Giveaway and Review: "Notes from Ghost Town"

"Notes from Ghost Town"
 by Kate Ellison

Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: Feb 12, 2012
Source: ARC sent by publicist

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from

They say first love never dies...

From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.

There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?

With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would! Usually books with this many issues are difficult for me to read, but this author did a great job of keeping things hopeful even in dire circumstances. I love that Liv really works hard to fix things for her mother, herself, and even her ghost best friend, Lucas. She is dealing with so much, but she never loses hope that things will get better, and tries hard to make it so. She never wallows in self pity or feels defeated. The tone of the book never felt depressing to me, and that is something that I pick up on whenever a book is the least bit depressing. I'm so glad I took a chance and read this book even though I had doubts that I would enjoy it.

I was caught up by the mystery in this book. It did remind me of the popular mystery tv shows, where there are many suspects to investigate before the real culprit is revealed. Even with this formula though, it wasn't predictable for most of the book for me.

The romance plays out really well. It's not your typical love triangle, since one of the players is a ghost. I think there is a lot of heart in this love triangle, and possibly Liv's decision has to more to do with herself and her own growth than it does about weighing the pros and cons of the boys themselves.

After I finishing, I really felt hopeful and satisfied. Then a while later, I realized that maybe there were some loose ends to be tied up. However, some of that may be because of  the style of suspect after suspect being questioned, so then after they were 'off the hook' we didn't really get to know the rest of their story. I can't really discuss the other loose end, because of spoilers, but it was just another thing to think about in the outcome.

Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 4/5

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 4/5

Uniqueness: 4/5
Cover: 3/5 (the new cover is much less scary than the ARC cover though!)
Writing: 4/5

Bottom Line: A great mystery with paranormal elements. I don't think this one is as scary or intense as some other similar books are, and that made me enjoy the book much more.

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Giveaway includes a hardcover copy of "Notes from Ghost Town" as well as a paperback copy of "The Butterfly Clues"

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  1. So glad you liked this :) I've been wondering about it.

  2. These book sound great. Thanks for the review and giveaway :D

  3. I have heard such good things about this book.

  4. Sounds like a very intriguing read. I love that both books are included in the giveaway as I have the other on my wish list.
    Thanks for the chance.

  5. I love this cover and premise sounds interesting. I'm not sure it would typically be my kind of read but mostly because I wouldn't want to take the chance. After your review, I want to read it. I'm more curious than anything.

  6. The cover is kind of sad and creepy

  7. I really want this book!! It sounds mega amazing!!!!

  8. Glad that you liked it, I really need to read this, I've heard many great things about it.

    -Nazish @ Nazish Reads

  9. thanks for the lovely review! This book sounds intriguing ;)

  10. I love ghost stories and these are both on my wish list.

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  12. I am not normally into ghost books but this one actually sounds interesting enough for me to enjoy. I am really curious about how this book plays out.

  13. I can't wait to read this book. I love any ghost stories whether it's a scary story or a love story. :D

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  15. I like the sound of it I think I will read it first before passing it on!!

  16. Sounds like a great book!

  17. My Daughter would love to read these books!

  18. This book sounds sooo good!

  19. looks life a great read thanks for the chance

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  21. I love ya ghost stories. especially ones where the main character doesent loose hope!

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  23. i <3 mysteries sounds like a good book hope i win

  24. Sounds like a couple great book-- romanic mysteries as awesome

  25. This book seems really interesitng.
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