Wednesday, January 23, 2019

MARIAH's THOUGHTS on The Ouija Board by Shelby White

Young Adult
Paranormal Adventure, #1
Publish Date:
March 13, 2016
Anchor Group Publishing

When Alycia and her three best friends bought a Ouija board for some late night entertainment, they came in contact with something that defies all reason. They find themselves faced with questions that would make others run in fear. Delving into this frightening unknown, they soon discover they are dealing with a force more powerful than they could possibly understand. Enlisting some knowledgeable help on supernatural entities, they are introduced to a world they never thought existed. As they try to maintain the normalcy of their summer break and figure out how to rid themselves of this other worldly being they realize their lives will never be the same and that some games aren't meant to be played with.



**About the Author**
Shelby White was born and raised in Northern California. At a very young age she fell in love with the arts and began writing short stories for fun in her spare time anywhere she could. As time went on she found her passion in Television and Film and the art of storytelling. She was fascinated with the stories, the lives that characters lead and the way that each story could be told. She soon found a way to combine her interests in high school writing film reviews for her local newspaper. This love of writing and expression through TV, Film and eventually in college working behind the scenes in theatre led her to pursue a Bachelors of Arts in Communications with a minor in Film Studies from the University of California, Davis.

Shelby currently resides in Northern California where she continues to write and pursue the creative world around her.

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This review may contain spoilers

The Ouija Board is your supernatural story in a nice town with your unsuspecting teenagers. It has all the right elements Ouija board stories need like the mysterious board, the psychic communicator, the angry ghost, but most importantly the willing volunteers to summon him. Alycia and her three best friends are a well-rounded group that tackle problems together. Alycia is our main character who is adventurous and fun-loving, Sarah is the athletic one, Lauren is the fashionista and one of the quickest to verbally stress because of the board, and Sacha is the sweet but stereotyped blonde girl. They are teenagers in high school trying to find something interesting to do during their summer break. Their story is quick to build its characters and get the reader to the next point in the story. The girls get out of school, find the board, use it, and it all thrusts the reader into a supernatural encounter. The story lacks that mystic feel it needs to be a supernatural story, but the execution of Alycia and the girl’s research efforts are carefully written. 

The Ouija Board has all the right elements, but I must say that that characters can use more development. The interacts between the girls are superficial and their relationship could use more backstory. The reader understands that the girls are best friends but are given little reason as to why, for how long, or how determined they are to get rid of the ghost. But I guess there’s more to see, for this is only book one in the Paranormal Adventure series.

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