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’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....
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Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show Reviews
Ultimately, I don't have too much to say on this book. I was really excited when I got the chance to read it, because I love books that are given a circus-y setting. I don't know why I'm fascinated by it, but I'm the first to admit that I am. I was hoping that it would be something like the Cirque du Freak books, which is one of my favorite young adult series. Plus, I love the cover. And I should know by now that that is not the best way to judge.Anyway, that's not what I got. I don't have a lot to say about it, because I found to this book to be really, really boring. That's a very weird and rare thing for me to say. Normally if I don't like the book I can pick a reason, like bad writing or bad character development. This book wasn't badly written per se, though it did use outdated language that made it a bit irksome at times. I just felt like nothing was happening. I expected action or excitement or even to be creeped out at a book that has "London Midnight Ghost Show" in the title, but at the end of the day I was left just glad that the book was over so that I could go and read something else.By all means, give this book a try. I think this is just one of those times where a book and me aren't meant to be friends. Maybe this will be right up your alley. But for me, it was a swing and a miss. I was provided a copy in exchange for my honest review. This review can also be found on my blog, Bitches n Prose.
I thought this was a great twist on the usual paranormal novels. Set against the backdrop of the 1950's, it is the tale of a "midnight ghost show" that travels and puts on scary performances sort of like a freak show or circus might. The book reads like everyone is alive but in reality almost everyone you meet in the book is actually a ghost! Lucas Mackenzie has been part of the London Midnight Ghost Show for about 4 years, but he struggles with letting go of his past life. The show goes all out to scare people who think it's all just tricks and even has cops fooled when in reality it is very real, and the characters you meet like Columbine the diviner and Lucas the techie are such neat characters to read about. Lucas was effectively "chosen" by the show because of his technological skills so he runs the lights and works behind the scenes. His relationship with Columbine is a great love story because they go from good friends to finding love with each other. But Lucas just will not give up - every day he is missing his family which is understandable because he was just 10 when he died. He tries phone calls, letters and other means to contact them and let them know he is well but nothing works. He finally finds out why towards the end of the book. And he knows by doing all these things that he is in effect breaking the rules of the "afterworld". And when they do a show close to his hometown and his family decides to go what will happen? Will Lucas finally get to see his family and reassure them he is fine? This is an exciting read all the way to the end! I really loved the way the author took this ghost show that is so wholly paranormal and set it in normal towns in the US even specific towns. It brings a new sensibility to the book and I really enjoyed it being set in the real world rather than in the afterworld as we see so much. You have to pick up this book if you love paranormal young adult books! Just be aware that there is a little bit of content that might be too risque for younger children, but it is basically between the kids in the book and it is all normal things kids would do. It is great and I am thrilled to have been able to read it! I received a complimentary ebook in exchange for an honest review.
I got this for my honest review.I love the title and the cover. This book is probably like a middle grade young YA type book. I wouldn’t let me 8 year old read it yet only because of some of the talk about kissing in cars and the curves of the triplets and such as that but if he were to pick it up and read it I wouldn’t be opposed mostly because he watches the Marvel and DC movies which tend to be more risqué than talks of making out in the back seat of cars. The story was cute. A 10 year old looking ghost boy who helped run the London Midnight Ghost show. He pretty much managed the acts of a ghostly magician, a beautiful 15 year old mystic. a talking and floating skull and A huge green man who passes as Frankensteins monster and quotes stuff from Shakespeare along with other famous authors and many other interesting characters. At one point Lucas decides to try and figure out where he is from and more about his family that he just started remembering. While touring he quests for this information about his family and the group had acquired the attention of a ghost hunter. So struggling with being in love with the 15 year old mystic yet not able to age past 10, stage managing the performers, and helping keep the Midnight Ghost Show in business. Lucas has some run ins with vampires, a ghostly postal master and goes on a quest to save Yorick. As well as try to find his family. All in all the story was fun and interesting. The characters were funny and I enjoyed the ending. Only gripe is it was set in like the 1950’s ish time frame. So, not sure if some young kids would be able to really understand who Shirley Temple is and what the Addams Family is. Plus some of the words and other character/ historical figures referenced are pretty old. Cute, Fun story with a 10 year old struggling to figure out who he is and who he was along with going on some quests and just enjoying his otherworldly family. I’d recommend it to middle school age kids.
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!
I am going to start off with, of course, the amazing cover. Because I am a complete sucker for a great cover. It’s the first thing someone sees, and it PULLS a reader in. This one did just that. Great job Month9Books!This book, I really liked. It was a great middle school book, that in the future I will let my daughter read. ( It’s still a bit too early for her. ) Lucas has quite the job for his age, and that involves running into some unexpected creatures along the way. Ghosts, vampires, the adventure never ends for him. He goes on quite the quest to find his friend Yorick, and trying to find his family. He felt it was time for him to find out more about where he was from. A fantastic story of finding out who you are, and growing up.The characters are lovable, the adventure is great, with some comedy mixed in. I would recommend it to kids over the age of 10, looking to fall in love with a new character, and a wonderful story.