ARC Book Review – The House

Posted October 6, 2015 by Kathy in 4 stars, Book Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Book Review – The HouseThe House by Christina Lauren
Published by Simon & Schuster on October 6, 2015
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal
Pages: 384
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher
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four-stars

Gavin tells Delilah he’s hers—completely—but whatever lives inside that house with him disagrees.

After seven years tucked away at an East coast boarding school, Delilah Blue returns to her small Kansas hometown to find that not much has changed. Her parents are still uptight and disinterested, her bedroom is exactly the way she left it, and the outcast Gavin Timothy still looks like he’s crawled out of one of her dark, twisted drawings.

Delilah is instantly smitten.

Gavin has always lived in the strange house: an odd building isolated in a stand of trees where the town gives in to mild wilderness. The house is an irresistible lure for Delilah, but the tall fence surrounding it exists for good reason, and Gavin urges Delilah to be careful. Whatever lives with him there isn’t human, and isn’t afraid of hurting her to keep her away.

Purple My Review

The House is creepy, suspenseful and romantic. This is a perfect read to get you in the Halloween spirit!

 

Delilah Blue returns to her small hometown after being away at a private boarding school. Her Dad has recently lost his job so she has no choice but to move back home and go to the public high school. But being back home isn’t as bad as it sounds. Delilah is happy to see more of her best friend Dhaval and Gavin, the boy she had a childhood crush on. Gavin hasn’t changed much since she left. He still keeps to himself and there is an instant attraction. Gavin can’t believe that pretty Delilah Blue is back but he is still shy around her. But Delilah gets the courage to join him as he sits alone under a tree at lunch and it’s the beginning of a friendship that leads to more. As they become closer Gavin reveals a secret he’s been keeping from everyone – he was raised by the house that he lives in. When Delilah first “meets” the house she is amazed of the magic surrounding the house. But strange things start happening to Delilah and it becomes clear that the house doesn’t approve of her. Who will Gavin choose: house, the only family he’s ever known. Or Delilah, the girl he’s fallen in love with. You have to read the book to find out!

 

When I first started reading The House I noticed right away the similarities to the animated movie Monster House. At first I was disappointed with the lack of originality but as I continued to read the creepiness and twists of the story captivated me. The dual point of views of Delilah and Gavin were nicely done and added to the suspense of the story. Gavin loves House and Delilah so it was interesting to see him struggle with making them both happy. Delilah is a surprising strong heroine in this story. Instead of running away scared from House she fights to keep Gavin safe. There were scenes that were spine chilling and made my skin crawl. But I have mixed emotions about the ending: it was exciting but I felt there were parts that could have had more details. Despite that I really enjoyed this and I may never look at a shower curtain the same way again!

 

I highly recommend The House to fans of ghost stories with the perfect mix of suspense and romance.

The House teaser

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

About Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners/besties/soulmates/brain-twins Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced seven New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 22 languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2015 New Release Challenge

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