Book Review: Ghosts in the Mirror by Joyce Mangola

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Ghosts in the Mirror
by Joyce Mangola
Publication date: June 21st 2013
by Lycaon Press
Category: YA
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Received from author in
exchange for an honest review

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Sixteen-year-old Jeremy Riggs has lived his life in and out of the hospital. While the doctors are clueless as to why he lapses into comas, he is well aware of his unique ability to merge with a wandering spirit. With his own soul too weak to sustain life, it’s the only thing keeping him alive.

Waking up from a coma a year after being found at the county dump—next to the remains of the last spirit to inhabit him—Jeremy finds the newest spirit is nothing like the previous ones. It’s bent on revenge and has the will to take control over his body. With the police lining him up as a murder suspect and an ancient evil pursuing him, Jeremy must help the ghost hitching a ride in his body find eternal rest without seeing his own soul snuffed out.

~My Thoughts~

Ghosts in the Mirror is a unique paranormal tale about Jeremy, a boy we first meet when he wakes in the hospital after a year in a coma. It’s not his first coma either. Jeremy has a spirit trapped inside of him when he wakes — something he’s gotten used to over the years. His body is frail after being used as a vessel all this time, and his mission is to find out what the soul needs to be put to rest.. before it takes Jeremy with it.

I’m fastidious when it comes to paranormal tales. I suppose I’m that way about all books, but even more so when it comes to the paranormal genre. While I believe that no two authors write the same story, many share similar themes that can make you feel like you’re reading the same story. Ghosts in the Mirror didn’t have that vibe. It’s a truly unique story that engaged me pretty close to the beginning and only got better as it progressed. The author writes intelligently, but doesn’t overcomplicate things. That’s something I greatly appreciate in a writing style.

I’ll admit the book had a few pacing issues, and at times was a little bit confusing, but overall it was a creepy tale that had my spine tingling — just like a ghost story should. I will certainly read more by this author!

~About the Author~

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Joyce Mangola has been writing for most of her life, spinning outlandish tales since she was twelve. She is a multi-published author over several genres and Joyce is her pen name for the young adult side. Writing will always be the one dream she pursued relentlessly until she succeeded with her first short story publication. She hasn’t looked back since. Besides bringing to life the different characters in her head, she enjoys drawing and playing the flute. Though a Pittsburgh native, she calls Carlisle, Pennsylvania her home for over twenty years now and has no plans of moving—unless it’s back to Pittsburgh, of course. She’s a proud mother of two sister rescue cats, Brine and Ariel, and Bailey the wonder kitten. She encourages anyone who has the heart to adopt a furry companion. Give them love and receive it back tenfold.

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