Thursday, November 7, 2013

Review: Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton

Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Series: The PSS Chronicles #1
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Ripley Patton November 30, 2012
Pages: 372


Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky. 

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.

My thoughts:

I started Ghost Hand totally unawares. I had no idea I'd be jumping into a fast-paced, intriguing, and different world. By different, I mean that the idea of PSS and Olivia's ghost hand was something I've never come across in the young adult book universe. And yes, this different is good.

I found Olivia to be a great heroine. I loved her snark and strength and of course her cool ability. I'm all for superpowers, especially ones that can pick a lock and then lock it again. And that's not even the whole extent of it; that's like itty bitty compared to what else she can do. I don't know, I just thought that was really, really neat!

I liked the romance. It wasn't forced or instantaneous. It had that realness to it and it helped that Marcus is well, you know...Marcus. :)

The Lowdown:

The plot moved along quickly and was fun to read about. Also, there were some funny moments. I felt invested in the characters and rooted for Olivia, Marcus, Nose, and Yale. (I left Jason out on purpose because that dude's kind of an ass and he's a little trigger happy. I don't know, maybe he'll grow on me in the next book, that's assuming he is in the next book or just went and got himself killed or something first thing. What? It could happen. The boy's just looking for trouble.) The only thing that I would have liked to learn more about would be Nose and Yale. I like them so I hope maybe we see more of their back story in Ghost Hold.

Well, what are you waiting for? Go and read this awesome book!

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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