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on February 13, 2015
All I can think right now is wow.....this book was awesome! I have never read anything by this author,but it sounded promising, well it delivered 100%! I am a night owl with insomnia,so while scrolling through Amazon I stumbled upon this book and paid the 99 cents. I figured if it was good,then yay for me ,and if it sucked,I was only out a dollar. So,around 2am,while my family blissfully snores down the hall,I settled in for a night of reading. I was hooked from the start! I couldn't put it down. I will openly admit to being spooked by the paranormal,and believing in it as well. Since childhood I have had my own personal experiences with spirits and the unseen. Yet,I,at 2in the morning,all alone began to read....and whether you are a believer or not, JL Bryan will make you one!!!! This book has everything you could ask for in a horror story. Family buys creepy old Georgian mansion and intends to open a B&B. Except,something doesn't want them there. The young daughter is the first to notice things,and when she told her family they,like many adults,believed it was just her nerves because of the move and the "newness" of the house. Well,pretty soon the mother begins to believe her daughter might be telling the truth. So, in step s Ellie Jordan and Stacey Talbert -ghost trappers!
I don't want to say anymore and give out spoilers. I know it kept me hooked,and a couple of times my mind played tricks,which is to be expected reading a wonderful book of this genre in the pitch dark,the only light the glow from my kindle. When someone can write a book that gets you going to the point of hearing your own "bumps in the night",that is an author! I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a wonderfully spooky,suspenseful book that gets your heart racing and makes you look over your own shoulders a couple of times. In this day,it is so hard to find a good horror,anything! But,this one was for me. Thanks JL I absolutely loved it! Off to get the second one ,'Cold Shadows'. And as always,to my fellow readers......HAPPY READING!!!!! :)
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I went into this read super leery. Ghosts are one of my most favorite paranormal beings to read about because quite simply, what if?

Having read something else by this author in the past and not loving it, I was worried this would turn into another failed read for me and I just didn't want that. I wanted something fun and creepy. Different and lovable. I guess you could say, I wanted a lot but was expecting very little.

With a setting set in Georgia and ghosts galore, I opened this with trepidation but excitement as well. I was so in the mood for a good ghost story.

I have always admired those authors that can write from the point of view of a gender other than their own. It must be hard, challenging even, to be in the head of someone completely different from your own norm and yet, Bryan pulled it off beautifully. Ellie was fierce, strong, brave and tough and you could even say a tomboy at heart but she was still soft heartened and kind as well. In fact, the thing I loved about her most, was that she was so normal. An average every day person doing a very dangerous job that is anything but average or normal.

There were times while reading this that I had to stop and look around me to make sure no one (i.e. read “ghost” here) was in the room with me. I was so thankful I started this during the bright sunny day. I think if I would have started this at night, I would have been in trouble. I'm not sure I would have been able to sleep at all. Certain scenes in this book were down right creepy (hello scary dark asylum!) and I loved it.

Overall this was a fabulous start to what promises to be a very action packed, creepy series. I loved every single minute of this book and I can't wait to read more. I can finally see what all the fuss is about.
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VINE VOICEon October 1, 2015
Although Amazon doesn't prompt for this, I think it's almost as important as How is the story narrated: What tense is used? Past tense, that is, "I said" versus "I say." I really like first person, past tense, so I found the story very comfortable and fun to read.

Now on to the review.
I love ghost stories, but not those ones where a person falls in love with a ghost, or where the ghosts are all just nice little spirits that need a shove off to wherever they go. Ellie Jordan was great in that regard--It was a thoroughly modern ghost story, which is always at heart, a mystery. Who are the ghosts and why are they here?

Ellie Jordan and Stacey are called in to help a family who have bought a huge mansion. Their little girl is being terrorized by a ghost. So Ellie and Stacey go to their aid. But nothing is as simple as it appears and they have quite an adventure getting rid of the ghost and making the house suitable for human habitation again.

The writing was clean and very easy to read. While I guessed most of the twists well in advance, there was enough danger and fascinating tidbits to pull me through the story (and not do housework so I could read it) right to the end. The narrator is Ellie and her voice is very down-to-earth and practical. I liked her enormously, and not just because she wears thick glasses just like I do. Stacey was a little poppet who didn't know what she was getting into, this being more-or-less her first job. And towards the end, they drag in Jacob, a psychic who also doesn't know what he's in for.

The story was gripping, if a little predictable, and a very, very fun read. I'll be definitely getting the rest in the series. While I tend to measure everything against Shirley Jackson's "The Haunting of Hill House," there are, after all, only one of those and while this lacks the literary flair of Jackson's work, this story was a lot of fun to read.
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on February 18, 2018
I have read the first three books in this series because they came as a set for free on Bookbub. I read through all three compelled by my OCD. While I grew fond of the characters, I suggest this series, books 1-3 anyway, is best for a middle school audience; as such, I would give it a five star rating. However, as an adult who prefers much more subtle foreshadowing, demands thinking, and contains more plausibility in the realistic fiction genre, three stars is a fair judgement. The bigger enjoyment came from being able to pull up images on my tablet of the places and settings mentioned allowing a sense of being there with the characters.
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I am writing this review of Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper after I have already binge read five books in this series, hmm, enough said, right? I picked up this book a while ago, and I have been saving it for a possible reading challenge read. After several disappointing reading attempts to get a paranormal/horror fix, I decided to give this story a try. I was hooked from the start. Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper was a lot spookier than I ever expected and was everything I ever wanted in ghost hunting fun.

At the start of the story Ellie was investigating a possible haunting. She has brought along her apprentice Stacey to see if there was a true haunting taking place at an older mansion in Savannah, Georgia. Ellie was not too thrilled about the prospect of having Stacey around because she did not want an assistant to begin with but Ellie’s boss was looking to retire and he wanted to make sure Ellie had all the support she needed before he was gone.

I love how Ellie approaches the ghost haunting business. She is very thorough and knowledgeable in spirits and how to manage them. I seriously felt like she could have been a real person who was a ghost hunter. As it turns out the house was indeed haunted and it was a case for Stacey and Ellie. What they thought was going to be a simple specter trapping turned out to be a much bigger deal than they ever expected. With a family’s life at stake and time running out, Ellie would have to solve the mystery of who was responsible for haunting the estate.

There was a mixture of spirits in this story but yay, there were no Casper the Friendly Ghost type of specters. There was true evil in that mansion and plenty of suffering to go around. I loved the twist in this story that took the story from spooky to the type of stuff that could cause you to have some bad dreams. It was extremely entertaining and as soon as I finished Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper I immediately picked up the next book in the series to read. I couldn’t get enough and I read books one through five in three days. I would have read the entire series if I didn’t have other bookish commitments to turn to. I loved every book that I read and I recommend the Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper series to anyone who wants to get their spook on!
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on September 7, 2015
I really liked this story. I always love ghost movies because I'm interested in the history of the house and the people that lived there. This book was basically like a long, darker episode of Ghost Adventures, except Ellie actually tries to get rid of ghosts.

I thought the book had a really good plot, and it was fast paced. The actually mystery was pretty good. However, I did figure quite a bit of it out myself.

It took me a long time to warm up to Ellie. She wasn't very nice to the people she worked with, and her attitude towards Stacey was really unfair. However, I liked her better by the end of the book. I really liked all the investigators, and I hope they show up in the next books.

I will probably read the next books in the series, because this was a good, fun read. It had the right amount of creepy in it. I don't believe in ghosts, but it seemed like the author did an excellent job of researching ghost hunters.

I gave it four stars because I didn't like Ellie until about 75% of the way through the book. I like strong, independent women, but I didn't like her attitude towards Stacey. I know some of her defensive attitude was due to her previous trauma, but she refused to give Stacey or Jacob a chance. Jacob didn't show up until the very end so it was hard to know what to think of him. He seems like a good character though.

There was a little bit of language, but there was no sex. Also, there were several grammatical errors that made it difficult to read in certain places. Overall, it was a pretty good first book in a series.
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on August 14, 2016
Ellie Jordan is a ghost trapper, plain and simple. She’s an investigator with a degree in psychology and an understanding of the paranormal—a true professional of her work. She’s also smart and intuitive, which are two other important assets going for her.

The ghost case she works on seems exciting and scary all at once. Her cases involve a lot of scientific knowledge and complicated tools. You may not understand all the schematics behind the investigation, which are very detailed, but the case is compelling and frightening enough to continue the story.

Hired to remove a pesky ghost from an old hotel, Ellie is surprised to discover that things just keep getting worse.

If you like a plot twister and a little mystery mixed in with your haunts then give this one a read. J L Bryan’s writing had me hooked from the beginning. I liked the humor mixed with the danger of very unhappy evil spirits.

I loved the ending and couldn’t help but smile as I went to see more of what J L Bryan has to offer.

So if your house is haunted, be sure and call Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper. She will get the job done!

It is well worth reading if you enjoy paranormal ghost stories.
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on February 9, 2017
What a phenomenal read!!!!! I have read ghost hunting books that try to sensationalized everything they are doing. J.L. Bryan didn't do that, and this great author didn't NEED to! The story was told in a very visual way to allow us to imagine being there at every moment. It was incredible (and also very spooky in parts).

It is about Ellie Jordan, veteran ghost trapper, and her boss's new hire, a young woman who has mixed feelings when the work becomes a bit too much to handle. The main setting is in a decapitated mansion in the wrong part of Savannah, Georgia. A family of three lives in one wing while renovation takes place in the rest of the home that the family is going to turn into a bed and breakfast.

A ghost keeps bothering Lexie, the 10 year old daughter. The ghost fights the ghost trappers, but is caught in a capsule such as a bank drive-up uses. While dropping the capsule off, three hours away, Ellie gets a call from her boss that all Hades has broken out at the mansion and to get there as soon as she can. Now the spooky, as in scary, fun begins.
This is one of the best books I ever read!
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on April 8, 2018
WOW!! Was all I thought after I finished reading this book. It actually took my breath away!! There are times when a person becomes too cocky or complacent in their job. It never fails that this is when they find out they were completely WRONG!!!!

I never did care much for people when they felt this way and that is the first impression I had of the main character. Seems I had it right. And that is ALL I will say. The rest you will have to find out on your own by reading this awesome book.

The storyline was a unique twist on a ghost story and one that if you are sensitive I do not recommend reading before bed. Otherwise, the characters were great and even learned to eat humble pie. ;)
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on February 26, 2016
I came across this series last summer, and after reading, I quickly downloaded books two through five. One thing I appreciate? The books are mostly well edited and allow us to follow along with the story progression as it happens (showing), with little telling - except for some necessary fodder for those of us who are a bit paranormally-challenged. They're all told in first person from Ellie's perspective, so there are no issues with jumping POV within a scene. Each book is a standalone story, however there is still a continual theme and backstory to Ellie that we see a little more of with each passing novel - translation: best reader experience if read in order.

The other thing I appreciate? As a certified scaredy-cat, the books are focused more on the mystery surrounding the haunted properties of Savannah, Georgia and their netherworld inhabitants instead of simply about the creepy-crawly things that go bump in the night - though there's still plenty of that too, to satisfy the paranormal aficionado.

Ellie is a twenty-six year-old paranormal investigator, something rather uncommon among those who are of the scientific mindset. When exploring a new client's property, she is first and foremost a scientist searching for practical and worldly explanations for the problems her clients face. But Ellie knows there are some things out there that defy the norms. At the age of fifteen, she witnessed firsthand the power of the paranormal - and she's determined to fight back against those entities that would threaten a child.

Calvin, her boss and a former police detective, was the investigator on her parents' case all those years ago. Because he couldn't get rid of her, he hired Ellie when he retired from the force and taught her everything he knows about investigations and ghostly presences. As true retirement now approaches, he drops a bomb on Ellie's lap by making her the lead investigator and saddling her with a too-perky, ghost-hunter wannabe.

As if Ellie's life needed anymore drama.

But they get more drama in spades with their next client - and it's not Stacey's fault. A family has moved into the ramshackle three-story Marsh mansion, hoping to fix it up and operate the property as a bed and breakfast. But within days, their daughter Lexa is complaining about noises keeping her up at night - and the terrifying face of a woman who says only one word.


The parents believe it is all the product of an overactive imagination - until they start experiencing horrors of their own. But the family can't leave. Their entire life savings is tied up in the old mansion. Their last hope lay with Ellie - and she is determined not to disappoint.

Until they find this haunting might be more than they can handle - and Stacey threatens to tuck tail and run away from the evil lurking between the veil.

A thoroughly satisfying read without devolving into graphic portrayals. Two thumbs, five stars.
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