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images (7)Reviewed by Carrie Ardoin

Jesse is a young exorcist who recently lost his younger sister in a senseless murder. He’s desperate to bring her back, but what he’s going around doing – sneaking into cemeteries after dark – isn’t exactly above the table. He’s being watched by those who would not like to see the spirits brought back from the grave…and they are about to catch up with him. Aided by his lifelong best friend Poe, the sweet Ava Lily, and spunky seven year old Leesel, Jesse’s quest to bring back his sister is about to become way more than he bargained for.

Unfortunately for me, that’s all I can really tell you about The Ghosting of Gods, because I scarcely got more than 50 pages in before I had to stop reading. There’s not much I hate more than being immediately thrust into a supernatural or anything other than an everyday universe without being told anything about it. I tried to use context clues to gather what information I could, because the author didn’t give any at all. I do not know in which time period the book takes place, or where (London was mentioned once but it was unclear whether that’s where the characters were). I have no idea exactly what it is Jesse was trying to accomplish, or who the priests are. I don’t know why a priest is a separate entity from an exorcist in this world. If I’d have had something, a little bit more of anything to go on, I possibly wouldn’t have been so confused and had to stop reading so soon.

I did get a small sense of the personality of the characters. While Jesse seemed focused and a bit detached, he was also loyal and steadfast to his friends. Poe, on the other hand, was neurotic and a bit annoying. Leesel was fun but more than her share of quirky. I wish the author would have let their personalities shine through more instead of fixating on creating such a different and difficult to immerse yourself in world.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ 

Carrie runs the blog Sweet Southern Home, and is a stay at home wife and mom to one little boy. When she’s not reading, she’s usually watching Netflix with her husband, playing outside with her son, or baking. Her family would describe her as sometimes annoyingly sarcastic, but mostly lovable. 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Cricket Baker. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.