Title: Gap Year In Ghost Town
Author: Michael Pryor
Genre: Young Adult: Paranormal, Ghosts, Fantasy
Publication Date: August 2017 by Allen & Unwin
My Rating: 3.75/5 stars
Let’s get this straight – ghosts are everywhere. I can see them. You can’t. And, see them or not, they’re dangerous. This is why my family has hunted ghosts for hundreds of years to protect people like you.
The Marin family are outcasts of the ghost hunting world. They run a two-man operation in inner city Melbourne. Anton has the Ghost-sight, but his father does not.
Rani Cross is supremely skilled in hand-to-hand combat, with enhanced speed and strength thanks to her magical initiation into the Company of the Righteous.
When it comes to ghost-hunting methodology, Anton and Rani don’t see eye to eye – Anton likes to ‘ease their passage’ to the next world, while Rani’s all about the slashing.
But Melbourne is under threat; with a massive spike in violent ghost manifestations, Anton and Rani must find a way to work together to keep supernatural forces at bay.
And what with all the blindingly terrifying brushes with death, Anton must decide if he really wants in on the whole ghost hunting biz anyway.
I ended up loving this book more than I thought. And I think it might have helped me get out of my reading slump.
THINGS I LIKED:
- THE HUMOUR!! The humour in this book was one of my favourite things about this novel. Honestly, I found myself laughing out loud and smiling for majority of the book, and the banter between Rani and Anton are always amusing
- I loved the father-son relationship between Anton and his dad. They’re both supportive and caring for each other, and Anton’s father is such a good father – he’s able to recognise that he’s pressured his son, and encourages him to do what he wants rather than be influenced by him
- I also love the friendship between Bec and Anton, because their relationship is PURELY PLATONIC showing that females and males CAN be friends without feeling anything romantic for each other. Bec is pretty badass and awesome and I adore her
- I actually like Rani more than Anton, she’s stubborn but she’s true to her heart and doesn’t blindly follow the Company like they’re taught too. She’s also kickass, and I love how she and Bec get along so well (hooray for positive female friendships)
- The writing is easy to read and descriptive, so it’s easier to visualise the scenes in the novel. I would probably pick up more of Michael Pryor’s books in the future
- This book is set in Melbourne, my home city and it’s so refreshing reading about a setting in which I am familiar with and could recognise. Like with every setting they mentioned, I was like “hey, I know that place” or “I’ve been there before”, which made the reading experience so much more enjoyable because I could clearly picture where things were happening.
THINGS I DIDN’T LIKE:
- Okay, I’m going to be honest, this book took me so long to get into. I almost out it down because I wasn’t getting into it, but after about 100 pages, the novel picked and I was engaged with the story. But 100 pages is a lot to read in order to feel invested with the story
- We get to meet some of the types of ghosts, and I wish we got to know more about them and if there are any other varieties. I would have also liked to know more about their ghost world in general, because, really that’s why I picked the book up haha.
- So, some of the scenes I’m still confused about, like the ending scene with the Stacey lady. So, I have a few unanswered questions about the story, especially about the ending.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and how it also highlights the importance of family and friends. It’s mostly a light-hearted and funny read and will definitely cheer you up. So I would recommend you pick this one up (and to support #LoveOZYA authors, too).
Have you read Gap Year In Ghost Town? Are you planning too?