Friday, 5 August 2011

Texas Gothic - Rosemary Clement-Moore

Book #17 of 50 on the Goodreads Book Challenge

GENRE: Young Adult
PAGES: 416
PUBLISHER: Corgi Childrens
FORMAT: Paperback
BUY IT: Waterstones
4 Stars

This is a spooky, electrifying love story. Amy Goodnight's family are far from normal. She comes from a long line of witches, and grew up surrounded by benevolent spirits and kitchen spells. All fairly harmless, but Amy can't wait to get to college and escape the 'family business'. But things take a darker turn when she and her sister Phin spend the summer looking after Aunt Hyacinth's ranch. Amy is visited by a midnight spectre who is clearly trying to send her a message. It seems that the discovery of an old grave on a neighbour's land has been the catalyst for an apparent ghost uprising. Aided by local friends and Ben, the handsome cowboy who just can't take his eyes off Amy, the sisters investigate. And they soon find that there's something strange and dangerous going on, deep in the heart of Texas...

Texas Gothic is the first book of this new trend of reviving the old 'southern Gothic' and I can't say I'm against it. The setting of the Texas hills is so exotic from me as I live in the centre of urban England so I was initially fascinated by that. The premise of the books itself is also pretty unique; it's like Charmed meets CSI and it works out pretty well.

While their Aunt is away Amy and Phin look after their Aunt's ranch. Their whole family are witches with individual powers, whilst Amy has subconciously rejected hers and becomes the family's 'liason', who keeps the outside world from truely believing that they do magic. Whilst at the ranch the neighbouring farm accidently uncover a skeleton whilst digging to build a new bridge. 

I don't want to give away too much more because the story is pretty intricate and yet easily unravelled so instead I'll tell you about the characters. Amy is really sweet; though young she is strong minded and sharp-tongued but still rather laid back compard to her older sister Phinn. Phinn studies the Paranormal at University and is in essence a Paranormal scientist. This is one of the reasons I was attracted to the book because I love the ideas of Spiritualism (although both Amy and Phinn actually know that ghosts exist because their Uncle is still haunting the Ranch). 

Texas Gothic is great fun: it's amusing, it's sweet and it shows how important family is, but also how dangerous family feuds can become. It's quick-paced and interesting, and you're never really sure where the plot is going to go next.

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