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Texas Gothic

(Goodnight Family #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  4,850 ratings  ·  727 reviews
Amy Goodnight knows that the world isn't as simple as it seems—she grew up surrounded by household spells and benevolent ghosts. But she also understands that "normal" doesn't mix with magic, and she's worked hard to build a wall between the two worlds. Not only to protect any hope of ever having a normal life.

Ranch-sitting for her aunt in Texas should be exactly that. Goo
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published July 7th 2011)
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Arianne Thompson
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-ya
Five Reasons To Read "Texas Gothic"

1.) A good heroine! Amy is 17 or so, and she acts it. She has plenty of appealing traits (grounded, sensible, caring, brave in a pinch, smart in the mouth) and her negatives - shooting off said mouth, occasionally doing stupid things for stupid or emotional reasons - are framed by a good deal of self-awareness. It's so refreshing to spend 400 pages with a likable person who recognizes her own flaws without drowning in them. Amy is one of the best.

2.) Excellent
Emily May
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult, 2011, dnf

I gave this book 100 pages to get interesting but, for me, it just wasn't. I kept waiting and waiting for the story to kick off but unfortunately all I got out of those first 100 pages was some flirtations with a cowboy and a ghostly occurence that was just boring.

There is a chance that this story becomes absolutely fabulous later on in the novel but I'm afraid I don't have the patience to wait for it.
Information to the author of this book: I know that people in the US sometimes confuse Sweden with Switzerland. After all, they are two countries in Europe, who both begin with SW... Bit like Missouri and Michigan, you could say.. same-same really, or not?

I'd just like to let you know that Alfred Nobel was a Swede and every year since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace. The Nobel Prize is an international
Ashley Daviau
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked this up on a whim quite awhile ago because the title intrigued me. I'm glad I did so because I thoroughly enjoyed this story! I'm always a big fan of anything that has ghosts or witches and when you pair both together, it's a definite recipe for success! Not only was the story great but I really enjoyed the characters as well. I kept forgetting that many of them were in their teens because they definitely didn't act like teenagers. And then the ending was absolutely not what I was expec ...more
Amy Goodnight knows that the world isn't as simple as it seems—she grew up surrounded by household spells and benevolent ghosts. But she also understands that "normal" doesn't mix with magic, and she's worked hard to build a wall between the two worlds...

This is the summer when the wall between Amy's worlds is going to come crashing down.

When I read the opening line of this book "The goat was in the tree again" I knew this one was going to be fun. I just loved Texas Gothic. It wasn't anythi
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
DNF at page 116.

I like the book but I hate the whole love story angle. Ben is such an asshole.

To continue or not to continue.

Romance in YA is really overdone. Also tends to be really problematic, which wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't portrayed as omg assholes are so hot~~ way.

Like this whole vendetta against her aunt by him extending to them is really grating on my nerves.

Yeah, I'm DNFing. I hear this book is heavy on the romance and less emphasis on the ghost plotline. *YAWN*

Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2011/07/j...


First Impressions:

Thea: There are a number of things that Texas Gothic has going for it. First, there's the cool Nancy Drew homage/vibe (right down to the red-headed gumshoe sleuth heroine). Then, there's the awesome setting of the novel on dusty ranches during a Texas summer. Add an old fashioned haunting and ghost mystery to the mix, and you've got the makings of a fantastic young adult novel. And
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: girl-power
Last time when I read a ghost story, I was a child, and I'll be honest with you, ghosts were only fantastic creatures I was afraid of. I used to have awful nightmares and I was scared to go to any place which looked abandoned and haunted. Even later, when I figured out that ghosts don't exist, I had my share of scared-to-the-death moments. So you can easily imagine how I felt when I realized that Texas Gothic is a ghost story. It wasn't that pleasant to read it at night after everyone went to sl ...more
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Early review! Release date: 7th July 2011 (Book received from publisher)

When sisters Amy (short for Amaryllis) and Phin (short for Delphinium) Goodnight show up to ranch-sit for their Aunt Hyacinth, they don't realise quite how much the experience will change their lives. Phin is so wrapped up in her scientific studies (with a paranormal twist) that she rarely notices anything that doesn't fall directly into her sphere of interest, and Amy? Well, Amy wants nothing to do with the para side of nor
Something wicked this way comes in the rolling hills of Texas — and it certainly isn’t the ever-looming threat of Rick Perry attempting another presidential run. In her first book following the intriguing Goodnight family, Rosemary Clement-Moore explores the divide between magical and mundane in a seemingly normal community. While there were definitely some times in which I felt that Texas Gothic was a modern, witchy version of Nancy Drew, I ultimately found myself swept up in the ghostly myster ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
I so wanted to like this story more than I did. It sounded like a good, creepy ghost story, complete with a family of (nice) witches. Amy, the first-person narrator, seems amiable and interesting, even though she's anxious about toning down her family's magical, ghost-friendly reputation in her own life. Fresh from high school, Amy spends her summer housesitting her aunt's homestead with her college-age sister, Phin. The gist of the story is simple: Amy discovers that a hostile ghostly presence ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
Amaryllis (Amy) is looking after he aunt’s herb farm with her sister while her auntie takes a holiday, what she didn’t plan on though was some buried bones, and several ghosts.
What is going on with these ghosts? And who do the dead bones belong to?

I was hoping that I was in for a good ghost story with this one, but quickly realised that this was going to be long and boring.

I can’t say I really liked any of the characters in this. They were all fairly self-invo
Veronica Morfi
Amy and Phin are spending their summer watching over their aunts farm, away from their family Goodnight magic. Or this is what they think. After a skeleton is found where a bridge is supposed to be build, the mystery of a town ghost is thrust upon them waiting to be solved. Amy, who has spend her whole life trying to balance her family world and the real one, will find herself in the middle of everything and will have to accept her onw magic if she wants to make it out alive.

The story is really
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
I had this whole review planned for this title. You know, talking about why I like it and why I think you should read it.

But I just wrote a paper and my Brain (always capitalized) told me, in no uncertain terms, that if I try torturing it again (also known as writing) it will walk out and leave me Brainless.

And all my mutterings about the impossibility of it accomplishing such a feat? Details.

So. Just take my word for it. It's a fun book. It's entertaining and while it has its flaws, it also has
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"I wasn't worried about myself. I didn't consider the possibility that either of the men could catch me. I was all-star varsity soccer. I was Braveheart in Urban Outfitters. I was Supergirl. I was seriously delusional." (p 374)

Amy Goodnight knows exactly what to expect of her summer. She is taking care of her aunt's ranch with her "mad scientist" sister, Phin. Her days should consist of feeding the goats and making sure the little escape artists stay in their pen. Amy has it all planned out, but
Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Stars

The Goodnight family is quirky to say the least. Amy has always known that her family isn’t exactly ‘normal’ her aunt is a kitchen witch, her sister is always making potions and instruments to measure the paranormal and her cousin is a psychic. Amy just wants to live a normal life but that is almost impossible when you are a Goodnight.

“I was the designated grown up in a family that operated in different reality than the rest of the world.”

Sisters Amy and Phin agreed to watch their
Jul 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars Loved it!

This story has you laughing so hard you're crying one minute (well, maybe ten) and creeped out the next.

Amaryllis and Delphinium Goodnight (Amy and Phin) are sisters, farm-sitting for their Aunt Hyacinth on her Texas Farm while she is on summer vacation. Amy and Phin come from a family of witches who have various talents. Amy, for the most part, tries to keep this on the down-low and lead a normal life. This becomes difficult when a dead body is discovered on neighbor, Ben Mc
Tanja (Tanychy)
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
I like this book, it's funny. What can you expect of the book that starts with "The goat was in the tree again." :D
This book remains me of two series Bones and Ghost Whisper, i like both series so i also like this book.
Patty (IheartYA311)
Aug 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This started out fabulous but slowly turned in a direction I wasn't expecting. Overall, it was unique and enjoyable. ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it liked it

It's cute which I do not mean in a negative way. Texas Gothic is a surprising mix of witches and cowboys, magic and science, romantic-comedy and ghost mystery. It's not deep but damned entertaining. It starts with a girl in her undies flapping her arms at a cow whilst a young cowboy watches over then moves to a mystery of a long dead body, ghosts and sink holes. Can you blame me for finishing it? And it's funny! I love me a good laugh. While there's slapstick, with them bumping into each othe
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Amy Goodnight has her hands full taking care of the goats and dogs at her aunt's farm, along with her sister Phin. The two girls come from an unusual family of witches and psychics, although Amy has tried to distinguish herself as the most normal of the group, saving her family from utter embarrassment. She can't prevent embarrassment, though, when she's caught chasing cows and goats in her undergarments and galoshes by the hot neighbor cowboy. The summer takes on a more sinister turn when old s ...more
Greta is Erikasbuddy
May 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

I really wanted to like this book. I can't tell you how much I wanted to like this book! It started out sooo soo good!! With goats that were climbing up a tree and escaping their pen and a girl chasing them in her underroos while a hot cowboy rides up and helps her herd them back into their pen and thinks she's nuts because goats don't climb trees.

I mean... THAT was most awesome!!!

But what got me was the way this was written. IT was NOT the funny book I thought it was going to be. I mea
Amy Goodnight is the straightwoman in a family of psychics and witches -- she just wants to major in pre-med and live a nice, practical life. But when she and her older sister agree to take care of their Aunt Hyacinth's farm while she takes a vacation, Amy's life gets a little more complicated. Not only do the goats keep escaping from their pen by climbing trees -- but she seems to have attracted a ghost, and finds herself tangled up with a mystery involving the farm next door and the handsome y ...more
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm drawn to a pretty cover like a frat boy to a keg. With this rash of supernatural YA lit, the covers are almost always delicious, while the text is, more often than not, dull, trite and borderline unreadable. Not so with Texas Gothic, the story of two witchy sisters ranch-sitting for a month in Texas for their Aunt. The story follows Amy Goodnight, the straight arrow (by choice) in a family of Lutheran kitchen witches and her connection to a ghost, the Mad Monk, that terrorizes the land surro ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Light-hearted, fun tale of witches, spells and ghost hunting on a Texas ranch.

Main character Amy is interesting and well developed, but it's her absent minded genius sister Phin that is the best thing about this book. Phin is studying Chemistry and Physics at University and is developing technology so that she can track paranormal activity. She reminds me of Hotlzmann from ghostbusters.

Ghostbusters character Holtzmann wearing her own unique idea of a scientists outfit

So nothing new or groundbreaking here but the characters are warm and likeable, there's a bit of a mystery, and
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Read from November 1-2, 2013
2nd read - June 24-25

I really loved this book. The story and the characters are really interesting, I love that Amy and Phin come from a family of witches with paranormal abilities, and I would've loved to have read more about them. I see that there's a second book, but apparently it's about their cousin Daisy, who puts in an appearance in this book too. I'm glad about that, but disappointed that the focus won't be on Amy. This particular story has ghosts, cowboys, bu
May 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-ya-ya
Well for one, the cover is rather gorgeous. I love the vibrant red of the girl's lips and the scarlet of her hair and the pale pink color tones and the wisps of white that wreathe the title and the splash of green for her eyes. I think it's a beautiful color palette.

And then there is the story, which promises to be beautiful as well. I loved Clement-Moore's The Splendor Falls and I hope that in these pages I'll find more of the same magic and suspense and wonderful characters and delectably droo
Scottsdale Public Library
Amy Goodnight tries very hard to maintain an appearance of normalcy- despite the fact that her family possesses magical powers. Her summer job includes watching goats on her aunt's ranch while she is away, and trying to keep her paranormal-obsessed sister Phin from generating gossip. It doesn't help that her neighbor, Ben, is always catching her at the most awkward moments. When a ghost appears in Amy's room, she finds herself being drawn into a web of mystery. The ghost's warning is all too cle ...more
Amy Littleford
Oct 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I really LOVED Rosemary Clement-Moore's debut book, The Splendour Falls, and read it over and over again as a teenager. I was always curious about her other works and so finally decided to read Texas Gothic. After I got over how very YA this book is, it took me back to my love for this author. Everything I loved about The Splendour Falls was in this book. It is a perfect read for October! It has witches, ghosts, people being possessed, an awesome setting on dusty ranches during a Texas
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Hmm. I have mixed feelings about this one. I really enjoyed the first chunk, and thought I was really going to like Amy's voice throughout the story. Which I did. But I guess I didn't really like the story that much? The first time the ghost showed up in Amy's room was really spooky and exciting, and I loved all the banter between her and Ben, but then it just turned to a story about people digging up bones. It was almost like reading a book version of Time Team, and I thought it was pretty unde ...more
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