Monday, March 2, 2015

[Blog Tour] Review & Giveaway: The Ghost of You by Amanda Burckhard


The Ghost of You
Release Date: 12/30/14
Swoon Romance

Summary from Goodreads:
Emmy has everything she’s ever wanted: a hot boyfriend she adores, great friends, a promising future, and even a well-connected family. But one night rips it all away.
A car accident shatters her world, claiming the lives of her twin brother and her best friend. In the wake of the accident, her friends drift away, her family falls apart, and her boyfriend cheats.
The grief is more than she can handle, so she finds escape at the bottom of a bottle of painkillers. Taking the pills makes her brother alive again, if only in her head. Seeing and talking to her brother as if he were still alive is the only thing that keeps her going. Until Logan King moves to town.

Logan sees past the mask of pristine popularity she wears in public and he’s the only one who can tell she hasn’t moved on. His uncanny ability to read her forces her to open up and she starts to fall for him, no matter how unwilling she is to admit it. But Emmy isn’t the only one keeping secrets and when a close brush with death sparks events that bring everything to light, Emmy will have to decide what’s more important: learning how to forgive and move on, or holding onto the pills and the ghost of her past.

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There should be a warning that this was part tragedy or maybe I just forgot about it based on the blurb.

This was heartbreaking, highly emotional for me, how one copes up with their situations, and at the same time it's about surviving and moving forward.

At first I thought it was a paranormal genre but it isn't really (though I still think it could be).

I felt Emmy's pain and grief when she lost her twin brother. I'd like to say I can't imagine it but I do. The only difference is how you cope up with it. And when she took those pills, I could understand but as always there are consequences for it. And her parents were to busy in their work to be there for her. After her brother's death, she puts up an act but the only one who saw through that was the new guy Logan.

In a turn of events, they are both attracted to each other, the only problem is that Emmy has to choose, her brother or Logan. And Logan has secrets that could also spoil their relationship. And I was surprised about that secret kept.

I was kind of frustrated to the mixed signals they were giving each other but each have their own reasons. It worked out in the end anyways.

I find the ending bittersweet but I knew what choice she was going to make. I liked Derek's character because even if he was just a hallucination he was there for his sister and despite Emmy not so good choices, he still tried his best to help her out. I really got teary eyed on those scenes that included Derek and especially when the author wrote how Emmy was feeling about losing him and those memories they have. And those parting words between Derek and Emmy gutted me even though it was the right choice.

I loved how it ended. The choices Emmy made and that her family, friends, and especialy Logan were there for her.
About the Author
Amanda Burckhard grew up exploring bat caves and hunting for dinosaur bones in the Black Hills of South Dakota. When she wasn’t crossing paths with mountain lions, she was making up stories and devouring books at the library. Although, she still does that.
Amanda loves to travel and cross out things on her adrenaline packed bucket list. Some of the things she's been able to cross out include see an active volcano erupt, ride a gondola in Venice, and pet a tiger.

She currently lives in North Sioux City, South Dakota and works as a microbiologist by day. Some of her obsessions include comic book movies, hot chocolate, sushi, sunshine, and Doctor Who.
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