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Spirit Hunters Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-06-26 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0062430084
LANGUAGE:English

" Great for kids who have read all of the goosebumps books, even I was a little bit spooked! I really enjoyed the mix of different ghost fighting techniques from various cultures, and that there were both nice and scary ghosts. For those that are complaining the style is childish... well, it is for children? And I think it serves that purpose quite well! " said.

"Ellen Oh's Spirit Hunters is a fabulous middle grade novel for those readers who like a scary story. Harper Raine and her family move from NYC to Washington, DC, and their new house feels eerie to Harper almost immediately. But when Harper's four year old brother begins acting act violently, Harper and her new friend Dayo realize there might be something to the rumors that Harper's house is haunted. Oh is the founder of We Need Diverse Books, and Harper is Korean. Her friend Dayo is Jamaican, and bits of their cultures are sprinkled throughout the novel. This is my first Oh novel, but it won't be my last. I hope we see Harper, Dayo, and Harper's grandmother in subsequent novels. I was given a digital copy of this novel from Edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review." said.

"What a deliciously creepy and scary read Spirit Hunters is. I read this within one day and what a fun and while ride. Author Ellen Oh hits all the spots. Not only is Spirit Hunters intense and hauntingly terrifying is also have a well-rounded diverse cast. I love that we get a little Korean culture via Harper Raine the main character but we are also introduce to the Caribbean via Dayo the smart and funny neighbor that Harper quickly becomes friends with.

I look forward to more Spirit Hunter books. I ready for more Harper, Rose and Dayo and the many adventures I'm sure they are going to have. Also more spooky stories about evil little boys and grumpy old man trying to live forever.

Not much more to say but I love this book and I will be promoting the hell out of it to anyone that will listen.

Thorough review to come closer to release date on my blog creatyvebooks.com
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" Meh. Not so good. Bailed halfway through. " said.

"E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Harper's family moves from New York City to Washington, D.C. and end up in a decrepit old house. Harper has had problems at school-- she was accused of setting fire to the art room, and was hospitalized for some time, but she doesn't remember any of it. She notices that her four-year-old brother Michael's room feels oddly clammy, and he claims to have a "new friend" named Billy who tells him things that cause him to have headaches. Harper does manage to meet a neighbor girl, Dayo, so she has someone to help her investigate when things get odd. Harper has two bad accidents in one week; she is pushed down the stairs, and also cuts herself on an old metal fire truck. Dayo does some online investigating and finds out some very creepy things about the house, and Harper reconnects with her own "imaginary" friend Rose who inhabits an antique mirror. Things escalate with Michael, and Harper's estranged grandmother finally visits the family and not only helps Harper but gives her the surprising news that she is a spirit hunter who can communicate with ghosts. Grandma Lee is a mudang, a shaman who has worked with the spirit world for a long time, which is the source of the rift between her and Harper's mother. Can Harper save her brother, make the house safe, and come to terms with her inherited skills?
Strengths: No wonder middle school students don't want to move! All of the houses people move into are haunted! Bonus points to Oh for managing to add some new twists to this trope with a benevolent ghost friend, an unexplained hospitalization, and a Korean grandmother with interesting skills. Add to this standard family dynamics (busy older sister, young brother who requires babysitting), supportive and involved parents and a new best friend whose mother is a chef, and this was a fantastic story about ghosts, family, and figuring out personal identity. Really enjoyed this one.
Weaknesses: It was a little hard to believe that Harper's mother was so averse to the idea of ghosts, since Harper's and Michael's behaviors were so erratic, but I suppose if you grew up with a mother who was a shaman, it might warp you a little.
What I really think: Clearly, I need to stock up on salt. Just in case!
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" this was a fun read.I like the scary aspect, although it was a bit predictable and too scary. but the writing was a bit off for me, reading as too childish or too adult at times. still need to gather my thoughts better on this one.full review soon " said.

"Not sure why there's all these "too childish" 2/3 star reviews. This is middle grade which means the target audience is 9-12 (in most cases). It is meant for children. When reviewing MG you need to be thinking from the perspective of the target audience, not yourself (assuming reviewer =/= target audience).

I know Oh's first series was YA so some of her YA readers may be picking up this new book (being a fan of the author), but please remember this is middle-grade, not YA or adult. If the writing is "too childish" you probably shouldn't be reading it.

Also, I know a 3 star rating/review is usually good but it brings down the average rating which may deter MG readers. Goodreads almost always gets more reviews than book retailer sites.
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" Great for kids who have read all of the goosebumps books, even I was a little bit spooked! I really enjoyed the mix of different ghost fighting techniques from various cultures, and that there were both nice and scary ghosts. For those that are complaining the style is childish... well, it is for children? And I think it serves that purpose quite well! " said.

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