Saturday, May 7, 2011

Book review: Diary of a Part-Time Ghost, Vered Ehsani

In Diary of a Part-Time Ghost, Vered Ehsani creates a world where the biggest dangers can’t be seen. Fifteen-year-old Ash wants nothing more than to blend in with the crowd. But he has the unusual problem of being hunted by shadows.  Not to mention the too-real dreams about his murder.  Then his long-lost aunt shows up and promises to explain everything.  Instead, she leaves him with a warning to avoid the shadows and a mysterious history book that allows him to travel back in time.  On his first trip to the past, Ash discovers a few things.  The most obvious is that he’s a ghost.  And even more disturbing, the same evil that is hunting him on this side of the veil is stalking his ancestors in the past.  Now Ash has a choice to make:  He can hover in the background unseen, or he can take action and protect his family. 

I love the cover art for Diary of a Part-Time Ghost.  The ominous shadows blocking the face on the cover give the impression of mysterious danger, a theme carried throughout the book.  My favorite part of the story is the unusual spin on ghosts.  Ash does not have to die to become a ghost, he just leaves his body on one side of time, while traveling in another.  My biggest complaint about the book deals with the formatting.  Ash relays his experiences through a series of diary entries, but the book is divided into chapters.  I found this disorienting at times.  The story would flow better if the book was divided into separate journal entries, instead of chapters.  There were also a few holes in the plot.  But the end of the book lends itself to a sequel, so the plot could easily be expanded in a second book.  Overall, I wish that the plotline was a little more in-depth, but if you’re looking for an easy read with a unique take on ghosts and history, this book may be for you.       

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