How did I get it?:
Received from author in exchange for an honest review.
Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.
How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she’s a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.
Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia’s calculus class, stares at her like she’s a freak, Olivia doesn’t like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.
I’m not always the biggest fan of paranormal reads, but I was intrigued by the synopsis of Ghost Hand. It sounded like something that hadn’t been done before. I’m always willing to try new authors, so when Ripley approached me to read Ghost Hand I decided to go ahead and read it.
Ghost Hand is an original, creepy read. The book has a fast pace, so it feels like you’ve finished it in no time at all. Ripley Patton is a talented author, the book was very descriptive, so it was easy to imagine what was going on.
Psyche Sans Soma (PSS) was very interesting to read about. That’s mainly down to Ripley’s writing, it was so easy to understand. I think as the series progresses more will be learned about the condition. I think there was enough about it to keep the reader intrigued.
It’s nice to read a YA book where the female protagonist doesn’t immediately fall for the “hot” male character. Olivia wasn’t sure about Marcus. I liked that she was such a strong female character. She was determined and definitely not a push over. I also liked Olivia’s best friend Emma. I think she was a strong secondary character. Her friendship with Olivia was obviously genuine and it came across that way. I hope there is more of Emma in the next books! I’m not overly sure what I make of Marcus yet. I have a feeling that I shouldn’t trust him, but hopefully I’m wrong. He’s certainly an interesting character.
I would recommend Ghost Hand. It’s a fresh, interesting, well-written book which is well worth reading!
Would I recommend it?:
Downside Up- Hayley Long