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The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, a Morgan Sisters novel
Adopted sisters Lana Beth and Emma Jane are polar opposites, but when the same strange 'tattoo' suddenly appears and winds its way up their bodies within days of each other, they soon realise there's more to their relationship than they could ever have imagined.
Sent off to London for two weeks of 'work experience', the Morgan Sisters soon find themselves being initiated into the ancient Praxos Foundation, one that protects the innocent while fighting evil, both human and supernatural.
At the same time, Lana Beth and Emma Jane must also investigate why the sweet but sometimes pesky ghost of Josiah Grimshaw just won't leave them alone.
I received this book free from Suzy Turner in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
So starting with the cover, which I did like prior to reading the book, the scene actually makes even more sense to you once you have read the book. The sisters look as different than chalk and cheese yet we find out later in the book they are closer than they ever thought. I won't give more details as it would give away too much in my opinion.
So basically the book is primarily about the Morgan sisters, Lana and Emma. they were adopted by their now parents when they were just babies. They literally were found on their now parents doorsteps! Upon reaching the age of 16 their lives begin to change... they develop certain "skills" which is quite confusing to them. Around about the same time they are to do work experience and as they live on the rather small island of Andilyse, it is arranged for them to stay with a friend of their fathers in London. Everything begins to be explained upon being introduced to the people at Praxos. Who is Praxos? Well they are a group of supernaturals who fight evil in what ever form it takes. Of course for every group of "good" people there is bad and the "bad" Supernaturals that fight against Praxos are called "The Skulls". The story has action, fighting evil, friendship, love and of course danger! and mystery!
The book is well written and very descriptive to help the reader visualize the places and people being written about. The book is aimed at the 8+ market of readers and I feel that the book fits this age group upwards very well. I would go so far as to say that this book could be the beginnings of a series as good as those by J.K. Rowling! The theme of good fighting evil is there, but this series would be more steeped in history and mythology, which in my opinion makes it even more interesting. The books will cover many supernatural races, which makes for lots to read about. The descriptions and words used in this book are not overly complicated, so would not put off a more novice reader. Yet the plot of the book is interesting enough to hold the attention and curiosity of an older child or more experienced reader.
This book is the type that children should be encouraged to read at school, to interest the children and perhaps influence them to read more.
Even as an adult I enjoyed the book and would love to read more. This book is a great start to a potentially brilliant series. There is so much scope for things to happen, more characters to be introduced as well as learning more about the existing ones. With the introduction of the Praxos Academy there is an unlimited potential for storylines, and relationships to develop. as for the characters we are introduced to in this series I definitely feel that we can learn lots more about the Morgan sisters as well as their fellow Praxos members. I also felt there was more to the whole thing of Luke breaking off his relationship with one of the sisters...
So did I enjoy this book? Yes, it's aimed at the 8+ market and I think it fits perfectly and as an adult would still like to read more of the Morgan Sisters. Would I recommend? Yes, especially to friends whose children are perhaps as not into reading as they could/should be as I think this book would grab a child's imagination and curiosity and encourage them to read more. Do I want to read more in this series? Yes, I will be keeping my eyes open for a Bk#2 Would I read more by Suzy Turner? Yes.
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