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Dec 24, 2013

Book Review: Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton


Title: Ghost Hand
Author: Ripley Patton
Publication Date: November 28, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Series: First book in the PSS Chronicles Series. Book two, Ghost Hold,
recently released September 2013.

Blurb:

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 local
cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's
calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it.
And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible,
Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men
bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.

*Ghost Hand was selected as a semi-finalist for The Kindle Book
Review 2013 Best Indie Book Award in the YA category.

**Ghost Hand was just nominated for the 2013 Cybil Awards in the Speculative Fiction YA category.


Kayla's Thoughts:

Olivia Black's life is pretty much as normal as it is going to get. The fact that she has a ghost hand does cause quite a few stares and disbelieving glance, but since she has dealt with it since she was born, it is really nothing new to her. So when her hand suddenly starts to act seemingly on its own, even she is quite freaked out.

But a strange boy who is new to town doesn't seem at all surprised or disturbed by her hand's sudden actions. In fact, he doesn't seem disturbed by her hand at all and the fact that you can see right through it and it glows blue. BLUE!!! Normal hands do not do that. So why isn't he running in the opposite direction?

These are the very thoughts that I imagine running through Olivia's mind in the beginning of this book. How can a person so new to town be so calm around something so unexplainable and rare? As the pages turn and the plot unravels, Olivia finds that he knows more about her condition than he lets on. In fact, he may know enough to save her from a fate worse than death in her supposedly safe little town.

Verdict:

I absolutely devoured this book. The story is one that I have never read before, and I could not get through each chapter fast enough. All in all, it was a phenomenal read and I am definitely going to have to check out the second in the series, Ghost Hold, really soon.


Author's Bio:

Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a YA paranormal thriller series.


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