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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 3 edition (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482678659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482678659
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm

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Amy Sparling is a Texas native with a passion for young adult literature. In her free time she participates in an unhealthy amount of Xbox playing, attends nerd conventions and reads books with her daughter. Amy Sparling is a pen name for YA author Cheyanne Young.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Spooky and fun! 10 Dec 2013
By Lisa - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Talk about a spooky book to get you in the Halloween spirit. This was exactly what I needed. Walking down dark, empty roads all alone, spotting mysterious things, and add in a ghost or two and you have yourself a spooktastic book!

Taylor was such a troubled teen. She loses her best friend, her neighbor who she was falling in love with, to a tragic accident, which she blames herself for. She struggles with the guilt, and her moving on seems almost hopeless. She moves to a creepy haunted island to live with her mother in hopes of escaping some of the memories, but finds herself right back in the middle of it all. She becomes friendly with a boy who does ghost tours… and though she doesn’t believe in ghosts, she holds onto the hope that maybe, somehow, she will be able to find her BFF again and get some answers.

And let me tell you, Taylor was BAD-ASS! She wasn’t scared of the dark, wasn’t scared of walking alone on deserted streets in the ghetto, and wasn’t even scared of ghosts. She was hardcore, and the complete opposite of me. (Yeah, I’m a total wimp… I can admit it.) Man, I really envied that girl. She was one tough cookie!

Taylor’s mother was horrendous. I feel like “bad” parents are becoming too much of a clique. Taylor was easily the only adult in her family, and this really took a toll on her. Her mother even attempted to get her to lower to her level and work at a gentleman’s club to make more money so they could get a bigger and better apartment. Taylor was stuck with her mother, yet couldn’t stand the way she’s treated. I don’t blame her… I can’t even imagine a mother doing half of the stuff she did to her own daughter. Lucky for Taylor, her new friend Raine offered her a job making even more money, and pleasantly without the requirement of showing her semi-naked body to drunk old men.

I really enjoyed the sweet romance between Taylor and Raine. It started off so slow and innocent. Taylor was held up with her feels over the loss of her first love that she had a very difficult time giving in to the attraction for this sexy ghost hunter. Raine was the kind of character I really like… full of self-esteem, yet sweet and doesn’t let his fame and fortune go to his head. He was exactly what Taylor needed.

This was the perfect pre-Halloween book to read. It had a light creepiness factor that kept me interested, yet didn’t scare the bejeezus out of me. If you’re looking for a fun Halloweeny spooktastic book for this time of year, yet fun at the same time, I would definitely recommend this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Phantom Summer Book Review 1 Dec 2013
By Joana - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
If you are looking for a story with ghosts but isn't really scary then this is the perfect book to read. In Phantom Summer Taylor feels so guilty over her best friends death because she believes she caused the accident that killed him. Taylor decides to move away and try to forget all about her old life. She moves in with her mom and her life is getting better until she starts to believe in ghosts because she sees one for herself one day. That makes is hard for her to move on and be happy with Raine, the handsome ghost tourist guide she meets. I loved the characters especially Raine and Margaret. The ending was alright but I felt like there needed to be just a little more. I really liked this book but it's missing something I'm just not sure what so because of that I would give it 4 and a half stars. Actually more like four and three fourths if that's even possible (but yes it's possible because that's what I decided)!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
BEST BOOK EVER! 27 Dec 2012
By Jeffrey D Blada - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I chose this rating because I couldn't put the book down. I liked everything about it! Everything about the book with the romance and the ghost hunting was amazing. I would recommend this book to a lot of people!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Thought Provoking story of loss and learning to believe again 5 Feb 2014
By Bj Cox - Published on
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Being a teenager is one of the hardest things in the world. Trying to find your way through the awkwardness that is dating and school is made so much harder by dysfunctional parents. Phantom Summer deals with Taylor the friendless poor girl who has to worry about helping her dad pay the electric bill or putting food on the table. Through her troubles she has always had Brendan. Then one day Brendan tells her about a girl he likes and Taylor is crushed but tries to be supportive until she realizes how much she cares about him. They kiss and the events are set into motion that ends in the death of Brendan.

Taylor cannot stand to be there now that he is gone so she goes to live with her mother and ends up working in a haunted museum and finds a new friend in Raine. Now she is helping her Mom pay the rent, but she is so haunted by the loss of Brendan and the guilt she feels she isn't able to move on. The summer and Raine changes everything, but can ghosts be real? Taylor learns that the living need closure to find a way to move on. It's a great read. Taylor isn't afraid of ghosts, she is afraid of poverty and not having the money to keep the electricity on. Things and people who are too good to be true usually are in her world. Can Taylor let go and start a new life?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
fun exciting book! not too scary :) 4 Feb 2014
By cooperoxy - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Found this in the free sections and wasn't sure I could read it because of the ghosts theme - but I really wanted to especially after the summary and the other reviews. I'm a serious scaredy cat - like I watched Saw 3 when it came out in 2006 and I STILL have nightmares. STILL. So I read in this the broad daylight of course.
I was immediately sucked into it and found myself enjoying it quite a bit. I didn't find myself scared at all and I wanted to know more about Taylor and Raine and their story.
I will say that I wish the ending was written longer. It didn't match the perfect pacing of the book and stopped a little abruptly for me. I wish there was a second book so that their story can continue. I loved it still.
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