My So-Called Phantom Lovelife – Tamsyn Murray
Publisher: Piccadilly Press
Release Date: 1st March 2011
Other Titles in this Series: My So-Called Afterlife, My So-Called Haunting
I knew the boy was different when I saw him walk on water.
When fourteen-year-old Skye Thackery meets Owen Wicks, it’s not exactly love at first sight. She’s getting over a broken heart and he’s, well, a ghost.
But as Skye gets to know him, she can't help wondering what it would be like to kiss him. Dating a ghost isn’t easy, and things get worse when Owen declares he’s found a way to stay with Skye for ever.
As Owen prepares to risk everything, Skye wonders if his desire to be more than just a ghost will cost them everything.
I thoroughly enjoy this series. They are funny, intelligent and easy reads that also have elements of darkness in them.
Tamsyn Murray has drawn up a set of brilliant characters. Skye is an amazing protagonist: her snarky comebacks and quick wit make me snigger every time; her boy issues sit along with her growing struggles with being psychic so perfectly that it doesn’t really occur to you me it’s slightly strange to have them need equal brain space until after and her relationship with Celestine and Jeremy makes me smile. Then you have the darkly arresting Nico who I couldn’t decide whether I liked or trusted for quite a while and Mary, the ghost who haunts Skye’s house, whose funny 16th Century speech lightens the mood regardless of the omens that she declares.
My So-Called Phanton Lovelife cements a style that I’ve come to associate with Tamsyn Murray. I perfect blend of stylish, modern writing, light humour and darker moments create a beautifully written and balanced novel that I would recommend to anyone with good taste in books. Along with this, Tamsyn Murray gets in lots of subtle pop culture references that fix My So-Called Phantom Lovelife firmly in 2011. Though this is a positive now, it may date the book very quickly.
I’ve loved every book in this series and I highly recommend you all read them while I wait impatiently for Tamsyn’s next book.
For my British Books Challenge 2011