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Book Blurb Breakdown: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie

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Book Blurb Breakdown is a Sarcasm & Lemons feature where your anal English degree-holding author (gently) rips apart jacket blurbs to pin down what makes her want to pick up the book instantly--and what makes her want to throw it at the wall.  See the original post for more detail.  

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today's blurb




Status:  Unread


the blurb: as is 

from Goodreads



In that place where you're more asleep than awake any more, I hear something else. A phrase uttered in a child's voice, no more than a whisper: Night Night.

Something freaky's going on with Sunshine's new house . . . there's the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mum believes her. Sunshine's always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort . . .

If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can't help them?

As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.

The first in a frighteningly good new series based on the popular YouTube sensation The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, created by Paige McKenzie.


the blurb:  shredded 



In that place where you're more asleep than awake any more (The "any more" is clunky, but otherwise I'm super intrigued.), I hear something else (Something else? What is it normal to hear? This first sentence has a good idea, but is confusing.). A phrase uttered in a child's voice, no more than a whisper: Night Night. (Okay, you have me again.  Creepy child voices: YES.) 

Something freaky's ("Freaky" doesn't really go with the sort of poetic tone we've got here.) going on with Sunshine's new house . . . there's the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night (Holy shit, yeeeeees. Give me all the creepy children!!!), and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs.  (I like this.  Succinct but intriguing.) But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mum believes her. (This comes a little out of nowhere. We don't even know that she's told anyone.) Sunshine's always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort . . .  (Wait, where did history come from?  I mean, I realize ghosts = past, but I'd still like a bit of a link here.) 

If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can't help them?  (Not bad.  Clear and to the point, just kind of typical.) 

As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams (Oooh, I'm back.), Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is (Wait, what?  When did anyone say she was different than others!?), face the test before her, (Use the Oxford comma, dammit!) and save her mother from a fate worse than death.  (Now it's after her mother???) 

The first in a frighteningly good new series based on the popular YouTube sensation The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, created by Paige McKenzie.  (There's a network!? Must explore...) 


the verdict 

3/5 stars
would i read it?:  yes 


So, this blurb is a little messy.  It shifts tones a few times, from somewhat old fashioned horror movie to adolescent girl.  Which bugs me.  The main problem, though, is that details are thrown in but not connected.  You don't get a clear chronology.  There are hauntings and giggles, then suddenly Sunshine has this link to the past, then apparently she's a magical person or whatever and her mom is in danger?  I just like my blurbs to flow a little better.  However, I'm intrigued enough to read it, because I love horror and the details we are given sound badass.  Giggling children?  Shadowy photographs?  GIVE ME MORE.  I just hope the book isn't as disconnected as the blurb.  


your thoughts

Does this blurb grab you?  
Do you agree with my thoughts?  If not, how so?  
Have you read it?  Does the blurb match the pages? 
Do you have any recommendations for blurbs I should shred?  





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