Dollhouse (Dollhouse #1)
Cassie is just about the only f...more
Doll House, is for lovers of scary stories. It was a dark and very twisted paranormal tale full of mystery, telling the story of a little horror that was going on in the middle of the Australian bush.
The bizarre plot makes for a most haunting and terrifying story that will keep you reading on and looking over your shoulder and hearing noises in the middle of the night. I read it quite fast, and it was an easy read with great chara...more
The strongest emotion that came through consistently was desperation. It was not at all difficult to put myself in the place of Cassie, and to experience all that she withstood and witnessed. Fear was also a gripping force throughout the majority of Dollhouse.
I think that should just about cover the low, low, low expectations I had here. But I ended up being pleasantly surprised.
The very first line drew me in, and the description continued to keep me interested. This is a good writer. She has a way of phrasing things that do more than just tell a story. Occasionally the phrasing takes on a magic of its own in th...more
I thought it was just a typical paranormal romance/urban fantasy book, based on the descriptions of it I had read. In hindsight, I probably should have attached more significance to the title.
I don't get disturbed easily. I've read true crime stories about serial killers, hundreds of murder mysteries, sat through all of the Hellraiser movies...I never batted an eyelash. But not even halfway through this book, I wa...more
Ahhh...where to start? Well, I guess I'll begin with the fact that I liked the story, for the most part. It is extremely creepy. However, I didn't like the fact that there wasn't a lot of depth to the characters. Aaand in some bits there wasn't much description. I want to be able to picture what I'm reading, but some descriptions were almost as confusing as the whole story. What is with the Henry-dream thing? Instead of being gently...more
Cassie played jealous very well. She was not set up as a character that you were supposed to admire. She was set up to be hated, and for you to almost enjoy...more
I'll admit that it had potential.I mean the book was creepy as hell but I could not care less about what was happening to the characters.
I can't barely remember the heroine's name AND I read it last week.
The least I can say is that the cast did not make a (good) lasting impression.
Aisha was hateful, her boyfriend was a w...p and mention spéciale to Cassie,who spends a ridiculous amount of time mooning over Ethan (which I find absolutely ir...more
This was one of the creepiest stories I have read in a long time. I mean creepy in a good way, and not quite scary. The first third of the book seemed okay and did go by quickly. The friends were out and about, trying to find their missing friend. Suddenly, they are swept into a dark and macabre world that is absolutely horrifying. What's real? What isn't? Your head spins lik...more
Even knowing about the pacing problems, I went in for the creepy factor. The dollhouse premise (or what I thought was the premise) appealed to me. Unfortunately the supernatural elements were drowned under the monotony of dollhouse life and the very real dangers of malnutriti...more
It was full of creepy elements and had a very dark feel. If I could explain it, think Tim Burton's Coraline crossed with Tim Burton's Alice and Wonderland. It reads like a typical horror book, where the characters go in search of their missing friend without telling the police where they even are. W...more
This book is definitely the most strangest, weird, twisted book I have ever read. I don't know at this point if it was a good thing or a bad thing. I seriously spent 80% of the time while reading this book sitting there thinking "Wait, what?". It got really confusing sometimes and the writing in it was very choppy.
As you can tell from the description, A girl named Aisha disappears in a
Other than th...more
The cover is so pretty. I’m not usually one to gush over a cover, but look at that jpeg up there!
The prose was disjointed at times. It felt jumpy, like the thoughts were incomplete. Kinda like you’re inside Cassie’s head, participating in the moment with her. Which isn’t a bad thing, I just didn’t work for me. With this book.
I didn’t care a thing for Cassie. She wavered too much, sometimes embracing her role as heroin...more
DOLLHOUSE is a dark, Gothic, Young Adult Horror.
Four teenagers chance across a mysterious, crumbling mansion in the depths of the mountains....
One of them is about to vanish.
One of them is lying about what he or she knows.
None of them will escape the fate awaiting them in the terrifying Dollhouse beneath the old mansion--a place of nightmarish horrors and insanity.
A slow-burn nightmare, a world of supernatural darkness and strange secrets.
Six months ago, fifteen-year-old Cass...more
**EDIT** I have received confirmation from the author that the version I read is considerably shorter than the final book. She believes that it is either an earlier draft of the book or that something went wrong went converting it. That being said, obviously this review will only be so accurate. 150 pages is quite a few missing scenes and if it turns out it was a draft copy there could have been any number of edits between it and the final copy of...more
The author would have been better to just make up a fantasy world rather than trying to place this story into th...more
So, this book is scary. I would give it more stars because it was uniquely scary and complicated but that I hate the cover. I know, I know - don't judge a book by its cover; but be realistic, its human nature to do so. This book is psychologically tense and almost ends with a note of emotional desolation that drives you to distraction. I sat going "What? No, you can't stop here I need resolution or I will have nightmares!". Big scary toys will haunt me for ahwile. However, you look at the cover...more
If you've seen Doctor Who, you know that unless you pay attention to every little detail, the show can be a little bit confusing because there's so many bits and pieces that are out of order and blah dee blah dee blah blah. This is kind of what's happenin...more
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