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Ghost Hand

(The PSS Chronicles #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,033 ratings  ·  286 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the loc
Paperback, New cover design for 2015, 384 pages
Published January 19th 2015 by Ripley Patton (first published November 28th 2012)
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May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook-paranormal
I found the book Ghost Hand on Amazon and it was free. I thought ok, it sounds cute on the blurb, so I picked it up and what a little gem it is. The concept is a little strange,but I will try to explain. There is this birth anomaly that occurs and it is where a limb is filled with this energy source.

Olivia had such an anomaly and it was her hand, she called it her ghost hand. At school one day, the hand takes on a life of its own and kind of scares her. While it was groping around where it had
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

This book was! I freakin' LOVED it! It was just absolutely amazing! I literally read it in ONE sitting! ONE!

What initially captured my attention about this book was the premise. It just sounded very intriguing, and the story did not disappoint! And that cover? Love it!

What did I love about it, you ask? Well, first of all, it was action-y right from the start, and you all know how much I love my action! There were also some very funny parts, and I really
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had me hooked from the title alone. The ghost hand concept is immediately compelling: part-gift, part-curse, Olivia Black was born with a Psyche Sans Soma (PSS) hand and a condition even her mother finds creepy. I enjoyed a YA novel with a gutsy, take-charge goth heroine rather than the bland, insipid protagonists who unfortunately populate too many paranormal romance novels, standing back feeling insecure and waiting for hunky supernatural guys to fall in love with them. Olivia is a s ...more
SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
Bell, Book & Candle | Ghost Hand Review

I wasn't sure what I was walking into when reading this book, but I can officially say that I am pleasantly surprised. Let's start of discussing that cover: weird, right? For some unknown reason it kind of has that creep factor to it; like the hand is going to reach into my body and extract my soul or something. I know I'm a bit over dramatic, but it is freaky right?

The premise is very interesting and, to me, original. I'm all into the supernatural and the
Feb 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I'm still trying to decide what I think of this one. I liked the idea of the book. Not sure about the characters. I think my issue with the book was Olivia. I get that she's special or she can be sensitive about the PSS or whatever, but I think she was a jerk. She didn't really give a crap what she did or who it affected. It's like "Screw you, I march to the beat of my own drum, and you be damned if you don't follow me." Idk, she didn't really give Marcus a fair shot either, I think she was ...more
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
Ghost Hand gets straight into the action from chapter one when main character Olivia's own ghost hand - a result of a birth defect - starts acting up.
From there, the action continues. The pacing is good, with many twists that force the characters to change their plans. It was a little predictable and cliché in some places(view spoiler).
Ghost Hand is told in first person, and you can
J.C. Hart
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fab book! I've gone off YA a little bit these days, but this one was so good that it makes me wonder what other gems are out there.

Olivia is smart, determined and far less self-centered than many YA novels seem to think teenagers are. I really appreciated her as a character and enjoyed this novel immensely. Her potential love interest, Marcus, is a twisty fellow who one can't help but be curious about, even if you're never sure whether to trust him or not. I loved that the other characte
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA readers /Paranormal readers/ANY AGE
Recommended to Kat by: Author contacted the blog
agh why does goodreads do that!

Spent ages writing a review and it goes and looses it!

#2nd go!

*gifted by the author via my blog Kats Book Promotionsin exchange for my honest review, I gave this book an overall 3.5 stars out of 5 stars, the reason for it being 3.5stars is in the last paragraphs and this was a decision I had to think about but then this is my honest opinion so I am voicing it.

So heres a breakdown of the book

PLOT line - 4 out of 5 - the storyline is something new, PSS is a fictitio
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-4-review
I managed to finish Ghost Hand in a relatively short amount of time. This was helped along by the fact that the pace was quick and I didn't really come across too many lulls in the story. Plus, I really enjoyed reading about something that I hadn't come across before.

So after first reading about Olivia's ghost hand, or psyche sans soma, I googled the hell out of it and couldn't find anything. According to the novel it's a real documented thing (although I do realize that this has been fabricate


I've got to admit, I picked up Ghost Hand, not expecting much more than a ten-a-penny YA. The description and the cover looked like a hundred such books I've read before.

Ghost Hand blows those books out of the water. It is action packed without having the ridiculous schoolgirl-heroine who turns into Xena, Warrior Princess over night. Things happen quickly but believably while still managing to fit in plenty of characterisation. Olivia is a really well formed character who deals with
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Why You Should Buy It

This book steps out of the gate with an amazing story line, characters, mysteries, and thrills. It never slows down and rivals Hourglass, Open Minds, and Enclave for a kick ass science fiction book with a female protagonist.

My Thoughts

*I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review.*

This book. THIS. BOOK.

Sometimes when you read a book, you know you love it pretty much right away. And Ghost Hand was like that. It wasn’t ev
Michelle's Paranormal Vault of Books

Wow, what a great book! I was so hooked from the first few pages, and that doesn’t happen to me very often. See I was supposed to be reading another book for a tour, but had not put it in my Kindle yet, so just randomly picked a book I had on there now, and knew it was one I needed to read soon, and bam, was hooked and could not stop reading till I was done. Lol. Yeah, it’s that good.

I took just a bit to warm up to Olivia, but did pretty soon. I really liked Marcus, and the mystery surrounding h
Paige Bradish
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was contacted by the author to read and review Ghost Hand. This is my honest review.

To start off, I must say that I am the biggest ghost fan ever. As far back as I can remember I have always loved horror movies, ghost shows, anything like that especially books. So when I was asked to review a book that sounded good, the fact that the title was Ghost Hand just put it over the top for me.

Ghost Hand is about a girl named Olivia who was born with PSS, which is a condition in which instead means
Michael Alltop
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like the shape-shifting and flesh-piercing fingers of the title, Ripley Patton’s GHOST HAND grips and unnerves and shakes the reader with a plot that races from one high-stakes scene to the next. Woven into this thriller, which features a ragtag band of paranormal outcasts being hunted by an evil scientist and his militant lackeys, is an unusually textured coming-of-age story centered on seventeen-year-old Olivia Black. Patton gives the generation gap a new twist, in that Olivia and her cohort—i ...more
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED THIS BOOK. SO MUCH. Many thanks to the author for sending the book in exchange for an honest review. And, honestly: I LOVED THIS BOOK. SO MUCH. And it’s not just me: Ghost Hand was recently selected as a semi-finalist for The Kindle Book Review 2013 Best Indie Book Award in the YA category.

Olivia Black has Psyche Sans Soma, a rare birth defect affecting one or more areas of the body. Instead of flesh and bone, the body part is made of a transparent, ethereal substance, giving it a ghostl
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA readers, urban fantasy readers, anyone really
So, there's this chick, and she has this ghostly-lookin' hand... weird, huh? Yeah, well, that's just the start of it...

This story is really nicely paced to keep you guessing what might be going to happen next. I'm not going to say it was full of surprising twists and turns, because most of them I guessed earlier--not because I'm magic, but because the clues were all there, in a good way. The breadcrumbs were dropped drawing me in, wanting to see if I was "right"... And this book taught me how to
Resch Reads
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alright before I even get into the story…I have to say the cover and title definitely cause it to not be 5-stars for me. In addition, I read the synopsis before I read the book and fell in love; however, you all know I judge a book by its cover and the cover and title of this book just did not do it for me. Quiet the opposite, it made me reconsider even reading the book.

I decided to take the plunge and thankfully the story was fantastic. It had everything I want and hope for in a paranormal roma
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r
R2R: Ghost Hand

(I received a free copy, in exchange for a review)

Olivia was born with a very rare birth defect, something referred to as PSS, Psyche Sans Soma. For her, she refers to it as her ghost hand, an otherworldly glowing hand, of energy. One day in class, she finds out the hard way that the hand can do much more than she ever thought. It can reach into a person and take something from them, their secret. Marcus, the new kid, sees this happen and knows that she is the person he has been s
Heidi Hansen
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A small number of children were born in the world with Psyche Sans Soma (PSS), a condition where some portion of the physical body is metaphysically present instead of being "real." A reaction you would expect from some people - differences are neither accepted nor welcomed. In fact, some are very threatened by their existence. In this first book of a trilogy, Marcus had discovered a list of these special teenagers who are being targeted. He has made it his mission to save the people on the list ...more
Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

3.5 stars

At A Glance
So different, so interesting. Ghost Hand is a great start to a great series (I just have that feeling).

The Good
I was so surprised by Ghost Hand. It started out with a bang and ended perfectly to make me excited to get my hands on the next book. The suspense, action, and little romance was a perfect blend to keep me reading in one sitting. The best part though was the unique paranormal aspect. A ghost hand??? Weird, right? But this whol
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I had no idea what to expect with Ghost Hand and so I went into it with zero expectations. All I knew was that it was about a girl with a ghost hand. That concept alone was enough to draw me in. Little did I know that I was in for a roller coaster ride of twists and turns. Just wh
E. Bard
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a great idea for a book. And the story was entertaining as well. Imagine being born and growing up with a physical part of your body missing - but not entirely. It is replaced by a ghostly representation of that part, and although it can function like the missing part, it can also have unusual qualities. The author did a wonderful job of creating a world where this condition exists - Psyche Sans Soma or PSS. It makes for a very unique tale.

There is quite a bit of action throughout the story
Hmm... I enjoyed this book and liked the premise, it sort of reminded me of Shade, by Jeri Smith-Ready, in how only people born after a certain date are affected (although here it's only a select few as opposed to the whole population). They didn't really fully explain PSS, although I assume they'll get to that in a later book. But I have to say it's a little weird that she has 'special powers' when no one else does. I know little bits were revealed about others here and there, but she can prett ...more
From the “Hidden Gem” pile, comes Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton and I have to say, I like her style! There is no slow build up, no waiting for the action to start, it was BAM, outta the gate and they’re off! From the quick jump into the action to the unique twist on YA Paranormal/Romance/Fantasy, my inner YA was hooked and lost in the world created by Ms. Patton.

What is so different, you ask? Have you ever heard of PSS? It’s a birth anomaly where a body part is made of pure energy, for our heroine
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Olivia has Psyche Sans Soma, and it means that one of her hands is made of ethereal energy. Now her hand seems to be malfunctioning and doing strange things, just as a shadowy group are trying to kidnap her to harvest her PSS for their criminal purposes.

This book sounded totally different to anything that I had read before and I did like it. I liked the concept of a normal girl having this 'ghost hand' and ever
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-book
2 stars for Ghost Hand :) okay, so it doesn't mean that this book is horrible nor does it make it seem that it's a mindblowing read. It was just...okay.

What I liked about the book is how well-written it was. At first it was kind of interesting but I lost it somewhere mid part when I can't seem to really get into the story. The spark that we expect to feel in a book somtime after reading maybe 5 chapters was nonexistent. I kept going and reading thinking that "I'll get there, this book will have
R.E. Weber
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’d been browsing the web for free ebook downloads, when I first came across ‘Ghost Hand’. Although I’m not a huge reader of fantasy (instead preferring Sci-fi) I was intrigued by the book’s description, and so I downloaded a copy. Initially, I had planned to read it at some point in the future, having already queued up several other books to read first. However once I had browsed the first few pages, I found myself being drawn in, and I started reading properly. Two hours later, I literally had ...more
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2013
Author Description: "Olivia Black just discovered that her ghost hand, a rare birth defect, can do more than light up a room. It can reach into people and pull things out. Things from the darkest depths of the human psyche never meant to exist in this world.

Olivia can pickpocket the soul.

But she can't control her ability, or the strange items it extracts, and the only thing between Olivia and the men bent on taking the power of her hand is a boy she barely knows and doesn't trust."

I loved this
Tanja (Tanychy)
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

First time I have heard of this book was when Kindlemom hosted it as Indie book of the week and from her review it sounded like a really unique read and I'm always in when it comes to unique stories. Luckily for me it really was unique.

So this is a story about Olivia, a girl with a ghost hand. Yeah literary she has a ghost hand meaning her hand is translucent and glowing. With time she got used to it and while no one really had any logical explanation for t
Jeremy Zimmerman
In Ripley Patton's Ghost Hand, we are presented with a world much like our own. The primary distinction is that some people are born with a glowing spectral body part instead of the usual one. The medical term is Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Such is the case of Olivia Black and her "ghost hand": though she can pick things up with it and wear gloves over it, she can also pass it through things and it cannot be hurt.

Until, of course, it starts acting up and the militant branch of an anti-PSS lobbyis
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Ripley Patton lives on 22 wooded acres on a lake in Southern Illinois with a cat named Lemmy. Her two young adult children, a daughter and a son, are her favorite people. When Ripley's not out exploring nature and getting her hands dirty, she's usually reading or writing a book.


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The PSS Chronicles (4 books)
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