Monday, 27 August 2018

Audiobook Mini Review: The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano

Title: The Girl with the Ghost Machine
Author: Lauren DeStefano
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Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy,
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Recorded Books
Publication Date: 6th June 2017
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
What if a machine could bring back the ones we love? From New York Times bestseller Lauren DeStefano comes a captivating middle grade of loss, love and hope.

In this beautiful and poignant novel, acclaimed author Lauren DeStefano tells a story love and loss, and what it means to say goodbye.

When Emmaline Beaumont's father started building the ghost machine, she didn't expect it to bring her mother back from the dead. But by locking himself in the basement to toil away at his hopes, Monsieur Beaumont has become obsessed with the contraption and neglected the living, and Emmaline is tired of feeling forgotten.

Nothing good has come from building the ghost machine, and Emmaline decides that the only way to bring her father back will be to make the ghost machine work…or destroy it forever.
My Thoughts
When I first heard about The Girl with the Ghost Machine I knew it was one I had to read. We all have people who we have lost and would give anything to see again, so this book was a definite 'what if' for me.

Emmaline lives with her Father, who builds this machine in order to see his wife, Emmaline's Mother again, but it just doesn't seem to work. Emmaline tells her friends about the machine, and they come to see what is going on with it, and if they should destroy it. They somehow end up fixing the machine, but not all is as it seems. The Ghost Machine works just fine if you feed it an item belonging to the person who you want to see again, but it also requires a sacrifice. Would you willingly feed this machine an item of clothing knowing what it needed?

The Girl with the Ghost Machine was a quick audiobook to listen to, I loved the story line and the friendships within the pages of this book, and the narrator really brings them to life. I loved the detail that went into the book, how we are told the backstory but then pick up the story and go from there. The friendships, the nosy neighbours, just made this book even more real. I really liked the idea of a machine bringing a loved one back one last time for you to see them, this was one thing about the book that I really liked, the possibility of 'what if'. However, towards the end of the book tissues are required and how Emmaline deals with this event in regards to the Ghost Machine was hard but sensible.

Final Verdict
The Girl with the Ghost Machine was a book I really enjoyed. I liked that we get to see Emmaline's story from start to finish and how her life progresses and the decisions she makes.

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