Thanks to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: September 7th, 2021
Synopsis: A twisty, terrifying ghost story about twelve-year-old Lily, her creepy new home in Florida, and the territorial ghost of the young girl who lived there before her.
Lily’s new house is a real nightmare. . . .
Lily Horne is a drama queen. It’s helped her rise to stardom in the school play, but it’s also landed her in trouble. Her parents warn her that Florida has to be different. It’s a fresh start. No theatrics. But this time, the drama is coming for her.
The Hornes’ new house is awful. The pool is full of slime, the dock is rotten, and the swamp creeps closer every day. But worst of all, the house isn’t empty . . . it’s packed full of trash, memories, and, Lily begins to fear, the ghost of the girl who lived there before her.
And whatever is waiting in the shadows wants to come out to play. (Goodreads)
Mine is a spooky middle grade reader that sent shivers up my spine, so I have no doubt it will do the same with its targeted audience.
The lovely Lily is a drama queen after my own heart. Unlike her parents, I absolutely loved her theatrics and found her thoroughly engaging and likable. For most of the book I couldn’t understand her parents’ attitude toward her, particularly her father’s. It’s hinted that she’s done something terrible that results in him losing his job, but what happened isn’t revealed until the end of the book, and even then I still was left with a few questions. Thankfully their relationship is on the mend by the end of the book.
I loved the central ghost story and the creepy setting which was wonderfully detailed. The way in which Lily winds up bringing the haunting to a satisfying conclusion made me love her even more as she displayed courage and compassion.
Overall, Mine is an entertaining page-turner with just enough scares that will appeal to a wide audience of upper elementary and middle grade readers who are looking for a quick read that will make them think twice before turning out the lights!