THE HAUNTING OF SUNSHINE GIRL
Something freaky's going on with Sunshine's new house . . . there's the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mom believes her. Sunshine's always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort . . .
If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can't help them?
As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.
Reading this book was like taking a chilly walk through the evening fog; you feel unsettled, almost anxious at times, and you're just waiting for that hand to reach out and grab you. That creepy feeling at the base of your spine doesn't go away when you close the book for the night, and you certainly don't feel as alone as you did before you started reading. I'd love to see this book go to the big screen, and I'd love to see someone like Wes Craven tackle it.
THE AWAKENING OF SUNSHINE GIRL
Having passed her test in Book One, Sunshine’s Luiseach powers are now fully awakened: for months now, Sunshine has felt spirits everywhere: heard voices, felt emotions – intense and sometimes overwhelming. She tries to ignore them, but it is impossible. Hoping to get her powers under control – and hoping for answers to her never-ending questions – she agrees to undergo training with her Luiseach mentor, even though she still hopes to give up her powers someday.
She and her mentor clash left and right; he doesn’t understand or approve of her attachment to the humans in her life; and she can’t understand how he could give her up so many years ago, only to endanger her mother’s life as part of a test.
Sunshine’s training is every bit as terrifying and creepy as her test was, and along the way she meets and befriends another young Luiseach, forcing her to confront her feelings for Nolan. Though her mentor is reluctant to answer her many questions, she finally learns more about her lineage, as well as the rift that threatens the future of Luiseach and the human race... and the crucial part she has to play in repairing it.
I loved the first book in this series "The Haunting of Sunshine Girl" and I'm happy to say it's sequel is just as good. Whereas the first book was more like a classic ghost story, spun off of Paige McKenzie's popular YouTube series, the second book focuses more on relationships and accepting one's destiny. While this book and its predecessor may be written for young adults, they're engaging enough for adult fans of urban fantasy and paranormal fiction.