Book Review: I Kissed A Ghost, by Robin Leigh Morgan


I Kissed A Ghost, by Robin Leigh Morgan
**** (4 stars)

“I Kissed a Ghost” is a novel of first love combined with a ghost story. It’s positioned as YA, but it reads more for a younger audience, I’d say 4th-8th grade. Mary and her friends are just discovering that boys aren’t quite as icky as they thought, and that kissing one might be fun. But soon after Mary’s first tentative experience with having a boyfriend, her family moves and she’s afraid she’ll never find another boy like the one she left behind. Or will she?

There’s a ghost living in her family’s new house, and Mary soon finds herself living two lives – partly her modern-day life and partly the life of a girl in the early 20th century. She also struggles to find friends at her new school, and when she does they refuse to come to her house to play because, they say, the house is haunted. They think they’re only teasing her; little do they know!

The style seems a little distant and formal; a lot of the story is told in narrative summary, where showing more of it through action would give it a more immediate feel and livelier pace. Also, although an editor is credited, the book could use a really thorough editing pass to correct misplaced words, incorrect tenses, and a few punctuation problems.

Overall, “I Kissed a Ghost” is a tender and sweet story about a girl beginning to make the emotional adjustment from childhood to adolescence and about her ghost’s surprisingly poignant mystery.


About kyrahalland

Kyra Halland has always loved fantasy. She has also always loved a good love story. Years ago, as a new stay-at-home mom, she decided to combine those two loves - like chocolate and peanut butter! - by writing the kinds of romantic fantasy novels she wanted to read. Complicated, honorable heroes; strong, smart, feminine heroines; magic, romance, and adventure; deep emotion mixed with a dash of offbeat humor - all of these make up Kyra Halland's worlds. She loves sharing those worlds with readers and hopes they will enjoy her stories and characters as much as she does. Kyra Halland lives in southern Arizona. She has a very patient husband, two less-patient cats, two young adult sons, a lovely daughter-in-law, and an adorable granddaughter. Besides writing, she enjoys scrapbooking and anime, and she wants to be a crazy cat lady when she grows up. View all posts by kyrahalland

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