Author: Lois Ruby
Category: Young Adult
Release Date: 6-1-13
Lori Chase doesn’t know what to think about ghosts. She may have seen a few in the past, but those were just childish imaginings…right? Only now that she is living in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, spirits seem to be on everyone’s mind. The town is obsessed with its bloody Civil War history, and the old inn that Lori’s parents run is supposedly haunted by the souls of dead soldiers. Then Lori meets one such soldier–the devastatingly handsome Nathaniel Pierce. Nathaniel’s soul cannot rest, and he desperately needs Lori’s help. Because Nathaniel was not killed in the famous battle. He was murdered. Lori begins to investigate the age-old mystery, stumbling upon shocking clues and secrets. At the same time, she can’t help falling for Nathaniel, just as he is falling for her. – Goodreads
If it has ghosts, I will read it. When I saw the synopsis of this book I knew it was right up my alley. Lori is ticked off about having to move right before her senior year into a rickety old B&B, but things get interesting, and she quickly realizes that this town is full of ghosts and people who believe in them. The majority of this story takes place on a weekend when there are Civil War reenactments, which provided a very good way to explain why Nathaniel could walk around in the open. There is a delightful abundance of spooky cemetery scenes, which wa another plus for me. The murder mystery that Lori must solve has a deadline and I love it when ghost stories have that time limitation because it keeps the story moving along and gives the whole thing a sense of urgency. There is a love story in this book, although it is perhaps a little unconventional. However, there is a flesh and blood guy that helps Lori out, so it was a nice balance between the ghostly and the real.
Rebel Spirits is one of those books that probably won’t have a lot of crossover appeal to adults, but had I read this in high school, I would have been obsessed. It is a really fun and spooky story with a good dose of mystery. I loved the way the history of the town was woven into the story and how everyone just kind of accepted that there were ghosts walking among them. The romance was really nice and very age appropriate. This could easily be recommended to both younger YA as well as older teens. Rebel Spirits was a quick read, but one that was very enjoyable.
I received this galley in exchange for my honest review.
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