I Was a Teenage Ghost Hunter by Brian K. Henry
I Was a Teenage Ghost Hunter
Author: Brian K. Henry
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Goodreads Synopsis: Moody sixteen-year-old barista Devin Mulwray is doing his best to ignore bizarre manifestations at his job in the chilly Northern California town of Arcata. Already teased about his recurrent ‘phase-outs’, the last thing he needs is to get pegged as a guy who sees ghosts. It doesn’t help his state of mind that his boss is a sarcastic slacker, his single dad is always on the road with clients and local occult fan girl Nayra is spreading ‘ghost boy’ rumors about him online. But when violent paranormal activity badly spooks teens at an abandoned estate, Devin’s pushed into investigating by his eccentric friends Clive, a budding composer, and Rex, a tech head excited by ghost hunting gadgetry. At first reluctant to get involved, Devin’s encouraged when Emily, one of the more empathetic girls at Grey Bluff High, is impressed with his daring. Together the friends explore the creepy Rousten manor. But as the only person able to perceive the manifestations, Devin soon finds himself going one-on-one against a powerful spirit who attacks the locals and infiltrates Devin’s own dreams. Devin must face his fear of confronting the spirit world and get to the bottom of the hauntings before the specter unleashes more havoc on him and his friends.
Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
REVIEW: Devin is more than just another ghost hunter. His sixth sense goes beyond that, gifted with the ability to see them and speak with them. An even more fascinating part of his ability that he soon discovers, becomes his life-saving moment. He is not someone that looks forward to any of this, constantly doing his best to avoid the matter and leave it off to the side far from him. But soon he can’t deny what has been a part of him for the longest time, going back to his camp days.
“…diving onto the ground, just in time to see the ghost hatchet fly right through the tree. Not smack into the tree, but fly right through the tree and vanish. When you get up and look back at the lake, the Indian’s gone and so’s his canoe. No sign it was ever there.”
It doesn’t help him any when many of his peers find the whole thing laughable. Thinking him a bit off his rockers and shaking their heads at every turn, making sure that he knows it. But even as this sways him to take a step back, his otherworldly sight becomes enhanced and he begins to see the spirits more clearer and fiercer than his previous encounter.
This will take the readers through a loop. A teen that is trying his hardest to fit in and be normal, has to cope with the fact that his normal is far from the one others are accustomed to. There’s no stopping the paranormal activities once they have started and the only way for him to find some peace in all of this is to embrace fully who he is and what this means for his future. And in doing so, Devin is thrown into an active haunting at the Rousten manor that makes his and all of his friends heads spin.
“But just as Devin was taking in the room, he heard an unsettling series of tones, as if there were some arcane, off-kilter birds lurking in the manor. There were a few creepy caws and nocturnal cries, followed by a haunting, dark melody. An unexpected series of rhythmic clumps pulsed underneath the caws generating a quirky, eerie feeling that seemed to permeate the house.”
The supernatural is heightened after that encounter and doesn’t stop throughout the rest of the novel. One minute everything is confined to the manor, the next it’s extending to the rest of the town. Different types of clothing begin to cause havoc on unsuspecting neighbors, leaving everyone in town baffled. Causing Devin and his companions to search for answers. Why has the entity chosen that moment in time to unleash its wrath? And can they find its end before it’s too late?
***I received this copy from the author, Brian K. Henry, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***