Friday, August 29, 2014

Review: Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

Ghost House (The Ghost House Saga #1) by Alexandra Adornetto
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: ARC provided by NetGalley
 Goodreads link: (click here)

What's it about?

The sudden death of Chloe Kennedy's mother has shocked her entire family. It's bad enough that Chloe is dealing with the incredible grief from this unexpected loss, but a secret from her past has come back to haunt her...literally. When she was younger she was able to see ghosts. The only person she told was her mother, who understood without judging and even helped her make the ghosts go away. Now that her mother is gone, the ghosts are back. Her father isn't dealing well at all and it's decided that what's best for everyone is sending Chloe and her younger brother, Rory, away from their home in warm, sunny California to stay with their Grandmother in cold, dreary England for a while. As soon as they arrive at Grange Hall, Chloe can feel it's history and she senses there are dark secrets that time has buried. This becomes a problem when her abilities seem to be getting stronger and the ghosts more real. More danegrous. More enticing.

When Chloe meets Alexander Reade, she is drawn to him like no ghost ever before. For some reason, she feels a strong bond to him. He's been dead for over 150 years, but when they're toghether, she feels more alive. Their attraction to each other  seems to transcend time and defy death. It has also drawn the attention of a dangerous, vengeful spirit. Their bond has awoken Isobel, the woman Alexander once loved, who is now determined to destroy everyone in her path. Isobel is angry and she has killed before, so if Chloe wants to protect her family and make it back to L.A. alive, she's going to have to push her abilities to the limit. She begins to get visions from the past that unravel the mystery of the horrifying events leading to the deaths of all those still tethered to Grange Hall. She has the help of two grandmotherly ghost hunters who are guests of the manor and the adorable British boy-next-door, Joe, who helps with the horses in the stables, but in the end, it's all up to Chloe to stop Isobel. Only when she discovers what happened in the past can she preserve her future. But by making things right, she may have to say goodbye to Alexander forever. After all, he's a ghost and truly doesn't belong amongst the living.

I really enjoyed this creepy and suspenseful ghost story. I was furiously turning pages to find out what was going to happen. I may have even injured my hand while turning the pages. I could not put it down. Alexandra Adornetto provides plenty of spooky atmosphere and she makes you feel like you're part of the story, unravelling the mysterious past of Grange Hall along with Chloe, who is extremely relatable and realistically written. The romance between Chloe and Alexander has just the right amount of sizzle, but not so much that I would hesitate to recommend it to every teen. Basically, Ghost House is a lovely, yet creepy, ghost story wrapped in an intriguing mystery. It's also about tragedy and loss and how some people (and ghosts) deal with it. Also, when you get to the end of the book, there is a WICKED cliffhanger that will make you scream for the next installment, and you'll wonder WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT!?!? 

Other similarly ghostly books you'll enjoy:

The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore

Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe

The Hollow series by Jessica Verday


<3 Michelle

1 comment:

  1. You totaly convinced me to get this the other day in the store!