Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Review: The House by Christina Lauren

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.

Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Terri's Thoughts

**I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Simon & Schuster via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.  The expected publication date is October 6th 2015.

This is the second book I have read by Christina Lauren.  The first was a while back when I read Sublime (see review here ).  Like the last story, this one also had a supernatural element and the story focused on the strange house Gavin lived in that was alive in every way.

I love a good ghost story. I prefer it when the ghosts are the good guys but in this case I can't win them all.  This was a fairy-tale gone wrong meets Poltergeist.  I must admit I didn't know how this would play out. 

Although I felt the story was wrapped up a little too cleanly at the end, I was engaged for the entire ride.  Christina Lauren is now my go to author/s for when I need my fix of a good haunting!

About the Author

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 eleven New York Times bestselling novels. Their books have been translated into 23+ languages. (Some of these books have kissing. Some of these books have A LOT of kissing.)

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