CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Do you believe in ghosts or the occult? Have you ever been faced with a paranormal phenomenon? What about the spirit of a Union soldier from the Civil War who was murdered, not killed in battle?
This is what happens to Lori Chase in "Rebel Spirits" by Lois Ruby.
Lori doesn't believe in ghosts when her family moves to Gettysburg, Penn. She never has, even though as a kid she joked about being psychic and clairvoyant. That doesn't stop ghosts from believing in her, though, or her from seeing them.
Nathaniel Pierce was a Union soldier, and he fought in the famous Battle of Gettysburg. But he wasn't killed in that battle -- he was murdered. And he can't let his soul rest until he finds out who did it.
This is where Lori fits in. She is just your average girl, crushing on a guy she left at her old school and missing her best friend. She's pretty smart, and determined once she gets to it. Nathaniel is the resident ghost, and he's full of that nice Southern charm.
"Rebel Spirits" pulls together elements of history, romance and paranormal into a fast-paced and thrilling teen novel. The setting pulls the reader in, so much that you feel like you're there in Gettysburg with Lori and Nathaniel.
Ruby has such a way with words that, as the reader, you truly feel the same things Lori feels. You are completely immersed in the story, and you sometimes feel like you're trying to help Nathaniel just as much as Lori is, just by reading the book.
In "Rebel Spirits," it's one find after another, with each piece of information either adding to the mystery itself or placing another piece in the puzzle to help solve it. Sometimes, though, you can't really be sure which it's doing.
The book is interesting from cover to cover, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat right up until the very end. New developments in the mystery always keep you guessing at that age-old question, "Who did it?"
If you're a fan of mysteries, ghosts or even love stories, then "Rebel Spirits" is a great book for you to read. It's got the bests parts of each of those genres, and it is really an exciting read.