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Review: The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender

24612533 Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: August 25, 2015 by Point
Length: 336 pages
Source: Point (ARC)

Asylum meets Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, in this riveting tale of ghosts, secrets, and family, from master of suspense Katie Alender.

Delia’s new house isn’t just a house. It used to be an insane asylum, a place to lock up “troubled” young women long ago. And a restless, wicked spirit is still at play–and it doesn’t want defiant girls like Delia to go anywhere.

So the house kills her.

Now Delia is a ghost, trapped in her creepy home forever. As she meets the other ghost girls who haunt the narrow hallways, as well as the handsome ghost boy on the grounds, she learns shocking truths about the house’s history. Delia also realizes that her alive and grieving sister might be the house’s next target. Can Delia unlock the mystery of the old asylum, save her sister, and free herself?”

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Funny story. Not really. But when I read this book, my family, some friends, and I were staying at a beach house at Lake Arrowhead and it was CREEPY as heck! It was a 3 story house with a basement and a creepy attic so this book was a perfect read for me during that time. Anyways, Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall was more than creepy, it was DEPRESSING. Now you ask, why would a horror book be depressing, Leigh? I’ll tell you in a sec.

Delia is given this mansion a.k.a. Hysteria Hall by her aunt who just passed away. Turns out this mansion used to be an asylum! Dun dun dunnnn… Like it says on the summary, our main character becomes a ghost after being killed by the house. What makes this book depressing is that through the MC, we get to see what happens after you’re dead. You realize three things: your family is hurt, they’ll eventually forget you, and you have to let go of them.

Just read the book, guys! I think this is the first time a horror book made me feel so sad. It was so relatable especially the characters. Delia has a little sister and they often fought and pulled horrible pranks at each other. I can relate to this because I have 2 younger brothers and we fight all the time like the characters in this book. I could also relate to how Delia dealt with her parents because I used to (maybe still am) like that with my parents lol.

Although a standalone, there is definitely a character development with all the characters! Side characters, main character, villain characters…YOU NAME IT! Character development EVERYWHERE *throws confetti*. There’s also a teeny bit of romance which was cute. Overall I totally recommend this book if you are up for a sad yet scary read.

4 of 5

 

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Review: Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker

13639182 Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: October 21, 2014 by HarperTeen
Length: 336 pages
Source: HarperTeen (ARC)

It’s an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp — the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn’t return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance — and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her. ”

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What a creepy book! Beware the Wild is split up into three sections and told in first person point of view by our main character Sterling. What I really enjoyed about this book is the creepy and mysterious tone and atmosphere due to the author’s writing style. I felt like I was with Sterling in the swamp because of the way the author writes. I also like verses that the author wrote when she introduced the new section of the book. Throughout the novel, I have been guessing how Sterling will be reunited with her brother, but when I got to the second part, it sort of got predictable from there. Even though it was a bit predictable, it was still a good read.

Although it was a good and different read, I still think the author could have elaborated on the world building of the swamp. It’s been repeatedly told in the book that there are different stories and unusual happenings in the swamp, but the author did not elaborate on what those were. I wish she included a few stories to creep out the readers more. I also did not like the romance. There weren’t a lot of romantic scenes, and it definitely wasn’t the focus of the story (good thing) but it would have been better if the romance was completely taken out from the story because it was sort of insta-lovey.

I thought the characters were okay. They each had unique qualities so I feel a little bit attached to them. I admire how Sterling was brave to rescue her brother from the swamp. She’s used to having her brother rescue her etc. but now it’s time for her to do the same even if it’s out of her comfort zone. Lenora May, Sterling’s “sister”, was super creepy when she first came up in the story! I hated her because she was greedy, but as the story continued, I felt sympathy for her. I think readers would’ve been able to relate to these characters more if they had character development. I think the author was trying to do that, but did it too quickly; there’s a quick turnover on how the characters acted which kind of made it unbelievable. Overall it’s a great read if you like mystery, and books with a creepy setting.

3.5 of 5

Review: Carrier of the Mark (Carrier #1) by Leigh Fallon

10335701 Genre: YA Paranormal
Published: October 4, 2011 by HarperTeen
Series: #1 (Carrier)
Length: 342 pages
Source: bought

Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she’s surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

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I think Carrier of the Mark is a book you should just read without any expectations. It was very similar to Twilight, but I love how it was not about vampires. The main characters have element powers and I wish the author elaborated more on how the characters can manipulate their powers. I thought the romance was okay. It was insta-love but I already saw that coming since the romance in Twilight was insta-lovey. It was a bit cheesy at times, but bearable. I wish the book wasn’t so focused on the romance, though. I was really interested to know the side characters’ background especially Adam’s family (lol see what I did there?). Also, the author wasn’t very clear on the whole “carrier of the mark” thing. I still kind of do not understand how one can become the carrier of the mark and how one can pass it on. Overall if you liked Twilight and you are having a hangover from it then you should read this, if you did not enjoy Twilight then maybe skip this one because it really is very similar to it.

3 of 5


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