdict is: it's pretty good. There's not a lot to it--it's very much set up to be the first chapter in a series, so not only is it short, but it doesn't fully dive into much of what it's
August Busch
I have a feeling the story will evolve into something great. Greg Weisman is a master at thinking of creative plots and building up a great story. I have faith that this series will get really interesting further along it goes. This book felt more like the first couple chapters of a larger story. I wasn't a big fan of the narrator, it was kind of awful, but whatever. There was lack of development with many of the characters and the plot. It was his debut novel, with practice and support, I know ...more
John McDevitt
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Can I get kicked off Goodreads for recommending a TV show? Here's the thing - I'm a big fan of Greg Weisman because of The Spectacular Spiderman (if you haven't seen it and feel like the Amazing Spiderman movies missed the mark, you need to check it out). That show had amazing writing and exciting and engaging character arcs. "Rain of the Ghosts" unfortunately feels like a long pilot episode with a premise that M. Night Shyamalan thought of in the 90s. I won't be reading book two unless it's ...more
Jan 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Rain of the Ghosts was probably a 4.5 star book. I say this because the book is in first person but they don't tell you from who's perspective until chapter four. That and near the end the book seemed to be picking up pace and trying to finish the story in a certain number of pages. other than those two things the book was amazing. The character Rain is very defined and seems like she could be a real person. All of the characters had their own personalities and that made them come to life ...more
Oct 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As a huge fan of Spectacular Spider-man, Young Justice and of course, Gargoyles, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Greg Weisman had a few of his own novels out. I bought Rain of the Ghosts last night and was done by the next afternoon (my body's cursed need for sleep keeping me from finishing in one sitting). A fun, quick read and great introduction to a new universe. I've already purchased the sequel and can't wait to see what's in store for Rain next...
Dec 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015-school-yaer
Huge disappointment, this book was. I do not recommend this to anybody.

First of all the narrater is a DOG! It's not completely confirmed but it has stuff like, my tale was wagging, and I wanted to growl at her, and she scratched behind my ears. Like what the heck?

That wasn't the only disappointment the whole book never made sense to me. And I did not like it at all. It was so weird and disorienting, it was a waste of my time. I'm sorry Greg Weisman, but this book was not the best.
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Greg Weisman (BA Stanford, MPW U.S.C.) has been a storyteller all his life. His first professional work was as an Editor for DC Comics, where he also wrote Captain Atom.

Greg worked at Walt Disney Television Animation from 1989 through 1996. In 1991, Greg created and developed a new series for Disney: GARGOYLES, becoming Supervising Producer and Supervising Story Editor of that series.

In 1998,

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