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The Secrets of Ghosts

(The Language of Spells #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  1,195 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Step back into the magical world of Pendleford with Sarah Painter’s new book The Secrets of Ghosts. Don’t miss the magical, heart-warming from the bestselling author of The Language of Spells! On her twenty-first birthday Katie Harper has only one wish: to become a real Harper woman. Mystical powers are passed down her family generation after generation – some even call th ...more
Kindle Edition, 277 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Carina UK
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Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Well I got on a mini-magical realism kick and finished this book too. I read the first book in this series back in 2015. I gave that one (The Language of Spells) 3 stars, and the sequel to that is a strong three stars too. I think the main issue is that nothing really grabbed me in this one. I thought following both Gwen and Katie didn't really work this time. Gwen is dealing with trying to get pregnant and Katie is hell-bent on figuring out her Harper power. Katie is naive as anything for most ...more
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great read about Katie whose family have magical gifts. As Katie awaits her own gift she struggles with learning magic & starts to doubt whether she's on the right path. Then she sees a ghost and everything starts to change. A story of magic, family, life, friendship, weirdness, danger and love. Another great book by Sarah Painter & a must read.
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Last year I read and enjoyed Sarah Painter’s debut novel The Language of Spells, it was a fantastic book feauting witches, but not the kind you might imagine – there were no capes or pointy hats or warty noses in sight, and I very much enjoyed getting to know more about Pendleford, which was the setting. It sounds like such a fantastic village, so I was super pleased when it was announced not only was Sarah releasing a second novel The Secret of Ghosts, but it was taking us back to Pendleford! W ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
I tried with this book but just really wasn’t feeling it. The main character is immature and whiny, the plot flat, and the actual writing dull. I wish I’d liked this as much as others seem to have, but I have so many books to read that when I got 32% into the book and realized I was still bored to tears, I decided to ditch it. Unfortunately not worth the time I’ve spent on it.
Lolly K Dandeneau
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just finished this arc and what a delightful read. I admit, I love books that are supernatural but with a more grounded approach. As Katie Harper turns 21, she is still waiting to take her place among the Harper women hoping for her special gift to arrive. The mysterious women have magical powers and are known by the locals for being witches. Unlike many other stories with hokey characters, this takes us for a ride as Katie falls for a handsome dodgy skeptic, just when her powers emerge. Famil ...more
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: magical-realism, 2017
tl;dr: Katie is an idiot.

I had a nice review of this all written, and then I didn't save it. -_-

The action was weirdly jumpy (like, they're standing across the room from each other and then suddenly they're kissing) and the dialogue often seemed stilted/cliched. I have no idea what the hell is wrong with Katie that she can't figure her shit out. Seriously, she is the cause of almost all of her own problems. Just freakin' talk to people instead of assuming shit! Quit ignoring your intuition! Mayb
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
At different points throughout The Secrets of Ghosts, I found myself thinking about how it might be kind of cool to have some sort of special ability or to be able to communicate with spirits. Don't worry, I definitely changed my mind by the end of the book. I'm plenty exhausted and achey from my nursing career, I don't think I need ghosts siphoning my energy and/or trying to kill me. While the Harper family is really fun to read about, I think I'll pass on their particular brand of supernatural ...more
Jeannie Zelos
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Secret of Ghosts. Sarah Painter
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I didn't realise this was a follow on from book one The Language of Spells, which I've not read. It was still fairly easy to understand, though if I’d read book one some of the conversations would have stood in better context instead of my having to read between the lines. My bad...Still, it was an enjoyable, escapist read, light hearted romance and a bit of paranormal who dunnit. I didn't guess how things would turn out,
Debbie Reale Hallowell
Easy reading

This is a quick read with some light romance and a murder mystery to make it move along. The author does not pay attention to her timeline (weeks/days passage) but it's entertaining.
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, 2014-netgalley
Review to come.
Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I found it a bit repetitive. I also felt like I knew what was going on way to long before the characters figured things out, but I still enjoyed the story.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I admittedly had high expectations for this book, it had all the things I love.

Magic - check
Mystery - check
Romance - check

It starts very slow and feels haphazardly put together. The protagonist, Katie, spends so much time brooding over why she hasn’t developed a power that she becomes whiny and irritating. But things get interesting when she finds a dead man in a hotel rooms. I am now enjoying the book. Her power is both exciting and scary because she can talk to ghosts! The romance is definitel
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a quick fun read about a girl from a long line of witches coming into her witch powers. Of coarse, she does not have normal powers and no one knows how she should use them. Katie and her friend Anna are very likable personalities. And Matt is the con artist that uses his good looks and charm to get his way in life. The history of the town and people is very interesting. And the concept of the ghosts is certainly an interesting way of thinking about ghosts. I would recommend this to anyo ...more
Shari Ring Wolf
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Love the way this author writes whimsical witch magic stories that are so down to earth. I loved reading again about Gwen, Cam, and focusing this time on Katie. Part fantasy, part coming of age, part romance, fiction, and mystery, this book is well written and a very fun read. I even picked up a little witchy wisdom from the characters.
Cheryl Bott
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Easy, Enjoyable Read

Light summer read with likeable characters. Looking forward to another one from the series. Not as deep as Hoffman, but i recommend if you like magical stories.
Becca Curtis
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
picked up for the cover. Was okay, but didn't suck me in. Characters were kind of flat, and the main character's insistence that the ghost was good/needed her was kind of wearing - especially since everyone else was definite that ghosts were "bad." Skimmed about a quarter of the book.
Mary Church
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
A nice unchallenging read, pretty predictable but I enjoyed it.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Such a fun read

Not predictable, really, and full of depth. I loved it. Such a perfect read for when you just need to be entertained and taken into another world for a while.
Veronika Jordan
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
A bit too chick lit with ghosts for me. Still enjoyed it though.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. A nice continuation from the first book. Again like the first it was a fast easy read.
Sep 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
Did not live up to the first book - wandered all over the place - meh
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Step back into the magical world of Pendleford with Sarah Painter’s new book The Secrets of Ghosts. Don’t miss the magical, heart-warming story from the bestselling author of The Language of Spells!

First i got to say i loved the cover of this book it made me want to read i got to say most of the carina book are like that they make you want to pick them up
This book was very enjoyable to read it got a bit of romance a bit of paranormal , w
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
I received a copy of this ebook via Netgalley from the author in return for an honest review.

It was great to be back to revisit Katie and Pendleford, but if you've already read Sarah Painter's début - don't expect it to follow on with the happy endings!

Magic packs a bigger punch in this novel, and life is moving on for all those we revisit, even briefly. Katie, the daughter of Gwen's sister (the heroine of the first book) has now reached 21, and is working at a local hotel. Her parents with a da
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on: http://lauraslittlebookblog.blogspot....

First off, let me show some serious cover appreciation! That cover is stunning! Carina always have such beautiful covers!

I previously read Sarah's debut, The Language of Spells and loved it, so was thrilled when she released her second novel The Secrets of Ghosts. Although this is a stand alone novel to The Language of Spells, we get to revisit some of the same characters and I was delighted to go back to Pendleford with Gwen and Kati
Marilyn Heyman
Apr 13, 2014 rated it liked it

Katie Harper is hoping she will soon receive the Harper magical gift, whatever it will be. Her aunt Gwen is helping her make different potions but somehow, Katie’s never turn out correctly. Some people call her family witches as they come into their magic. Katie is working as a waitress at a wedding when she notices a young good-looking man in the food line. She doubts that he is really a wedding guest. When she delivers a meal upstairs, she is shocked to fin
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a different kind of book for me. There was no real mystery to solve or end to come to except that Katie discover what her power was. I thought it was interesting. But I did not realize that this was the second book in a series. There were a few times where they referred to past events but not knowing them did not detract from my experience with the book.

I did think it was odd that she accepted Max, the con man, so easily. And there was a part in the middle where she was just Jonesing t
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interestingly spooky

This is really a 4.5 star rating. The main character, Katie, really grew up and came into her own magicalness. The wide variety of characters the story fun and I enjoyed it. It got a bit slow but once I read past that it ran to the end as a true page turner. Excellent ending too. Looking forward to more of her writing.
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, own, 2015
2015:I thought this was an interesting book that was relatively well written. The story was interesting and I would have liked to have seen it fleshed out a little more. I think Katie's 'power' could have been explained a little better and wonder if some parts were cut abruptly in the editing process? I also think that the story of Violet could have been added in flashbacks to good effect. There were a couple of places, including where Gwen and Katie go to tend Fred's roses where there are abrup ...more
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars I suppose. For some reason I am reluctant to give it 4 stars but might change my mind later.

Anyways, this was better than The Language of Spells I would say. I don't like the characters as much but it had a far clearer narrative and "goal". Katie has to find out exactly what her power means and what to do about the ghosts at the hotel. And the b-story has Gwen trying to get pregnant. It's simple and progresses naturally. And it's a bit easier to follow the sudden switched in POV betwee
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Her bestselling debut novel, The Language of Spells, introduced the quirky town of Pendleford, and was followed by a sequel, The Secrets of Ghosts and a prequel novella, The Garden of Magic.

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