Monday, 6 April 2015

ARC Review: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (Sunshine Girl #1)
Behind 288 Pages
Released: 1 April 2015
Genre: Paranormal, Horror
Publisher: PanMacmillan Australia
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At the Other End:
In that place where you're more asleep than awake any more, I hear something else. A phrase uttered in a child's voice, no more than a whisper: Night Night.

Something freaky's going on with Sunshine's new house . . . there's the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mum believes her. Sunshine's always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort . . .

If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can't help them?

As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.

Paige McKenzie is the teen star of the hit YouTube channel The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network. What began as a simple 'girl and her haunted house' story has grown to a multi-webisode network with stories of zombies, ghosts, Sasquatch and lots of Sunshine! Paige is gluten-free, vertically challenged and quotes movies as easily as breathing.

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A book that will leave you on the edge of your seat. A fantastic book for fans of the web show, and those who aren't.

Let me first say that I haven't seen the web show for this, so I can't talk about how similar they are or anything like that. I did enjoy this book, but something just felt off for me. I couldn't get into it as much as I wanted to, it was a little predictable in some parts, and not to mention, it wasn't even scary in the slightest bit. I'm not sure how I feel about this book being part of a series. I think it could have been a great stand alone, but I'm afraid that it will get too cliche. I can practically guess the story line now for the rest of the series!

I'm actually stumped about what to write in this review. I did enjoy this book, and I might continue the series if it shows up on my doorstep. The characters were good. I liked Nolan, he was a great guy and was different in his own way. It was good to see him as a nerdy kind of guy instead of being really masculine and strong for who he is. I liked Sunshine as well, she was good, but I felt like she complained and was in denial far too much. sure, I get that anyone in that situation would be in denial about it, but it just got a bit annoying how she was always complaining and denying everything. I'm surprised at how she easily dismissed everything with her mum, like it just wasn't happening.

I felt like I knew what happened to the "ghost girl" as soon as we were introduced to her. It was cute how Sunshine would play with her etc and I guess that helped Sunshine come to terms with it all as well. I had the same feeling about the ghost girl, that I did about Sunshine's art teacher. I couldn't tell everything about her, but I could tell that she knew something that would have been on use to Sunshine.

I enjoyed the plot. It developed at a good pace and there was always something going on. There was never really a dull moment, it would skip a few weeks sometimes or days depending on what would happen. It kind of left me a bit frazzled, jumping between dates so quickly, especially when it mentions Christmas and New Years. I think those two dates just make it feel like so much time has passed, even when it hasn't. I think it may be because it's always so long until those dates, so the feeling just carries over to this book. 

The ending was thrilling and I really liked it. I'm not too sure about a few things that happened, but they should hopefully be explained in the next book. It felt weird that Sunshine knew what to do at the end, when we have been with her the whole way on the same level as her, now being thrust back a few steps. The ending made me curious as to what actually happened to certain people etc. Overall, it's a great book, and I might go and watch the web series. 

If you've watched the web series and have read the book, would you recommend watching the show first? or does it not really matter either way?

This novel was received for review via PanMacmillan Australia. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.

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