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  • 11/2015
  • 9780996972413 B017DWXPTA
  • 332 pages
  • $15.99
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  • 11/2015
  • 9870996972406 B017DWXPTA
  • 332 pages
  • $2.99
The Ghost Chronicles
Can Michael get to heaven before the devil gets him first, and if it means leaving Sarah is he sure he still wants to go? Michael Andrews had everything – a loving family, a great girlfriend and a promising basketball career. That was before the accident that took his life. Now, he’s a ghost, wandering among the living, struggling to understand why he’s stuck. All he wants is to move on. That is until he meets Sarah, an attractive young girl who died just as tragically as he did. The only trouble is falling in love and binding oneself to another soul is forbidden, for it may keep one or both of the souls bound to earth for longer than they should be. To make matters worse, there’s also a danger in going too far with Sarah, because the “joining” of two souls in the afterlife is also strictly forbidden and they don’t know what will happen if they do go that far. Each time they touch they can feel the boundaries of their energies slipping perilously into one another. Things get even more complicated as Michael learns he’s being pursued. Demons are after him because he’s a marked soul, a soul the devil wants very badly for some unknown reason. So, maybe falling in love in the afterlife isn’t such a good idea.
Plot/Idea: 5 out of 10
Originality: 5 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 6.00 out of 10

Assessment:

After eighteen-year-old Michael is killed in a car accident, he becomes a ghost and he must learn the rules of his new existence. The majority of this story focuses on his explorations and his interactions with his ghost-mentor Tom, new ghost-love interest Sarah, and other famous ghosts. While this is a very interesting premise, the story becomes slow in places., though conflicts with demons liven things a bit, and the characterizations are strong and well-rounded.

Date Submitted: June 22, 2016

Reviews
Kirkus

"...Berliner's touches give her novel innovation..."   and 

"...dramatic and paranormal elements give this winsome tale flavor." 

Literary Classics Book Awards

“Author Marlo Berliner has penned a poignant tale that conjures a myriad of emotions. Young adult audiences will laugh and cry as they experience the afterlife through Michael’s eyes.” – Literary Classics Book Awards, Awarded Seal of Approval

Readers' Favorite

"I loved The Ghost Chronicles. Simply loved it. Billed as a young adult novel with crossover appeal for the adult crowd, this book certainly got the attention of this adult. Author Marlo Berliner has done a masterful job in creating a story and characters that her readers will care about, relate to, and continue to think about long after the final words are read. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. Her scene setting skills are simply second to none, and the setting of the Angel of the Sea Inn bed and breakfast is a perfect place for this afterlife love story to take place. Any reader, young adult or not, who enjoys paranormal fiction, love stories, or just a great work of fiction should absolutely read The Ghost Chronicles. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more from the extremely promising and talented new author, Marlo Berliner, as soon as I possibly can!" 

Readers' Favorite

"...a most beguiling, intriguing, mystery-filled adventure. With a literary nod to the movie Ghost, something Ms. Berliner acknowledges in her accompanying blurb for The Ghost Chronicles, and a certain resonance with the Odd Thomas series by the master of the genre, Dean Koontz, the story does remind us frequently that it is intended for Young Adults. And yet, the excellent plotting, precise editing, and well-projected development of storyline all guarantee that the writing is also perfectly suitable for an Old Adult."

Readers' Favorite

"This is an original and thought-provoking story that will keep readers wondering and looking forward tothe next book in the series. It's highly recommended."

Self-Publishing Review

"For teens and adults alike, The Ghost Chronicles is an unusually thoughtful and mature take on supernatural romance that deserves attention for its efforts to breakaway from convention, all for the better. The book evolves its setting overtime and makes every new chapter something worth waiting for, and its inclusion of a variety of supernatural elements leaves room for elaboration if a well-earned sequel should be decided upon. For curious readers old and new to the genre, The Ghost Chronicles is sure to set your mind ablaze, and puts "life" back into the "afterlife." " 

YA Books Central

“Berliner has crafted a fascinating world, with layers of history and mythology intertwined, and this book is just the beginning of what promises to be an epic series.” – Sarah Wathen, YA Books Central, 4.5-stars

News
08/16/2016
***2016 Golden Leaf Finalist for Best First Book

THE GHOST CHRONICLES has been named a finalist for Best First Book in the New Jersey Romance Writers 2016 Golden Leaf Contest. Winners will be announced in October at the NJRW Conference.

06/12/2016
***Earned Literary Classics Seal of Approval***

THE GHOST CHRONICLES has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

05/07/2016
***Finalist in a National Book Award for Young Adult Fiction***

THE GHOST CHRONICLES was named a FINALIST in the 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards for Young Adult Fiction!

05/30/2016
Marlo Berliner to sign at three Barnes & Noble stores for B-Fest Teen Book Festi

Barnes & Noble is hosting B-Fest, the first ever nationwide Teen Book Festival, a three-day event over the weekend of June 10 – June 12th celebrating all the best young adult literature has to offer. And I’m so pleased to announce that myself and Month9 author Brynn Chapman will be part of the festivities! Brynn and I will signing and giving a workshop for teens at three Barnes and Noble stores in NJ! Here is the official blurb:

"CONNECTING TEENS TO THE EXCITING WORLD OF PUBLISHING" Workshop- presented by YA authors Marlo Berliner (The Ghost Chronicles) and Brynn Chapman (Boneseeker and The Requiem Red). This event is a must for any teen who dares call themselves an avid reader or fan of YA!
Marlo and Brynn will discuss how teens can discover the hottest new young adult books, receive content tailored specifically to their preferences, access exclusive excerpts and giveaways, and connect with their favorite authors online in a variety of new and exciting ways. Marlo and Brynn will also discuss how teens can begin writing and sharing their own fan fiction, flash fiction, poetry and short stories. The door to the publishing world is more open to teens than ever before, Marlo and Brynn will be here to help lead them through it!

More details on my website.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 11/2015
  • 9780996972413 B017DWXPTA
  • 332 pages
  • $15.99
Ebook Details
  • 11/2015
  • 9870996972406 B017DWXPTA
  • 332 pages
  • $2.99

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