Series: Sunshine Girl #1
Published by Weinstein Publishing on March 24th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Horror & Ghost Stories, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: My Own, Paperback
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Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move from sunny Austin, Texas, to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the moment they arrive, Sunshine feels her world darken with an eeriness she cannot place. And even if Kat doesn’t recognize it, Sunshine knows that something about their new house is just ... creepy.
In the days that follow, things only get stranger. Sunshine is followed around the house by an icy breeze, phantom wind slams her bedroom door shut, and eventually, the laughter Sunshine hears on her first night evolves into sobs. She can hardly believe it, but as the spirits haunting her house become more frightening—and it becomes clear that Kat is in danger—Sunshine must accept what she is, pass the test before her, and save her mother from a fate worse than death.
“The Haunting of Sunshine Girl” by Paige McKenzie was a new kind of ghost story. This book is based on the hit YouTube series “Sunshine Girl” that Paige McKenzie starred in as Sunshine. I hadn’t heard of the web-series until after I saw the book and saw Paige McKenzie speak at Wordstock. I have to admit that I was interested in reading her book after she spoke at Wordstock.
This novel is about a girl named Sunshine whom moved into a house that is haunted. Sunshine is a very real character in the sense that she seems more human than most characters. She has plenty of flaws that the reader is able to see and I really like that about her. Sunshine seems to believe that she is being haunted but no one believes her. Sunshine ends up taking pictures to prove there is a ghost. Along this way of trying to prove that she is truly being haunted she meets a boy in art class named Nolan. Little does Sunshine know that Nolan will end up being her new best friend.
As the story goes on, something seems to be going on with Sunshine’s mom Kat. She is getting more distant and not completely acting like herself. What is going on in this old house? Why does it seem to be haunted by a little girl?
“The Haunting of Sunshine Girl” took a bit of time to get used too. I think it started out good but then got a bit slow in the middle. OF course it all picked up towards the end again. I really enjoyed these characters and I was glad that I was able to get to know Sunshine. I am not a huge haunting ghost story person, but I was really intrigued with this one and I am really glad that I read it.
I think McKenzie and Sheinmel did a wonderful job in writing this story. I became just as curious as Sunshine as I wondered what was happening in her house. I am definitely looking forward to the next book. I think it will be a good one. This story brings a very creepy but fun aspect to the story. I feel like it really makes a person think about what could be lurking in the shadows. The writing is pretty good for McKenzie’s debut novel. I look forward to seeing how her writing improves as the story goes on.