The Ghost Host: Episode 1 (The Ghost Host Series) by DelSheree Gladden
Everyone thinks Echo Simmons is crazy, but being The Ghost Host isn’t just a YouTube hoax like people think. It’s the only way to control the ghosts haunting her…at least until the FBI shows up asking questions.
The first eighteen years of Echo Simmons’ life have been less than ideal. On more than one occasion her parents have considered committing her. They don’t believe she sees ghosts or that they harass her on a daily basis. So when a rogue ghost begins tormenting her, they’re the last people she’s going to tell. Her best friends Holden and Zara are doing their best to help, but ghost attacks are only the beginning of Echo’s problems.
Handling the ghosts by giving them a voice on YouTube through her webshow has been her saving grace—even if her parents think it’s all a hoax—but that gets a little complicated when the ghost of Madeline Crew reveals a little too much about her previous life and the FBI shows up at her door wanting to know how she gained access to long-buried government secrets.
It just keeps getting worse from there. Madeline’s message to her great grandson sparks a strange connection between Echo and Malachi, which leads to Georgia, secrets, mistakes, love, lies, and life changing revelations.
- File Size: 3339 KB
- Print Length: 246 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1517268389
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: DelSheree Gladden (October 6, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 6, 2015
DelSheree Gladden was one of those shy, quiet kids who spent more time reading than talking. Literally. She didn’t speak a single word for the first three months of preschool, but she had already taught herself to read. Her fascination with reading led to many hours spent in the library and bookstores, and eventually to writing. She wrote her first novel when she was sixteen years old, but spent ten years rewriting and perfecting it before having it published.
Native to New Mexico, DelSheree and her husband spent several years in Colorado for college and work before moving back home to be near family again. Their two children love having their cousins close by. When not writing, you can find DelSheree reading, painting, sewing and trying not to get bitten by small children in her work as a dental hygienist. DelSheree has several bestselling young adult series, including “Invisible” which was part of the USA Today Bestselling box set, “Pandora.” The Date Shark Series is her first contemporary romance series, and her first book in her upcoming new adult series, The Ghost Host, will be releasing 2015.
Everyone has those moments in life when they feel like they are the problem, like they are the source of all problems. It’s overwhelming and scary, and 99% of the time…it’s not true. For Echo Simmons, seeing ghosts started out as no big deal. Her parents thought they were imaginary friends and loved that she was always so happy and entertained as a child. Things changed when the ghosts started trying to make Echo help them and the nightmares started.
The real trouble wasn’t just that dealing with the ghosts made it hard for Echo to do well in school and behave like everyone wanted. She could have handled all of that if the biggest source of pain hadn’t been her parents’ refusal to believe her. Even though they loved her and wanted to help, they didn’t understand and all their helping hurt her even worse. The constant blame broke her down, letting them control her life was easier than fighting, and being labelled as a freak sounded better than trying to convince everyone she wasn’t crazy and failing.
It’s not until Echo finds acceptance from an unlikely source that her warped perspective begins to shift. Yes she’s made mistakes and hurt people, but she’s doing her best to survive in a scary and hostile environment. Not everything was her fault, then or now. She’s stronger than she thought, more capable, a source of power instead of pain.
For Echo, bending to negative influences trapped her in a place where fear ruled and her life belonged to everyone else, living and dead. It was suffocating the life from her, until a chance encounter with a rather sneaky ghost brings Malachi Fields into her life. It’s just a spark at first, a whispered thought that maybe she can help him. It pushes back against the darkness trying to crush her and give her hope. The hint of purpose she feels becomes a lifeline.
Maybe Echo isn’t just a problem. Maybe she really does have strength to help others. Maybe she can even do something good in her life…if she can find the courage to try.
Stepping out from under negativity and self-doubt is hard, and it takes a tremendous amount of courage. It’s not a guarantee that everything will turn out. Not every choice will be the right one, but not choosing…not trying…all but guarantees failure, and Echo is tired of failing. She’s spent eighteen years failing at school, life, and living. Echo Simmons’ journey to discover her purpose, strength, and power won’t be an easy one, but she invites all of you to join her. Ghosts, Georgia, love, lies, secrets, betrayal, and the FBI…win or lose, it will be an interesting ride.
MY REVIEW 4/5 STARS:
The cast is an amazing bunch of complex characters, who are very well developed and add to the story but it is limiting as this is a serial and the cast can’t be well developed unless you use a complete chapter for each. The main characters are Echo & Malachi and the story is told in their alternating points of view. This is listed as New ADult paranormal but can be a Young Adult as the storyline fits their genre crowd as late teens. I love the idea that Echo is adapting to adulthood and finally realizing she does have a purpose in life and needs to “grow up” and show her strength to survive. It really doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks, like her parents stating it is imaginary friends, etc. We all know in real life that things happen and parents are last to know. You learn to adapt and move on. It will be interesting to see Echo with Malachi in their challenges to survive and go through the emotions as we learn who we are inside of ourself and what we aree capable of. I hope the author gets the serial chapters out quick !!!!
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