Good hello, friends! Happy Tues-I mean Monday!! Today is a special day because today’s blog is part of the Blog Tour with Annick Press for The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills!! Thank you to Annick Press for sending me this beautiful middle grade book to read and review, but also having me part of the blog tour! I am honoured. I have for you my review of the book and along side a playlist for the book. I just love that’s this is a thing. In fact, I only use Spotify to listen to book inspired playlists. Allison Mills herself created the playlist inspired by the characters in the book. Click the link to give a listen, there’s a list of the songs below too: The Ghost Collector Playlist
The Ghost Collector comes out tomorrow (September 10th)!! So make sure to get your own copy!
The Synopsis: Shelly and her grandmother catch ghosts. in their hair.
Just like all the women in their family, they can see souls who haven’t transitioned yet; it’s their job to help the ghosts along their journey. When Shelly’s mom dies suddenly, Shelly’s relationships to ghosts -and death- changes. Instead of helping spirits move on, Shelly starts hoarding them. But no matter how many ghost cats, dogs, or people she hides in her room, Shelly can’t ignore the one ghost that’s missing. Why hasn’t her mom’s ghost come home yet? Goodreads
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
What a heartfelt middle grade book about grief, belief, death, and moving on. This is one of those books that anyone at any age can read it and get something out it, which I admire Mills for doing. There are so many wonderful hard lessons for anyone to learn. For example, life goes on after experiencing death of a loved one, and we are all people, even our parents. I, myself, have learned recently that your parents are just people and not perfect, superheroes as you thought as a kid. I so related to Shelly and her mom’s relationship. I wish I had a peace offering like The Cure album. Shelly also learning responsibilities through faith. It was intriguing to read from the point of view of someone with a Cree background (by an own voices author) and having a different understanding of death than what I grew up with. Wow, just wow at the discussion of lost and grief. Mills wrote the book beautifully. I would be lying if I said i didn’t tear up.
Favourite quotes: “Sometimes the rules are what you make them of them. Sometimes they need to be bent – broken. Sometimes the world is made of hard choices.”
“…life has become a before and an after and she doesn’t know how to bring them together.”
Make sure to check out the other blogs part of this tour! Go to Annick Press’ social media to read more bout the book and Allison Mills!
As always, thanks for reading!
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