Author: Majanka Verstraete
Title: Ghost Slayer
Series: Ghostslayer 1
Rating: Two Petals
On the Author's Website: http://majankaverstraete.com/new-adult-novels/ghostslayer-series/
Twenty-one-year-old Kaelyn has spent half her life hunting ghosts and killing them. But she's not like the other ghost hunters who have to rely on spells and curses to banish ghosts back to where they came from, hoping that they don't come back. When Kaelyn kills a ghost, they stay dead.
But in Mortimer Hall, a behemoth of a house, Kaelyn is about to face the most powerful Twenty-one-year-old Kaelyn has spent half her life hunting ghosts and killing them. But she's not like the other ghost hunters who have to rely on spells and curses to banish ghosts back to where they came from, hoping that they don't come back. When Kaelyn kills a ghost, they stay dead.
But in Mortimer Hall, a behemoth of a house, Kaelyn is about to face the most powerful and life-threatening ghost she ever met, and what she doesn't know is that the ghost has been waiting just for her...
I received this book as an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Kaelyn has a special ability to kill ghosts, which she uses to support herself. Then her college class goes on a field trip to Mortimer Hall, which is purportedly haunted, and suddenly all of Kaelyn's skills might not be enough to fight against these ghosts.
This story had a lot of potential. I liked the idea of Kaelyn's powers and watching her fight off ghosts and send them on was interesting. I also liked that she didn't have to kill every ghost that she came across. The distinction between good and bad ghosts provided even before she gets to Mortimer Hall really helped put the ghosts she meets there into perspective.
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy the characterizations in this story. Kaelyn is described as being sheltered and ignorant of the world. She reads as very young and very naive, and had she been in high school I might have believed it, but she's in college and spends a lot of time in the seedier parts of the world fighting ghosts. In fact, this story felt like it was written by a high school student imagining what college would be like if they were attending right then. Because Kaelyn's characterization did not work for me, the rest of the story suffered.
While I liked Kaelyn's powers and the descriptions of the ghosts, I didn't like how Kaelyn was written. She comes across as younger than she's supposed to be, which hurt my overall enjoyment of this story and is why I don't recommend it.
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