on July 20, 2016 :
Outside my usual genres. I love mysteries and young adult fiction but don't usually go near ghost stories. That being said, curiosity won out and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this story. The dialogue was ridiculously funny at times and the characters strong. Glad I tried it. Reminded me of how painful it was to be a 12-year-old! Very unique story and good groundwork for the series.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on June 10, 2016 :
This is a great follow on from the first part of The House on Lafayette Street. Featuring our intrepid heroine Melody Jackson and her parents we are introduced to her 'second' cousin who definitely fits into the crazy family. As before the focus is still on the 'weather station' and what is going on there only this time strange noises and animals howling are the cause of concern.
As this part of the story unfolds we meet new characters and travel a crazy path towards the ending of part two that gives us a chilling insight into part three...
I definitely recommend this to anyone that has a sense of humour and likes a mild horror/fantasy/sci=fi twist.
I received an e-copy of part two from the author in exchange for an honest review
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
on May 22, 2016 :
This is a Paranormal Mystery.
While Melody's much younger second cousin visits, there are sounds coming from across the street. Are the two events related?
Melody's reaction to her parents make me laugh sometimes. She is a bit more intelligent and somewhat mature for her age.
Warning: There are some scenes that may be scary for young readers.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on May 21, 2016 :
Another entertaining entry in the Melody Jackson series. To her horror, Melody is forced to play hostess to her 5-year-old cousin, who has a penchant for destruction. Meanwhile, is the family being stalked by a hellhound? Or is it just Melody's over-active imagination responding to reading "The Hound of the Baskervilles"?
Melody continues to be a delightful character, and, I have to admit, reminds me a lot of myself at that age! Johnson captures both the charm and the absurdity of precocious preteens, and the interactions between Melody and her parents are some of the best moments in the book, full of witty dialogue. There are also creepy moments, which may not make this the best choice for young children, but it seems to me to be appropriate for tween, YA, and adult audiences. This book references the previous one, so while it probably could be read as a stand-alone, it's best read as a continuation of the series, which seems to be leading to a dramatic conclusion! We can hope that the rest of the books in the series continue to be as entertaining as the first two.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)