Title: Grounded Spirits
Author: Pippa Dee
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal/Adventure/Mystery
The Blurb: A tortured face. A haunted ancient hotel. An obsession to solve the mystery. Grounded Spirits is part ghost story, part mystery and part historical fiction—set in Ireland in both the current day and the 1820s. With a teenage central character, Grounded Spirits will appeal to teen readers as well as adults. Fiona Thomas is sick of trekking after her father on his business trips—but with her options anything but open, she finds herself in Ireland. As usual, she’s thoroughly bored within minutes. But when she comes face to face with what appears to be a haunted painting—and a haunted hotel—her boredom quickly disappears. Captivated by the tortured looking face in the painting, Fiona sets out to solve the mystery. Who owns the face and how did they die?
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed following Fiona’s adventures, although I would leave the adventuring to her – ghosts would scare me too much and going down into spooky dungeons would not be an item on my agenda in way shape or form. Author, Pippa Dee, has managed to bring back a traditional adventure mystery that has the readers on the edge of the seat and with no doom and gloom that so many YA books have today. Don’t get me wrong I do enjoy the angst ridden dystopian stories – but a good old fashioned adventure romp is so much more fun. The background stories cover the history of Ireland, Irish folklore and family relationships, single father struggling to stay connected to his child and the child really missing her deceased mother. The character of Fiona is an interesting one, she is a typical teen but once her curiosity is aroused she finds herself doing research with a passion that her Maths homework and English assignments just can’t evoke. The story was completed and there were no loose ends – but I can’t help but hope that Fiona’s ‘gift’ will ensure she has more adventures in the future.
Rating: A – Was Amazing – a real page turner and read in one sitting
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