Friday, August 9, 2013

The Ghost (The 13th Floor) / Christine Rains

Reviewed by: ?wazithinkin

Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Urban Fantasy

Approximate word count: 20-25,000 words

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Christine Rains resides in Bloomington, Indiana and is a member of S.C.I.F.I. and Untethered Realms. This is part of her bio from her blog. “I'm a writer, blogger, and geek mom. I write paranormal romance and urban fantasy. I love a dark and gritty story. I have four degrees which don't help at all with motherhood, but make me a great Jeopardy player.” To learn more about her and her other books visit her at her website, facebook, or her blog.


“Chiharo Black lives with six supernatural tenants in a haunted building's mysterious thirteenth floor. Of course, no one knows she's there except the cats. Being a ghost can be a bit frustrating and lonely, but it isn't as bad as her mother made it out to be.

Until another ghost intrudes on her territory. Jeremy Emerson wants revenge on the vampire that killed him and won't stop until he has it. To top it off, a nightmarish shade sneaks in and leeches the energy from the building's residents before setting its sights on Chiharo and the thirteenth floor. She can't decide which one is more frightening: the one wanting to eat her soul or the one who might win her heart.

Chiharo must convince Jeremy to stand with her against the hellish parasite. If they cannot work together, the greedy fiend will not only drain their energy but everything that supports the thirteenth floor's existence.”


Chiharo Black was only eighteen years-old when she died and became a ghost. She has lived a solitary existence for thirty years being unable to communicate with any of the residents of the apartment building until one day a new ghost arrives who is seeking revenge for his death. Jeremy Emerson is convinced that he is in this ghost form because he has unfinished business to take care of and if he can kill Kiral he will be able to move on. Chiharo is torn, she is excited to have someone she can communicate with but she will not allow Jeremy to kill one of her friends. She is a smart, strong-willed girl, but very naive and idealistic in her old-fashioned beliefs. Jeremy is brash, head-strong, and aggressive, but doesn’t have the years of experience Chiharo has had at being a ghost. They seem to be polar opposites, but we all know opposites attract.

This is a unique storyline that has been woven into the previous novellas. The time line gets a little confusing at times, partly because the ghosts experience time differently than the rest of the world. The action has a steady pace and there is an interesting turn of events at the end of this story that I was not expecting. All in all this was a very satisfying read.  


This novella is the sixth novella in The 13th Floor Series and they really should be read in order.

Format/Typo Issues:

A small number of proofing errors.

Rating: **** Four stars 


Christine Rains said...

Thank you for the review! This last book of the series made me very nervous since it's a different sort than the others in the series. I'm glad it was satisfying.

?wazithinkin said...

Thank you for dropping by, Ms. Rains.