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A Properly Unhaunted Place by William Alexander

michelles_teaandreads's review

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adventurous tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.25

pagesofpins's review

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4.0

Really delightful. An alternate universe in which ghosts populate every town, and because books are links to both the past and information, librarians are "appeasement specialists" who work on getting the ghosts of the past to interact peaceably with life in the present. Except in Ingot, the only unhaunted town. (No one knows why.)

Rosa is angry that her appeasement librarian mother has moved them to a town with no ghosts after her father died. She quickly meets Jasper, who helps his dad with the local Renaissance festival, hates attention, and has never seen a ghost. Together, they discover that Ingot is perhaps not as unhaunted as they thought.

Seamlessly woven into the story we have: how Rosa deals with anger about her life and uses it to prompt herself to action, facts about science and history casually thrown in, how hard it can be to deal with the past and its losses, the dangers of mob mentality, and no-big-deal-diversity all over the place. I'll be recommending it as a spooky read in fall, no question.

turrean's review

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4.0

All you need to know is that this book has librarians that communicate with ghosts. Done.

I did not care for the illustrations, which were on the cartoon-y side, and thus not a perfect match for the descriptive, lyrical text. Like this: “He pushed his goofball approximation of old chivalry right through silliness and out the other side, to a place that wasn’t serious but carried the same weight.”

imandanial's review

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3.0

*3.8

singerji's review

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informative mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

bimini78's review

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2.0

I liked the idea of libraries being haunted and humans learning to appease spirits, but this book fell short. Instead of magical, it felt weird, boring, and underdeveloped.

xandra_evelyn's review

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adventurous dark hopeful mysterious reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

This was really cute, but definitely spooky!! Even made me a little anxious lol. But it was an intriguing story and I do plan on reading the sequel 

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andreajay's review

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4.0

This book had some cool ideas, and it was an okay little story. I would have really liked it to be expanded into a longer novel, to explore some of the plot points & themes further.

xemilyx's review

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4.0

There's a lot simmering below the surface of this book: it has something to say about mourning and memory, but you might not notice because it's also a fast paced ghost story that takes place over the course of two days in a small, unhaunted town, in a world where everything is supposed to be haunted. I could have wished for a little more character development or a longer build-up to the final confrontation. But it's nice to have a slim fantasy book to recommend to young readers, especially one with truly haunting specters and a back story that stands up to examination.

book_nut's review

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3.0

Meh.