Book Reviews, YA book reviews

Defying the Ghosts by Joan Marie Verba – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  26 September 2020

Format: E-Arc

Publisher: FTL Publications

Source: NetGalley


A teen without a home. A dangerous residence. Can she survive one terrifying night to secure her future?

Charlene Griffin never thought she’d be without a home. But when she’s kicked out on her eighteenth birthday, she has no choice but to sleep inside an ominous Victorian mansion. And with the owner offering the estate to anyone who can spend a full night on the haunted property, Charlene decides to risk life and limb to get off the streets.

Refusing to heed the warnings of those sent running in fear for their lives, Charlene is confident she can last from sunset to sunrise. But she’ll need all her wits about her to withstand the hours of terror, because these ghosts are determined to get rid of her.

Will Charlene outsmart her supernatural foes and make it to dawn?



Thank you to FTL Publications for providing me with a copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review!

Charlene’s mother has tossed her out on the street on her 18th birthday. With no bank card and nowhere to go, she has to start learning to survive. Sleeping in shelters, if she can get in, showering at a gym and taking food where she can get it, she intends to save every cent from her bookstore job to find a permanent place to stay. When she hears about a haunted house the owner has promised to sign over to anyone who can spend the night there, Charlene decides to give it a try.

I went into Defying the Ghosts expecting a standard haunted house tale but found so much more. From lessons about survival instincts on the street and meeting others who have fallen on hard times, to wisdom imparted to those who need it, the haunted house wasn’t the whole story. I really enjoyed the way the author showed the reality that most people living on the streets are there due to unfortunate circumstances, untreated mental health issues or escaping terrible circumstances. Many of the people in the story were working with so little to try and eke out a life.

This one is for lovers of both contemporary and ghost stories and I’d highly recommend checking it out!

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