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Hardcover  Õ The Ghost Road MOBI Ç The Ghost  PDF \ Ghosts, a family curse, buried secrets and two girls who have to figure it all out A new book from an acclaimed author, for fans of Coraline, Doll Bones and The Night GardenerFor the first time, Ruth is heading to Newfoundland to stay with family she s never met instead of spending the summer traveling with her dad When she arrives, she finds Newfoundland is very different from her life in Toronto people there are much friendly, but also superstitious, believing in ghosts and The Sight and family curses Ruth s cousin Ruby is also staying for the summer, and the two discover they have a lot in common they both lost their moms when they were two years old, they re the same age and they even like the same food But while Ruby believes in spirits and fairies, Ruth believes in science and cold, hard factsWhen they find ominous information on some tombstones in the local cemetery, Ruth and Ruby start investigating their family s past and discover that twin girls are born in every generation, and every set of twins dies young, leaving their children without mothers What s , one of the twins always has The Sight and can see the Ghost Road that leads to the mysterious lost settlement of Slippers Cove What happened there What does it have to do with their family And who is the ghostly presence that keeps visiting Ruth late at night The answers lie somewhere along the Ghost Road if they can only find it received ARC from publisher in exchange for an honest review ACTUAL 4.75 5Set in 1970 s Newfoundland, Ghost Road is a spooky middle grade tale by Canadian author Charis Cotter Ruth s first adventure to the east coast is full of dark secrets, ghost stories, and a curse threatening her family.Despite being a middle grade novel, it had a well developed complex plot and was full of suspense I loved the detailed family history, and the villainous curse that followed the members for generations received ARC from publisher in exchange for an honest review ACTUAL 4.75 5Set in 1970 s Newfoundland, Ghost Road is a spooky middle grade tale by Canadian author Charis Cotter Ruth s first adventure to the east coast is full of dark secrets, ghost stories, and a curse threatening her family.Despite being a middle grade novel, it had a well developed complex plot and was full of suspense I loved the detailed family history, and the villainous curse that followed the members for generations was a great mystery Readers will be engaged throughout the story as Ruth works to handle the mysterious occurrences around the town, and piece together what truly causes the set of twins every generation to die young The author also writes at a quality middle grade level, that will appeal to older readers The dialogue was simplified a bit due to the target audience and historical time period, but it flowed well and the plot twists were excellent.Ruth s character is well written, and it s heartwarming to see her grow throughout the book Her structured city girl character is tested in the rural outskirts of town, she learns how to live like the rest of family on the farm, helping in the house, and other activities.Overall I adored Ghost Road The concept was unique and it was to easy to read I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of mysterious middle grade reads 3.5 stars Ruth goes to stay with her Aunt for the summer After her mother died Ruth would spend the summer with her father whose job as a botanist would take them to other countries This year her dad is taking his new wife Ruth s summer begins by making new friends, exploring the countryside and learning about family secrets When the girls uncover evidence of what appears to be a family curse on twin girls dying young, they seek to find answers.The 3 4 of the book were very enjoyable, we en 3.5 stars Ruth goes to stay with her Aunt for the summer After her mother died Ruth would spend the summer with her father whose job as a botanist would take them to other countries This year her dad is taking his new wife Ruth s summer begins by making new friends, exploring the countryside and learning about family secrets When the girls uncover evidence of what appears to be a family curse on twin girls dying young, they seek to find answers.The 3 4 of the book were very enjoyable, we enjoyed the mystery, the girls adventures, and their relationship with each other The last part of the book dragged a bit for us, in particular view spoiler the curse, and the repeated chant of by fire, by earth, by water became a little farcical, particularly as a read aloud, and began to induce laughter rather than fear The story also felt a little too neatly tied up perhaps, characters like Nan, the witch becoming nice and changing her mind which had been set for so long hide spoiler On the whole we did enjoy this family story and the descriptions of Canadian countryside This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here When Ruth spends her summer in Newfoundland visiting her deceased mother s family as her father has recently remarried and is on his honeymoon with his new wife , this represents not only the first time Ruth has had the opportunity to meet her mother s side of the family, no, she also encounters her cousin Ruby who is both exactly the same age and the total physical mirror image of Ruth, except that while Ruby strongly believes in the existence of ghosts, fairies and the like, Ruth has been ra When Ruth spends her summer in Newfoundland visiting her deceased mother s family as her father has recently remarried and is on his honeymoon with his new wife , this represents not only the first time Ruth has had the opportunity to meet her mother s side of the family, no, she also encounters her cousin Ruby who is both exactly the same age and the total physical mirror image of Ruth, except that while Ruby strongly believes in the existence of ghosts, fairies and the like, Ruth has been raised by her father to only consider and credit science and hard core facts However, soon after Ruth s arrival in Newfoundland, her science and technology based worldview is challenged, put to the test and even rather ruptured when it is she who starts having ghostly visions of her mother and eerie premonitions regarding both her family s past and possible future And after discovering they are actually not cousins but sisters identical twins , Ruby and Ruth begin to actively investigate their family history and unearth the sad truth of an all encompassing curse that has stalked their kin for seven generations, from when their ancestors still lived in Ireland until now namely that in every generation, twin girls are born who always die young, that Ruby and Ruth s mother and twin sister were the latest victims of said curse and that unless the latter can be broken, unless the curse can be stopped, Ruby and Ruth will be next in line.Although the plot of Charis Cotter s The Ghost Road is at times perhaps a bit predictable, I have indeed massively enjoyed this tale of family and family as well as societal dysfunction, of how long held and cherished hatreds and secrets can fester and destroy, how domestic violence is often, is generally a raging and roaring curse that can easily straddle generations, that can continue to decimate over and over again unless one is willing and able to confront hatred and animosity with love and even forgiveness But while The Ghost Road is suspenseful and uncanny enough with its emphasis on curses, ghosts and so called second sight to mildly frighten, actually I for one was muchhorrified at and by the violence and viciousness displayed by the instigator of the family curse, by Robert Barrett, and how subsequent generations of Barretts and Finns had then kept that hatred alive and kicking how the original family curse was in many ways taking nourishment from and being sustained by the decedents, by them buying into the original animosity, and thus in a vicious circle of anger, shame and horror keeping Robert Barrett s angry death curse productive and pulsatingthan one hundred years after his demise And indeed, what I have most appreciated regarding The Ghost Road is that the breaking, that the dissolution of the Finn family curse is achieved not really by Ruth and Ruby performing any type of magic spells and the like, but yes, mostly by simply breaking the cycle of violence and anger that had defined both the Barrett and the Finn family since the early 19th century by uniting both families in and with love and affection and thus giving Robert Barrett s beyond the grave rage and hatred no longer such a fertile soil to take root and fester Four stars for The Ghost Road, for a both engaging and at times also heartbreakingly thought provoking family story that with main protagonists Ruby and Ruth also presents two delightfully portrayed and above all well rounded characters, with both positive and negative traits, with both lovable and annoying, frustrating characteristics, as like most children, Ruby and Ruth are neither angels nor are they devils but actually and indeed, ALL of the characters both primary and secondary who appear int The Ghost Road are absolutely three dimensional as fortunately and appreciatively, Charis Cotter never falls into the trap of portraying the non main protagonists as in any manner one sided, as flat and or cardboard like, except perhaps Robert Barrett And yes, the only reason I am not considering five stars for The Ghost Road is that I personally just cannot all that readily believe that Ruth and Ruby would and should be so accepting and nonchalant about the fact that they were twins separated at birth, that they were not a bit annoyed and angry at their birth mothers regarding the fact they were not told they were siblings, they were twins and not cousins Canadian writer Charis Cotter starts out The Ghost Road with a strong description of the Maritimes in Canada She describes a lovely setting that includes the natural area, cute lighthouses, cottage type housing and the coastal shore One of the best lines in the book isYou re walking on a fairy path, my love, and just because you don t believe in them, doesn t mean they won t come after you We start to get a sense of the magic that might lie just beyond or within the coastal area Unfortuna Canadian writer Charis Cotter starts out The Ghost Road with a strong description of the Maritimes in Canada She describes a lovely setting that includes the natural area, cute lighthouses, cottage type housing and the coastal shore One of the best lines in the book isYou re walking on a fairy path, my love, and just because you don t believe in them, doesn t mean they won t come after you We start to get a sense of the magic that might lie just beyond or within the coastal area Unfortunately the first few chapters are easily the best part of this one Boring MysteryI hate to say it but this was just a boring book I know it s written for middle aged kids and all but that doesn t mean that things have to happen so slow or be obvious I pegged the outcome very early on and was about 85% correct in the end There s just no fun in a book that sets up a mystery but doesn t really churn the intrigue throughout I want to feel the mystery, have theories, experience the characters theories, etc Instead in The Ghost Road I just knew how it would eventually end up and was barely along for the ride Childish WritingAgain I come back to the idea that middle aged kids do not need to have their books written as though they are lesser readers I like middle aged books that are moderate to read with some larger words thrown in that the kids can learn I was a voracious reader as a child and as an adult, lol , at 12 was into Lord of the Rings and The Eye of the World yet I still think the average 12 year old reader can be givencredit than Cotter hands out My 15 year old nephew complained to me for years about how boring the books were in the middle grade genre He s a good reader but notadvanced per say than the average kid I know he would have asked me when something exciting was going to happen for 90% of The Ghost Road Additionally I had a moment while reading Cotter s Canadian story that made me feel like I had written pieces of this book when I was a pre teen At 13 I had an idea about a hill that held magic and secrets Mine wasn t in the Maritimes but in my home area that includes foothills, prairies and the Rocky Mountains The general premise was very similar to that of The Ghost Road This is telling to me If this book isn t smarter than 13 year old me then it could definitely be improved OverallWhile our lead girl characters are fairly well developed, and there are some interesting moments in The Ghost Road, overall it s just too dull A bitmagic is needed to really bring the story alive and off the page The biggest improvements that need to be made are to make the mysterycomplex and to really add some juicy information into the book Were Cotter to make the historical mysteryinteresting and add some complexity to the writing and characters then I think she could really have something here As it is I m probably being generous at 3 stars However I did finish reading The Ghost Road and didn t hate it I just found it very lack luster by the end To read this andof my reviews visit my blog at Epic Reading Please note I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley This is an honest and unbiased review.

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