Saturday, December 5, 2015

Book Review: Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement- Moore

My daughter shares many of my reading proclivities. For example, she has been known to go the library to borrow a book or two and leaving with a bag of 12 books she just HAS TO HAVE. She also still owes me money from a $74 library fine several years ago but I'm not one to bring up old stuff... no, siree. Anyway, it's pretty common for her to check out books that I keep after she's ready to have them returned. Case in point: Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement - Moore. 

Texas Gothic is the story of Amaryllis "Amy" Goodnight, a recent high school graduate who lives in Austin and goes to house sit her Aunt's ranch over the summer. The Goodnight family are all witchy, with magical potions, ghosts, and clairvoyance running in the family.  While on the ranch, Amy and her sister Delphinium "Phin" discover a ghost story that's haunting the town and making people a little nuts. Plus, there's a douchy pothead guy and a hot ass-holey cowboy guy who's all flawed and whatnot. You know the hunky neighbor who is totally a jerk but his life has been hard and you can save him from his bitterness if he would just let you! Yes, that guy. On a horse. 

The story blends in some good old fashioned YA tropes and a few Texas ghost stories.  It reminds me a little of Supernatural (the TV show). Ghosts are real and sometimes can be helpful; plus, you have to understand their story and figure out what's going on. It's also got some Scooby Doo elements, too: a rascally group of kids who are just walking around trying to solve a mystery and get almost dead!! Plus, there are the adults who are always in the way and wrapped up in their own bullshit schemes. It's even got a science driven, social awkward girl in Phin who reminds me a little of Egon from the Ghost Busters, but there is really no reason she should. 

Texas Gothic is long, in number of pages, but the story is quick and fun. Lots of action. The supernatural might be a week bit much for the sensitive child but tweens/ teens will probably like it. If they're into that sort of thing. 

Texas is known for many things, ghost stories are just some of the cooler things. The pic below links to tourist site to learn more. While you're there try the Whataburger, the BBQ, and the Mexican food. But try and avoid the politics. 

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