Review: Ghost Heart by Ripley Patton (Book Blitz & Giveaway)

Posted October 20th, 2014 in Book Blitz, book review / 20 comments

Review: Ghost Heart by Ripley Patton (Book Blitz & Giveaway)

Review: Ghost Heart by Ripley Patton (Book Blitz & Giveaway)Ghost Heart by Ripley Patton
Series: The PSS Chronicles #3
Publisher: Self-Published on October 14, 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: Novel Length
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

In the aftermath of a brutal tragedy, Jason and Passion are on the run. Marcus is lost beyond reach, and The Hold is in shambles. If that weren't enough, Olivia Black has been taken by the CAMFers to be used as Dr. Fineman's personal lab rat in his merciless quest to uncover the mysteries of Psyche Sans Soma once and for all. But only if he can break her.

They are scattered.
They are devastated.
They are ruined.

Their only hope is Olivia's stubborn determination to thwart her captors and unlock the secrets of her ghost hand before Dr. Fineman can. Will she finally find the strength within herself to embrace the full power of her PSS?

And will it even matter if Marcus has already betrayed her?

At A Glance

I’m still interested in the series but this felt like a filler book.

The Good

I started this series awhile back and have really enjoyed the concept and series arc so far. Ghost Heart picks up immediately after Ghost Hold. Olivia is captured by the CAMFers and the rest of the group is either dead or running for their lives.

I loved how we got three different POVs this time around. Passion had a great voice. She was strong and curious. Marcus has lost his memory of the last 8 months, so all he could do was play catch up to the whole situation. Olivia was in hell as the experiments started right away. I still love her character the most. She has this verve that keeps her going and keeps you reading. She goes through so much pain and manipulation, but she still maintained optimistic that she would get out from under the CAMFers hands.

There were a lot of secrets revealed which left me shocked and filled with more questions. The twist and turns really helped the story along. I like the new character at the end. That person is going to make things interesting for book #4.

The Bad

Nothing really happens in this book. It was very slow, unlike the fast pace in the other books. There was a lot of waiting around, and that’s it. It was a good transition for the next book, but Ghost Heart didn’t have enough going on to be a book by itself.

By the end, I was left with more questions than answers. I am getting tired of the characters knowing people are lying or holding back info but not confronting them on it. It’s costing people their lives. Grow a pair and start demanding answers!!!

It ends right when things are starting to get interesting.

The Snuggly

The romance is almost nonexistent, but this story doesn’t need it.

Final Thoughts

I will be reading book 4 when it comes out. I can’t help but be obsessed with these characters and their stories. Though Ghost Heart fell flat in a lot of areas, it still kept me reading. Recommended.


Dr. Fineman picked up the knife, turning it in his hands. Then he lowered it gently, setting it in my open palm, handle-first.

I was never willingly going to do what they wanted me to. They were going to have to force my hand every inch of the way.

Anthony squeezed my wrist even harder as Dr. Fineman closed my fingers around the knife.

Suddenly, I was standing at the door, huge and looming, looking at the pitiful, bloody, minus girl. No, at me. I was looking at me.

“She’s in my fucking head,” I—he—Major Tom said, stumbling back toward the door. “I can feel her there. I can feel where she is.”

“Hold your ground,” Dr. Fineman barked at me—no, him. I wasn’t him.—and I held steady at the door, remembering my training and honoring my rank. This little bitch wasn’t going to embarrass me a second time.

What the fuck? That hadn’t been my thought. It had been his thought in my head.

I looked down at the knife in my hand and tried desperately to unclench my fingers, but Dr. Fineman squeezed them even harder around it.

About Ripley Patton

Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series.

Ripley doesn't smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as her characters. Her only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television.


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20 Responses to “Review: Ghost Heart by Ripley Patton (Book Blitz & Giveaway)”

  1. Carmel @ Rabid Reads

    Every series usually has a least one filler book unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean that us readers have to like it. Being left with more questions and answers is super frustrating, especially when it’s the third installment, and the lack of forward momentum is kinda disappointing. Oh well, at least this novel didn’t turn you off to the point that it was below 3 stars, and you’re still moving on to #4.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, there was just enough in it to keep it three stars, so passable. But I wanted more.

  2. Lily B

    aww im sorry this felt like a filler book and that nothing really happens, that’s unfortunate. I am looking forward to eventually reading this series myself.

  3. Braine Talk Supe

    So this felt more like a filler book then with nothing much happened but it just made you hungry for more. I have a love hate relationship with filler books, it’s great that you sstill managed to enjoy this

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I feel like I am reading a lot of those lately. Books that are just okay but they still keep me obsessed with the series.

  4. Jaclyn Canada

    It’s great that you love the characters so much! That’s fantastic and so important in a series. This one may not have really contributed much to the series, but I’m really glad that you enjoyed it and will be continuing on. Great review!

  5. Melliane

    Even if you had a good time in a whole it’s sad that nothing happened, I wonder if it would bother me a lot or not… thanks for the review.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I know, this will have to be an individual thing. Everyone will take it differently.

  6. Olivia

    I like the sound of this series, although I have never heard of it before. Again, another main character who shares my name ^^ It’s a shame this book was just a filler. I hate when series do that, because they don’t realize each book in itself needs a meaning a good plot.

  7. Heena

    This series sound interesting. I’m gonna read it (I hope I get the time soon!)
    The cover of this one is really, really good 🙂

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