Spook (Get Spooky, #1)

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Book One in the Get Spooky series!

Ace Montgomery is up for a promotion at Hellion, Inc., but he’s a bit distracted. Not by being transferred to Spook, or by having to train his apprentice to be a good crossroads demon, or by having only five more months to bargain deals for over two hundred more souls to even qualify for the position. No, he’s distracted by the newly dead redhead in town.

Daphne Fitz just died, but she’s looking at death as a fresh start. A fresh start that is rudely interrupted by a coven casting a curse over Spook-the town most monsters, and now Daphne, call home. Wanting to be more gutsy in the afterlife, she takes it upon herself to end the curse. Well, she takes it upon herself to tag along with a ghostly cowboy, Chance L. Ford, and an ex-mean girl werewolf, Harper Davenport, who are set on stopping the curse, but that’s just a technicality according to Ace-who manages to weasel both himself and his apprentice, Rakkason, into the ragtag gang of heroes in an effort to get closer to Daphne.

The two ghosts, the werewolf, and the two demons embark on a journey ranging from Spook to Indiana and, very literally, Hell and back, working to put an end to the coven’s curse, all the while trying not to kill each other in the process-because Ace and Chance go back centuries, Harper has her own hidden history with the demon, Daphne and Ace are trying to keep their blooming relationship a secret, and Daphne is soon to find out that she may be a bit more than a ghost.

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Reviewed by Beth Katherine for Readers’ Favorite

Spook is the first book in the Get Spooky series. It tells the story of paranormal investigator, Daphne Fitz, who believes in ghosts, demons, and pretty much everything but aliens—maybe. After all, the line needed to be drawn somewhere! Having just received her online parapsychology degree in the mail, Daphne decides to put her knowledge to work. At a crossroad in Ligonier, Indiana—one that is closest to her trailer—she summons crossroad demon Rakkason. (Much to his vexation.) Intrigued by Daphne’s haphazard ways, Rakkason indulges her request for an interview and the two end up bantering like old friends. Things go awry as Rakkason is summoned back to hell and Daphne finds herself dead. The now definitely dead Daphne finds herself in Spook, a sort of crossroads of the spirit world—not heaven, not hell, but a place where all types of monsters co-exist. Daphne takes to being dead like a duck to water, which isn’t all too shocking considering that she was an outsider while she was alive. While in Spook, Daphne befriends the relocated Rakkason and his boss Ace, Harper (a werewolf), and Chance (a ghostly cowboy). Together, Daphne and her ragtag crew of supernatural friends work toward saving the town from a curse. Will Daphne and her friends be able to save Spook, or is this the end of the afterlife as they know it?

Jinx’s debut novel, Spook, left me laughing, crying, and laugh-crying. It was so much more than I could have expected—a story of love, friendship, and learning to be yourself presented beautifully in this paranormal YA novel. Reminiscent of childhood favorites like Scooby Doo, Goosebumps, and Halloweentown, Spook is appropriate for a wide range of ages. I would recommend it for readers ages 8 to R.I.P. Gen X-ers will appreciate and get a good giggle out of the references to Depeche Mode. Daphne and her motley crew of friends are the meaning of #friendshipgoals. Although they come from different backgrounds (really, they could not be more different), they stick together through their trials (literally—they go through quite a bit to stop the curse) and tribulations. It is incredibly heartwarming seeing the character growth from beginning to end. Daphne, a full blown awkward turtle, finds herself and her self-esteem as she realizes her self-worth over the course of the book, aided of course by her newfound friendships, and her budding relationship with the charismatic demon Ace, son of the best friend of the Big Red guy himself! (I’ll be the first to admit I caught #Dace feels right away because his love for her is as pure as it gets—for a demon, of course.)

As you read Spook, you feel a sense of closeness to Jinx’s characters, as though they were your own friends. You’ll laugh, cry, and laugh-cry with them as I did. I loved Spook for its great storyline, the amount of fun I had while reading it, and the fact that once I was done I immediately wanted to read it again to catch up with my old friends—Daphne and crew. You know a book is good when you immediately feel a sense of sadness upon completion. To find out more about Daphne and friends, and whether they defeated the curse (or not!) you’ll have to read this book—you won’t regret it!