The Ghost Host - DelSheree Gladden

5 Stars!!!!!

Everyone thinks Echo Simmons is crazy, but being The Ghost Host isn’t just a YouTube hoax like people think. It’s the only way to control the ghosts haunting her…at least until the FBI shows up asking questions.

The first eighteen years of Echo Simmons’ life have been less than ideal. On more than one occasion her parents have considered committing her. They don’t believe she sees ghosts or that they harass her on a daily basis. So when a rogue ghost begins tormenting her, they’re the last people she’s going to tell. Her best friends Holden and Zara are doing their best to help, but ghost attacks are only the beginning of Echo’s problems.

Handling the ghosts by giving them a voice on YouTube through her webshow has been her saving grace—even if her parents think it’s all a hoax—but that gets a little complicated when the ghost of Madeline Crew reveals a little too much about her previous life and the FBI shows up at her door wanting to know how she gained access to long-buried government secrets.

It just keeps getting worse from there. Madeline’s message to her great grandson sparks a strange connection between Echo and Malachi, which leads to Georgia, secrets, mistakes, love, lies, and life changing revelations.

DelSheree Gladden was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn’t speak a single word for the first three months of preschool, but she had already taught herself to read. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting and perfecting it before having it published.

Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her husband spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family again. Their two children love having their cousins close by. When not writing, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing and trying not to get bitten by small children in her work as a dental hygienist. DelSheree has several bestselling young adult series, including “Invisible” which was part of the USA Today Bestselling box set, “Pandora.” The Date Shark Series is her first contemporary romance series, and her first book in her upcoming new adult series, The Ghost Host, will be releasing 2015.

Oh I absolutely loved everything about this book! First off, I love ghost stories. It is probably one of my favorite book subjects. Especially when they are done well, and this one was! There was lots of ghost activity in here.
I was going to start by saying this is a fun, quirky story not one of those dark scary ghost stories. But.... at the end it did turn kind of scary. I was actually kind of scared to go into my bedroom in the dark (it didn't help that I was reading the end at night). I ran out to the sunroom to lock the door and ran back into the house :-/  like locking the doors will keep out ghosts! LOL

Great characters and great character development! I loved Echo. She was very much a teenager. I love when an author gets a character right, and this one was very right. I liked all the other characters as well but also really liked Malachi, Awww what a sweet guy!

I thought her parents were pretty harsh at times and very over protective especially considering that she is 18 and getting ready for college. They didn't believe Echo sees ghosts and actually send her to therapy. I believe in ghosts! But not everyone does. I can only imagine if my daughter came to me saying she saw ghosts what my response would be. So I thought they reacted realistically.

I also liked how respectful Echo is to her parents since she was living under their roof. I think she put up with a lot from them even though she was 18 and could really do what she wanted.

Other things I liked -
All the references to Anne of Green Gables!
"If I learned anything from sitting through Anne and Gil's ridiculous relationship a million times, it's to not let my redheaded dream girl slip away from me because I was too stupid to see how amazing she was from the start." ~ AWWWWWW
The book makes mention of Tybee Island! (which is right next to Savannah GA) I lived in Savannah for a while and used to go to Tybee Is all the time (several times a week). I love having a connection to a book that you can relate to.
One thing I didn't relate to was all the gaming talk, I didn't mind it, I just didn't appreciate it as much as some would, I am just not a gamer so it was a little lost on me.

Like I said, this book gets a little scary toward the end and very intense. But I love that!
"Sitting on her mattress, Echo's frost covered arm is stretched out, gripping something so hard her hand is blanched white. Her eyes are squeezed tight, but the expression on her face is like nothing I've seen before. I can't even move, the shock is so strong. All I can do is stare at her as she screams, frost creeping up her arms to envelope her trembling body." ~ Oh man! Intense!
The next day I sat down to start a new book and was a little sad. I didn't want it to be over, I wanted to read more! This is book one in a new series so... I can't wait to read the next one!

This author has written lots of books. This was my first one. I would love to try another one.

All-in-all - GREAT BOOK!

Thank you "I'm a Reader Not a Writer book tours" for sending me this fabulous book for my honest review!

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  1. Thank you so much for such an enthusiastic review!! I'm just thrilled you enjoyed The Ghost Host so much :) I love it when I can find little things to connect to in books, too. Anne of Green Gables is a childhood favorite of mine and I loved incorporating it in The story! Thanks so much for sharing The Ghost Host with your readers!

    1. Thank you so much for coming and visiting my blog!

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    1. Thanks, Jana! I'm glad you enjoyed the trailer :)

  3. I loved it when a book has a trailer! And don't you LOVE it when an author visits?! Egad! I will have to add this to my TBR.

    1. Yes I do love book trailers!
      And yes! I love it when an author visits!!

    2. I'm so glad you enjoyed the trailer, Carmen :) I'm glad the book caught your attention as well! I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read. Thanks for stopping by!


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