BOOK REVIEW: Poltergeeks

Geek Syndicate takes a ride with the latest Strange Chemistry offering. Sean Cummings debut YA novel, starts with the elderly Mrs Gilbert being thrown out of her front door by an angry poltergeist – talk about starting a book with a bang!

15-year-old Julie Richardson is about to learn that being the daughter of a Witch isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When she and her best friend, Marcus, witness an elderly lady jettisoned out the front door of her home, it’s pretty obvious to Julie there’s a supernatural connection.

In fact, there’s a whisper of menace behind increasing levels of poltergeist activity all over town. After a large-scale paranormal assault on Julie’s high school, her mother falls victim to the spell Endless Night. Now it’s a race against time to find out who is responsible or Julie won’t just lose her mother’s soul, she’ll lose her mother’s life.

The story follows teenage witch Julie Richardson and her best friend science nerd Marcus Guffman.. Through the course of the story they have to contend with a large supernatural attack at their high school which turns it upside down (literally in places). They then discover that they have just a few days to find out who is behind the attack, and save the soul and life of Julie’s mother – all whilst Julie tries to come to terms with her newly discovered birthright.

Poltergeeks is a fun well written book. It has a good amount of humour running through it, and I found the relationships convincing – especially the arguments between Julie and her mother. And I loved the spark between Julie and Marcus. The pace is fast, meaning that I just wanted to read through it as quickly as possible to find out how everything was linked and to get to the final battle.

One aspect that did irritate me however was the fact that, we are told that Julie is from a long line of witches who can trace their history back centuries. She has been taught about the Salem Witch Trials and the burning at the stake of Joan of Arc, yet when we are introduced to Matthew Hopkins (The Witchfinder General) who is believed to have been responsible for the deaths of around 300 women who he accused of being witches, she has never heard of him – really!!! Also I worked out part of the plot (who is the host for Matthew Hopkins) quite early on, and thought a little bit more imagination could have been used for this.

However even with these points I still really enjoyed the book and if it wasn’t for having to get up for work the next day, I could have quite easily sat there and read this in one sitting. Read an extract HERE

Rating: 4/5
Reporters: Wendy, Montoya

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