Skip to main content

Book Review: A Certain Slant of Light - Laura Whitcomb

Someone was looking at me. A disturbing sensation if you're dead.
In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: For the first time in 130 years. Human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen - terrified, but intrigued - is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets if their former lives and of the young people they come to possess.
From the back of the book.

This book has everything it needs. There are ghosts, romance, mystery. You couldn't help but get chills while reading, and it was hard to put down. The world that Helen and James belonged to was so different to my own, yet I found it easy to slip into their world for a few hours and lose myself in their story. Helen, as a character, was wonderful. It was so easy to imagine her feelings, her surprise, confusion, joy and pain at all the previously unimaginable things that are happening to her. She goes through so much in a few days, and this must take it's toll on her. It's so heartbreaking, James and Helen not being able to be together, and then they finally find a way, only to have it taken away again.

James is an interesting character. He, like Helen, is Light (a ghost/spirit), but unlike Helen, he has possessed the body of Billy Blake, who deserted his body and left it empty. The only problem? He needs to think and act like Billy, something hard to do if you have no memories of the person Billy was. Although it was only meant to be temporary accommodation for James, he finds himself unable to leave the body. Making it hard for Helen the Light to be with James the Quick (human). It makes you think. What does it mean to be alive? It's not just simply living, there's more to it than that. It's being able to handle everything, everything that life throws at you, emotions, and whatever else may come. While rejoicing in being alive together, they also have to figure out how to cope with everything their host is going through, as well as everything they themselves are going through.

It is obvious that the characters well thought out, and well understood. Laura Whitcomb knew her readers too, and this makes this book stand out. There are so many books in this genre out there, some good, some bad, and this is definitely one of the good ones. Certainly one of the best ghost books I have ever read. It has been sitting on my shelf since October last year when I got it for my birthday. I was disappointed, because I didn't get the book I wanted, so I was reluctant to read it, as it wasn't something I asked for, and therefore didn't know anything about it. But now, almost a year later, I am so glad I have read it.
I would just like to say, the plot was quite complex, and there is lots of sexual tension, it's definitely more of a later teen/adult book. Though I am neither of those, I will re read it again in a few years, and I think, being older and wiser, it'll be even better.

I give it 4 Feet


Popular posts from this blog

REVIEW: A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

Hello all! Hope you're all enjoying the summer! I'm currently on holiday in a huge castle in the South of France and enjoying relaxing, playing games, and of course reading a lot!  Today's post is a review of a dreamy summer romance that's perfect for your holiday TBRs! Title:  A Sky Painted Gold Author:  Laura Wood Series:   n/a Pages:   356 Publisher:  Scholastic Date of Publication:  5th July, 2018 Source:  Publisher for review* Synopsis from Goodreads: Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou has always wondered about the grand Cardew house which has stood empty for years. And when the owners arrive for the summer - a handsome, dashing brother and sister - Lou is quite swept off her feet and into a world of moonlit cocktail parties and glamour beyond her wildest dreams. But, as she grows closer to the Cardews, is she abandoning her own ambitions... And is there something darker lurking at the

Book Review: Insight by Jamie Magee

Title: Insight Author: Jamie Magee Series: Insight #1 Pages: 314 Date of UK Publications: July 20th 2010 Source: Received free for a blog tour/event Synopsis from Goodreads: Before that fateful summer night, Willow had balanced the insight of emotion, and the vivid images. That night, the figure in her nightmare marked her wrist with a star, giving her father no choice but to tell Willow a family secret that would abruptly change life, as she knew it, forever. Before Willow had time to absorb the shock of her father's secret, her soul mate that had shared every stunning dream with her, found her, and darkness captured her closest friends. In order to save them, she must weave through broken myths and the undeniable power of the Zodiac. In the end, Willow discovers that at the moment of our birth we are all given a divine gift. My Thoughts: Insight was a good book. The plot was well thought out, and the characters were complex and real. It was a strong debut novel,

REVIEW: Floored by Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson, and Eleanor Wood

Good morning! Hope you're having a good week! Today I have a review for one of the biggest titles at YALC this year. Title:  Floored Author:  Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Melinda Salisbury, Lisa Williamson, and Eleanor Wood Series:  n/a Pages:   320 Publisher:  Macmillan Date of Publication:  12th July, 2018 Synopsis from Goodreads: When they got in the lift, they were strangers (though didn't that guy used to be on TV?): Sasha, who is desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he's the best-looking guy in the lift and is eyeing up Velvet, who knows what that look means when you hear her name and it doesn't match the way she looks, or the way she talks; Dawson, who was on TV, but isn't as good-looking as he was a few years ago and is desperately hoping no one recognizes him; Kaitlyn, who's losing her sight but won't admit it, and who used to have a poster of Dawson on her bedroom wall, and Joe, who shoul