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Ghosts of Bliss Bayou

The Abby Renshaw Supernatural Mysteries, Book 1
Narrated by: Alicia Foreman
Series: The Abby Renshaw Adventures, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Ghosts, a family curse, and a legacy of true magic
2018 Readers' Choice Award Winner for YA Paranormal Fiction

For 16-year old Abigail Renshaw, the terrifying nightmares are not the worst part. When apparitions start leaking out of the nightmares into her waking life - well, that's a problem. 

But Abby's dealt with hallucinations before, and she's nothing if not resilient. Following clues from the nightmares, she convinces her mother to let her visit Harmony Springs, the small town in Florida where Abby was born, and where her grandmother still lives. 

There, Abby finds unexpected help from new friends: a compulsive teenage blogger named Molly Quick, and Molly's older brother Ray-Ray (a guy Abby really starts to like). 

The not-so-good news? Abby's apparitions might be real, the results of a family curse. And one of them wants to kill her. 

For young adult fantasy fans of Bella Forest and Bianca Scardoni: If you like heroines who handle their own problems - no matter how spooky - you will love Ghosts of Bliss Bayou.

©2016 Jack Massa (P)2019 Jack Massa

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This is not your typical ghost stories

Ghost of Bliss Bayou is not your typical ghost story it is much more detailed. The book has it all apparitions, magic, past revelations and a quirky heroine. I was so intrigued by the story that I could not turn it off. The storyline is strong and flows perfectly.
I received this audio book upon my request and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review of my own volition.

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Paranormal Coming-of-Age Tale

This book really took me back to the days when I read L.J. Smith's "The Secret Circle" and even seemed a bit like a lighter Charlaine Harris story. I'm probably just a little too old for the writing style aimed at a younger audience, but I did enjoy this supernatural coming-of-age tale. If I was in high school, this would definitely be a favorite.

My only complaint would be the audiobook narrator. Overall, her voice was perfect for the story, but at times she narrated like an uninterested student who was asked to read aloud in class. Very flat and speaking so fast that I had to check that I hadn't turned the speed up. She was excellent when it came to giving characters their own voice and accent. Those parts were always engaging.

I received a copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Teen/Young Adult Paranormal Mystery

The Ghosts of Bliss Bayou was an entertaining and enjoyable paranormal teen/young adult audiobook. The characters had depth—I especially liked the realistic heroine, and I appreciated that magic was well explained. The quick pacing of the story was great. I’m looking forward to reading more of this series.

I did at times increase the playback speed to 1.25x because of the narrator’s speech pattern, but she did an adequate job.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest fair review.

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  • ChaosKay
  • 11-16-19

Excellent

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

16 year old Abby has terrible nightmares but when she goes to visit her Grandmother she finds out they are not nightmares but premonitions.

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  • Jan M
  • 10-14-19

Great Ghost Story

Ghosts of Bliss Bayou by Jack Massa is a great coming of age/ghost story that deals with witchcraft, magic, and spells. I really enjoyed the imagery in this story. The main character in this book is 17 year old Abby, who has interest in tarot cards and learning about witchcraft and saving her Grandmother's community from track development. Alicia Foreman was perfect for narrating this book. She sounded age appropriate for the characters and had distinguishable voices for them. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I would listen to more books by this author and narrator.

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  • Ian
  • 10-13-19

The Ghost of Bliss Bayou.

I was given a code for this. In return I'd leave an honest and voluntary review on audible once I'm done.

I really enjoyed this book, it's a supernatural ghost story with a slightly darker side, it's not full of gore or adult content which made listening very easy and enjoyable.
A strong heroin lead, who makes friends in her home town who help her with a dark secret, a curse.
The way it's written keeps you entertained and wanting, the narration is flawless, Alicia Foreman brings the characters to life and gives them thier own personality.
A deffinate 5 star.
I'd recommend this to anyone.