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Book Review – The Awakening of Sunshine Girl

Title: The Awakening of Sunshine Girl  the awakening

Series: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

Author: Paige McKenzie

Published: March 1st, 2016

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Dates Read: July 1 to 2, 2016

My rating: 4 stars

Source:Owned book


“I open my eyes. That’s when I discover what that wailing sound was. My mouth wasn’t frozen shut after all. When I finally understand why Aidan and Lucio sounded like they were arguing from miles away: I was straining to hear them over the sound of my own voice. This whole time I’ve been screaming.”

  • Paige McKenzie, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl

Goodreads Summary:

Sunshine Griffith can communicate with ghosts. Even more amazing, she recently discovered—with the help of her would-be boyfriend, Nolan—that she’s a luiseach, one of an ancient race of creatures who have lived among humans for centuries, protecting them from dark spirits and helping them move on to the afterlife. Now, Sunshine’s powers are awakening and she feels spirits everywhere—intense and sometimes overwhelming.

Eager to get her supernatural abilities under control, Sunshine agrees to begin training with her mentor, her estranged father Aidan. He takes her to an abandoned compound deep in the Mexican jungle. But what she learns there about her powers, and her family history, turns out to be more terrifying than Sunshine could have imagined. Can anything—Aidan’s experiments, her friendship with another luiseach named Lucio, even Nolan’s research—prepare Sunshine to face the frightening woman who haunts her dreams, and to finally learn the truth about the rift that threatens the future of the luiseach and all of humankind?

The stakes grow ever higher in this sequel to The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, revealing that Sunshine has to protect more than her own friends and family—she may be the key to saving the entire human race.

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“A horror movie. The kind you’re not supposed to watch before you go to sleep at night. Despite”

  • Paige McKenzie, The Awakening of Sunshine Girl

My review:

The second book in the The Haunting of Sunshine Girl written by Paige McKenzie.

I discovered this series by accident. I ran into Target to find one book and ended up picking up this book. However at the time I did not know it was a series so before reading I had to find the first book. Which I did and after reading it I was able to read the second book. And I have to say that I was surprised with how much I enjoyed both the first and the second book. Looking forward to more from the author in this series.

The Awakening of Sunshine Girl picks up pretty close to were the first book left off. Which as a reader I like because it allows us to see what happens next with the characters we fell in love with in the first book.

Something else the author does that makes this a great book is that she has written it in a way that is easy to follow but adds a interesting twist. It’s told from the point of view of Sunshine and a few other “characters.” Can’t go into too much detail without giving anything up.

The characters are interesting. I have to say that at times I disliked Sunshine. I felt that she could be childish and immature. However when its needed she can be strong and a great female character. Other characters such as Nolan and Lucio I enjoyed and excited to see where they go in the next book.

I love the whole supernatural aspects of TV and books. Therefore after reading the summary for this I knew I would enjoy it. A girl who can see ghosts?!? With the second book the author takes what we learned in the first book and adds more to it. Plus some new characters.

After reading this I felt that the two books are different. I enjoyed the first book more then the second book but in the end I was still able to really enjoy this. And I’m excited to see where the author takes the story and the characters in the next book.


4 stars


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