NOW AVAILABLE!! Ghostgirl by JB Salsbury ~ Sarah A’s Review

She was brainwashed into believing she could save mankind.

Now, she’s the one who needs saving.

Abandoned with his two younger brothers, Milo Vega was placed in foster care. Now a twenty-year-old high-school senior covered in gang tattoos and working as the school’s janitor, he is living a life vastly different from the one he was destined for.

When another foster joins the family, this one from the psychiatric facility, Milo’s skeptical. A rare genetic condition makes her unlike any girl he’s ever seen, and he wants nothing to do with the one he calls Ghostgirl.

Despite his reluctance, his protective instincts flare when she enrolls in school, and eventually, an unlikely friendship grows between them. When a tragic event snaps her fragile psyche, Milo is faced with the possibility of never seeing her again.

Unless he risks it all to save her.

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Ghostgirl was completely unexpected.  I couldn’t have anticipated the intensity of either Emilio or Mercy’s history, how profound their connection would be, or the lengths they’d go to to protect one another.  I was blown away by every part of this book and look forward to reading more.

Every second of this book was fraught with tension.  I was completely engrossed with putting together the details of both of their pasts; hers more so, since she didn’t recall much of what she’d been through.  The things she’d endured before she’d come to live with Emilio’s foster family were insane.  Every time we got a flashback to her life before she was found I was disgusted by how she was exploited by the only people she knew.  Emilio’s past, while not as much of a mystery, was equally exploitative and may have been even more upsetting since the person putting him through things a child shouldn’t have to endure was his father.

Mercy’s unfettered trust in Emilio was both fabulously naïve and exactly what he needed.  Their connection may have been sudden and somewhat unexplainable, but it felt real.  Their relationship, from the very beginning, was something they both needed.  Mercy needed someone to protect her without suffocating her, someone to help her find herself after years of being told she was something else, and Emilio did all of that for her.  Emilio needed someone outside his family to see him as more than his father’s son, more than the gang-banger school janitor, someone to give him another reason to be more than society expected from him; Mercy gave him all that and more.  Their dynamic was full of compassion and understanding, their love for one another shone like a beacon, regardless of any consequences they might face.

Ghostgirl is the first book in this duet from JB Salsbury.  The second book, Saint, will conclude Mercy and Emilio’s story, so these books can not be read as standalones.  This book ended in a comfortable place, so while I’m eagerly anticipating the next one, I don’t feel like I was left in the lurch.  Ghostgirl is written in dual first-person perspective, narrated by Mercy and Emilio.

This is the first book of JB Salsbury’s I’ve had the pleasure of reading.  Her writing was emotionally powerful and drew me completely into her story.  She painted vivid pictures with her prose and kept me completely entranced with her world and her characters.  I was wholly impressed with her storytelling and look forward to reading more of her work.

J.B. Salsbury is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and two kids.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance propelled her career as an author.

She spends the majority of her day behind the computer where a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious and begs to be released to the page.

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