Blog Tour: Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter by Jacqueline Kyle + GIVEAWAY

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Publisher: PYP Publishing Group
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Source: eCopy from the author
Pages: 125

Summary (from Goodreads):

Ebenezer Scrooge: Ghost Hunter expands the original text of Charles Dicken’s classic with all-new scenes of malicious ghosts, soul devouring wraiths, deadly doppelgangers and other terrors from the netherworld. Our story opens seven years after Marley’s violent death. Ebenezer Scrooge has given up ghost hunting and embraced an inevitable slow death by alcohol poisoning. When the spectre of his deceased partner appears to him on Christmas Eve, Scrooge learns that he must face three Ghosts – one who will try to help him, one who will try to harm him and one that cannot be killed. 

In a story that spans a lifetime of torment, Scrooge must face the demons of his past and his failures in the present in order to prevent the horror that is his future. The stakes for Scrooge’s soul have never been higher than in this wicked retelling of the classic, A Christmas Carol.

I was asked to participate in this blog tour by the author. I thought that the idea behind this book was pretty neat, but I don't think that this book was for me. The writing was hard for me to follow.

This book starts off on Christmas Eve with Scrooge sitting in his office feeling sorry for himself. It's the seventh anniversary of his ghost hunting partner's death. His nephew comes to visit him to see if he'll come have Christmas dinner with his family, but as you know, there's no Christmas spirit in Scrooge. So he is visited by the ghost of his dead friend who tells him he will be visited by 3 ghosts. And basically you probably know the general direction the story takes.

I have never read A Christmas Carol before. I know the gist of the story. I feel like up until between 50% and 75% of this book there is not really a lot of mention of ghost hunting. And essentially all the ghost hunting that happens is the same story mentioned in past, present, and future. I was disappointed in the lack of actual ghost hunting. I was expecting more of a spin on the story rather than the exact story told with some MINOR ghostly stuff written in, which is what I felt like I was reading.

I really think that I could have liked this book, but I found it really hard to read. Like the way it was written was really hard for me to understand a lot of what was happening. It was worded really old as if Charles Dickens actually wrote it back in the day in whatever weird way they talked back then. Which I guess was actually probably the goal. So basically the first half of this book and a little bit beyond I just kinda skimmed over the sentences. But I feel like the last 1/4 of the book lightened up on the ye olde writing and I had a much easier time reading it. I'm not saying the writing was bad or anything, it's just definitely not anything I am used to reading at all and was just hard for me get into. 

Overall, if you like Charles Dickens or A Christmas Carol, I think that you will like this. As far as I know, it seems to be pretty true to the story but I've only ever seen it reenacted in cartoons to be perfectly honest. If I didn't already know that this was a mashup type thing, I probably wouldn't have even know that this wasn't written by Charles Dickens. But if you're looking for ghost hunting, look elsewhere. I think that was my main disappointment with this book. If you're looking for horror (which this book claims to be) definitely also look elsewhere.

I don't know how I would rate this book. It's got an interesting concept. The story was interesting. I just had a hard time getting into the writing and was expecting to see more ghost hunting involved. And I was expecting it to be scarier. But overall, it is a decent book, I just don't know how I would rate it.

Author Bios:

Jacqueline Kyle lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with two cats and a coffee pot. In truth, Jacqueline has a coffee addiction and funds her habit through writing books... at coffee shops... as an excuse to stay there for hours on end. (It's really the only way to go if you don't plan on being a barista.) When she isn't writing or eavesdropping in coffee shops, she's visiting with friends. At coffee shops.

Charles Dickens lived from 1812 to 1870 and originally wrote A Christmas Carol as a political pamphlet to bring attention to the plight of childhood ignorance and the cycle of poverty. Also, Dickens loved coffee so much that they still put his picture on coffee mugs. True Fact.


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