Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Book Review: Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (July 12, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385736932
ISBN-13: 978-0385736930
Buy the book: Amazon
Visit the site: RosemaryClementMoore
Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.

I was told to read Texas Gothic for several reasons...

I was born & raised in the great state of Texas
My name is Amy (like the main character)
I'm also stubborn & witty like Amy
I love to read about magic & witches
I've never read any book where the love interest is a good 'ol fashioned Cowboy with a nice Stetson!

Now I am glad I listened to my friends, reading Texas Gothic was fun and interesting to say the least. I wouldn't say it was Ahhhmazzzzing, but it was good enough that I read this 400 page book in just two days. The storyline was the interesting part, it was about a ghost haunting the McCulloch Ranch called "The Mad Monk". I enjoyed all the characters as well... Amy Goodnight, her quirky but beautiful sister Phin, the gorgeous cowboy Ben McCulloch, and the creepy harassing Deputy Kelly.

Amy Goodnight was very spunky, stubborn and smart! She was the last in her family, to embrace the magic, that the Goodnights were forever famous. Amy and her sister Phin were awesome together, they had such great chemistry. Of Course, Amy grew into her magical abilities. She became a great witch, it was so nice (and fun to read) to watch her grow into her magical abilities. I really liked Amy's character, she was complex enough not to be predictable, she was also very determined to take care of everyone around her. She took the ghost "Mad Monk"  seriously, she was determined to get to the bottom of the myth that had everyone so freaked out!

Ben McCulloch wasn't your typical love interest. First of all he was a cowboy, he was in charge of a massive ranch in Texas, and he was really rough around the edges. Ben had so many deep layers. First of all, when he meets Amy she is in nothing else but her underwear... very long story! She was very embarrassed to say the least! From then on out, there was so much romantic tension, it was pathetic. They argued over everything, she was stubborn and he was cocky. I love a book where two people actually get to know each other for 100 pages or so, before that have that romantic moment. I love when it just builds and builds. Ben and Amy went back and forth many times, but it was so worth it when they gave in to each other and really showed their true feelings.

I really enjoyed Texas Gothic. I liked reading about Austin, Texas' State Capitol, I knew exactly what Rosemary Clement-Moore was talking about. She even mentioned Sonic , which is a Texas staple. You do not have to be from Texas, love cowboys (who wear Stetsons) or like to read witch books, to enjoy Texas Gothic. It really just is a good old fashioned mystery, that will have you guessing 'till the very end! The romance isn't bad either :)

 I like the way the author writes, therefore I will be looking up The Splendor Falls next! I am really lovin' the cover...

4 out of 6 for Texas Gothic

Profanity: Heavy
Sexual: Moderate
Violence: Mild

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  1. Didn't know about her new book! I'll be picking it up too because I friggin loved Texas Gothic! Ben & Amy are one of the most fun couple I've ever read, loved the chemistry!

  2. The Splendor Falls is one I've been dying to read since before it came out. And then when Texas Gothic came out, I wanted to read this one too. I really should get these. lol. So glad you enjoyed this one and a really great review!


  3. I love when I read a review that convinces me to read a book, or exposes me to a book I had no idea existed. That is what you did Amy for me with 'Texas Gothic'. I will definitely be reading this! I had never heard of it and now can't wait to read it.

    Thank you!

  4. Glad you liked it!! Are you happy I forced it on you? :D

  5. I swear you guys have been peeking at my languishing TBR stack! I'm seriously going to have to bump this one up and get to it soon.

  6. Haven't you read Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, Amy? Tucker is kind of a cowboy too. I love him! =)

  7. So glad you enjoyed this one. You'll love The Splendor Falls too I'm sure.

  8. Ooooh this sounds so good. It was the cover that originally caught my eye but review makes it sound really good. I'm going to have to read this one.


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