Monday, June 4, 2012

The Girls' Ghost Hunting Guide + International Giveway

The Girls' Ghost Hunting Guide by Stacey Graham

Review by Lauren

Copy from Sourcebooks...but all opinions are my own

Official Summary:

What was that noise? The cat? The wind?
Little brother stealing a peek at your diary?
Or is it a ghost?

The Girls' Ghost Hunting Guide will help you identify the creepy crawlers from the spooky spirits, the howling winds fromt he haunting phantoms. And with this guide you can learn from real experts how to investigate and contact your very own ghosts!

Everything a girl needs for a night full of fun, including:

• Spooky urban legends to set the mood
• Must-have stuff for your ghost hunting kit
• Pointers for leading the best-ever ghost hunt
• Tips for writing your own ghost
• With fun quizzes, games, recipes, and more!

So gather your friends if they are brave enough, grab a flashlight, and go investigate!

Review: This is one adorable book! Oh wait, should I say a book about ghost hunting is adorable? I don't want any wayward ghosts in my house to get upset. Ah, forget it, it's adorable! Graham has included pretty much everything a young girl needs to know about ghosts and "hunting" them, as well as some fun activities that one should do when holding a ghost-themed party!

Throughout the book, there are mini interviews with official Women in Ghost Hunting, which includes who they are, who they work for, their website and/or emails, and how long they have been investigating ghosts. I thought this was a cool addition since it seems that most of the well-known ghost hunters a la television are men. It also allows girls to get various perspectives and stories from those in the "business."

There are sections in the book for the best places to find ghosts, what to put in your Ghost Hunting kit, safety tips (never ghost-hunt alone and always have at least one adult), how to avoid false clues (especially involving the pictures you take), and some fun quizzes!

My favorite section is probably Chapter 3, as it's all about Phantom Parties. This includes-

Games such as Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board (I played this when I was little!) and Table Tipping

Top Ten list of Ghost Movies to watch - includes Ghost Busters and Nancy Drew (I like that the author included a short summary and the rating)

Fearless Phantom Game - you copy down the poem in the book (too cute by the way) and include fun goodies...then drop it off at a friend's or neighbor's house (that you know won't mind) by ringing the doorbell and taking off for them to find it. I would seriously love to do this with my own friends. Graham even includes a list of fun gifts to include with the poem.

Recipe for Bloody Muddy Ghost Cookies which sound awesome. I wish I had time to make them before doing this review so I could let you know what I thought...but at any rate, I think they would be yummy!

Later in the book, there is one other recipe for Post-Ghost Granola. I think the recipes are another favorite feature of mine. It's just a cute touch for any party or ghost-hunting team.

Finally, the book includes plenty of stories of real-life ghost stories, as well as the first few people that claimed to see ghosts. Were they telling the truth or just giving in to the hype? We probably will never know for sure what all is real...but I did like the stories of ghost-spottings, especially concerning some famous names like Elvis Presley! For the writing inclined, Graham also includes plenty of great tips on writing your own ghost story and even provides some bits of stories that the girls can then finish!

This would be a great summer gift as it's a fun book for the little ghouls- I mean girls- in your life to host a Phantom Party and courtesy of Graham and Sourcebooks, check out their Party Guide which includes one recipe in the book and another that is not, as well as some fun activities and quizzes for the perfect slumber party.

Want your own copy?!

Prize: One finished copy of The Girls' Ghost Hunting Guide by Stacey Graham

Open to: International, since I have the giveaway copy...and we rarely open it up to everyone!

Ends: Saturday, June 16th

To Enter: What would you play/watch/eat/ if you hosted your own Phantom Party?

+1 leave one new comment if you enter the Pay it Forward giveaway (try your hand at winning one of four awesome prize packs...or sign up for the My Favorite Things giveaway hop)


Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Hi Lauren! This does sound so much fun..perfect for Halloween! I like the idea of real inserts from the female ghost hunter and Muddy Bloody Cookies...must find out more! Hmm if I were having a ghost hunting party I would eat cookies and perhaps some red wine....thanks for the giveaway... Happy Monday :)

Shane said...

this seems light and fun, different from what i've been reading lately.

elena said...

Aww, this does sound like an adorable book! Love the cover. Not entering but it sounds like the perfect book for Halloween. Love the list of games it has, so creative!

sRy_ said...

interesting book :) in my own phantom party..I would eat a chocolate fondue and candy figurines with forms of human body parts

Stacey Graham said...

Thank you for the great review, Lauren!

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

Okay, this is lame, but I played Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board in High School! Yes, that is what we did to entertain ourselves. LOL

I'm so happy to hear that the book is just as adorable as its cover. Please enter me. Those recipes sound too irresistible to resist.

Mimi Valentine said...

Ahhhhhh, I ADORE your review, Lauren! I have an ARC of this on my shelf too and you just made me extra-excited to start my copy because this book sounds like SO much fun, and the awesome games and recipes? I could definitely use the at my next sleepover party! How could I not want to try some snacks called Bloody Muddy Ghost Cookies? :') They sound delish! And I love meeting ghost like Elvis in books -- Croak by Gina Damico had that too! x)

Absolutely fantastic review, Lauren! I can't wait to see this plaguing everyone's mailboxes! ;) <3

Sam said...

Great review, Lauren! This sounds like an entertaining read. Plus that cover is amazing! :)

Erika said...

Ooh, this book sounds positively incredible!

I think that we would watch Disney's So Weird if I hosted my own Phantom Party! :)

♡♥♬ Louis ♬♥♡ said...

I would get my halloween decoration out for the party
Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

This sounds like a lot of fun, Lauren! Every review I read is pretty much 100% gushing.
I love that the structure of the novel is a bit different, it's certainly refreshing.
Lovely review!

Medeia Sharif said...

This book does sound adorable.

I think it would be fun to play hide and seek in ghost gear. It would give people a rush being caught by someone spooky. I'd also have people solve a mystery on why a ghost is haunting the house with hidden clues.

The Teen Book Guru said...

Awesome sauce review, Mag!! I LOVE ghost stories, and this one seems really cute and funny too. :) All the reviews I have read of it so far have said nothing but good things about it and have included A LOT of gushing. <3 You are so lucky you got an ARC of this, Mag sweetie!! Lovely review hun!! <3

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Ajoop. S said...

Awww, this DOES sound adorable! I love the sound of BLOODY MUDDY GHOST COOKIES ;-) Fun review. It's definitely a cute gift for little girls!

iLuvReadingTooMuch said...

Thanks for the amazing giveaway! If I were to host a Phantom Party, I guess we'd watch creepy horror movies (even though this sounds absolutely adorable!) such as Paranormal Activity and such, and eat halloween candy :) Thanks again!

iliveforreading AT hotmail DOT com

....Petty Witter said...

Sounds like such a fun read, I do hope I'm not too late to enter as though its 1.25pm here on the 16th I'm not sure of either the date or time where you are.

Anyway, I'd play Hide And Shriek, and there would be lots of spirits to drink.