Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ghost Heart - by Weston Ochse and Yvonne Navarro - A YA adventure in the Badlands

4 of 5 Stars     Review copy

Husband and wife writing team, Weston Ochse and Yvonne Navarro, have produced something very special with Ghost Heart.  At the center of the story is a very cool kid, a couple of ghost/imaginary friends and his German Shepherd, Kubla Khan.

Ghost Heart is a YA novel and is truly geared to that younger audience.  I enjoyed this so much that by the time I was half-way through, I knew I was going to add this to my ten-year-old grandson's Summer reading list.  I think he'll really like this foray into the world of ghosts and witches.

The story begins with Matt Cady playing cowboys and Injuns with his constant companion, Kubla Khan. The interaction is playful and real and is watched over by Jacket, his Guardian Spirit and Raison who is the Guardian Spirit of the teenage girl next door, Reggie, who now longer believes in such things.

When Reggie runs away, Matt joins her and it's the start of a great adventure involving bikers, fortune tellers, a giant, the Christmas Witch, vampire kittens and the ghosts of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane and a quest for the War Shirt of Crazy Horse.  All in the hopes of keeping his parents from getting a divorce.

In addition to a rip roarin' adventure there are some solid life lessons mixed in with this story that make it perfect for the Young Adult reader and anyone who wants to feel young again.

Ghost Heart  is available in both paperback and for the Kindle from Dark Regions Press through  If you have Amazon Prime, you can read it for FREE through the Kindle Owner's Lending Library.

Definitely recommended.

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