Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such.
This weeks topic is: Books Featuring Ghosts
1. Glass House by Rachel Caine
There are very few books that manage to include so many supernatural creatures and still make it feel cohesive. The Morganville Vampires series manages to do this incredibly well. A mix of alchemy, ghosts and of course vampires... Without question, one of, if not my favourite character in the series is Michael Glass. At the start of the series he's a bit of an enigma, we don't know all that much about him aside from the fact he's never around during the day...nor has he ever left the house. Quite simply, he's a ghost! Well, ish...There's a little more to it than that.
Technically, Magnus Chase is a ghost. Well, he becomes one about three chapters in. But this isn't a spoiler! It's on the back of the book and the first page he ruminates on how and why he died. This remains one of the most hilarious series I've ever read and for the most part it's down to Magnus. He's incredibly sarcastic which is something I never thought I'd see in a middle grade novel but I'm so happy I have. Sarcasm and sass is my bread and butter, wonderfully this novel (and I'm hoping series) is rife with both!
In this particular novel ghosts aren't the main protagonists, instead they're a hinderance to the main character, Violet. For years she had been a reluctant participant to her mother's fake seances. She'd never believed in ghosts, not until one that had died a particularly violent death started to haunt her. It wants her to find out who killed them and stop it, because he's still on the loose. I loved Haunting Violet (admittedly it's been an awful long time since I read it) because it was the ability of communicating with ghosts that was focused on. Not the ghosts themselves.
This series has featured on my blog so often that its becoming a little redundant...but I love it for a reason. Similarly to Morganville Vampires this series blends the different supernatural creatures effortlessly. The Wardstone Chronicles has an awful lot of ghosts of varying degrees of danger. Some are harmless and simply need to be sent on their way, others are violent spirits that can cause the living harm. It is the job of the Spook to deal with all these ghosts and many other different creatures besides.
This series is phenomenal. I adore it. I met the author. Go read it. Any type of clairvoyance you can think of is prevalent in this novel...and also forbidden. To be a 'voyant' is a death sentence. One of the most common types of clairvoyants are those with the abilities to communicate/be possessed by/control spirits, these being Mediums and Guardians. A few of our main characters posses such abilities. One can allow a spirit of a painter to enter her and then she creates art as a result. It's such a unique series.