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The Awakening

(Ghost Huntress #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,993 ratings  ·  187 reviews
Get out your tape recorders, crystals, and extra batteries - you're about to go where our world meets the spirit world.

Psychic Kids, Paranormal State, Haunting Evidence - these and countless other television shows are making believers out of millions of people: Ghosts exist, and they're living right beside us. For centuries, individuals have been trying to prove the exist
Paperback, 338 pages
Published May 4th 2009 by Graphia (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book! I love the cover and thought that I would've loved to read a book like this when I was a teenager (loved Amityville Horror, In a Dark Place, etc.) Just too much going on in this book with a ridiculously overdone faux teen voice. If I read one more time where someone was giving her friend "the 411" I would've thrown the book across the room. A lot of eye rolling, not much good writing. Especially because this a series, I would've expected the author to NOT pack so much ...more
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not a bad story with some good potential. Sadly, it ended up frustrating me more than interested me. I can think of several that would love this book but it was not for me.

Lets start with the good, before I scare anyone off. There was a very good blend of characters with very diverse personalities. At first they seem very stereotypical but some do start to branch out from how they first appear. The ghosthunting research put into this was very good. Imagine the TAPS team with a ghost psychic. Th
Abigail the Fangirl
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Okay, at first, I was a little hesitant about reading this book. Not only was the cover kind of tacky (I try not to judge books by their cover but ugh, I do.), but I wasn't sure if this type of story was for me...though lemme tell you, I actually really enjoyed it. All the characters were super likable, and the story itself was rather entertaining. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I couldn't stop reading! I will definetely pick up the next book soon!
Ilana Weiss
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am totally into paranormal things and if you are too then this is a series for you! Lots of paranormal activity as well as a little romance, definitely an amazing series to read.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well, I'm not having much luck with these last few reads. In terms of maturity, it's not terrible or irritating but the little arguments and conversations are very irritating. Also, the texting convos, specifically between Kendall and her ex best friend was such a waste of time. I'm actually not even sure what the significance of that friendship was at all.
The idea of being able to communicate with ghosts or a sensitive was pretty interesting but it took forever for anything to happen. He story
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This was a really awesome book! I have always wanted to go ghost hunting. I think it is so fascinating! I mean really, how awesome would it be to help a spirit that is trapped here move on from this world. Well, if you are interested in it, but never had the opportunity to do it yourself, some of your questions will be answered in this truly awesome book! Ghost Huntress: The Awakening is a spine tingling story about a young girl named Kendall Morehead that has moved from the big city of Chicago
Kendall and her family move from Chicago to the small town of Radisson, Georgia. Since moving there, Kendall hasn't been able to sleep very well. To try and help her sleep, Kendall's dad brings home a white-noise machine for her.

But she hears more than just the sound of the machine. There is a voice coming through the machine too!

I've had this on my to-read list since sometime in 2009. What made me want to read this is because it is about a teenager being able to see spirits and eventually, gho
Mar 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Let me start off by saying that I'm extremly passionate about the paranormal and I have a huge fancination with the South. So, when I picked up this book and found out it's about a sixteen year old girl who moves to a small Southern town and becomes a ghost hunter, I snatched it right up.

Thank God it only cost me two dollars. -_-

Seriously. I only got through about 50 pages before I shoved it onto my bookshelf, where it shall stay. Forever.

First of all, the author is apparently a paranormal inves
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Ghost Huntress is my favorite series. I am hooked on it. I love Kendall's charactor. She is really funny, and her sarcasm is very humorous. I also like this book becauuse I am a fan of the paranormal and have found this series to be one of the most realistic books about the paranormal. I love the charactors in this book. They all are put together really well, and each have their individual personalities. I found this book really cool to because it is one of the only paranormal books out ther ...more
This book was a little cheesy (though the Hugh Jackman reference was a 10/10), but it was cute. I think I would appreciate it a lot more if I were a few years younger — perhaps around the 13-16 age range.
Jessica Ciarcz
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this back in 5th or 6th grade. I know I really enjoyed it so my goal is to re-read it in a few months!
Jun 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Most teenagers worry about making friends and fitting in when they have to move. But what do you do when your new town is haunted, and on top of it all, you seem to have become some sort of homing beacon for every restless spirit in the area?

Kendall Moorehead is just a typical teenage-girl-next-door when her family moves out of the hustle and bustle of Chicago and into the quiet, sleepy town of historic Radisson, Georgia. Since the move, Kendall has had the annoying problem of not being able to
Megan (The Book Babe)
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Honestly, I'm struggling while writing this review. I wrote out an entire one, then I decided that it didn't say what I needed it to. And I need it to say that while I enjoyed The Awakening, it's just not a book that I can see myself reading over and over. Ugh. I don't know how to write this review at all...

It's not that I didn't like The Awakening...I did to a point. But all of my thoughts on this novel totally conflict, and I can'
Emma (Miss Print)
Apr 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vine
Sometimes, the first line of a book really does tell you everything you need to know. Such is the case for Marley Gibson's first Ghost Huntress book The Awakening (2009):

It's too freaking quiet here!

I can't sleep. Not a wink.

As the story progresses, readers learn that insomnia is the least of sixteen-year-old Kendall Moorehead's problems. After her family moves from Chicago to the middle of nowhere smalltown Radisson, Georgia, Kendall has to adjust to a new school, make new friends, figure out
Michelle Rebar
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
A great new paranormal series! Kendall and her family move from the big city of Chicago to a small town in Georgia. After leaving her friends and what seems like all of civilization behind she now has to be the new girl. It's obvious she won't be winning any popularity contests here, but she does find a few friends, quirky though they may be. Oh, and her new town also seems to be haunted and she is a beacon for all of these restless spirits. This awakening of her psychic abilities wouldn't be so ...more
Aug 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Ok, well besides for the corny cover it's a pretty darn good book. You know the saying, Don't judge a book by its cover! Well, lesson learned. But seriously, I think it's very tacky. But moving one... I liked the story, the main chacacter was enjoyable. It was a really a good story line and it kept me entertained. So it's about a girl who moves into a small town. Where there are many ghosts because there was a Civil War and he powers "awake". She learns she is pyschic. And then later she bacomes ...more
First posted on Barnes & Noble on February 6, 2012.

Because I've always been into the supernatural I figured I'd give this series a shot. The plot was good, the characters were fun, although I felt some could have used more development, but, hey it's only the first book in a series.

One of the main things that irked me while reading this book was the author's constant need to add stupid pop culture references that didn't help at all. One of my biggest pet peeves when reading is pop culture, be
Feb 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Ghost Huntress was a really different take on the paranormal/fantasy book that I’m used to. Mainly because it’s supposed to be “real” to a certain extent. I mean people actually do this stuff. The ghost hunting part. There is even a paranormal investigator group in my area. I’m too much of a chicken to even attempt what these girls did.

It’s obvious that Gibson knows what she is talking about when it comes to investigating things that go bump in the night. It was really neat to see the technical
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Though the book didn't start off as quick paced as I'm used to when it comes to paranormal/fantasy fiction, Marley Gibson didn't rush a good thing. And that's exactly what this book is; a good thing.

I normally stay to vampire novels and witch novels with the occasional novel that has a healthy mix of the paranormal world but Ghost Huntress: The Awakening was my first strictly ghost-related book. Marley Gibson went about the book is the most realistic-nature I've ever encountered. She's written
Allice Revelle
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I can't believe I almost put this in the "did not finish" shelf last year. I had started reading the first couple of chapters and there was something I could not stand about the writing? The book? I don't know, but I closed it and put it back on my shelf to collect dust.

So now I'm really glad I picked it up. And unlike last time, I had no problem forcing myself to read it.

I think its a good example of how some books just have to be read in certain moods? If a book doesn't "click" with me in the
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Around Halloween every year, I do some sort of assignment revolving around ghosts. Some years, students are completely engaged with the idea. Others, not so much. This year, I could see the light shining out of the eyes of one particular student who was so excited to share her knowledge of this topic. So, I decided to pick up a ghost book. She'll love this one.

When Kendall moves into a history-rich southern town, she starts to become aware of unusual things happenings. She knows things she shoul
Mary (BookHounds)
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
This is a very fun read. I didn't think I was going to like it at first and then realized I had read 150 pages without even realizing it. If you watch the Ghost Hunter series on TV then you are going to love this story. All of the science on the show is brought to life by the teenagers, but with better comments. The character of Kendall really brings the idea to life. There is some "language", a few kisses, but nothing anyone should object to. Nicely Done! I just got my hands on the second one i ...more
Colleen Houck
Jul 22, 2011 added it
Shelves: ghosts
This book has everything I never knew I always wanted to know about ghost hunting. So much fun to go on this adventure with the young Kendall. Knowing Marely personally, I can really hear her voice in her writing which is a bonus. If you like watching the Ghost Hunter you will LOVE this book. The group of friends that accompany Kendall on her adventures are fun. Wish I had a group of girlfriends like that!
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Angela by: Stacey Jay's blog
This book was recommended on Stacey Jay's blog a long time ago. Although I have not had any interest in anything to do with ghosts, I decided to give it a try. That being said, it did take me a little while to get into it. I did started enjoying it much more by the middle of the book, and didn't want to put it down. I think it's b/c by then there was a little romance thrown in with it... Very good book, glad I finished it otherwise I would have never known.
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book. In this book Kendall, the girl, as a awakening and can see ghost. Plus her mom just wont beleive it untill her dad was hurt in a bad accident that left a gash in his head. But what can find out is who did it he was in he work bulitind alone! So now Kendall has a to find out was it a ghost! Read to find out.
Kayce Bobnar
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think this was a really exciting book. It got me on the edge of my seat many times. If you like to read about ghosts and spirts, then this is the perfect book for you! I never got bored of it because every part had something different and exciting.
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I can see this becoming a modern Nancy Drew series and I'll happily read each installment. Adventure, paranormal activity, drama, teen angst, a touch of romance, kids with morals. What's not to like here?
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ghost-y, romance, ya
This was surprisingly really good!! Cute, =D =D gotta love these ghost-y books =P
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fun, modern, and hip language with a cool topic. not cheesy, actually relatable and interesting. a nice addition of fantasy/ sci-fi to my usual reading..will probably look into the series!
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
its so the same time romantic....
... <3 jason and kendall <3 .......
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Marley Gibson is the author of the hit young adult paranormal fiction series, "Ghost Huntress," from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Graphia line, as well as "Radiate," which is a fictionalized version of the cancer she went through as a teenage cheerleader.

Gibson was featured on the premiere episode of The Biography Channel’s "My Ghost Story," as well as being interviewed by for a Halloween f

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