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Publication Date: March 18, 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
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Moody sixteen-year-old barista Devin Mulwray is doing his best to ignore bizarre manifestations at his job in the chilly Northern California town of Arcata. Already teased about his recurrent ‘phase-outs’, the last thing he needs is to get pegged as a guy who sees ghosts. It doesn’t help his state of mind that his boss is a sarcastic slacker, his single dad is always on the road with clients and local occult fan girl Nayra is spreading ‘ghost boy’ rumors about him online.
But when violent paranormal activity badly spooks teens at an abandoned estate, Devin’s pushed into investigating by his eccentric friends Clive, a budding composer, and Rex, a tech head excited by ghost hunting gadgetry. At first reluctant to get involved, Devin’s encouraged when Emily, one of the more empathetic girls at Grey Bluff High, is impressed with his daring.
Together the friends explore the creepy Rousten manor. But as the only person able to perceive the manifestations, Devin soon finds himself going one-on-one against a powerful spirit who attacks the locals and infiltrates Devin’s own dreams.
Devin must face his fear of confronting the spirit world and get to the bottom of the hauntings before the specter unleashes more havoc on him and his friends.
Cover art by Christopher Park of Plant Monster Studios
As soon as Brian Henry reach out to me about possibly reviewing I Was A Teenage Ghost Hunter, I knew I had to after I read the synopsis! It reminded me of something that I would have read while I was in school. I used to be attached to supernatural books like Goosebumps and The Last Apprentice Series.
I found Devin it be an average teenager with above average as I call it a superpower. He can literally communicate with ghosts even if he is just beginning to get the hang of it. I aspect I liked most about Devin throughout I Was A Teenage Ghost Hunter was that he slowly learned more about his gift of communicating with ghosts. Rousten, a mean spirited ghost is causing havoc on the Devin and his friends, but just maybe they started it.
The book follows Devin and his friends Clive and Rex as they try and get to the bottom of the issues at the Rousten estate. But at times goes on Devin can really feel the effects of his almost nightly vigils, both mentally and physically. But he wanted to stop the haunting and the people of Arcata, it was up to him.
Of course, Devin also has to deal with the typical high school. That includes partying and of course bullying. He’s known as ghost boy ever since the student body found out that he had been able to see a ghost. For me, this brings another accurate representation of real-life into I Was A Teenage Ghost Hunter.
Overall, if you enjoy paranormal high school fiction then this book is for you. It was nicely paced and the imagery was amazing. This would be a great book for middle school-aged readers and up. I Was A Teenage Ghost Hunter was a fantastic read and kept me interested throughout the entire book.