ARC Review: Ghosted in L.A. Vol. 1 by Sina Grace, Siobhan Keenan & Cathy Le

Ghosted in L.A. Vol. 1Ghosted in L.A. Vol. 1 by Sina Grace
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Daphne Walters moves to Los Angeles and finds that the only ones who can help her find love and live life to the fullest are the ghosts of her new home!

In Los Angeles, finding an apartment is killer—unless you live with the dead. Daphne Walters moves to Los Angeles for her boyfriend Ronnie, ready to live her happily ever after. But when happily ever after turns into happily for a month, she’s stuck in a strange city with no friends, family, or prospects for fun. Desperate to escape the lingering ghost of Ronnie’s presence everywhere, Daphne sets out to explore the city—and ends up encountering ghosts of a more literal kind! Rycroft Manor is abandoned, beautiful, and haunted. Will the dead be able to help Daphne find the life she’s been missing in the big city? From GLAAD Award-nominated Sina Grace (Iceman) and illustrator Siobhan Keenan (Jem and the Holograms) comes a story about learning how to make friends, find love, and live life to the fullest with a little help from some friends whose lives didn’t end at death. Collects Ghosted In L.A #1-4.

A story about a young college student struggling to find friends in a new city, and finding companionship with a set of ghosts living in an old mansion, Ghosted in LA has a shaky start but has potential to be an engaging story. Daphne’s fought with her best friend, and picked a college and moved to LA to be with her boyfriend, but he has dumped her, and she doesn’t seem to be lucky in the friend department either; her roommate, too, seems to hate her guts. Dejected and lonely, she comes across a mansion and the ghosts residing in it, and she strikes a deal with them to help with some ‘errands’ in exchange for being allowed to stay there.

The artwork is beautiful, and I loved the coloring and the character designs! I feel, though, that action scenes, like the attack, etc, could be better. The story’s pacing is a bit, jumping forward without much indication of where the story is going; intermittently there are flashbacks about the ghosts, which were interesting, but it doesn’t solidly relate to the ongoing plotline always. Also what exactly is the threat to the ghosts, for which they need secrecy, is still not even hinted at. Still, I’m interested in this different version of a haunting, where ghosts have different powers, and how Daphne’s relationship with them overall and them individually is explored.

Is it diverse? queer Jewish main character, gay side characters; WoC side character

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from BOOM! Box, via Netgalley.

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Releases on May 14, 2020

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