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Some secrets should never be revealed... Brylee Branson begrudgingly made the excruciating move with her family from the warm sandy beaches of California to small town living in New Jersey. As if she wasn't miserable enough, they've moved into a creepy old house that everyone in the area claims is haunted. Brylee dismisses the idea of ghosts and hauntings, until she begins ...more
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Published June 2012 by Anchor Group Publishing
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Donte M McNeal
Oct 07, 2012 Donte M McNeal rated it it was amazing
Love, pain, comedy, drama, life, and death. The Brown House captures it all. Brylee, Lyn, Kayla, and Ephraim all become close friends that you care for, laugh with, want to cry and want to help succeed. This story takes you on a journey that you don't expect, but deeply enjoy. Twists make the book an engaging read, the characters are well developed, and don't get me started on the creepy occurrences in the Brown House. I'm kind of glad I'm not in Jersey, but for some odd reason I suddenly want t ...more
Ren
Aug 14, 2013 Ren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I've always been a huge fan of the supernatural... Give me a good ghost story and I'm hooked! Did I mention that the story is set in New Jersey? I'm a Jersey girl born and bred so I was exited to see a story that takes place here. When I started reading it, I almost felt like it was a little too YA for me. The main character kept talking about her crush Ethan that she was leaving behind in California. I kept asking myself "Why is this relevant?" Thankfully my question was answered in the form of ...more
Stacey Rourke
Jun 13, 2012 Stacey Rourke rated it it was amazing
"Back in the day" it was Christopher Pike that thrilled teens with his twisted tales of ghosts, hauntings and teenage angst. Well the torch has been past to Mrs. Sloat! One particular basement scene gave me the heebie jeebies in a major way, but moments like that sucked me in and didn't let go until the very end. I'm eagerly anticipating where this series will go from here and am deeply concerned about the yummy Ephrium. This is a must read!
Glory
Aug 19, 2015 Glory rated it liked it
Ну как бы...
Зря автор развела тут неземную любовь и планы о свадьбе. Неоткуда сему взяться. Симпатия, увлечение, влюбленность - запросто. Но чтоб "люблю-умру-за-тебя" - неа, не верю.
И не в возрасте дело (у той же Томас я верила), а в поверхностности отношений. Они весь роман были вторичны, скорее для фона, и вдруг - бамс! Получи фашист гранату.
Пичаль.

В остальном - типичный молодежный не-до-ужастик. Семейка переехавшая в большой и страшный дом. Люди, которые вопят "Бегите, идиоты, вы все сдохнете
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
The Brown House is a book you defiantly don't judge by the cover. The cover is creepy and some what eye catching but when you open the book and begin to read what is in it you are totally blown away by what happens. Brylee Branson is moving from sunny California to a small town in New Jersey. She is not really excited about moving but her family has made the decision to move and she has no choice but to follow them. Then if things are not complicated enough about the move she finds out that the ...more
Kristin Scearce
Jan 14, 2013 Kristin Scearce rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the supernatural, ghost stories, haunted houses
Recommended to Kristin by: AG Bookclub
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely love scary stories, ones that keep you on your toes, trying to figure out what's going on, and this one definitely has the creepy factor. Christy has said the house used to be her husband's home growing up, and some of the experiences described in the book happened to him and his family. Whoa!!!

I couldn't help but get engrossed in the story, especially the developing relationship between Ephraim and Brylee, as well as
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Cassandra Curiel
Nov 01, 2015 Cassandra Curiel rated it really liked it
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

This is the second book I read by Christy and I loved it! I've been wanting to read this ever since I saw the cover for it. I am in love with that house!! I am a lover of creepy houses and Christy told me her husband used to live there! I almost died. I absolutely love Christy's writing. The way she described the house and its surroundings made me fall in love even more than I already was!! I found myself wanting to crawl into the pages just to exp
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Alicia
Nov 07, 2012 Alicia rated it it was amazing
Lets just say from the moment I turned the first page I was hooked.

I have read The Many Lives of Avery Snow, and then when I read this book it had its very own flavour. Sometimes you can find with books written by the same author that they 'feel' very much the same, just different characters etc....However with this case The Brown House has its very own fingerprint that Christy Sloat puts out there.

You are introduced to a typical teen, moving from a privileged life style into a new town, new h
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Katherine
May 28, 2012 Katherine rated it it was amazing
The Brown House centers on a strong and endearing protagonist that readers will quickly fall in love with. Briley's family up roots her from the warm beaches of California, and hauls her clear across the country to live in a small New Jersey town were everything seems strange and unfamiliar. Worse yet they move her into a creepy house that is centuries old. The dark history of the house does little to ease Briley's reservations. Luckily she encounters a great cast of supporting characters to eas ...more
Melissa
May 27, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Brylee is in high school, typical cali-girl with blonde hair, looks to match and soon learns she has a special gift for seeing things no one else can, she would soon find out to what extent this gift bears on her and the ones she loves. Her father lost his job so the whole family up and moved to New Jersey for his new job, They moved into the brown house, Haunted brown house , curse, love, death, sacrifice, mystery, even the story Ephraim and Brylee was truly well written and just feel good true ...more
Shawna
Jun 26, 2013 Shawna rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
4.5

Another hidden gem! This novel has not gotten near enough attention. So pay attention and pick it up!

16 year old Brylee and her family have moved from California to New Jersey where her unemployed father has found work. At first, Brylee is less than excited. The house they have moved into is ancient and somewhat run down after being vacant for many years. To make matters worse, strange things begin happening in the house. Doors open and close on their own. Lights turn off and on randomly. A c
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Missi
Jun 01, 2012 Missi rated it it was amazing
Christy Sloat has done it again. I am amazed by this woman. The Brown House is an amazing read from start to finish. Brylee has lost everything her home, friends, and the boy that almost was. We meet Brylee on her journey from California to the Jersey Shore. All she has left is her family and her new home. But Brylee isn't weak or one to give up. Join her on her journey of self discovery where she learns about herself, her new house, the neighbors Lynley and Ephraim and while she makes some inte ...more
Jennifer
Jan 20, 2014 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Some secrets should never be revealed... Brylee Branson begrudgingly made the excruciating move with her family from the warm sandy beaches of California to small town living in New Jersey. As if she wasn't miserable enough, they've moved into a creepy old house that everyone in the area claims is haunted. Brylee dismisses the idea of ghosts and hauntings, until she begins to see and hear things that can't be explained... Brylee has no choice but to seek the help of new friends to unlock the sec ...more
Theresa Needham fehse
Jan 25, 2014 Theresa Needham fehse rated it it was amazing
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Some secrets should never be revealed... Brylee Branson begrudgingly made the excruciating move with her family from the warm sandy beaches of California to small town living in New Jersey. As if she wasn't miserable enough, they've moved into a creepy old house that everyone in the area claims is haunted. Brylee dismisses the idea of ghosts and hauntings, until she begins to see and hear things that can't be explained... Brylee has no choice but to seek the help of new
...more
Angela
Apr 24, 2014 Angela rated it it was amazing
Moving is hard on anyone, but a kid in high school hates it even more. When Brylee and her family have to move to New Jersey form California she is beyond unhappy. It is cold, has no cool beaches, and to top it all off she is living in a haunted house. No one wants to visit her and weird things are happening to her. Brylee is lucky to make two friends very quickly in the neighbor kids, Lyn and her big studly brother, Ephriam. Soon she confesses her fears to them both and they decide to try and h ...more
Justine
Dec 13, 2012 Justine rated it it was amazing
I recieved this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Actually I won this book, but close enough haha. I LOVED this book, all of it! This novel was the perfect horror, thriller, romance paranormal, young adult book that I have ever read. Now, personally I don't read a lot of ghost books , because unlike vampires and such, I definitely believe that ghosts are real. There was so much built up suspense in this book that I almost couldn't handle it. I wanted to know what was be
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Sandra "Jeanz"
Oct 07, 2012 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it it was amazing
MY REVIEW
I received this e-book from the author Christy Sloat as part of Author Indie Month which I was approached about by JoAnne MacLeary. JoAnne's idea was to promote more indie authors and their book in the month of October. I decided to take it a step further and give the whole month of October to Indie authors who self publish or use small publishers.
So the cover of this book, to me immediately suggest something dark and perhaps dangerous is in that house. The cover gives the house a spook
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Yovana
Aug 21, 2012 Yovana rated it really liked it
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RaeBeth
Jul 31, 2012 RaeBeth rated it really liked it
The Brown House by Christy Sloat is a good read. I enjoyed it. The plot was well thought out and the characters are believable. The book started out slow for me. After the first few chapters, I was pulled in and wasn't let go until the end. I did find some places hard to read due to the usage of wrong words or the sentence flow was a bit hard to read.

Brylee has the ability to talk to the ghosts within her home and they have the ability to manipulate the objects around the house causing it to sca
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Carly Wallace
Aug 14, 2012 Carly Wallace rated it it was amazing
Hea y'all Anne here with my review for The Brown House by Christy Sloat, this was an amazingly creepy read. I enjoy a good ghost story and this one was great! Right from the beginning you're taken into the characters world which has been thrown to the wind and tossed aside. Brylee is having her life up rooted and moved to New Jersey, now what could a girl from Cali have to do once she's forced to an ugly house in the back woods of New Jersey? Well she starts to make friends, the blue haired gir ...more
Kim
I loooove ghost stories. This was an ambitious story overall that in the end fell flat. I found the dialogue to be kinda strange, the characters one-dimensional and peculiar, their relationships implausable, and there were just too many bizarre happenings in the lives of the characters that made the book as a whole (not just the ghostly parts) completely unbelievable.
The romance. Didn't take place until the very end and was awkward and weird. The main character. Brynlee. It was drilled in that
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Julia
Jun 14, 2013 Julia rated it it was amazing
Have you ever picked up a book just because the cover intrigued you? Have you ever went ahead and purchased the book once you read the back/blurb and thought this is something I just might be interested in? This turned out to be the case with me and The Brown House, the cover had me curious as did the title of the book. And sure enough I just love a good mystery/ghost story...

The Brown House is simply that, a brown house, Brylee and her family move into so that her father may start working again
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Brenda
Sep 23, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing
What if you found yourself moving to a new town only to have everyone to tell you that the house you are living in is haunted? Well that's just what happens to Brylee Branson. Brylee's father has been out of work for over a year and when he finally lands a job in New Jersey it means that Brylee and her family will have to leave California and move to New Jersey. The Brown House is their new home, but it seems that something or someone doesn't want them there, thing is in the beginning it's only ...more
Autumn
Sep 09, 2012 Autumn rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, kindle, ya, paranormal
Before we even go there I have a confession to make.. I am a wussy a super huge super sensitive wussy.. I DO NOT like ghosts and ghost stories.. Oddly enough though UFOS scare me more than ghost.. thanks grandma and unsolved mysteries!

The worst thing EVER (at least for now) is moving from SoCal to Jersey.. But what can you do when your dad looses his job.. the bank takes your house and your uncle gets your dad a job on the east coast.. i guess you could runaway but thats not the this story..
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Tiffany Loves Books
I gotta say, I really enjoyed this novel. From the dark curses, evil witches and angry ghosts to the honest friendship, budding romance and the inherent good in the characters.

Sloat weaves a great story of a girl who's family lose everything and get a chance to start over. The protagonist, Brylee doesn't want to move but she wants to see her family happy and understands the importance of the move. She plays nice and doesn't complain although her parents know she doesn't want to move. So when s
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Bex 'n' Books
Oct 06, 2012 Bex 'n' Books rated it it was amazing
The Brown House is so much more than a ghost story; it combines an endearing romance, a young woman's coming of age and marvels at the wonders of family and friendship.

Christy Sloat's writing style is simplistically beautiful. It manages to capture the protagonist's inner turmoil and personality as she (Brylee) ventures through a journey of self-discovery and mystery. There is a powerful atmospheric charge throughout the entire novel that effectively keeps the reader gripped and wanting Brylee
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Andrea
Aug 16, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
[This review also appears on Andi's Young Adult Books.]

This was a delicious ghost story. It had so many of the elements I love: spooky noises, things that go bump in the night, a little bit of love, and a wicked secret history that doesn't let spirits lie. Even better, rumor has it that this story is based on some real-life events. That always helps a story to ring true and definitely adds to the creepy factor.

Characters grow in their relationships as secrets are slowly revealed. Brylee is attem
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Reading is my Time Out
Jun 11, 2013 Reading is my Time Out rated it really liked it
Oh.... My.... Goodness!!!!! I could not put this book down!!! I literally read this book in a few hours, because I was so intrigued by the story line and had to figure out what happened to Brylee and her friends!! The Brown House has teen love, suspense, and had me questioning the dark!

Brylee's parents move her from sunny California to New Jersey. She is trying to adapt to a new place, make new friends, and deal with some interesting events taking place in her new home. She quickly learns that t
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Kj Partridge
Jun 25, 2013 Kj Partridge rated it it was amazing
Brylee and her family moved from California to New Jersey, and Brylee isn’t as happy about it as her parents. She finds her new house to be a little spooky and soon starts finding out that her house is haunted, plus has a curse, which has people terrified of it. But on the bright side she meets her next door neighbor Lynley and her totally hot brother Ephraim. As she starts to learn more about her house and the horrors it holds, the more determined she becomes to get to the bottom of it all. So ...more
Alicia Marietta
Jul 21, 2013 Alicia Marietta rated it it was amazing
Let's start with getting the formalities out of the way. I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

I finished The Brown House a few days ago but it has taken me that long to get my thoughts together so I could do a review. Christy pulled me so deep into the story & then left me hanging at the end that I couldn't form more than 3 letter words! The first night I read 50% of the book! I just couldn't put it down! I've always been one that has been on the edge about ghost, but I've al
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Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother's loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of ...more
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