Spiritus by Dana Michelle Burnett

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Spiritus by Dana Michelle BurnettSpiritus by Dana Michelle Burnett

Series: Spiritus #1

Rating: 1 of 5 stars

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?

You think you know pain. You think you’ve seen a ripoff of Twilight. You have no idea.

This is the story of a girl who moves to a new house in a small town with a smaller high school and falls in love with someone who is inexplicably tied to the place.

The only originality that this book even approached was the inclusion of a cat fight between the main character and a random cheerleader antagonist.

The love triangle was tasteless. Here, this girl falls in love with a ghost and invites him to follow her around school where she has been leading on a Jonah or Jacob Jonas or something into thinking she is interested in him. He is actually a half-decent guy, and when it looks like she’s put all this “I’m in love with a ghost” mess behind her, a total copout scene entails that just the sight of unearthly blue eyes (a telltale signature of her dead ex-husband’s presence) makes her want to embark on a journey back to him.

Mind you, this is after she banished him for being evil and stuff.

Because, see, the inexplicable tie to the town, the house, the girl is founded in the past. This girl used to be married to a Civil War hero. He slept around on her. Drank excessively. Ignored her. She killed him.

In what universe, this one or the next, does that sound like a relationship to be springing back into? Especially when a perfectly acceptable young man like that other guy was for some reason interested in her. And even more especially when the guy you are supposedly in love with IS INTANGIBLE.

I just… I don’t understand… how this was a good idea to anyone.

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One thought on “Spiritus by Dana Michelle Burnett

    […] any kind of believability. I’d been scarred by that kind of experience before. Case in point: Spiritus. And I can so totally do without the fucking “Spellbinding and romantic.” […]

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