Sunday 19 September 2010

GHOSTGIRL: Lovesick by Tonya Hurley

Before she can rest in peace, Charlotte Usher must return to the tragic site of her death: High School. On the brink of Dead Ed graduation, Charlotte and her fellow classmates learn they have one last mission to complete before gaining entrance to the much-anticipated afterlife: Observe one designated teen with an unexplained problem and help said-troubled teen by Prom. For the life of her, Charlotte can't imagine why she has been assigned to help Damen, last year's Homecoming King and her former fatal crush. To make matters worse, her boyfriend Eric is sent to look after her best (breathing) friend Scarlet, who has since ditched her goth girl image for a girlier look that turns more heads than just her boyfriend Damen's. Charlotte would die (again) for love. But when her only chance at an afterlife means having to face the dreaded, all-too-familiar pains of being invisible, it may be too much for her to handle.

This is the third book in the Ghostgirl series, and just like the other two before it, it looks absolutely gorgeous. It's hardback, slimmer, and taller than they usually are, which gives it a little bit of a coffin look. It's also filled with beautiful art, and very clever quotes before each chapter.

It's Valentine's Day, and life is changing for everyone. Love seems to be the reason why life's getting all confusing. 

Scarlet is a changed girl. She's only a shadow of the outcast she used to be, and when she starts to wonder why she's changed so much, she can't help but think that it might be because of her boyfriend, Damen. When she meets Eric, she starts to lose herself in who she used to be when her clothes weren't considered trendy. 

Damen's in college, but he misses Scarlet so much that he applies for an internship at a local radio station to be closer to her. He hopes to surprise her with something else too, but instead of coming across as the romantic, well-meaning boyfriend, he comes across as pushy.

Charlotte's finally got her parents in her life, and she couldn't be any happier. She also--finally--has a boyfriend, Eric. As if that's not enough, she's excited about her last day at the intern office. But when Mr. Markov tells them that they're all going 'back' and each one of them will be assigned a human, she doesn't really want to go. Not now that she's got her parents with her, not now that she's got Eric, and not now that she's been assigned Damen! And Eric has been assigned Scarlet.

When they return to Hawthorne High, things are a-changing and soon every one of them gets lost in the world of the living. Trying to figure out exactly how they're supposed to help the living, or if the living are actually the ones who are supposed to help them. It becomes a tangled web of love, and I got a kick out of seeing the former snobby, Petula, morph into someone so different that even the Wendys didn't want to have anything to do with her.

Lovesick is an awesome name for this book. There are plenty of complications, changes, and jelousy going on in everyone's lives. Oh, and an evil 'person' returns to stir as much trouble as she can.

Although, I can't help but wonder if this series will now move forward, or end up circling around the same characters and themes. I hope the future's still gloomy for this series. ;)

Check out this lovely trailer:

Lovesick: Ghostgirl #3, August 2010, ISBN 978-075-537700-8, Headline Fiction Hardback

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