Monday, April 22, 2013

Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles #1) by Ripley Patton Review:

Goodreads Book Blurb:
Olivia Black just discovered that her ghost hand, a rare birth defect, can do more than light up a room. It can reach into people and pull things out. Things from the darkest depths of the human psyche never meant to exist in this world. 

Olivia can pickpocket the soul. 

But she can’t control her ability, or the strange items it extracts, and the only thing between Olivia and the men bent on taking the power of her hand is a boy she barely knows and doesn't trust.

Genre - YA Paranormal/Fantasy/Thriller/Romance

4 Glowing Stars!
Fun, Original and Thrilling. A Perfect Sunday Afternoon Read! 

Ghost Hand is the first book in The PSS Chronicles and is a YA Fantasy/Thriller Romance written by Ripley Patton. I read this as a R2R with We ♥ YA Books! As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.

The Review:
I was seriously impressed with this read!!

It started out a little weird and I was afraid I was going to really dislike this book. I mean, the heroine has a ghost hand that can seep into people and pull things out. It sounds hokey and completely ridiculous but I was hooked after the first chapter and completely blown away by the end of the book. I couldn’t put it down and spent the entire afternoon engrossed in this scary world with these terrific characters and this amazing story!

Olivia Black lives in a world where in recent years, a small percentage of babies are being born with an affliction titled PSS or Psyche Sans Soma, which can be located on any given part of the body. Hers happens to be one of her hands. Her life in a small town has been fairly normal but in the span of one day, that all changes. While sitting in class, her ghost hand, which has been abnormal but never given her cause for alarm, decides to extend itself, reaching into the body of the classmate sitting in front of her, and extract something odd. No one seems to notice, except the new boy, Marcus, who is staring right at her.

Things escalate from there. She finds herself in the crosshairs of an extremist group whose sole purpose is to find kids with PSS and extract it, leaving them dead in the process. Hooking up with a group of others like her, she makes new friends, discovers new enemies, and finds herself in love for the first time, all the while fighting to save her life from people in the very town she thought she was safe in.

I loved this cast of characters. Olivia was brave and courageous as she sets off on this adventure she’s thrown in to. Marcus was passionate in his cause, a man on a mission, but you could tell he had his reasons and even though his tale was webbed in lies, he cared about the band of misfits he was gathering and watching him fall for Olivia was sweet and refreshing.

I have to comment on the story itself. I can honestly say, I’ve never read a book like this one. It was unique and entertaining and it grips you from the start and holds you till the end. It was ingenious, well written, fast paced and adventurous.

The Wrap Up:
I am certainly keeping my eyes open for book two, Ghost Hold (The PSS Chronicles #2) which is slated to be released in September of 2013! Until then, I’ll definitely be reading other works by this author.



  1. Hazel,
    Thank you so much for the wonderful review and I'm so glad you loved Ghost Hand.

    1. Hi Ripley! Thanks so much for stopping by! I loved this read and I can't wait to continue the adventure in book two! Good luck and I wish you tons of success!