The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
I have high standards for horror, and this book doesn't meet any of them. It was a watered-down version of Dark Water (no pun intended) with a sad attempt at using Fatal Frame's photography schti ...more
Some books are just sheer brilliant entertainment, where you are truly in a world of pleasure as the book absorbs you into it's imaginary world. This was one of those books for me and I really did enjoy it a lot. I read it really quickly, with a need to know what happens next.
The author, Paige McKenzie has a very popular YouTube channel centered around the Haunting of the Sunshine Girl. I have never seen it, in fact had not heard of it but ...more
That was a creepy little ghost story. I liked it a lot. Sunshine and her mother move from Texas to Washington so that Sunshine's mom (Kat) can work at a better position in the town's hospital.
I loved how the author described them first coming to the house, how all of the houses were so quiet and no one in the yards, no kids. Then they get to the house and Sunshine had a weird feeling about it. All of that pulled me right in.
Sunshine starts school not long af ...more
1 out of 5 stars (Please read my rating system further below). GAH, I wanted to love this book so badly! The author is so nice and I love her YouTube videos. I really, really, REALLY hope that this book was not ghost written. But hey, it was co written with Alyssa Shimmel so I'm not really sure! The writing style in this book was very conversational and sounded EXACTLY the way a teenage girl ...more
But then the story turned into something completely different. It stopped being about the haunting really, a ...more
ARC from NetGalley.
The main character is a text book example of a Mary Sue. She's adorkably clumsy, self conscious with her frizzy hair and oh-so-unique thrift store clothes obsession, and never swears because golly gee think of the children! She has odd eyes (of course), her name is weird (Sunshine, ick), and she's destined to be a ...more
Now, reading this book was like taking a chilly walk through the evening fog; you feel unsettled, almost anxious at times, and you're just waiting for that hand to reach out and grab you. That creepy feeling at the base of your spine doesn't go away when you close the book for the night, and you certainly don't ...more
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As a story, this book is just meh. It’s got all the standard plot lines (girl moves to new town - it’s the SouthWest desert to NorthWest rainforest for all you Twiligh ...more
I had a very love-hate relationship with this book. It earned as many stars as it did because it was, as every character just loves saying, simply creepy.
Pros: The setting is really interesting and the writing really comes through in the scary parts. This is the first book in my life that has made me feel like I'm actually seeing a horror movie enfold. I'm not easily scared by movies since I've been a fan of the horror genre for as long as I've been allowed to...more
This book follows a girl named Sunshine who moved with her mother from Austin, Texas to Ridgemount, Washington. They rent a home they found on craigslist in the little town and right from the moment they pull up in the driveway Sunshine knows there is something off. Everything is foggy, cold and wet. From the very first night, Sunshine hears the footsteps on the floors, the giggling ...more
Really bland, predictable and silly. Obviously I was not expecting Thomas Harris-like thrills upon going into a YA horror novel, but this was far too tame. Overall, there were a variety of problems that I had with this story; not just the fear factor (or lack thereof.) The dialogue seemed dated when this story is set in modern day, which often led to a very cheesy, inappropriate comical effect. (To quote little miss Sunshine: "I mean cheesy with a capital C!") None of the characters seeme ...more
A quick fun read, with a good bit of mystery, some romance and a mother-daughter dynamic.It's predictable but not completely annoying....more
Recommended for overnight travel as it is somewhat of a page-turner. Or, if you're a new creeptastic place and couldn't sl
I really should just give up trying to read YA...
"Just klutzy," I nod, rubbing my knee. Later I'll discover a big purple bruise blossoming beneath my clothes. "I could trip over my own two feet," I add.
“A scream so bloodcurdling I can still hear it echoing in my ears.
A little girl’s voice begging for mercy.
A darkness so black, it felt like I’d never see the sun again.”
Paige McKenzie hits the sweet spot by successfully adapting her much-loved, super creepy YouTube series into a novel that touts a great balance of chills and humor. At times, it’s terrifying, other times it’s lighthear ...more
Usually, books by Youtubers do not interest me. But since this one felt like a "proper" story and not just some hastily put together Youtubery tut, I wanted to give it a go. Plus, it's about ghosts, and as you might know I am hugely interested and gripped by paranormal stuff.
The story is told in the first person by Sunshine (although ...more
Sorry for the slight exaggeration there, but I had just finished the book and I was freaking out so hard! This book was amazing and that's probably because I love scary movies and watching horror flicks. Want your socks to be knocked off? READ THIS BOOK.
- Very different from the Webseries ~ The book is based off of a Youtube webseries, one that I actually had ...more
I have never seen the YouTube channel this is based on, so I have no clue how it compares. As a book, this was a really fun story.
Sunshine and her mother, Katherine, have just moved half way across the country to Ridgemont, WA. Her mother has been offered a position in the new Neo-Natal unit at Ridgemont Hospital. Sunshine mourns the loss of having her BFF with her all the time and, well, sun ...more
I love when a book surprises you, as The Haunting of Sunshine Girl did. I expected a mild paranormal, but what I ended up with was a quite creepy storyline that freaked me out on quite a few occasions. I hadn't heard of the YouTube phenomenon surrounding this book, nor have I seen the online clips but in no way did it hamper my reading experience and I really enjoyed it. Sunshine is adopted, just turned sixteen and moving across the country to what is esse ...more
I really enjoyed the characters and their arcs. Sunshine especially is a great and likable character who reacts to the extraordinary paranormal situations in a way that most of us would. That being disbelief quickly followed by fright. I won’t give away what else she goes through, but needless to say it isn’t somethi ...more
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl is what I would call a fluffy horror book. Aimed at younger readers, it would be the perfect balance of horror and humour.
I love creepy books that will scare me, and while I didn’t find this one to be particularly creepy, there were a few moments that surprised me, with paranormal twists that I didn’t expect. Going into Sunshine Girl, I knew it was going to be about a girl at a haunted house, but ...more
This was a good creepy and super cute paranormal book about ghosts. But it was a very young YA story. The narrator may be 17 but I would be okay giving this to a 5th or 6th grader. There's no swearing or intimacy between the characters. It's just a cute, fluffy haunted house story.
I don't plan to continue the series.
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