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Beth's Review: Goth Girl Virgin Queen by JoAnne Keltner


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Publisher: Solstice Shadows

Released: December 3, 2015

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Occult

Length: 332 pages

Format: eBook, Paperback

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Synopsis

Calling Jackie Turov psychic makes her cringe. But Jackie's no normal seventeen-year-old. She picks up emotions from people and objects like a freak. The emotions make her sick, and the guilt she feels for lying to her church when she was twelve causes her to deny her psychic abilities. So Jackie goes goth to make others stay away from her and forget her past. But her past is soon resurrected when her jealous friend Trish invites a demon, a persecutor of healers, to steal away Jason's love for Jackie. The demon causes Jackie to be bullied for the lie she told and puts her best friend, Jason, in danger. Jackie must learn how to use her gift to protect Jason and herself and to heal the negative energies of those around her. To do so means she must overcome her guilt and accept who she is before the demon claims her soul.

Five (4.5) Boundless Stars

A high school senior, Jackie, isn’t exactly part of the “in crowd,” and she’s ok with that; she prefers to be left alone. She’s deemed an outcast in her town because of a “Virgin Mary vision” she experiences as a child, in the middle of Sunday morning church service, with the entire town watching. Why does this deem her an outcast? Maybe Jealousy, lack of tolerance, or it could just be that people are scared of what they can’t understand. Regardless of the reasoning; her school life was unpleasant. Jackie is a strong young woman and this doesn’t bother her…much; she loves her mother and great grandmother, and enjoys time with the latter more than anything.

She does have a “gift” but she’s not sure how to use it, or what it even is, for that matter; she just goes about her life as best she can by doing what she can to keep it at bay. I was drawn into this story from the very beginning, but it really sped up when Jackie is faced with the necessity to use her gift she was given by God, or the demons, she really doesn’t know.

Goth Girl Virgin Queen is written extremely well; I felt a part of the story. The characters are perfectly developed, with their own quirky, one-of-a-kind personalities. The story is unique; a combination of religion, psychics and demons with so many twists, you’ll never guess what will happen next. In addition to being a great book, it is also appropriate for students in upper middle to high school. There’s someone for everyone to relate to, my favorite was the local Madame that came to Jackie’s rescue when she needed it.

I would have liked more information about David at the end. That part was a little rushed; unless it’s left for a second book. Overall, this is a strong 4.5 Boundless Star book; I loved it a lot.


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