ARC | Book Review #159 – Spirit Hunters, by Ellen Oh

Hey guys!

Here is my review for Spirit Hunters, by Ellen Oh.

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Synopsis:

We Need Diverse Books founder Ellen Oh returns with Spirit Hunters, a high-stakes middle grade mystery series about Harper Raine, the new seventh grader in town who must face down the dangerous ghosts haunting her younger brother. A riveting ghost story and captivating adventure, this tale will have you guessing at every turn!

Harper doesn’t trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. She knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?

 

Pros:

  • scarry!
  • fun read
  • diverse

 

Cons:

  • sometimes it read as too adult which contrasted with some parts more childish
  • a tad predictable at times

 

Verdict:

Look at that cover! It’s so beautiful! I don’t often read middle grade but the scary aspect of this book got my interest. It was a tad bit more scary than what I was expecting. Or maybe I’m just a chicken, but I thought that it could be too scary for some younger kids or even some more sensitive. But that kinda made the read more fun and thrilling. Plot wise, some things were a bit predictable but I guess that’s what it comes with genres I’ve seen every possible trope in other media. My favourite thing was the relation of the spiritual sensitivity of the main character and her korean inheritance. It was not only compelling for me to read but it is also so beautiful and very respectfully done by the author to incorporate that part of the character’s culture. The diversity on this one is just too good. Even though I wasn’t totally impressed with this title, it was still a very fun read and I would totally recommend it.

This book came out today so be sure to pick it up!

Until soon,

Cat.

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