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Monday, October 12, 2015

{Blog Tour} BBReview: "The Ghost Host" by DelSheree Gladden

The Ghost Host

Today I am very excited to be a part of The Ghost Host by DelSheree Gladden Blog Tour! This book was FANTASTIC and I am so glad I got to read it for review!
Check out my review below, watch the trailer, read an excerpt, enter the contest, and grab a copy for yourself!
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Ghost Host
The Ghost Host by DelSheree Gladden:
 Everyone thinks Echo Simmons is crazy, but being The Ghost Host isn’t just a YouTube hoax like people think. It’s the only way to control the ghosts haunting her…at least until the FBI shows up asking questions. The first eighteen years of Echo Simmons’ life have been less than ideal. On more than one occasion her parents have considered committing her. They don’t believe she sees ghosts or that they harass her on a daily basis. So when a rogue ghost begins tormenting her, they’re the last people she’s going to tell. Her best friends Holden and Zara are doing their best to help, but ghost attacks are only the beginning of Echo’s problems. Handling the ghosts by giving them a voice on YouTube through her webshow has been her saving grace—even if her parents think it’s all a hoax—but that gets a little complicated when the ghost of Madeline Crew reveals a little too much about her previous life and the FBI shows up at her door wanting to know how she gained access to long-buried government secrets. It just keeps getting worse from there. Madeline’s message to her great grandson sparks a strange connection between Echo and Malachi, which leads to Georgia, secrets, mistakes, love, lies, and life changing revelations.

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BBReview:
Wow, wow and more WOW! I absolutely LOVED The Ghost Host! I really didn't know what to expect when I agreed to read this for review in time for the blog tour. I mean it's a New Adult, it's paranormal, it's right up my alley, but I didn't know how much I would like it. I definitely didn't think I would end up hating it (or I never would have agreed to read it), but I really didn't expect to fall so much in love with the story and characters!

One night before bed I was double checking my TBR list and saw that I needed to start The Ghost Host. I decided to read the first chapter, even though it was about 11p.m. and I needed to be up for work by 5:30a.m. I figured I would start it, get a taste for it, go to bed and read more on my lunch break. Well, that one chapter turned into six chapters and I had to force myself to put the book down. I mean, it was 4:30a.m. I needed to at least get in a nap before work. On my lunch break I kept reading, and when I got home I finished it. I seriously just couldn't stay away from the story. It was so intoxicated, addicting, and so full of action! It was seriously intriguing, and it had all the elements to be a perfect "Becky" (me) story. It had young love, mystery, ghosts, the FBI, and great friends.

What I really loved was how raw, real, and believable it was. I mean the idea of ghosts is "crazy" to some, but I believe in them. Regardless if you believe in them or not, you believed Echo. This story and it's cast of characters are genuine. You can seriously relate to what Echo and Malachi are going through. Echo is a very fragile girl who has always been told what to do her whole life, until she meets Malachi. Malachi is a southern gentleman from Georgia who is also a shy gamer, until he meet's Echo and feels the need to get closer. Next to them are a band of friends and family members who each have their own, unique personality and really play a role in the story. Some friends and family members come secondary, but not in The Ghost Host. They really play a big role in the story.

Another great thing about this story...ALTERNATE POINTS OF VIEW! You all know I LOVE when books do this so i'll just say *thumbs up* and call it a day. This story was so good, I don't have many other words for it. I enjoyed it more than tremendously and I will absolutely be continuing on with this series and reading more of DelSheree Gladden's books.

Overall:
I absolutely loved this story! The cast is an amazing bunch of complex characters, who are very well developed and add to the story. The "secondary characters" really weren't that, because without them the story wouldn't be the same. I loved our main characters, Echo and Malachi, and especially their alternating points of view. I read a lot of paranormal and I felt this was truly unique. I super loved that it's a New Adult, because we are only slowly seeing more sub-genre's in that category. The Ghost Host was un-put-downable and I loved every sleepless second of it. I cannot wait to continue on with the series and to check out more books by DelSheree Gladden! Definitely try this one for yourself, it will absolutely be going down as one of my favorites for the year, and probably one of my all time favorites as well!

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5

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Excerpt:
Somehow, I always knew the people I saw hovering around looking aimless were ghosts, and it never really bothered me. Sometimes I talked to them when I was little. They never talked back. Sometimes they would play with me, though. My mom used to tell people what a good baby I was, how I never cried or fussed. She thought she had just lucked out with an easy first kid. Really, I always had someone standing over my crib smiling at me or making silly faces. Ghosts really seem to like being around babies for some reason.
It wasn’t until I got a little older that I realized some of my ghostly friends were hanging around for a reason. A few of them were just lonely and either weren’t ready to move on or didn’t know how. I haven’t got a clue about how to send them on their way, so I figure the least I can do is keep them company.
Others, they had messages they wanted to pass on. At first, I didn’t know how to do that without getting into trouble. My mom refused to make phone calls or send my letters to who she deemed were random strangers. I found ways to get the letters in the mail, at least, without her knowing, but it wasn’t easy and they occasionally got sent back to us when the address proved inaccurate. Mom wasn’t happy when she found one and realized what I’d been doing.
Holden was the one who came up with the idea for the webshow. It made things a lot easier since my parents think it’s just a funny hoax we like to pull, and it gives us a hobby and keeps me out of trouble for the most part. That’s the biggest reason they let me do it. As I got older and more capable, more able to help the ghosts, they became more insistent. That’s when things got really bad.
Up until that point, I didn’t know the ghosts could affect my dreams, and not in a good way. The nightmares got progressively worse, morphing into full on night terrors. The headaches followed, though I’m still not sure if the ghosts were trying to talk to me, or just doing whatever they could to get my attention. Sometimes, their presence would become so oppressive as they tried to communicate that I would completely zone out… which sent my grades into the toilet and my behavior into the realm of unmanageable. The worst by far is when they try to touch me

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About DelSheree Gladden:
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DelSheree Gladden was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn't speak a single word for the first three months of preschool, but she had already taught herself to read. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting and perfecting it before having it published. Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her husband spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family again. Their two children love having their cousins close by. When not writing, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing and trying not to get bitten by small children in her work as a dental hygienist. DelSheree has several bestselling young adult series, including "Invisible" which was part of the USA Today Bestselling box set, "Pandora." The Date Shark Series is her first contemporary romance series, and her first book in her upcoming new adult series, The Ghost Host, will be releasing in 2015.


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Blog Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 10/29/15 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.   

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