Thursday, June 28, 2012

Review: Angelina's Secret by Lisa Rogers

Angelina's Secret
by Lisa Rogers
Published February 1, 2012 
Publisher:  Spencer Hill Press
Source:  E-book Provider by Publisher for Review
Rating:  4/5 Stars

Description:  As a child, Angelina spent years in counseling learning that Josie, her imaginary friend, wasn't real, but it turns out her childhood friend wasn't imaginary after all.Now Angelina has to accept she's either (A) crazy or (B) able to see ghosts. Wanting to believe in her sanity, she chooses (B) and welcomes Josie back into her life. But even Josie can't help her deal with Shelly, the spirit of a confused teenager, and things go very, very wrong.When Angelina finds herself in a psychiatric hospital, she faces a choice: she can spend the rest of her life pretending to be someone she isn't, or she can embrace who she is and take a chance that she may never get to go home.

My Thoughts:  Angelina is in high school, she is a cheerleader, and has recently broken up with her boyfriend, your typical teenager, right.....not.   You see, Angelina sees ghosts.
 She not only sees them, she carries on conversations with them, interacts with them, and is even friends with them.  Angelina has been having dreams, sometimes terrible dreams, that come true.  When she tries to talk to her mother about it, her mom just gets upset and dismisses her, telling her its nonsense.  Then, Angelina begins to see Josie, her imaginary friend from when she was a child.  Her mom made her go through 3 years of counseling because of Josie when she was younger.  As it turns out, Josie is a ghost.  Not only can Angelina see Josie, but she see's others as well.  After a cheerleading routine influenced by another ghost, Shelly, her mom looses it and they decide to put Angelina in a mental hospital.  Naturally, the doctors think she is hallucinating also, but Angelina finds out she's not the only one, and she is determined that her family believe her.  Will her determination end up making believers of her family, or will it get her sent to the West Wing, where the really crazy people go?

Angelina's Secret was an entertaining paranormal ghost story, not frightening at all, but interesting with its own unique paranormal twist on the whole "ghost" aspect.  Angelina was a really sweet girl, and I felt sorry for her because her mom was so unrelenting in her determination to convince Angelina that the things she was seeing weren't real.  I liked Sam, Angelina's brother, as well as Kobi and Rebecca, who like Angelina, could see ghosts.  The most enjoyable and fun characters in the book, however, were the ghosts themselves, who helped to make this a lighthearted story, even in the midst of some serious situations.  In fact, it is Josie and her ghostly cohorts that Angelina has to rely on to help her convince her family that she is not crazy.   I found this book to be delightful.  If you are looking for a quick, lighthearted, paranormal read, then this is one you probably would enjoy.  

You can download the prequel to Angelina's Secret, Angelina's Friend, free at Spencer Hill Press.  

About the Author:  Lisa Rogers worked in the medical field until she hung up her stethoscope to help her husband pursue the dream of owning his own business. After opening the business while also raising their two (she insists) wonderful children, the time has come for her to fulfill a dream of her own—which is, was, and will always be, writing.

With her children now grown, she dedicates her time to writing and learning about paranormal phenomena. When she’s not strapped to her computer at their rural Oklahoma home, she can generally be found poking around a dilapidated old building or visiting some historical place, perhaps searching for her next “out of body” character.

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