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Review: Lilac Skully and the Haunted House by Amy Cesari

First of all, how gorgeous is that cover?

When Amy reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in reviewing Lilac Skully and the Haunted House, I already had a pretty full plate. I’d just posted my Haunting October list, and I had a backlog of 10-12 book reviews on deck. (I’m still learning how to not overextend myself!) But the cover called to me.

I know, I know – don’t judge a book by its cover. I thoroughly disagree with this. A bad cover is not going to make me want to read your book, but a good cover will. But anyway, the book.

Lilac Skully and the Haunted House is so much fun, guys. It’s the kind of book that almost makes me wish I had a kid to read it to. For one thing, it’s got the potential for great sound effects. For another, Lilac is a really likeable character. She reminds me some of Serafina from Serafina and the Black Cloak, because she doesn’t let her fear stand in her way. She’s plucky and tenacious and utterly adorable.

And Lilac Skully is funny. Not in the ha-ha, that’s a funny story way, but in the tongue-in-cheek way that only adults will pick up on. To a kid, Lilac’s fears and thoughts are totally understandable – it makes perfect sense that Lilac is going to “meet a painful, tragic end to her short life” when she falls off the roof. It’s only as adults that we can appreciate the humor.

As for the story, the ghosts are great. The action is great. The setting is great. It’s short enough to read in one sitting, but good enough to spread out over several, if that’s your thing. The second one comes out later this month and is titled Lilac Skully and the Carriage of Lost Souls. You can bet I’ll be picking it up!

Series: The Supernatural Adventures of Lilac Skully #1    Paperback: 178 pages

Published: September 2017    Source: Author Provided

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Home alone in a haunted house. What could go wrong?

Lilac Skully is afraid of ghosts. And a lot of other things, too. After her father’s mysterious disappearance, Lilac must find a way to deal with the notorious ghosts that haunt her home—or better yet—get them to leave.

But when intruders break in, Lilac realizes there’s a danger far worse than her spooky old house. No longer safe, Lilac will need to face her fears, trust herself, and make new friends that will change her life forever.

Lilac Skully and the Haunted House is the first book in the Supernatural Adventures of Lilac Skully, a series of fun, spooky stories with a lot of heart. If you like books about ghosts and awesome little girls—you’ll love this imaginative, haunted tale!

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