Title: The Haunting of a Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of a Sunshire Girl #1)
Author: Paige McKenzie and Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Publication Date: March 24th 2015
Publisher: Weinstein Books
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
“Mom was just teasing when she asked whether I felt safe being left alone in a haunted house. But now I know: once you move into one, you’re never really alone again.”
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 mom 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. The first in a frighteningly good new series based on the popular YouTube sensation The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, created by Paige McKenzie – Excerpt from Goodreads.
This book was alright. Nothing to call home about but it was a quick, easy read. I’m giving it three stars but it’s on the lower end of the three sadly.
I have mixed feelings on this book. The start had me really interested, it had a nice creepy atmosphere and the ghost was intriguing at first. I felt a real sense of danger and dread early in the book. However, any atmosphere this book had going for it dropped off as fast at it started. This book just wasn’t consistent really. I found myself bored throughout it the book for the most part.
Our protagonist Sunshine was a decent enough character. She could grate on my nerves because she had a tendency towards being whiny but overall she was someone that people could relate to. The guy she meets at school is pretty cool and they have some nice chemistry going between them. I liked that it wasn’t insta-love or anything. They actually develop these characters first, which I always appreciate. I didn’t love either of these characters enough to be shipping them or anything like that. The romance was cute but nothing special.
I thought about giving this only two stars but the ending really was quite exciting. I had no idea that this was the first book in a series so I wasn’t expecting the cliffhanger and it was a good one. I was definitely curious about the next book – I’m just not sure how curious right now.
I’m not sure if I could recommend buying this one. For me, it would be more of a library borrow or if you can grab it second-hand. I just don’t think it’s one that most people would read over and over again. I might read the second one but I’m not sure this is one that I’ll remember in a couple months so might not be any point in continuing.