Sunday, 8 July 2012

Review: Spiritus by Dana Michelle Burnett

Original Title: Spiritus
Series: Spiritus #1
Author: Dana Michelle Burnett
Release Date: October 2011
Genre: Paranormal, Young-adult

A love that refuses to die…

“As I watched him vanish into a soft mist that faded away, I knew that he was no ordinary spirit…I knew that he was a dangerous entity that could be in some corner of another realm planning his revenge, but I also knew that I was hopelessly in love with him.”

When Becca moves into her ancestral home in Corydon, Indiana, her life takes a puzzling and thrilling turn when she meets the ghost haunting the halls. As the seductive spirit lures her closer and closer, she learns about her own past and starts to understand that some mistakes are meant to last.

Becca McAllister has always been different from other girls her age. Never part of the "in crowd", Becca never really fit in anywhere. When her mother dies and her father moves them to the small town of Corydon, Indiana, Becca didn't expect things to change.

But things do change when Becca accidentally makes contact with a one hundred and sixty year old ghost, Alastor Sinclair, that haunts the halls of her new home.

To Becca, Alastor is a seductive spirit that seems to see straight into her soul. To Alastor, Becca is what he was waited a century for--A second chance.

But the closer they get, the more Becca realizes that this isn't the first time she and Alastor have known each other. Worse still, is she the one responsible for his death so long ago? And if so, did he come back for love or revenge?


Becca McAllister recently lost her mother in a car accident.  Unable to stay with the memories of her mother in the same home, Becca and her father move to her ancestral home in Corydon, Indiana.  Soon after she reached that house, she started getting memories of her in that house in her previous life.   She also started seeing a ghost, who says that he came for her.  Initially, Becca thinks she has gone mad. But, eventually after some research, she learns that the ghost's name is Alastor and he was her husband in her previous life, when she killed him.  Had he come for revenge now..after all these years?

My first thought, after a few pages of reading this book was, -- It resembles MEDIATOR series by Meg Cabot.  I loved the Mediator series, so naturally I got excited to read this.

I am not sure whether I loved or hated this book.  It was written well, but somehow I felt that there is a major problem with the plot.  The story itself is not clear after some pages.

  • There is no proper explanation of why Becca loves Alastor in her life now.
  • What is the problem with Alastor?  Why should he come back from the death?  Is it for revenge or love?
  • What does Alastor actually want with Becca?

These are some major issues that confused me until the end.  I was hoping that it would be answered somewhere..  Nope, no luck!

I can only hope that the author has given some explanation for all these things in the upcoming books of the series.


1.  Spiritus
2.  Haunted

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for a thoughtful review! I've been on the fence about this book and I might just see if I can borrow it.


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