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#BBNYA2020 Blog Tour: Specter by Katie Jane Gallagher @BBNYA_Official @foliosociety

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Hello, my lovelies. Today is my stop on the BBNYA 2020 winning finalists Blog Tour. I’m sharing my thoughts about 8th place winner, Specter by Katie Jane Gallagher. An urban fantasy tale featuring a new sci-fi twist to a somewhat traditional ghost story.

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What’s Specter about?

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#BBNYA2020 Blog Tour: Specter by Katie Jane Gallagher  @BBNYA_Official @foliosocietyMy Rating:
Title: Specter by Katie Jane Gallagher
Series: Standalone Novel
Published by Hidden Bower Press on 7 July, 2019
Genres: Young Adult (YA), Urban Fantasy
No. of Pages: 383

Horror aficionado Lanie Adams should be thrilled when two eighties-era ghosts materialize in her bedroom. Yet after a fainting incident unbecoming of a horror nerd, she would rather her haunting just go away—the ghosts’ waterlogged voices and ice-cold auras are more terrifying than any movie. Enlisting the help of Ryan, an entirely-too-cute stoner, she makes it her mission to put the spirits stalking her to rest.

Some sleuthing reveals that their sleepy Connecticut town is host to a shadowy, decades-old conspiracy. If Lanie wants to say a final goodbye to her ghosts, she’ll need to keep digging. But it’s important to tread carefully. The culprit is still in town—and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth buried.

Perfect for fans of Stranger Things! With strong characters who are easy to root for, this stunning, multilayered debut is not to be missed.

Source: ARC

I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.

Review Format: eBook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link

What did I think about it?

I like reading urban fantasy and paranormal mystery stories. Therefore, I started reading this one with an open mind despite the main character being a teenager. The front cover caught my eye, the story’s description piqued my interest and of course, I love finding new-to-me authors.

I’ve already posted my full review of Specter. I thought it was a good read and gave it 3 stars.

The characters Katie has created for this book are believable although not unique. However, the situation she throws them into is one I really enjoyed. I loved the different clues, the interwoven threads and Lanie’s perseverance. She’s got gumption. Give her 15 to 20 years of life experience and she’d probably be my ideal heroine.

The story has all the elements I like in a good book.

A puzzling mystery to solve, ghosts, and a “race-against-the-clock” adventure. Plus, a cute sprinkling of first-love romance.

Keep reading to find out more about the book’s author, Katie Jane Gallagher.

About Katie Jane Gallagher

Author - Katie Jane Gallagher

Katie Jane Gallagher is the author of Specter and The Gold in the Dark. Her stories feature relatable, realistic characters who get swept up in extraordinary events. An avid reader of YA and genre fiction, she has a self-proclaimed affinity for the best sorts of trash.

Born and raised in Illinois, Katie currently lives in Connecticut with her stupendous, half-human half-neanderthal husband and their dopey boxer dog. She graduated magna cum laude from Connecticut College in 2012, with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and literature and a minor in history.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts about Specter. It was a favourite book with many of the panellists. Will you be tempted to pick it up?

Before you go, don’t forget to check out the other finalists in the BBNYA 2020 and keep your eyes peeled for the next winner’s blog tour.

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Bye for now,

Flora x

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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
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(4) Comments

  1. I’m not usually one for paranormal books, but this one sounds really interesting! I love the sound of a good mystery and ‘race against the clock’ story – I may have to check this one out. Thanks for sharing! x

    Sophie |

    1. Hi Sophie, thanks. Some reviewers have called it more science fiction than paranormal. Hope you decide to pick it up.

  2. Ellie Rayner says:

    Great post Flora!

    1. Thanks Ellie

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