Tuesday, 10 February 2015


*I recieved this book from the publisher via netgalley. Thankyou! However, that does not effect my views in any way*

TITLE:  The Haunting of Sunshine Girl  
AUTHOR: Paige McKenzie
SERIES: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl (book 1)
RELEASE DATE: March 24th 2015
PUBLISHER: Weinstein books

Based on the wildly popular YouTube channel, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl has been described as "Gilmore Girls meets Paranormal Activity for the new media age.” YA fans new and old will learn the secrets behind Sunshine, the adorkable girl living in a haunted house. A story that is much bigger, and runs much deeper, than even the most devoted viewer can imagine.

Before we start, I have no experience with the haunting of sunshine girl youtube channel. I've never seen any of the videos. I'd never even heard of it before I heard of this book. (I do think the concept is really cool, though). This review is coming from somebody who has only ever read this book and had no prior knowledge of anything to do with this. 

There has only ever been one book that genuinely scared me (fuck you, 172 hours on the moon). I watch quite a few horror movies. I am generally not easily scared, especially by ghost things. Because of this I didn't really find 'the haunting of sunshine girl' particularly scary. There were a few chills-down-the-spine moments, for sure, and there was one seen that I read right before bed that really got to me. (I won't spoil anything, but if you've already read this book it was near the start and involved the bathroom.) If you're put off reading this book because it's a horror novel, I'd say not to worry. It's honestly not that creepy.

Regardless of the scare factor, I really enjoyed this book! The plot started out entertaining but relatively average for a haunted house story, but after a while it started to get a lot more interesting and unique and I got really invested. I'd say that it definitely felt like a first book in a series (meaning there was a lot of building up and finding stuff out), so I'm really looking forward to see where the story progresses from here. 

I also really liked the characters, especially Nolan. Nolan was adorable. Sunshine was a strong protagonist and she handled all of the events in the book in a realistic way. The one thing that bothered me about her was that she kept going on about how different she was to other people. We get the point! You like vintage clothes! Her name also kind of bugged me; I just can't take somebody called Sunshine completely seriously. That's a really minor problem, though.

Some of the plot was a little bit predictable (it's possible I've just seen too many horror movies), but there were also a few twists that I really didn't see coming. I love it when a book can take me by surprise. I thought the climax at the end of the book was suitably dramatic and suspenseful, and it included a way of killing spirits that I'd never thought of before. That's all I'll say.

The only other issue I really had with this book was that Sunshine didn't talk like a normal person. I don't care how quirky you are, nobody actually says 'golly' and 'blah' in sentences. Again that's just a really minor problem. Sometimes I found the writing a tiny bit juvenile and repetitive, but it was effective enough for telling the story. 

I really enjoyed this book! I had a few problems with the main character and the writing, but overall it was an interesting story with just the right amount of creepiness. I'd definitely recommend you pick this up when it comes out, especially if you're a fan of the youtube channel or YA horror in general.

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