Title: Phantom Summer
Publication Date: September 5th 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary with ghosts
Seventeen-year-old Taylor Gray moves to Sterling Island to get over her dead boyfriend. Mom’s cool with letting her crash on the couch, but Taylor needs to get a job before the lights are cut off again.
When the tall, dark and crazy Raine Tsunami offers her a position at his thriving ghost tour business, she figures it’s an easy way to make some cash. Taylor isn’t afraid of ghosts--that crap is as fake as her mom’s boob job. She loves their adventures on the historic island, especially the secret places he shows her when the crowds go home. So what if all the ghost stories are just legends?
Half the streetlights are broken. Between tiny bursts of dingy light bulbs, everything is black, black, black. This isn't what Sterling Island is supposed to be about. The commercials call it a place for tourism and historical richness. What a joke. The only thing I've seen for blocks is buildings and parking lots and nothingness.
"You aren't from around here."
"No way," I say. The face on the wall is so realistic. It looks like someone spray painted it with a can of primer and a stencil. "Who's doing it?"
Our main heroine is Taylor Gray,your average seventeen year old girl,who has been secretly in love with her best friend Brendan for a very long time but when he saw her at a party talking and flirting with another guy, he got jealous,confessed his true feelings to Taylor and kissed her.His girlfriend saw the whole thing and caused a scene.Brendan followed her to her car,got in and left the party and Taylor behind because he wanted to explain to her girlfriend what happened but she crashed the car into a tree.She was lucky and survived but Brendan died and his death is Taylor's fault or so she thinks.
So,she leaves everything behind and goes to Sterling Island to live with her mother.She gets a new job at the local museum during the day and cleans the exhibits during the night something that attracts a lot of attention,since everyone on the island believes that the museum is haunted.Well,everyone except Taylor.She doesn't believe in ghosts,she never had.
Then,one day she meets Raine Tsunami,the island's well-known ghost tour guide.His tours are legendary,people love and adore him and the money is pretty good I might add.So when Raine proposes to Taylor to work as his tour assistant,she agrees.It certainly pays better than being a waitress that men can take advantage.She quickly gets accepted by the tour crowd and the locals because of her bravery but when she sees a ghost,a real one right in front of her eyes and helps it cross over to wherever ghosts are supposed to go,she starts believing that because of Brendan's sudden death,he might be a ghost as well.
There's also Raine.His father was a ghost tour guide as well.He grew up with no friends and everybody thought he was a freak because he has a unique gift or some might say a curse.He can see the dead.In Taylor,he sees himself.You see,because of the tour and their midnight ghost haunting,they quickly become friends who have a lot in common and that brings them closer.But Taylor can't be with Raine when she keeps thinking that Brendan might be angry at her and never forgive her.She needs to talk to him in order to get the closure she wants but that's technically impossible since he's dead....or maybe there's another way?
Phantom Summer is a romantic paranormal YA story that will make you think twice before you say ghosts aren't real!We may lose our loved ones but they will always be with us.The perfect book for Halloween!
About Amy Sparling
Amy Sparling is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, nail polish and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her daughter, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world. Amy Sparling is a pen name for YA author Cheyanne Young.