Secrets of Ghosts by Mardi Orlando

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    A haunting fantasy, Secrets of Ghosts will intrigue those of us who like to seek amongst the shadows.

    A Secret Society. An Abandoned Church. And a Shadow.

    Brought together by their mysterious gifts, seven teenagers have been stranded in an icy wasteland by their Secret Society.

    In an abandoned church they find a gathering of ghosted orphans, trapped for over one hundred years.

    To free these ghosts they will need to discover each of their identities, and to do that, this group of misfits will need to face the secrets that have haunted their own lives.
    It is the only way they will source their gifts. It is the only way they will survive. It is the only way they will escape the Shadow.

    And time is running out.

    A haunting fantasy, Secrets of Ghosts will intrigue those of us who like to seek amongst the shadows.

    Review by Cinta Garcia Rosa:

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    This book has been quite an interesting read. It got me hooked from the beginning. A story of ghosts and mysteries that will keep you reading from beginning to end. Even though at the beginning it may seem a bit messy, since it keeps on going from the present time to the past, via some newspaper clippings and articles, once you get to know the different characters and what is going on, it is very easy to follow.

    A group of teenagers from different parts of the world are recruited by a secret society. When they discover that the place where they have left abandoned is haunted by a group of ghosts, they must face their own realities and lives to try to help this ghosted kids. All these teenagers have been chosen because they have some kind of gift or ability, like the ability to heal, the ability to read minds, the ability to control fire, or the ability to hear the statics from the ghosted ones.

    By helping the ghosts, the teenagers will help themselves too, since they start to understand things about their own lives in a better way, confronting their fears and accepting their fates. The development of the characters is very good, although sometimes they look a bit stereotypical. I am Spanish, and I found the Spanish character in the book highly annoying, mainly because of the language and grammar he used. By the middle of the book, I was wishing that he could stay silent till the end of the book.

    The plot is a great one, and the author did an amazing job linking both the present time and the time when the World Wars took place. We go back and forwards in time in this book, but the transitions are smooth and you don’t get lost too much. However, sometimes I felt the newspaper accounts should be shorter, since they weren’t adding to the story.

    If you like ghost stories with a twist and a bit of history, this is the book for you.

    Review by Franz:

    This book defies categorization. Is it Paranormal – certainly, YA Fantasy – most definitely, Mystery – again, yes? It is all of these, but so much more. In Secrets of Ghosts, Mardi Orlando has developed a tale that touches the heart. This book goes far beyond well-developed characters, intriguing plot, and unique formatting.

    This is the tale of a group of damaged teens struggling with powers and concepts that would tax the strongest and most self-assured of us. This motley group must overcome their troubled pasts while facing their internal fears and learning to understand and coordinate with each other.

    Mardi Orlando’s superb prose breathes life into her characters while unfolding the story’s mysteries like the peeling of an onion. With the deft hands of a master, the author reveals enough to keep interest peaked without frustrating the reader. Fortunately, she has left the way open for a sequel.