Book review: I was a Teenage Ghost Hunter by Brian K. Henry

Author: Brian K. Henry

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Number of pages: 245

Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Published on: March, 2014

My rating: ★★★★/5

First of all, I would like to thank the author for giving me a review copy in exchange of an honest review


16 year old barista, Devin Mulwray is a gifted teenager as he can see apparitions and ghosts. The story is based in a small town called Arcata in Northern California. Initially Devin dismisses his ability to see non-human entities as he is called a freak by his school mates but with the support of his unique friends he finally makes use of his ability to go out for ghost hunting. Their hunt starts when a couple from Devin's school sneaks into the old Rousten House in the town for a rendezvous and hears some pounding. Devin and his group of friends, Nayra, Rex and Clive links Devin's phase-outs in which he sees white movements outside the window of the café in which he works with the haunting at the Rousten mansion. Thus, begins the adventures of Devin and company. 

The characters:

I could totally relate Devin and his friends with me and my friends while in high school. 

Devin Mulwray, the protagonist of this story is that moody guy in the school who accidentally gets involved. He wants to stay away from everything fishy and yet he has friends who force him into dangerous adventures.

Rex Hisakawa is the most hilarious character of this book. I simply loved Rex. He is the tech savvy guy who says the wrong things at the wrong time. 

Clive Welter-Manes is British and has excellent taste in horror classical music(even if that's not a true genre). He is the one offering fully proved plans yet those plans fail. 

Nayra Montez is a punk girl who indulges in different history of horror accounts. Her horror insights often come across as irritating to Devin. 

Ramona Lunarez is the most irritating and sarcastic employer one can ever find. She is Devin's employer at the Escamonde café. 

In the book, Devin describes his friends as:

"Could anyone possibly have a weirder batch of friends? Nayra and her obscure historical obsessions, Rex and his habits of jumping to conclusions and spreading stories and Clive with his snobbish attitude, urbane comments and difficult music. And what kind of friends where they, anyway, always bringing up the last things he wanted to hear about?"

Writing style:

Brian K. Henry writes a picturesque book. Each and every details are spread out in front of your eyes. From the description of the ghosts to the sounds Devin makes while he stealthily climbs up a creaky wooden staircase, everything is perfectly detailed. Every trip to the Rousten house leads to different misadventures.

About the book:

Each and every time Devin and Co enters the mansion I eagerly wait for the final showdown, and when the final showdown actually occurs I am not disappointed. It is both spooky and hilarious. In fact, the whole book is spooky and filled with fun antics of Rex and Clive. Here's one of my favourite moments from the book:

"Rex nodded.
“Yeah, you’re not the only one ghosts toss stuff at.”
“I didn’t know it was a contest,” Devin responded sourly"

Want a laugh a riot with a slice of spookiness? Go get this book. 

About the author:

Brian K. Henry holds a PhD. in English and is the author of the humorous fantasy novel "House of Prension" and the sci-fi parodies "Space Command and the Planet of the Bejewelled Concubines" and "Space Command and the Planets of Doom." Henry's other works include a variety of comedy screenplays ("Zak Bedford, Punk Detective", "Inspirational Movie" and others) and numerous short prose pieces. His script work includes collaborations with the Tyrants in Therapy and Rajesh Golla, co-writer on "Devil's Highway Blues".


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