There are several things that a book reviewer covers in a book: Plot, setting. characters, conflict/resolution, style, and grammar. Some books can receive quite high marks even if it fails in one area IF the rest of the areas are strong. Some books can receive an okay rating if it doesn't reach expectations in two areas but is strong in the other areas. Naturally this is subjective. After all, you come to this website to see what I think. If you generally agree with my assessments, you will return. I don't generally break each of these categories out in a review but I do stress areas where the book succeeds and give warning where the book fails. Today, however, I am going to break down 'Secrets of Ghosts' by Mardi Orlando because I think it will be helpful to both you, as the reader, and to the author.
A Secret Society An Abandoned Church And a Shadow Brought together by their mysterious gifts, seven teenagers have been stranded in no-time 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 survive. And time is running out. A haunting fantasy, Secrets of Ghosts will intrigue those of us who like to seek amongst the shadows.
About the story:
Seven teenagers with very special abilities find themselves on a bus bound for what they think is a special school. Little do they know they are headed for a place lost in time. Worse, Madame Glizsnort, who greeted them on the bus, tells them nothing of their real mission and in fact abandons them soon after they arrive. With Santu as their impromptu leader, the team begins to understand that they have to save ghosts who are caught in this land of timelessness. Meanwhile, the team is forced to fight the great shadow which threatens them all.