Review: Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Rosemary Clement-Moore’s Website
Publisher: Delacourt Press
Age Group: Teen
Source: Borrowed from public library
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

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.

My Thoughts:

Awesome main character?  Check.  Kitchen witches, check.  Ghosts, check.  Mysterious goings on, check.  Swoon-worthy boy, check.  Great secondary characters, check.  Tree-climbing goats?  Check!  Seriously, this book has so many things going for it!  There is just so much to love about this one!

I forgot how much I love a good ghost story until I started reading Texas Gothic.  And what a ghost!  Totally creepy, but not too creepy, if you know what I mean.

Amy was such an awesome main character.  She was so practical, and I can definitely identify with that.  I loved that she would get so frustrated with her family and their eccentricities, but at the same time she would defend them.  It was one thing for her to be annoyed with them, but if anyone outside the family insulted them, well, that was not acceptable.  I think most of us feel that about our families, too.  Amy was such a level-headed, independent, loyal protagonist.

The secondary characters were totally awesome, too!  I especially got a kick out of Phin, Amy’s sister, and Daisy, Amy’s cousin.  But Mark, Grandpa Mac, and even Emery (such a sourpuss) were fun to read about.  And of course Ben was awesome!  Although he was rude a lot to Amy, like Amy said, Ben was a gentleman when it mattered.  And he had so  much on his plate, you can kind of understand why he was such a grumpy pants.

The setting was really interesting, too.  I have never been interested in Texas or ranching, but it was actually a fascinating setting for this story.  It made we want to visit Texas and see family owned cattle ranches.

Overall, this was an amazing book.  Not too light-hearted, but not depressing at all.  Definitely check this one out.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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