Release Date: May 31, 2013
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Jesse is an apprentice exorcist who defies his priests when he learns his sister is in danger even though she’s dead. When he’s exiled to a haunted world, Jesse must unravel the mystery of ghosts if he is to save her. He plunges into a deadly game of hide-and-seek. The players include denizens draped in monkish robes, ghosts with matted eyes, the dead who tunnel underground in terror, and... Elspeth.
A coven scientist, Elspeth is both respected and feared for her abnormal spiritual powers. Jesse needs--craves--the knowledge of ghosts which she possesses. But is Elspeth a spiritual prodigy, or dangerously insane? The coven scientist begs him to trust her. He doesn’t. But he wants to.
Caught in a world on the brink of spiritual evolution, Jesse struggles to understand Elspeth even as frightening contacts from his sister force him to face the secret, shattering meaning of a verse he knows well: Blessed are the poor in ghost.
I can't exactly say that I was blown away by the plot or the characters of this book. Neither can I say that I was engrossed or completely captivated by the world it is set in. I was expecting a set of diverse characters and a gripping plot. The Ghosting of Gods fell short for me. I found it hard to follow what was going on, or be sucked in by the writing style.
Jesse is an exorcist who recently lost his younger sister. He is determined to bring her back, and when he hears that his sister may be in danger, he doesn't hesitate to sneak over to the cemetery at night to see her. What he doesn't know is that he is being watched by those close to him. Soon he is on a quest to find his sister in a haunted world with his best friend Poe, Ava Lily, and seven-year-old Leesel.
I can't say that I know much of the story considering that I only read about 50 pages before skim-reading the rest. Like I said, I couldn't follow the story and I wasn't immediately hooked by what it had to offer. I was expecting plenty of world building, but that wasn't really the case, making the scene harder to picture in your head.
I thought that Leesel was a great character. She was quirky and offered the book a little charm. Jesse was a loyal character who would do anything for his sister and friends. The author should definitely try to show their personalities more at the start of the book to pull the reader in faster.
Overall, The Ghosting of Gods wasn't what I was expecting, but it had a few good moments that were creepy. If you are a fan of supernatural YA then try it out, if you're not then I would hesitate to recommend it, but give it a go if you're on the fence, you might like it.
A review copy was provided by the author