15-year-old Julie Richardson is about to learn that being the daughter of a witch isn't all it's cracked up to be. When she and her best friend, Marcus, witness an elderly lady jettisoned out the front door of her home, it's pretty obvious to Julie there's a supernatural connection.
In fact, there's a whisper of menace behind increasing levels of poltergeist activity all over town. After a large-scale paranormal assault on Julie's high school, her mother falls victim to the spell Endless Night. Now it's a race against time to find out who is responsible or Julie won't just lose her mother's soul, she'll lose her mother's life
I'm gonna start this review by pointing and flapping at the book cover because 'HELLO; AWESOME'. Seriously; I was kinda hooked on this book from the title because i'm a geek fiend and do love my supernatural stuff but then the cover was released and it reminded me so much of the art work from the current Season 8 Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic series (which I also adore) that I couldn't wait to have a copy on this book on my shelf! That doesn't happen too often with me really as I'm usually swayed by the story before anything else but this just looked wonderful too and then the story blurb sucked me in. Ghostly forces and danger at work and a sassy teen has to sort out all the trouble and her life, her mother's and probably the town's population hang in the balance. Well I don't know about you but I liked this blurb. Sort of Supernatural (the TV show) style meets teen witch.
The story itself was definitely fun and had all the thrills and spills you're lead to believe it should have and a few extra to boot. Julie's character is a sarcastic sass monster and I loved her so. She was funny and had a real strength about her that made reading her story enjoyable. Marcus as the best friend side kick character made me go all gooey girly gushy inside because I do so love me a geek boy. Plus both Julie and Marcus grow and change over the course of the book which you'd be surprised how little that happens in some books.
Poltergeeks is a supernatural adventure with a snarky heroine that is so funny that I wish I was her most days. I'm a huge fan of The Demon Trappers series by Jana Oliver and Poltergeeks reminded me so much of those stories where Sean has focused more on the real people and their relationships stuck in a supernatural situation rather than just making the book ghosts every which way. You got action, humour, drama and a dash of romance all in one book and it's really well written in my opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Poltergeeks and absorbing the real history elements that Sean put into this contemporary twist on ghosts and witches. He must of spent a lot of hours in the library looking up witch trials and the historical aspects of the supernatural. I can't wait to read what Sean Cummings writes next.
Published by Strange Chemistry and is available here and bookshops from October 2012