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RUINED By: Paula Morris October 28, 2010

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.

     The premise of this YA book, alone, is enough to pick it up. It is about a NYC teen who has to spend a year with her tarot-reading aunt in New Orleans because her father is forced to travel for his job. The aunt lives in a shotgun style house loaded with all sorts of strange items such a monkey skulls and talismans and is right across the street from a cemetery. The girl notices the spoiled, snotty kids from school hanging around the cemetery,  goes over to investigate and runs into another girl — a ghost.

     The book describes New Orleans and gives us a tiny bit of history, but the ghost and the girl’s stories are rather typical and predictable. So while it is an enjoyable read, the magic this reader had hoped would leap from the pages was absent. But the Lycan Librarian is pretty demanding when it comes to ghost stories, and has spent decades reading them, so if you haven’t read a lot of them and want a quick one to devour, go on and pick this one up. You could do worse.



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