Melody Bittersweet and The Girls Ghostbusting Agency by Kitty French.
Published 14th July 2016 by Bookouture.
Available to buy from Amazon UK.
‘Life’s tricky for Melody Bittersweet. She’s single, she’s addicted to sugar and super heroes, her family are officially bonkers and … she sees dead people. Is it any wonder no-one’s swiping right on Tinder?
Waking up lonely on her twenty-seventh birthday, Melody finally snaps. She can’t carry on basing all of her life decisions on the advice of her magic 8 ball; things have got to change.
Fast forward two months, and she’s now the proud proprietor of her very own ghostbusting agency – kind of like in the movies but without the dodgy white jumpsuits. She’s also flirting with her ex Leo Dark, fraternising with her sexy enemy in alleyways, and she’s somehow ended up with a pug called Lestat.
Life just went from dull to dynamite and it’s showing no sign of slowing up anytime soon. Melody’s been hired to clear Scarborough House of its incumbent ghosts, there’s the small matter of a murder to solve, and then there are the two very handsome, totally inappropriate men hoping to distract her from the job… ‘
Huge thank you to Bookouture for letting me read an early copy of the book, despite my pestering and whinging like a much younger person (far too impatient to wait).
Already on Facebook and Twitter, there have been nothing but good things said about this book, I was extremely hopeful that it would live up to the excitement when I read it for myself.
Meet Melody Bittersweet. She isn’t what you would class as your ‘average’ twenty-something female. Well, kind of. I mean, she has a sugar addiction and she’s a single woman who has dreams about Robert Downey Jr. Isn’t that pretty much the norm? No? Oh…anywayyyyyy!
The only difference between Melody and myself(I jest) is that she can see dead people, aka ghosts, and she can talk to them. Melody feels she has reached an age where she needs to be more of a grown-up; so she buys a dog called Parsnip…sorry…Lestat! She also decides to create her own Ghostbusting Agency with her best friend. Little does Melody know, her new agency isn’t going to be all overalls and ghost vacuums. There is more to things that meets the eye…literally, but can Melody figure out the answers she needs? Or will she be fighting with her dog for sugary treats?
I am actually struggling to write this review because Kitty French’s book is the type of book that I just want to tell you EVERYTHING about, and I can’t. Well I could, but that would ruin it for you, and you have to read this book. You just have to.
As I said above, I was rather impatient after I saw the cover of the book as I wanted to read it straight away. Poor Kim had to cope with me like an excitable puppy!
Melody Bittersweet and The Girls Ghostbusting Agency had me laughing so hard I went from human to snorting pig to a seal then a banshee within seconds. I am not over exaggerating either, my laugh goes through levels when I find things absolutely hilarious. Right from the start of the book through to the end, is full of innuendos, smut, sarcasm and pure hilarity. I have not laughed like that in a very, very long time.
I adored the modern references to the celebrity world and how different Melody and her best friend are. To be honest, judging the book by the title alone, you just know it’s not going to be a completely serious book! Reading about Melody’s adventures was like opening a treasure chest. Each and every page was full of something special. Now that could be anything from a characters actions, or a situation Melody found herself in. It’s a book that just keeps giving, right until the very end. A book that will make tears roll down your cheeks due to constant laughter. A book that is full of food that will make you extremely hungry, I totally need a cannoli fyi!
One thing I wasn’t expecting to happen whilst reading this book, was for me to start crying. For approximately 1 minute (dependant on your reading speed), the book took a little serious turn. I felt that that particular minute was packed full of raw emotion. I genuinely wasn’t expecting it to catch me like it did, maybe I got very involved with the storyline just like the characters. Not complaining though!
Melody Bittersweet and The Girls Ghostbusting Agency did not disappoint one bit, I was extremely gutted that it had to end. If Melody needs another girl for her agency, sign me up! If I could sum up the story in just one word, I would say ‘unforgettable’. If I could read it for the first time, every time, I would. Kitty French has written such a wonderful and clever book with so much imagination throughout the words. Thank you Kitty for making me laugh so hard. You have made me find my laugh deep within in a time where I want to do anything but laugh.
Sheer brilliance! Are you wondering whether you should read it or not? The magic 8 ball says….yes.