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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Gore Orphanage Road by Lynn Hones



Gore Orphanage Road by Lynn Hones
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult
Length: Short Story (129 pages)
Heat Level: sweet
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Jasmine

Alexis Duncan and her family move into a home once owned by an evil tyrant, and are blissfully unaware of the horrors that await them. Strange apparitions, orbs floating in the woods outside their windows, and frightening specters in their bedrooms are only the beginning.

Alexis alienates her hardcore boyfriend, Joe, and his cronies, after meeting a young man named Reed who understands the manifestation of ghostly occurrences. He sets out to save her from them and also from an insanely jealous Joe. He'll kill to save her, even if it means losing Alexis in process.

When her parents buy run-down house on Gore Orphanage Road in Beavercreek, Ohio, Alexis knows from the beginning that something is off with the house. Plagued by bad dreams and a bad boyfriend, she is tired all the time and more concerned about her academic future than her friends. She ends up alienating them as well, making her life miserable at school. When the ghosts and the unexplained start taking on a more sinister quality, she is helped by the hot young guy that mysteriously showed up in her life one night.

Who doesn't have memories of ghost stories and haunted places from when they were growing up? Ms. Hones takes a tale of a well known Ohio haunting and places our heroine right in the middle of it. Creepy ghosts and unexplained occurrences become their own character in this story.

There are several grammar and punctuation issues in the book that succeeded in pulling me out of the story at times. Also, the main character, Alexis, sometimes came across feeling more like an adult than a teenager and the excessive use of the words “freak” and “frick” in place of swear words didn't work for me.

Being from Ohio, I grew up hearing the story of Gore Orphanage. Fictional creative license aside, to base a story on a real tale I expect it to still relate fairly closely to the original. This story takes place in Beavercreek, Ohio which is more than 150 miles from the real Gore Orphanage Road and the background story is significantly different too. To be fair, this wouldn't bother anyone not familiar with the tale but if it spurred their interest enough for them to look it up, they might find a story that's a bit different than that portrayed in the book. Perhaps there is a form of this tale that I've never heard and that's where the author gets her story.

Even so, the ghosts that make an appearance in the book, and the story unfolding is eerie enough to keep you turning the pages. As a fan of ghost stories, I expected, and certainly received, quite an entertaining read that had me rooting for Alexis and Reed and anxious to know the outcome. There is a part near the ending, with the orphans, that kept me spellbound and would be a very cool sequence in a movie. Check out Gore Orphanage Road for a fun, ghostly read!

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