Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release Date: July 26, 2017
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Horror & Ghost Stories, loveozya, Paranormal, Young Adult
The Marin family are outcasts of the ghost hunting world. They run a two-man operation in inner city Melbourne. Anton has the Ghost-sight, but his father does not.
Rani Cross is supremely skilled in hand-to-hand combat, with enhanced speed and strength thanks to her magical initiation into the Company of the Righteous.
When it comes to ghost-hunting methodology, Anton and Rani don't see eye to eye - Anton likes to 'ease their passage' to the next world, while Rani's all about the slashing.
But Melbourne is under threat; with a massive spike in violent ghost manifestations, Anton and Rani must find a way to work together to keep supernatural forces at bay.
And what with all the blindingly terrifying brushes with death, Anton must decide if he really wants in on the whole ghost hunting biz anyway.
A different kind of Halloween read
This is a book about ghosts, but it’s not a scary haunting thriller type ghost story. It’s much lighter and more enjoyable. Which I’m grateful for because ghost stories creep me out.
Percy Jackson x Supernatural
I know we hate book comparisons, but this just fits so well! Anton reminds me a lot of Percy in terms of humour and voice. He’s sassy and has such a quick wit, it was so entertaining. And how could you not draw the Supernatural comparison when hunting ghosts is the family business? It’s most like early seasons supernatural before all the angels and Rapture stuff.
Not only is this written by an Australian author, it’s set in Melbourne! I’ve never really been to Melbourne city so I didn’t have the appreciation of familiar settings. But still, I knew the names of places mentioned and was super excited when they mentioned towns/ suburbs where my family lives.
So many pop culture references!
There were so many pop culture references scattered in this book it was amazing. I got most of them (my jaw hit the floor when the Fairy Tail reference popped up) but still there was a lot I didn’t get (I fail as a nerd).
I’d love to know more
This ghost hunting world is so interesting, I don’t want to leave. I want to know more about the Marin family history and the Company of the Righteous. Then there’s the evil groups floating around the edges. Also I ship Rani and Anton a lot and almost need a slow burn development over a few books (there’s no romance in this one). There is so much potential for a series, I’m actually sad it’s only a standalone (for now at least).
GAP YEAR IN GHOST TOWN such a fun, entertaining read. The plot was alright, but it was the humour and characters that really made the story enjoyable. It’s definitely made me want to check out more of Michael Pryor’s stuff in the future.
Hunt ghosts on the streets of Melbourne with Anton and Rani: