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Fourteen year old Josie haunted by the death of her mother leads her best friends to an ancient cemetery to rub graves on Halloween The night the barrier between the dead and the living is as thin as muslin Josie's convinced she will come away with proof of her mother's spirit at last when the evening takes an unexpected turn as the teens gravitate four ways into the haunted groundsSet against the backdrop of the rainy Pacific Northwest four graves will be rubbed touching off a series of events that will rattle their once mundane lives From the lonely World War II hero to an accused witch the people buried beneath the stones have stories that need an ending The journey to unravel the mysteries leaves the friends wondering if the graves would've been better off left alone

10 thoughts on “Four Rubbings

  1. says:

    Four Rubbings The Stone Witch Series Volume 1In the first few chapters we meet four young teens who go to an ancient cemetery on Halloween not to be hoodlums or vandalize but to do headstone rubbings on four graves 1 each The book follows the kids as they research 'their' graves learning the stories behind who is buried there a baby a war hero a priest and an accused witch and they soon discover the spirits have unfinished business and stories that need to be solved before they can rest peacefullyOverall Four Rubbings is a book about loss and death good families with small problems and dysfunctional families with huge problems and especially the power behind lifetime friendship It's about disappointment nightmares and breaking out of the familiar and comfort zones as well as about love and trust and loyalty It is mysterious haunting and sometimes kind of creepy but it was always interesting and kept me turning pages wanting to learn about the kids their personal issues and their spirits I wanted to see them resolve their own lives as well as the lives of their spirits In the end there was satisfying closure for most the characters however there was enough of an open ending to lead the way for a seuel which I am looking forward to readingI wouldn't describe this book as Christian Fiction however there is a touch of contemporary Christianity that flows nicely throughout the book especially with one of the teens and their storyline This book definitely has some great spook factor and chilling ghost stories throughout but not anything that will cause distress I would recommend to readers 12 14 and older as I think adults will enjoy this book just as much as the younger audience Great read year round although I do wish I'd read this in October it's the perfect ghost story bookI won this book in a GoodReads first reads giveaway listed by the author Jennifer Hotes Thank you Goodreads and Jennifer for the opportunity to read and review this spectacularly spooky book

  2. says:

    Jennifer Hotes' Four Rubbings is an exuisitely wrought YA novel full of beauty intrigue and adventure that is crafted with love and careThroughout the work her prose is lush and lovely Her words and the descriptions created from them shine like polished stones like those that devoted survivors place on top of the headstones of their dearly departed Also uite beautiful are the characters of the four teen stars of the novel They are all resourceful grounded compassionate and loving despite their less than perfect home livesWhile adventurous these young people are rarely reckless As a former teacher of YA Lit to children exactly their age this is an important distinction At times they often behave better and responsibly than the adults in this book But these teen characters don’t come off as too perfect They show disappointment frustration impatience and even romantic feelings for each other At fourteen years old it’s only natural these four friends since childhood might develop little crushes on their friends as they mature and they doThis is important because the population that this book is written for wants characters they can relate to a lot than characters their parents want them to read aboutOverall Four Rubbings is an absorbing and fulfilling read As plotted it begs for a seuel

  3. says:

    I gave this to my 11year old daughter as Christmas gift This is what she thoughtI read this after Christmas on break I couldn't put it down My friend's mom passed away from cancer last year and so this was pretty sad to be reminded of it But it's a great story with really good characters I was really excited to learn this is first book of a series Because this was eery Creepy Interesting All enjoyable And the rubbing kit that the author sent as part of the package was really cool I look forward to trying it when it dries out here And I want to get the next book too

  4. says:

    What a fun book As a local to Seattle it was fun to read about places I have been And Jennifer does a great job making your heart yearn for the characters and experience their joy and fear right along with them As we near Halloween and the fall I highly recommend this for curling up next to the fire while it is blustery outside reading

  5. says:

    Not really for me at all like another reviewer here on netgalley I Santa impressed with the cultural appropriation racism in Halloween costume the character chooses to wear It was just the beginning for me of not being impressed with this the writing didn’t feel right it felt forced and the descriptions of characters or there sense of self didn’t feel right or natural to me The relationship I won’t call it a romance because it just felt awkward and uncomfortable not for me at allThanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion

  6. says:

    I've loved YA thrillers since I was a kid Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was one of my first favorite books; Lois Duncan was one of my favorite childhood authors; and I was thrilled to death to receive a personal letter from Betty Ren Wright when I was in third grade or so I still have that letter somewhere As I grew older I never outgrew my love of scary stories Although I also read grown up horror stories Stephen King will always be my #1 favorite author I still enjoy YA horror as well Four Rubbings by Jennifer Hotes is one of those YA horror books that's scary and entertaining while also being well written enough for adults to enjoyFour Rubbings tells the tale of four teenagers self labeled The Baby Group as they've been friends since infancy and what happens when they decide to try to connect with the dead by doing gravestone rubbings on Halloween The story delves individually into the minds of each of the four teens Josie Casey Blaze and Seth Josie the leader of the group and the one who originally came up with the idea of doing the grave rubbings on Halloween tragically lost her mother years previously and sees this activity as a way to try to reach out to her mom and try to connect with her She encourages the other three teens to find a grave that calls to them and they do You learn about each teen's back story as they each get a chance to relate their own experiences of what htheir graveyard adventure through point of view shifts between the characters although Josie as the leader and primary character gets the most page time And these aren't dumbed down teenagers These kids are portrayed as intelligent and well spoken with the ability to reflect on the things that are happening and on their personal reactionsThis book delivers the thrills and chills and the ending will leave you wanting and hoping that the author will continue Josie and the Baby Group's story soon I plan to share this book with my own teenagers who've inherited my love of scary stories I wouldn't be surprised if they want to go do grave rubbings next Halloween after reading this book

  7. says:

    Four Rubbings is a story about a group of young adults who decide to make rubbings of gravestones one Halloween night This isn’t a ghost story however After they complete the rubbings they research the people who have died and try to help them to resolve any unfinished business and to find peaceThe story is written by weaving short vignettes of each young adult’s journey together Josie Casey Blaze and Seth each tell their stories from their own point of view Included are poignant back stories about their families which include death love loss and longingJosie the individual who came up with the idea to do the rubbings has to tell due in part to the unusual story about her mother’s heart I won’t divulge or it would be a spoiler I felt that her story was only just beginning as the ending promised that there was much to come with a seuelThere is a lot going on in this book and some may be put off if they have a short attention span It is not a uick read nor a book that can skimmed to 'get the gist of it' Each little story must be read in its entirety to understand its connection to the rest of the story If you put in the effort you will be rewarded in the end

  8. says:

    I enjoyed the first person narrative style of this book Although it did take me a few chapters to get used to the narrators changing over But I was uickly captivated by this story Indeed changing the narrator really helped me to understand the psyche of the Baby Group and Grace tooI was fascinated to learn the legend that the Blarney Stone was thought to be a piece of the Stone of Scone I grew up near to a ruined 16th century castle not too far from where the Stone of Scone now rests I was reminded that as a child I would often play with friends in the graveyard by the castleI loved the chapter where Seth and his father go kayaking together in the Mercer Slough set against the backdrop of the 1856 conflict between the Native Americans and settlersWithout giving too much away from the ending it definitely leaves you on tenterhooks looking forward to the next book in the series Wherever the Stone Witch series goes next I know I will be going too If this is YA fiction I guess I am glad to be Y

  9. says:

    I am about 50 pages in and loving this book The multi point of view is written in a way that is not only easy to follow but also clever I love the concept but even than that I am already feeling these characters Hotes made me cry big time already Runaway Bunny? Seriously? How could I not cry Wow Jennifer Hotes so beautiful Great stuff Can't wait to get back to reading this afternoon Finished tonight Wow What a glorious emotional read I should mention that my father died of cancer many years ago and I still miss him dearly Perhaps Four Rubbings spoke to me so thoroughly because I understand what it's like to be so desperate to remember one's own parent taken too soon I fell easily into the rhythm of this story The writing is beautifully charged and the characters are utterly believable Hotes is not only a poised writer but a captivating storyteller as well I am really looking forward to reading from Jennifer Hotes

  10. says:

    I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review This was a really fun book It's based on four middle grade teens who set out to rub gravestones on Halloween night As they set out to learn about the person under their gravestone they each go through their own personal discovery and growth This book was very well written It was fast paced and kept me engaged in the story and characters I would recommend this book to any and all who enjoy YA with a splash of paranormal Great book Can't wait for the next one in the series