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On My Wishlist is: Solstice by Donna Burgess
Blurb from Amazon:
On the eve of winter Solstice, a massive flash envelopes the Earth and then there is nothing. The sun no longer shines and civilization is plunged into unending darkness. Those exposed to the mysterious flash have changed—they have become bloodthirsty, cunning, and determined to devour anyone who is not infected. They are Ragers.
In Sweden, a group of uneasy travelers hears a broken broadcast. There is hope.
Something called Sanctuary waits, but it is thousands of miles away, somewhere on the shores of the British Isles.
Meanwhile, in a London supermarket, a high school English teacher from the States finds himself stranded along with a handful of students on a senior trip. Outside, hoards of hungry Ragers await, ready to tear them limb from limb. Their only hope is to find Sanctuary.
That is an amazing cover. I love how blue and wintery it is. Winter is one of my favorite seasons. I think her shoulder is at a weird angle though.
Book Blurb (from Amazon):
There’s something about almost dying that makes a girl rethink her priorities. Take Nicki Styx—she was strictly goth and vintage, until a brush with the afterlife leaves her with the ability to see dead people.
Before you can say boo, Atlanta’s ghosts are knocking at Nicki’s door. Now her days consist of reluctantly cleaning up messes left by the dearly departed, leading ghouls to the Light . . . and one-on-one anatomy lessons with Dr. Joe Bascombe, the dreamy surgeon who saved her life. All this catering to the deceased is a real drag, especially for a girl who’d rather be playing hanky-panky with her hunky new boyfriend . . . who’s beginning to think she’s totally nuts.
But things get even more complicated when a friend foolishly sells her soul to the devil, and Nicki’s new gift lands her in some deep voodoo.
As it turns out for Nicki Styx, death was just the beginning.
What I will remember: Ghost Whisperer in book format
I wanted to read this book because it reminded me of the Ghost Whisperer and I love that show. If you have seen the show, then you have read the book already. The book plays out almost like a TV episode with Nikki Styx instead of Jennifer Love Hewitt. Let’s see: both own a vintage store, have a man by their side that works in the medical field (and who are a little bland), angry ghosts they have to cross over, and the best friend that tends to get spooked intentionally by the ghosts. That’s not to say the book isn’t any good. It is a fun, entertaining read.
Nikki Styx (can you say Motley Crue? Cause I do) can see ghosts after a near death experience and falls for her doctor, Joe. He’s a little bland, takes the whole crazy situation in strides and pretty much declares his love for Nikki in one episode. I’m always suspicious of those types of men. I believe relationship and love take time to build and frankly, I didn’t think there wasn’t enough in-depth conversations to really figure each other out. Sex and adventure are great but they don’t maintain a relationship.
I do like Nikki, she has a nice personality even though she declares herself a player in the field. That put me off at first but since I never saw her “playing the field” it leads me to believe she was exaggerating. Actually, I don’t think the description she gave of herself is accurate at all. She also states that she has many walls around herself but she trusts the majority of people around her which lead her to trouble. To be fair, she is being captivated by New Orleans voodoo which is really fascinating (then again, I’m a fan of the occult).
Plot-wise, I was a little annoyed a Nikki because she was literally told who is the one causing her problems and she did nothing with the information until a confrontation was absolutely necessary. To make matters worse, Nikki was completely surprised to see who the culprit was. She was obviously not paying attention to Grandma Julep, the old voodoo lady trying to help her.
The book is a fun, nothing serious type of book to read. I’ll always see it as Ghost Whisperer in book format with the show being better. Nikki missing who is behind the haunting is a blundering error that seriously drops the book in my esteem.