Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah's moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Able to talk to ghosts, Jess quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects, who have their own "gifts." One is possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess's heart rate...when he's not resurrecting the dead. The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. To escape, Jess and the others must open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that seeks to hold them in.
©2012 Michelle Muto (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
From the blurb this seems like a standard story we've seen a lot of. However, it has its own path that I found original and interesting. There are some spooky moments and it builds to the end. I found the ending a little abrupt, but not a disappointment. The narration is good and engaging.
The narration was fine, but the book was just not very good. Implausible plot devices, over-emotional teenagers and a very weak sense of logic as to thy certain things happened just left me cold, and irritated. I forced myself to listen to the end, just in case, but I really wish I hadn't bothered.
"One of my favorite YA reads of ALL time!"
Addictive, creepy, fun!
Gage. He is a wonderful combination of snarkiness, intelligence, and bravery (and okay, the fact that he s gorgeous doesn't hurt either! Lol;)
No, I have not.
Anything I can think of might give something away, so I will have to pass rather than include potential spoliers. Sorry!
I absolutely love this book! I bought it in print first and, since it's one I kept with the intention of reading again, I thought it would be fun to have it on audio as well. Although this is technically a YA book, fans of horror will enjoy it as well. I am not a horror fan in general, however this is a very well crafted book that has a perfect combination of mystery, creepiness, snarky humor, and romance. It kept me riveted (and had me downright scared in parts!) It is very descriptive with well developed characters, a solid plotline (devoid of cliches and "eye-rolling moments" I am happy to say!;) and a creepy ambiance that was just spooky enough to be enjoyably scary, and did not cause me to throw the book across the room and need to sleep with the light on for a week!
The author delivers a thrilling adventure ride with plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing and in suspense (without resorting to gorey shock-fests or worn out formulas.)
The book ended perfectly with a satisfying conclusion that was both shocking and appropriate. I found myself completely immersed in the story and could visualize it in my head as if it was a movie ( and it would make a great one!:) I can't think of anything I didn't like except that it left me wanting more, not because it lacked closure, but it was a such a fun, thrilling ride of a book that I didn't want to end. If you love creepy, paranormal reads, give this one a try. I highly recommend it.:)
"Horror - No... Young Adult - Maybe"
It is seldom that I give a book only 2 stars but this one was so cliché. It did have a few creepy moments. The young adult crowd may enjoy this book. At the age of 38 and having read/listened to my share of haunted house stories, I found it predictable and too filled with too much nonsense and gooey puppy love for my taste.
Interesting ghost story.
I thought the story was good however although the narrator had a wonderful range of voices, it grated on me, however this is just a personal opinion.
I listened to this book over several sittings and enjoyed the story.
"Great story, disturbing"
Not bad, interesting.
I liked the way the characters interacted to the house in their own way.
No, but this book was pretty good. I liked her southern inflection to the voice of each character.
Jess because she was very "real" in the story. Her story came to life.
I thought Allison's voice was too intense and sounded like she was on the verge of panic with every sentence. Her character would have annoyed me had this been a movie.
It's ok probably won't be one I relisten though. There were chapters one or two that I did skip over which contained two very thirsty teens/new young adults were a bit much to listen to for me personally at least. I was here more for the ghosts then the romance aspect but it was enjoyable and sometimes creepy in the good way.
"Rework of the movie..."
If you enjoyed the movie The Haunting, you'll enjoy this book as it has basically the exact same plot line, just slightly modified. Even still, an entertaining listen.
"weak on plot"
no substance to the plot. just a repetitive sequence of the same thing until word count fulfilled.
While some people's guilty pleasure books are romance novels, mine are creepy stories. I downloaded this one fully aware that it would be a light read with a mediocre story. That turned out to be accurate, so I can't say that I was disappointed with my listening experience. However, the characters are pretty silly, and the narrator does a great job of giving them goofy voices.
"Hard to follow"
No, the story seemed incomplete and they make twists that dont seem organic to the situations occurring.
I tend to only stick to haunting books. So i will be re-listening to the demonologist!
It was okay but you could sense through the narrator she was having a hard time with the story line.
I feel like this book might be for some. I would defiantly say if your an experienced ghost book listener dont waste your credit on this one.
"I thought I was reading a teenagers diary"
I din't realize this was a YA novel when I purchased it but I decided to give it a chance anyway. This story is about a group of young people, each with a supernatural ability, brought together for some type of experiment.
The ghost story wasn't bad but the teenaged hormones were just plain bad. "He's so sexy" was bad enough the first time it was used so by the time we got around to the fifth time or so, I was ready to throw my iPhone across the room.
There was also a very poorly written sex scene that really had no place in the book, not to mention the fact that my daughter is almost that age and that's not how I want to picture a young woman my daughter's age.
This book was very juvenile. It could have been a decent short story if Ms. Muto had a better editor.
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