[Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY] Book Review: Phantom Summer by Amy Sparling


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Title: Phantom Summer
Author: Amy Sparling
Publisher: 336Love
Date of Publication: September 5, 2013
Genre: contemporary YA with ghosts

Purchase link: Amazon | B&N

Acquisition: Oops! I Read Again Tours

Seventeen-year-old Taylor Gray moves to Sterling Island to get over her dead boyfriend. Mom’s cool with letting her crash on the couch, but Taylor needs to get a job before the lights are cut off again.
When the tall, dark and crazy Raine Tsunami offers her a position at his thriving ghost tour business, she figures it’s an easy way to make some cash. Taylor isn’t afraid of ghosts–that crap is as fake as her mom’s boob job. She loves their adventures on the historic island, especially the secret places he shows her when the crowds go home. So what if all the ghost stories are just legends?
When Taylor comes face to face with a ghost and Raine crosses the line between friend and boyfriend–Taylor’s new life collides with her haunted past. If murdered people end up as ghosts, then that someone she was trying to forget is probably watching her.


Taylor Gray has been badly broken ever since the accident of her best friend, Brendan. She badly wants to escape all of it so she moves to Sterling Island to live with her mother in order to get away. But she can never really stop thinking about Brendan, especially when she’s blaming herself for his death.

The change of scenery might just help her out where she could see new places and meet new people. But she went there unprepared. The residents of Sterling Island believe the place is haunted and that there are ghosts all over the ruins and historical sites, which also attracts a lot of tourists. Her non-belief was mistaken for bravery, and maybe it wasn’t so bad since she gained a reputation. She also met Raine Tsunami, the famous ghost tour guide in Sterling.

I’m not really sure what to think of Raine Tsunami. Since the story is told in Taylor’s perception, the emotions and descriptions mostly belong to her. And Raine did not leave a very good first impression. Taylor gives off this feeling that Raine is both very dorky, but also really hot. So I’m not quite sure. But he’s definitely a charmer and he worked his way into both Taylor’s heart and mine.

Taylor can get a little unbearable when she gets sucked into this despair over Brendan. In the lines of Raine Tsunami, “I don’t mean to be crass, but he’s dead.” I just hated that Taylor was passing up having a good life because she was so stuck up on blaming herself for what happened to Brendan and feeling guilty about being happy. I think she can be a little way in over her head sometimes. I’ll admit it was annoying, but I think she just really needed time to move on. Fortunately, Raine isn’t one to easily give up on her.

I also like her new friend, Anna, and her boss, Margret. Taylor thinks a little highly of Anna because of how she dresses and her outgoing, perky personality. But I honestly think that she’s a little dorky too and I like her for it. Margret, on the other hand, is an 83-year-old sweet and caring woman who would probably help all the people she cared about if she could. I think she’s just really nice.


OVERALL, Phantom Summer is about Taylor trying to move on from the death of the love of her life in a town where people are all ghost-obsessed. Thankfully it wasn’t too creepy for a scaredy cat like me. I didn’t really know what to expect from this book, but I ended up liking the concept and characters of the book. I also liked going on the ghost tours with Taylor and Raine mostly for the adventure, not the ghosts.



amysparlingAmy Sparling is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, nail polish and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her daughter, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world. Amy Sparling is a pen name for YA author Cheyanne Young.
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  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.

4 thoughts on “[Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY] Book Review: Phantom Summer by Amy Sparling

  1. Hi Francine, I enjoyed your review. I also felt Taylor’s obsession with her old, dead boyfriend went on too long and at certain points in the book became unrealistic. Margret was a real sweetie!

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