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ARC Review: Shade by Mere Joyce

*ARC courtesy of Netgalley*

39099001Publication Date: April 10th 2018

Series: Oracle of Senders #1

Goodreads Synopsis

Fourteen-year-old Callum Silver sees dead people. It’s not a gift. His family thinks he’s crazy. Sometimes he thinks he’s crazy. He has no friends. He’s forced to live his life surrounded by nothing but the searing pain, sickening smells and desperate moans that accompany the murdered ghosts who seek him out.

When he’s offered a place at Camp Wanagi, the ten weeks in the French countryside isn’t a vacation, it’s a lifeline. A way to meet others like himself and prove his ability can offer more than years of loneliness and expensive therapy bills.

Run by a mysterious group known as the Oracle of Senders, Camp Wanagi brings together teens from around the globe who all possess the unique ability to see the dead. While Cal is relieved to find others like him, he learns quickly that not everybody experiences the spirits as he does. Some of the campers revere their abilities and don’t understand his hesitation, while others—like quiet bookworm Meander Rhoades—have good reason for wishing they could get rid of their ‘gifts’.

While researching their final project, Cal and Meander find an unmarked grave which reveals aspects of their abilities neither knew existed, forcing Cal to decide if the torture of seeing ghosts is worthwhile and, more importantly, if being a part of the Oracle of Senders is necessary, dangerous…or both.

My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have been obsessed with the trope of a character being able to see ghosts ever since I moved to Spain and one of the only shows that played in English was reruns of Ghost Whisperer.

In this book we follow Call who can see the ghosts of murdered souls when he goes to a summer camp for people like him.

I wasn’t going to write anything about this book besides mentioning in my wrap up that I enjoyed it a hell of a lot but it’s been over a week since I finished it and I haven’t stopped thinking about it.

I love the take on the seeing ghosts trope. Each person can see a different kind of ghost, for example Cal sees those who were murdered, there’s one character who see’s the souls of women who died in childbirth. There’s even someone who only see’s the spirits of dearly departed dogs.

I also thought the summer camp element was a nice twist from the usual “magic school”. The summer camp is set in France too but moves each year.

There’s two characters in this novel who I ship so hard! Like nothing’s happened between them except a little bit of blushing. Its a case of ignoring each other to sharing emails!

It seems like this is going to be the first of four books? There’s four years/levels at this summer camp, we follow Cal and his friends in their first year as Shade’s. I’m really interested in further instalments, again because I want to see if my new otp actually work out.

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a fun ghost story with likeable characters (and a shippable pairing).

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