Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show by Steve Bryant

Welcome to the Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show Blog Tour and my first book review for Month9Books! 
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~About the Book~

Title: Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show
Publication date: November 18, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Steve Bryant

Lucas Mackenzie has got the best job of any 10 year old boy. He travels from city-to-city as part of the London Midnight Ghost Show, scaring unsuspecting show-goers year round. Performing comes naturally to Lucas and the rest of the troupe, who’ve been doing it for as long as Lucas can remember.

But there’s something Lucas doesn’t know.

Like the rest of Luca’s friends, he’s dead. And for some reason, Lucas can’t remember his former life, his parents or friends. Did he go to school? Have a dog? Brothers and sisters? 

If only he could recall his former life, maybe even reach out to his parents, haunt them.

When a ghost hunter determines to shut the show down, Lucas realizes the life he has might soon be over. And without a connection to his family, he will have nothing. There’s little time and Lucas has much to do. Can he win the love of Columbine, the show’s enchanting fifteen-year-old mystic? Can he outwit the forces of life and death that thwart his efforts to find his family?

Keep the lights on! Lucas Mackenzie’s coming to town.

~About the Author~


Steve Bryant is a new novelist, but a veteran author of books of card tricks. He founded a 40+ page monthly internet magazine for magicians containing news, reviews, magic tricks, humor, and fiction; and he frequently contributes biographical cover articles to the country’s two leading magic journals (his most recent article was about the séance at Hollywood’s Magic Castle).

Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

~My Review~

First off, awesome cover! Hats off to the Month 9 Books crew that designed this one. Alluring, intriguing, colorful: everything I'd want in a book cover. It's the reason I wanted to read the book. That, and the great title. Who wouldn't want to read about a Midnight Ghost Show??

Lucas Mackenzie turns out to be a ten year old ghost who's touring 1950's America with a troupe of performing spirits. Lucas is a stage manager of sorts, managing the acts of a magician, a floating skull named Yorick, a beautiful psychic named Columbine, and a host of other hilarious ghosties performing shows for the living. Unaware there's a notorious ghost hunter hot on their trail, Lucas frets about never growing up enough to date Columbine and how to find his family, which he thinks is still living in the Midwest, but he can never seem to contact on  the phone.

I enjoyed the concept of this book and the world the author created. There's a lot of 1920-1950's references I think it might be hard for younger readers to identify with, such as old Hollywood actors and actresses (Shirley Temple, Ingrid Bergman), old T.V. shows like the Addams Family, and historical figures like Charles Lindberg. None of that bothered me as a reader because I remember much of it, but younger readers may tire of it.

I should point out the tone of the book is not as dark as the cover might suggest. I was expecting something more gloomy/creepy by the looks of it, but it's a rather humorous story with few horror aspects, which is firmly in the middle grade genre. It's a fun story with wonderful, unique characters. I give it four stars!

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