Ghosts of Coronado Bay by J.G. Faherty
A Maya Blair Mystery #1
Paperback 160 pages
Published June 10th 2011
by Journal Stone
I received this book through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.
"Ghosts of Coronado Bay" tells us the story of a girl, Maya Blair who can see, hear, and talk to the ghosts. But the only ghost she knows is her dead grandmother Elsa, so when new ghosts start showing up in Coronado Bay, she will have a hard time trying to discover the real problem. Also you need to add two hot ghosts that will make Maya's live more difficult. Who is hotter?
I love ghost stories, so that is why I fell in love with this book when I saw it on LibraryThing. Even though the cover is not so pretty when you see it for first time, I remembered those books with not so great covers that I ended up loving after I read them, so I gave "Ghosts of Coronado Bay" an opportunity to show me that the story was much better than the cover. How wrong I was…
The story started really good with a short introduction that takes place in 1908, and later the first chapter in the present day. I really liked that part, showing you a little bit of mystery in the beginning before presenting you the main character Maya.
And that is when everything went wrong.
I want to begin by saying that I didn't like Maya's character. She was too capricious, foolish, insufferable and whiny. Thinking all the time about sex, hot guys and her psycho ex-boyfriend. Also her best friend, Lucy …she was worse. I didn't like any character at all, including the hot guys. They were not credible and poorly developed.
The plot was awful. Maya is all the time between the "two guys", and her psychopath, also stalker ex-boyfriend, reaching the point of obscenity. Supposedly she is the chosen one who is going to save the world, but how can she do it, if she cannot think in anything besides her relationships. It was gross. Also, I found some inconsistencies and plot holes.
Conclusion. Short book, hateful characters and not so great story. Maybe I was waiting too much about this book. I had the opportunity to read the Mediator Series by Meg Cabot, and that story is so awesome and so well done, that for a moment I thought I would find another one with similar plot or maybe better. But I was wrong. I'm really disappointed, and ashamed of myself for making comparisons with a such good story.