12 Jan 2018

#Review: GHOST GIRL IN THE CORNER by Daniel José Older


Author: Daniel José Older
Series: Shadowshaper #1.5
Source: Purchased from Amazon
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: November 29, 2016
Rating: 4/5 stars


Trying to shake off the strange malaise that separates her from even her girlfriend Izzy, Tee decides to take over the Bed-Stuy Searchlight for the summer. But then she finds an alluring violet dress in the newspaper office, and a cute ghost girl no one else can see. Who is she? What does she want? And why is she revealing herself to Tee? 


Izzy can tell Tee's drifting away from her -- she misses Izzy's shows and skips shadowshaper practice to spend time alone at the newspaper -- and she won't stand for it. Yet when a girl goes missing in Bed-Stuy, Izzy needs Tee to get the word out and help investigate. Can they break through their distance and reconnect before someone else dies? 

Set between the New York Times-bestselling Shadowshaper and its upcoming sequel Shadowhouse Fall, this beautiful novella of mystery, love and loss will draw you deep into Daniel José Older's magical Brooklyn.
So I probably should have read the first book in this series prior to reading this novella because I felt like I was thrown into something I should have had more knowledge of and didn't. I think I was also expecting more ghosts or paranormal activity but didn't really get that either.

I liked both Tee and Izzy. I thought their relationship was an interesting one to read about because you could tell they both loved each other but were scared by that love because it took up so much space in their hearts and lives. I also liked that they had issues because not all relationships are sunshine and rainbows. 

I thought for a novella, there was a lot happening and a good story arc that didn't feel incomplete or too rushed. I am definitely going to check out the rest of the series because I want to know more about the paranormal aspects and really meet the other characters.

However, my only complaint is that you could tell that a man was writing this based on how the woman in this were described and thought about themselves. If you read this, you will know exactly what I mean. But that didn't really take away from my enjoyment - I just rolled my eyes a few times and called it a day. 

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