Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Review: Spellbinder by Helen Stringer

Belladonna Johnson can see ghosts. It’s a trait she’s inherited from her mother’s side of the family, like blue eyes or straight hair. And it’s a trait she could do without, because what twelve-year-old wants to be caught talking to someone invisible?

It is convenient, though, after Belladonna’s parents are killed in a car accident. They can live with her the same as always, watching the same old TV shows in their same old house. Nothing has changed . . . until everything changes.

One night, with no warning, they vanish into thin air—along with every other ghost in the world. It’s what some people think ghosts are supposed to do, but Belladonna knows it’s all wrong. They may not be living, but they’re not supposed to be gone.

With the help of her classmate Steve, a master of sneaking and spying, Belladonna is left to uncover what’s become of the spirits and to navigate a whole world her parents have kept well-hidden. If she can’t find her way, she’ll lose them again—this time for good.


Received from the publisher for review.


This was a lovely read with the book itself printed in a nicely sized type and a wonderful font.

The book was immediately reminiscent of Neil Gaiman's books, and instantly engrossing. The level of action and suspense was consistent throughout. The plot itself also held up nicely through the entire book.

This one gets five stars. It was just perfect! The book was delightful and charming with lovely, likeable characters. As it is the first in a series, I will be eagerly waiting future books. And, as the first in a series it was a great start, but also perfectly formed as a stand alone book with a satisfying level of closure and no unfortunate cliffhanger.

★★★★★ = Loved It



2 comments:

Ryan G said...

Sounds like another one to add to my wishlist. Great review!

brizmus said...

ooh! This looks fantastic!
Neil Gaimanesque - count me in!

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