Thursday, December 17, 2020

Book Review | The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf

The Girl and the Ghost is a middle grade horror novel by Hanna Alkaf.

The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf

I am a dark spirit, the ghost announced grandly. I am your inheritance, your grandmother’s legacy. I am yours to command.

Suraya is delighted when her witch grandmother gifts her a pelesit. She names her ghostly companion Pink, and the two quickly become inseparable.

But Suraya doesn’t know that pelesits have a dark side—and when Pink’s shadows threaten to consume them both, they must find enough light to survive . . . before they are both lost to the darkness.

I started researching Hanna Alkaf's previous works immediately after beginning The Girl and the Ghost. I knew right away I would need more from her!

The Girl and the Ghost is so dark, and the writing is so gorgeous. This book has everything I want in a middle grade novel. I loved the friendships, and this book tore at my heart so many times.

The horror in this book was scary and downright disturbing. The origin story of the ghost might actually dethrone Where the Woods End by Charlotte Salter as the scariest middle grade content I've ever read.

I'm adding The Girl and the Ghost to my growing list of spooky MG books that I highly recommend. I hope we get more from Hanna Alkaf in the future.

4.5/5 stars


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  1. Scariest middle grade?? Sign me up. I was just saying the other day it's been far too long since I read a good, creepy middle grade. I'll have to check out the other one you mentioned too!

    1. Yes! They both have such disturbing content. I love them.

  2. If you consider this scary, maybe I should give MG a chance? Its not something I seek out but I might make an exception for this 😁

  3. Oooh! I need to check this out! I love the cover art!

    1. Yes!! I love the cover, too. It's a great fit for the book.

  4. I loved reading horror when I was in high school. The scarier the better. Glad this one sounds so good.


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