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The Crane Diaries: Homecoming

(The Crane Diaries #1)

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  507 ratings  ·  101 reviews
New Orleans is a city known for its paranormal history—and it’s the place Emma Rose Crane, AKA Mattie Hathaway, has come home to.

She hopes she can start over in New Orleans, where her ability to see ghosts isn't so freaky. She’s even starting college, but the whole thing would be a lot easier if she weren’t faced with a family she barely knows, all while dealing with the
Kindle Edition, 161 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Limitless Publishing LLC
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Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book having no idea that it was a spin-off to another series. 🙈
Definitely, there were things I couldn’t understand, but the story was pretty good.
I can’t remember when was the last time I read a book about ghosts, but I can count the books about ghosts that I read, on one hand. So yeah... it was a breath of fresh air.
I have to read the other series tho... before starting book number two in this series. Maybe this way, things will be a little bit more clear. 😁
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great book.  I love this series just as much as Ghost Files.  All the same lovable characters are here and some new family members.  I can't wait for Emma and Dan to finally get together.   Great book and I can't wait for more.  I am sooo glad this author decided to write more books. ...more
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Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I went into this story never having previously read any of the ghost files books. I honestly didn't even know this book was related to those. What I knew was that I have fallen in love with Apryl Baker's writing so when I learned she had a new book coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it. I figured it couldn't hurt to at least try because I love how she creates characters that stick with you. She writes people and story lines that you get invested in. That is what I was hoping to find here
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Ghosts and other paranormal yes I had to read this because I love scary ghost stories and other paranormal things. Plus this takes place in New Orleans home to the paranormal. The setting and the pace of the story flowed very smoothly and I was sucked in from the start. You get to see so much right from the beginning that you have to keep reading it to see what happens next.

Emma hopes to start her life over again and ends up in New Orleans. She has no idea that helping her sister out would chang
Feb 03, 2019 marked it as to-read
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New Orleans is a city known for its paranormal history—and it’s the place Emma Rose Crane, AKA Mattie Hathaway, has come home to.

She hopes she can start over in New Orleans, where her ability to see ghosts isn't so freaky. She’s even starting college, but the whole thing would be a lot easier if she weren’t faced with a family she barely knows, all while dealing with the loss of someone she loved.

Can she really escape her past and be semi-normal? Even
Tina H
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I did enjoy this book but it didn't keep my interest like The Ghost Files. However, I really enjoy the characters and the bond they share. I look forward to more!

Mummy's Naughty Corner
Well it's good to have the gang back lol. I'm glad that the darkness hasn't gone from the books and I liked the story behind the ghost in this one. I liked that we have now met Mattie's brother and I wonder how he'll fit into her life and what backlash that will cause. ...more
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
This was such a fantastic read that I couldn't put it down. From start to finish, the author pulls you into the midst of the storyline and as you read it you can see the hair on your arms quickly standing up and staying that way until the very end. ...more
Before you start this series make sure you read The Ghost Files as this is a spin off from that series. For whatever reason I didn't realize that when I started reading that book. Now the author is good about back tracking and filling in gaps. And I did read book 1 in The Ghost Files, The Ghost Files so I wasn't completely lost. But I am definitely going to go back and read the other books in The Ghost Files before I continue on with this series. I like this world, the ghosts. It's kind of like ...more
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Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: celeste
There are ghosts, wraiths, demons, hellhounds, reapers; there just about all the spiritual paranormal that one book can hold.  Homecoming is part of the Ghost Files series and although it can be read as a standalone it would be helpful to read the other books first just for the insight on the backstories that are touched on in this book, also to help keep up with the large amount of characters that are in there.  Since it is a paranormal book I couldn’t keep up with who was dead and a ghost or w ...more
Mac Dubista Keso The Bibliobibuli v(=∩_∩=)
I'm excited to know more about Mattie's adventure! Love the ending! Less drama on this book, points for Ms. Baker! More Silas and Nathaniel moments please! Ohh Eric, you go girl! Haha I want to see how MARY'S CHARACTER will bloom and have her talents show! Yay! More secrets should be reveal in the next book pls! 😊 ...more
Gina  Clabo
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I rounded this book to 5 stars because 4.7 stars was close enough. I would like to start off saying you need to read Apryl Baker's Ghost Files series (5Books) because this is a continuing series of Mattie Hathaway AKA Emma Rose life as she has moved to New Orleans to start anew. I did not read book 5 because the stories were so good I did not want it to end and now I can read it and move on to the Crane Diaries series. You will not understand the story of Mattie Hathaway in the Crane Diaries if ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs, books-2-blog
A story that owned me from first page to last

My first book by this author, this series is a sequel to the Ghost Files series. While I thought this book worked pretty well as a standalone (the author does a great job of dropping in facts without being overwhelming), it does mention events that are spoilers for the first series. So for the best experience, or if you're a stickler about spoilers and/or for reading books in order, I'd recommend reading the Ghost Files books first.

It was literally a
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Homecoming by Apryl Baker is the first book in the The Crane Diares Series. I did not know when I chose to read this book that the story actually starts in a previous series called Ghost Files . So at times I was a little lost. The book does give a little insight into the past story but I do think this book would be better read if i had read other books from The Ghost Files.

Homecoming is a very intense book. Mattie Hathaway now goes by Emma Rose Crane. She grew up in the foster system. Now sh i
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Apryl Baker brings us back to the world of The Ghost Files and the Ghost Girl, Mattie Hathaway. These days, Mattie goes by Emma Rose Crane, her real name. It's a fresh name for a fresh start in New Orleans. She's no longer a foster kid but has a real family. Her dad and grandparents adore her and she has her "sister" Mary, and "brother" Eric by her side, and best of all nobody knows her as that creepy Ghost Girl anymore... what could possibly go wrong? Cue "The Scooby Gang" a group of young "gho ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I requested an ARC of this book I didn’t know that it was part of a previous series nor had I read anything from Apryl Baker before this.

The second I started it I was pulled right into the world of these characters and I was hooked. This book got me into such a Fall mood and it kinda reminded me of the show The Ghost Whisperer (which I LOVED as a teenager) that I found myself finishing it in one sitting. I just loved how the main character Mattie/Emma was able to pull so many people into h
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I hadn't read any work by Baker before this book, and while other reviewers are mentioning the return of Emma/Mattie, I didn't find that I was lost in this book, which was a big plus. While there certainly is an entire world before I came in, Baker does a great job of catching us up without making us feel that we should be lost.
There is an entity that is after a baby, and Mattie teams up with "The Scooby Gang", a group of wannabe ghost hunters, to help save the baby. I enjoyed reading everyone'
Heather Blake
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emma Rose Crane aka Mattie Hathaway is in New Orleans starting her new life. Emma and Mary, along with Eric are in college and just trying to adjust to everything. No one here knows about Emma's past or gift, and she tends to keep it that way. But when Mary has a crush on a guy who chases ghost and ends up finding a true haunted house; Emma is forced to use her gift. No one can stop this ghost except for Emma.
Add in a new brother and uncle Emma has alot to deal with. She needs to learn to do ev
Sarah Evans
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The ghost files are hands down the best series I’ve read in a long time. When I heard that ghost files was no more I was truly upset but when I found out that Apryl was continuing with mattie’s story in the crane diaries it really made my day!

I really recommend that you read the ghost files before this series as you may feel a little confused with some things that are mentioned and it will help you to get the feel of Emma aka Mattie more and what she has been through.

I loved this book,
Jessica Belmont
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is my first Apryl Baker novel and I was not disappointed. This has everything: ghosts, demons, wraiths and romance! This is another story in a series, but can be read as a standalone. I was not confused at all, but would love to go back and read the other books.

I love our main character, Emma and her backstory. She is a really well rounded character and I fell in love with her instantly. Apryl Baker has created a cast of characters that a truly unique and a lot of fun to read about.

I highly
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
SOOOOOOOOO GLAD this series continued.
If you love the original Ghost File series then you HAVE to continue this one

This is one of my favorite series I had read and I am glad that it has a chance at becoming a movie/tv show.

This book takes place when Emma/Mattie is in college now and goes on a case at a haunted house.
I loved the whole book and especially the end when Dan comes back!!!!!

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Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Holy smoke sh*t, I love this book.
No, scratch that. I love the while f*cking series.

Emma Rose Mathilda Hathaway Crane, where can I begin to describe her. She is the firecracker. I love how determine, stubborn, and sassy she is. She is not afraid to show the world what she’s made of.
I need a little Mattie with me on the way out.

And Oh-My-Gawd. Dan and Mattie? F*ck me. They would make the perfect couple. A match made in heaven! (...or hell lol)

I would like to thank Apryl Baker for this amazing,
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
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Randall Murphy
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ll be completely honest. I was a little reluctant going into this book. Don’t get me wrong I thoroughly enjoyed the ghost files series, but I thought that the story had ran its course. I believed that Mattie’s story had been told. So I dove into my ARC copy of this book with hopeful optimism and prayed it wouldn’t turn out like a bad movie sequel. Needless to say, as you can tell by my 5 star rating, I believe Apryl Baker knocked it out of the park. I couldn’t put it down. The new story line i ...more
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
An exciting beginning for the highly anticipated spin off to The Ghost Files series. Emma Rose, aka Mattie, is back and living in New Orleans in the hopes of making a fresh start. Of course it’s not so simple for Emma Rose to make a fresh start when she sees ghosts everywhere and of course, in the book she finds herself in the middle of a ghost hunt which is what she does best. I really enjoyed this book and got to follow Mattie’s story again which is one of the main things I loved about The Gho ...more
Brandy Mulder
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have not read the ghost files series, so I felt a little left out on some of the connections between the characters. I read the first couple of chapters and realized they had a history, so I stopped and read ghost files book 1 real quick, and felt a much better connection to the characters. I feel like a sprinkle of background here and there may have helped this one out since there is so much history there. I am interested in finding out what happens next. Who knew ghosts could be so dangerous ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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First I'm going to mention that this book can be read as a standalone but it's actually part of the Ghost Files series. I do think it would have been better to have read the Ghost Files first because it does talk about things that have happened in previous books. That being said I still really enjoyed this book Also the author does fill you in on some of what happened to the characters in previous books. I love the writing! The characters are so well written! This was a great read, especially fo ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Apryl did it again! I loved this book. If you loved the Ghost Files series, you will love the Crane Diaries. The story picks up right where Ghost Files left off with her move to New Orleans. It also answers a few unanswered questions there were left open in Ghost Files. I recommend to read the Ghost Files first before reading this new series, but it is not necessary. I cannot wait to see where this series takes us. The Crane Diaries has it all suspense, humor, and romance. It is a great start to ...more
Carrie Blair
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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