ARC Review: The Ghosts of Halloween – Ceillie Simkiss

The Ghosts of Halloween

Halloween is a holiday that is both loved and reviled by people all over America. It’s one of Cora’s favorite holidays, and a massive source of anxiety for Elena. Between the two of them, they get up to all sorts of hijinks and wind up falling even more head over heels for each other in The Ghosts of Halloween.

The Ghosts of Halloween collection is made up of three sweet slice-of-life short stories: Past, Present and Future. Each tells the story of a different Halloween that Cora and Elena have gone or will go through together.

Past: Cora forgets about a planned Halloween party she’s supposed to attend with Elena. Will she make it in time for the festivities?
Present: Elena gets a surprise invitation to her new job’s Halloween party – and costumes are mandatory. Will they come up with appropriate costumes in time for the party?
Future: Five years after the events of Learning Curves, Elena takes her niblings trick-or-treating. The last house they visit has a bit of a surprise in store.

The Ghosts of Halloween is a continuation of the Learning Curves series, but can be read as a standalone collection featuring the lesbian and asexual characters from the original stories.

I received The Ghosts of Halloween from the author, my friend, Ceillie Simkiss. I love Halloween and dressing up, so I figured I’d love this!

It’s #ownvoices.

I don’t know how many of the people reading my reviews are people who have nut allergies, but if you are one, there’s definitely one scene in the Halloween Past story that I think you’ll enjoy. Do you know that feeling of going to a party and being really excited because there’ll be cake, and then either you find out right away that the cake has nuts or the baker/buyer of the cake assures you that there definitely aren’t any nuts in it because they don’t think that e.g. almonds are nuts? Well, this scene was wonderful because there was an extra cake without nuts! I wish this happened more in real life!!!

I loved Halloween Present. It described the problem with not being able to find a costume to wear if you have less representation in the media. And I loved finding out what costumes they decided to wear for the party!

My most favourite story out of the three was most definitely the last one, Halloween Future. It’s so cute and fun, and it’s full of happiness. I love how it made me smile, and it felt warm and comforting. I can’t say anymore though without spoiling it.

This was such a fun collection. I had a smile on my face at the end of the book!

4 stars

What do you think of this book? Do you want to read it? What’s your favourite Halloween costume?


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