Monday, May 23, 2016

Maze of Souls by J.L. Bryan [Review]

 Maze of Souls by J.L. Bryan
Maze of Souls (Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper #6) by J.L. Bryan
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: February 26, 2016

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper
1. Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper
2. Cold Shadows
3. The Crawling Darkness
4. Terminal
5. House of Whispers
6. Maze of Souls - Paperback | Kindle

J.L. Bryan
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
It's October, and down at newly opened Pine Hollow Farm, the ghosts are running wild!. This “genuine” old-time family farm offers a big heap of fun fall activities. You can drink cider fresh from the orchard, enter a pumpkin-carving contest, and explore the five-acre corn maze. At night, if you aren't too scared, join the haunted hayride through the woods, featuring a genuine eighteenth-century cemetery. According to local legend, the ghost of a horseman has ridden the old dirt road through the woods for nearly two centuries, menacing travelers. Hayriders beware!

Then the real ghosts start to come out, threatening visitors to the farm and the family who live there. Paranormal detective Ellie Jordan travels out to the remote farm to root out the dangerous spirits. Ellie and her assistant Stacey must move fast, because the night is coming when all ghosts will be at full strength and free to roam—the night of Halloween.
Thoughts on Maze of Souls: Things don't look all the rosy for Ellie at the end of this book and I'm anxious to see how she deals with them. Because, you know, Ellie's strong and she bounces back from some pretty wicked supernatural happenings, but she had THINGS she needs to deal with. She's good at rolling with the punches and all that, but she's also on the verge of some big changes and that might throw her for a loop.

(If I use "things" one more time, feel free to punch me in the face. I'll probably deserve it.)

So. I liked this one. It advanced the overall arc nicely AND gave us some creepy, crawly ghosties Ellie needed to smite. Or whatever it is she does. As I've some to expect from these books, Ellie does her research to hunt down who's causing all the shenanigans and then steps in to take care of business. Sometimes she does it the other way around and it doesn't end as well for her. To be fair, sometimes there isn't a lot of information to be found and she has to wing it.

Man, this is turning into a metaphor for my life, isn't it?

Anyway. Ellie and crew are dealing with a pretty messy one this time around (bloody lady crawling up the stair. YESSSSS!) and they rise to the occasion. As ghost trappers often must do. *slow thumbs up*

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