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Apparition

by Gail Gallant

Doubleday Canada | September 3, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Apparition is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.

The last time seventeen-year-old Amelia Mackenzie saw her best friend Matthew alive, he broke her heart. When he is found the next day in an abandoned barn at the edge of town, an apparent suicide, Amelia''s whole world comes crashing down.
     And then she sees him again. Because Amelia has a secret that even Matthew didn''t know: sometimes, she sees ghosts.
     When a local history columnist named Morris Dyson contacts Amelia after the funeral and tells her that he thinks the barn Matthew died in is haunted, and that Matthew wasn''t its first victim, an unlikely partnership is born. With Amelia''s gift for seeing ghosts, Morris''s radical theories on the supernatural, and a bit of help from Morris''s sexy but skeptical son, Kip, a mystery unfolds. One by one, the barn''s other ghostly residents are revealed: all innocent, love-struck young men who''ve died horrific deaths, seemingly by their own hands.
     Life and death couldn''t get more complicated as Amelia is torn between her devotion to the ghostly Matthew and her growing attraction to Kip, who may not believe in ghosts but can''t help believing in Amelia. When she''s confronted with a rivalry between the living and the dead, which side of the great divide will Amelia choose?
     Apparition is a fast-paced supernatural mystery about memory and obsession, bodies and spirits, love and loss.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.21 × 5.5 × 0.75 in

Published: September 3, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385679629

ISBN - 13: 9780385679626

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! I just finished this book, and it was a great story. I really enjoyed it, Gail Gallant is an accomplished writer and it shows with this story. Although Apparition is marked as Young Adult it could just as easily be treated as Adult Fiction. The main character is a 16 year old girl, and the "ghost" story is so believable and well-written that it it would appeal to almost anyone. Once I started reading I really couldn't put it down. I am very much looking forward to the second book in the series "Absolution".
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Teens will enjoy this love story The Good Stuff Interesting and unique premise for a ghost story At times spooky and keeps you on the edge of your seat (unfortunately, for me, this didn't last) Story was good enough to keep me reading to the end, even with some of the issues that left me frustrated (see the not so good stuff section) Love, love, love the Canadian setting - especially as it is set somewhere I have been on many occasion Nice uses of humour This is more suited to a YA reader and I really feel that I am doing it a disservice at reviewing it as I am not the intended audience. Going to pass this on at work to some of the teen employees as I think they will enjoy it more Just noticed that Gail Gallant is a television writer - Miss Gallant I think this would be a a fascinating tv production Mentions Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Tim Horton's - two of my favorite things Would be a good book for a reluctant reader Enjoyed the scenes between Kip and Amelia The Not So Good Stuff I wanted so much to like this, as well, I am a sucker for a ghost story, but just felt that it was all over the place and Amelia was a hard character for me personally to become interested in. I think this one would be better suited for the younger YA reader, as I think I am just to old for this angsty stuff. Just couldn't feel any connection with Amelia. One minute she was head over heels in love with Matthew and than seems to get over him really quickly. Just didn't ring true Jumpy - to me this felt more like a script than a novel Favorite Quotes/Passages "The apple orchards look best in fall. All bare, twisted and tortured. Makes you wonder if Tim Burton grew up in Grey County." "Zombies, they're cool, Jesus was a zombie, for Christ's sake. That's what Easter's all about." 3 Dewey's I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review. Sorry guys, I really wanted to like it more
Date published: 2013-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ghost story! This story about Amelia who is an insecure teenager trying to keep her ability to see ghosts, to herself. She found out the hard way that no one will believe her anyway and she only gets sent to a shrink again if she lets anyone know she sees them. I really enjoyed this book. I liked the fact that the story was being told by Amelia and there were so many small things in the authors writing that I could relate to at her age. The dynamics between Amelia and her brothers was something I could really relate to and feel, particularly her relationship with Ethan. He did such a great job of annoying her just as younger brothers often do. It was hard for me to put the book down and at the same time I was nervous to pick it up again, but I couldn’t resist. Just like some of the ghostly characters in the book, you are drawn in to the story. The pace of the book was perfect and kept me engaged the entire time. This is the first time I’ve read a book about ghosts and I wasn’t sure that I would like it, but I did and now I can’t wait for Absolution to come out and see what happens with Matthew and Amelia. I definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2013-09-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An interesting story *A copy was provided by the publisher for early review* "Apparition" was an interesting novel, it is about a girl named Amelia who see's ghosts and is trying to deal with the fact that her best friend Matthew is now one because of an apparent suicide. With a mystery to solve and a new romance brewing Amelia has to deal with more than just seeing ghosts. I thought this book was really good, I enjoyed reading it but I have to say it is not my favorite. I thought the concept was interesting, I have not read very many Paranormal books that involve ghosts, so that aspect of things was really interesting. I thought the writing was pretty good if bit wonky, at times when dialogue would be happening between two characters you couldn't always tell who was saying what, I found it trailed off the pages at times. The pacing overall was good but a bit slow considering the size of the book, but it was fast paced enough to where I didn't get bored. I thought the characters were written well, I thought Amelia had some very good traits but was a bit undeveloped, Kip was a great character and added a different mx to the pot. I was surprised to see that there would be a sequel, from the way the book ended this could have been one book but I think this is a great opportunity to see the story and characters grow. Overall I thought this book was really good, again not my favorite but I would recommend it to someone that would like a different Paranormal story.
Date published: 2013-06-25

– More About This Product –

Apparition

by Gail Gallant

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 pages, 8.21 × 5.5 × 0.75 in

Published: September 3, 2013

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385679629

ISBN - 13: 9780385679626

From the Publisher

The last time seventeen-year-old Amelia Mackenzie saw her best friend Matthew alive, he broke her heart. When he is found the next day in an abandoned barn at the edge of town, an apparent suicide, Amelia''s whole world comes crashing down.
     And then she sees him again. Because Amelia has a secret that even Matthew didn''t know: sometimes, she sees ghosts.
     When a local history columnist named Morris Dyson contacts Amelia after the funeral and tells her that he thinks the barn Matthew died in is haunted, and that Matthew wasn''t its first victim, an unlikely partnership is born. With Amelia''s gift for seeing ghosts, Morris''s radical theories on the supernatural, and a bit of help from Morris''s sexy but skeptical son, Kip, a mystery unfolds. One by one, the barn''s other ghostly residents are revealed: all innocent, love-struck young men who''ve died horrific deaths, seemingly by their own hands.
     Life and death couldn''t get more complicated as Amelia is torn between her devotion to the ghostly Matthew and her growing attraction to Kip, who may not believe in ghosts but can''t help believing in Amelia. When she''s confronted with a rivalry between the living and the dead, which side of the great divide will Amelia choose?
     Apparition is a fast-paced supernatural mystery about memory and obsession, bodies and spirits, love and loss.

About the Author

GAIL GALLANT is a television writer and story-editor who has worked for the CBC, Discovery Channel, and History Television. Apparition, her first novel, draws on her lifelong interest in the supernatural; her passion for strong heroines, from Emma Woodhouse to Buffy the Vampire Slayer; and her first-hand experience of teenage alienation. She divides her time between an old (and likely haunted) farmhouse in Grey County, the setting for this novel, and London, England. Please visit www.gailgallant.com for more information.
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