Series Review + Giveaway: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Series

March 30, 2017     erinthebooknut     Book review

Series Review + Giveaway: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl SeriesThe Haunting of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, #1) by Paige McKenzie, Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Published by Weinstein Books on March 24th 2015
Pages: 296

Something freaky's going on with Sunshine's new house . . . there's the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mom believes her. Sunshine's always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort . . .
If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can't help them?
As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.
The first in a frighteningly good new series based on the popular YouTube sensation The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Network, created by Paige McKenzie.


The Awaking of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #2) Sunshine Griffith can communicate with ghosts. Even more amazing, she recently discovered—with the help of her would-be boyfriend, Nolan—that she’s a luiseach, one of an ancient race of creatures who have lived among humans for centuries, protecting them from dark spirits and helping them move on to the afterlife. Now, Sunshine’s powers are awakening and she feels spirits everywhere—intense and sometimes overwhelming.
Eager to get her supernatural abilities under control, Sunshine agrees to begin training with her mentor, her estranged father Aidan. He takes her to an abandoned compound deep in the Mexican jungle. But what she learns there about her powers, and her family history, turns out to be more terrifying than Sunshine could have imagined. Can anything—Aidan’s experiments, her friendship with another luiseach named Lucio, even Nolan’s research—prepare Sunshine to face the frightening woman who haunts her dreams, and to finally learn the truth about the rift that threatens the future of the luiseach and all of humankind?
The stakes grow ever higher in this sequel to The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, revealing that Sunshine has to protect more than her own friends and family—she may be the key to saving the entire human race.

The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #3) 

Is Sunshine Griffith who she thinks she is? Now that her luiseach powers are fully awakened, and having barely survived an abyss full of demons at the end of Book Two, Sunshine must figure out who—or what—has been organizing the forces of darkness against her. Thanks to her brainiac boyfriend, Nolan, they not only unearth that Sunshine’s death would trigger a calamitous event, but that all civilization depends on her survival. So when an unexpected event unleashes a fierce war between the luiseach and the demon army, Sunshine will learn a shocking truth about herself. Can she bring herself to make the ultimate sacrifice to save humankind?


The Short Thoughts:

A great spooky series on the younger side of YA to start with but grows as it continues.

On Haunting:

Very creepy and spooky, definitely a bit younger than I expected to start out but I really enjoyed it. Great for fans of a good ghost story. These books are a bridge between your regular contemporary (which I don’t like) and fantasy (which I do).

4 Nuts

On Awakening:

Not quite as good a the first but still fu and creeptastic. I love how the character’s powers develop as the story progresses. This one is a bit more focused on her fate rather than on interpersonal relationships while retaining the fantastic creep factor of the first. A few moments of second book syndrome.

3.5 Nuts

On Sacrifice:

Such a great trilogy ender. World saving, coming of age, MYSTERY! So much fun on all levels. One thing I love about this series is the humor, it makes it such a blast to read. This installment is no different. GAH I want to talk spoilers so bad, but we don’t do that here so, alas, I will keep them to myself.

4 Nuts

Wrap Up: 

A FAB spooky series. Highly recommend for fans of:

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The Merciless
  • The Asylum Series
  • Anything ghosty



Now, here we come to the fun part! I’m here to giveaway a copy of book 3! Lucky for you I also happen to have an extra copy of book 1 lying around (many thanks to Ground for Thought bookstore for finding me a couple of extra copies in the area for this). So, 2 winners! One for the first book and one for the last!

US Only.

To enter:

Comment below with your favorite ghost story.

It can be a book, a short story (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark has many of these), an urban legend, anything! Tell me which book you would like to win, either The Haunting of Sunshine Girl or The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl (You can just write Haunting or Sacrifice).

Please note that I must have a way of contacting you.


From my shelf to yours,


3 responses to “Series Review + Giveaway: The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Series

  1. Meigan

    I love scary stories! Books, movies, urban legends, any and all. My favorite one is quite scary and sad (but bear in mind, it never happened!). It’s about a school bus that supposedly got stuck crossing train tracks when an incoming train came along and wiped the bus out, killing everyone on it (again, it didn’t happen! Please don’t think I’m applauding the accident!). Anyhow, my favorite part of the legend is that if your car gets stuck on the tracks, mysterious ghostly handprints will appear on the back as the ghosts try to push you off the tracks. We used to play near railroad tracks when I was a kid, and this freaked me out so bad!

    Thanks so much for the chance! If chosen, my preference is Haunting 🙂

  2. Kirra Anderson

    My favorite scary stories are the ones my older brother would use to scare me at night when I was 10.

    I’d love to win Sacrifice.

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