Want Books: Ghosts of Ashbury High

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

This week, my pick is Dreaming of Amelia by Jaclyn Moriarty, published as Ghosts of Ashbury High in the US and Canada. This book has been getting a lot of buzz lately. Holly of Book Harbinger featured it in her Want Books post a couple of weeks ago and I know that she’s already gotten a copy of it. Michelle of See Michelle Read gave it a glowing review here. Ana of The Book Smugglers recently reviewed it and gave it a 10! I’ve never read any of Jaclyn Moriarty’s books and this seems like a good one to start with.

Here’s the summary from Jaclyn Moriarty’s website:

Dreaming of Amelia (or The Ghosts of Ashbury High, in the US and Canada) is the story of Amelia and Riley. They’re bad kids from the bad crowd at bad Brookfield High, and they’ve just transferred to Ashbury.

Brilliant, mysterious and probably evil, they have the rich kids at Ashbury spellbound. But just who are Amelia and Riley? Tantalisingly aloof, they are somehow managing to have an extraordinary impact on all the HSC Ashbury students, and the staff.

Told through memoirs written as part of the gothic fiction elective in the HSC English exam, Dreaming of Amelia is a story about ghosts, secrets, madness, passion, locked doors, femme fatales – and that terrifying moment in the final year of high school when you realise that the future’s come to get you.

Doesn’t it look interesting? I’m admit, I’m not really into gothic books but I’m going to give this one a try because of the recommendations. I’ve also heard good things about Jaclyn Moriarty’s other books: Feeling Sorry for Celia and The Year Of Secret Assignments and maybe I could get those later on as well. The Book Depository now delivers to the Philippines so even though these books aren’t available over here, I can order them from abroad. I’m just waiting for my Fully Booked special order books to get here before I order anything else.

What about you, what’s in your wishlist? 🙂

6 thoughts on “Want Books: Ghosts of Ashbury High

  1. Thanks for the shout out! That’s correct that I do have a copy of GoAH and am reading it right now. I’m ashamed to say I haven’t finished it yet. It started slow for me but after I got 100 pages in it started getting good. In my (and the book’s) defense I have been sort of preoccupied with family stuff this week – it was probably just me. I’m glad it’s coming to you soon! 🙂

    • I know, I saw your tweet about it! I’m glad it got better for you. I’m going to wait for your review and see what you think of the book as a whole. I hope it turns out to be as good as you expected (or even better)! 🙂

    • Bella, this meme is actually GOOD for your book buying ban because you only list down the books that you want. So you can take note of them during your ban and then buy them all after the ban is over. 😛

  2. Seriously! I’ve heard so much about these lovelies, I’m just about to sit down with Feeling Sorry for Celia and am excited to see what all the awesomeness is about 😀

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