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The Haunting Season

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  699 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Be careful what you let in…

Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wa
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published December 21st 2012 by Dreamscapes, Ink
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Michelle Muto
Nov 10, 2012 Michelle Muto added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I don't believe in reviewing my own book. I loved writing it, though!
"It was like spring break, only for paranormal freaks."

Jess Perry sees ghosts. Well, at least she used to and she wants to again. Unlike most people who might have a breakdown if they saw a ghost, she nearly had a breakdown when she stopped seeing them. Desperate to connect to her dad and grams that passed away and to prove to her overprotective mother that she isn’t crazy, she signs up for a paid experiment at the infamous Siler House. Jess soon meets Allison, Bryan, and Gage, all about her
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
This was a great read except for one thing...I didn't know it would be young adult. After reading it though it didn't take much away from the story and it kept me in suspense most of the time.

I would like to read a sequel to this one - maybe Riley comes back or Allison returns...I would love to see the 4 of them back together again!

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2.5 stars. This was a pleasant but underwhelming foray into the haunted house genre for me, a genre which any followers know is one that is near and dear to my heart. I think the issue here is not so much altogether the author's fault. I didn't realize going into this novel that this was marketed towards young adult or new adult, and therefore I skewed out of the reader demographic.

The novel has a very similar set up to Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, which was a very deliberate ho
Not horrible, but a bit to light for me. When I read ghost stories, I like creepy ass creepy and that wasn't this book. Overall, it really wasn't a horrible read though. It just had a bit of a more difficult time keeping my interest because of the lack of creepy factor. I would compare the scariness of this book to The Woman in Blackby Susan Hill, which scares some people but I found downright laughable.
Anna Coy
OH. EM. GEE. I seriously hid under the covers after reading this book. I am not normally one to read scary books, I'm a sexy mommy book kind of gal, but I am so glad I met Ms. Michelle through a friend. I did received this book as a gift but was told I didn't have to review it if I didn't want to... Well I have a big mouth, so let me blab about it, non spoiler style.

I honestly didn't know what to expected when I started reading this novel. It starts out that Jess wanted to be part of a research
Sarah-Fae Graham
Jan 22, 2013 Sarah-Fae Graham rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a good ghost story
Recommended to Sarah-Fae by: The Author
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I've literally just finished reading this book a few minutes ago. Wow, I've been glued to this book for the last few days, every spare minute I had, I had my phone in my hand reading The Haunting Season.

The story encompasses everything I find in my worst nightmares. A group of friends, naive, talented and gifted in amazing supernatural ways, but innocent. A blooming romance between Gage and Jess. A good measure of Demons and Zombies, Ghost and Ghouls.

I've read other reviews that say there was
Greg James
The Haunting Season is an excellent fusion of the Young Adult and Horror genres. The scenario we know as a group of ghost-hunters enter a haunted house for a prolonged stay. The genius loci of Siler House is as much a character as those within its walls as it gradually progresses from taunting and teasing its occupants with sights and sounds to full-blown assaults that are physical, spiritual and mental. It is like a sweet-looking but spiteful child playing with insects before it tears off their ...more
Emily Crow
This novel had a good premise (the tried-but-true plot of "sensitives" descending upon an evil house for a paranormal study), but bogged down too often with some awkward passages and odd pacing to be truly enjoyable. But, I read it for free with kindle unlimited, so I'm not complaining.
Katie Walton
My quest to find the scariest book in the world continued with The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto. The premise is very classic and promising: a group of college students descends on a haunted house to participate in an experiment on the supernatural facilitated by a professor. The house is reportedly cursed, and people who spend a lot of time there find it addicting.

This book falls into that awkward New Adult setting, it isn't quite appropriate for teens but it feels a little off to me readin
You know how you see a trailer for a spooky movie and you think hu... that looks like it could be good. Then you sort of forget about it and later you come across it on Netflix (or whatever) and you go oh! That looked like it might be good! I forgot about that movie. So then you watch it and realize all the good bits were in the trailer and even though the movie had a solid premise, it just didn't quite get there? That was how this book felt to me.
This book scared the crap out of me. I loved it. It was a wild ride full of nail-biting, 'holy crap' moments. I WILL so be re-reading this one!!!!!
The Haunting Season is about Jess, Gage, Allison and Bryan. All four characters meet at Siler House to take part in a paranormal experiment. Siler House is located in Savannah, GA, a town known for it's vast history of paranormal activity. The house sat vacant for many years, free of human life, until now. It's as if the house has come to life with the arrival of group. Each character has their own ability. One sees ghosts, another can sense evil, one can bring back the dead and the other well l ...more
Kyle Blount
I liked the idea of the book, but after reading only a few pages I realized this was a YA novel. I powered on through, and the idea of four gifted 18 yr olds dealing with paranormal situations, kept me going. The descriptions of Jess's and Gage's feelings for each other was cringeworthy, but I'm 41. I imagine if I was a 17 yr old girl, it would be relatable. I guess, I was expecting something scarier and horrific. What I got was a ghost story a la Twilight. If that's your cup of tea, dive in. I' ...more
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"We all know we've been brought here as part of a study on the paranormal. Jess communicates wit the dead. Allison has demons on speed dial. My buddy Bryan here sends stuff to the Twilight Zone without return postage. And I've got a knack for making my own zombie zoo theme park. Fun times." -Gage

Jess is super excited to be participating in this study at Siler House. The house is beautiful and she might finally be getting answers to her weird power. Except her excit
Amy Jones
Are they cursed or gifted?

Jess, Allison, Gage and Bryan possess unique abilities which are incredible, terrifying and beyond anything natural or normal. Jess’s mother thinks she’s crazy. Allison’s entire family fears her. Gage’s parents resent that his gift wasn’t enough… And Bryan, well, he needs to be especially careful about what he wishes away.

Unfortunately, for this crew, their family and friends aren’t the only ones who have taken notice to their exceptional paranormal aptitude. The four y
Thomas Amo
The first haunted house novel I read was The Amityville Horror, and I even still have the original hardback. That was 1977 and it's left me craving ghost stories ever since. The Haunting Season by Michelle Muto, while a fictional tale is no less as chilling and entertaining. Four twenty-somethings are brought to Siler Hous, a grand plantation house in the deep south of Georgia. Each one of them possess a particular talent that could lend itself to understanding if there really is life beyond the ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
4.5 stars
Note to myself: Don't you ever again read a book about haunted houses after midnight. The idea of a haunted house and the noises that came from the house above mine kept me awake. The book wasn't that spooky, I am the one who is paranoid.

I was thinking about the book when I wasn't reading it. Every now and then something new was coming up and made the book more interesting. I was about 60-68% done when the big guns were pulled. After that it was impossible to put the book down. It was
Emma Adams
Wow. This is one of the best – and scariest – haunted house stories I’ve read. I don’t read a lot of horror but I love all things paranormal, and I was in the mood for a good ghost story. And wow, did this deliver.

The premise is simple enough: four teenagers sign up to spend a month in a haunted house as part of an investigation into the paranormal. All have different paranormal abilities: Jess used to see ghosts, Bryan has psychic abilities, Gage can apparently resurrect the dead, and Allison i
The Haunting season was a very nice change to the usual Paranormal Romance books. Even though there is a little bit of love story involved, there is a lot more about ghosts, Negromatic, demons, possession and other creepy things more that you can think of that wrapped me in and made me wanted to read all day long. Also I can't give five stars, since I had the feeling the author could have gotten a lot more out of the story since there is a lot of potential around Gage, Bryan, Jess and Allison.
OH MY!!!

This screams big screen! If you want to feel paranoid, slightly off, a little nervous and somewhat sick to your stomach with irrational fear - read this!

There was not one part in this whole read that I was bored. I was on the edge of my seat. I was jumping at noises. I had a little problem with turning lights on and leaving them on...all making of a fantastical thriller.

What really got me though was the last 15% of the book. Usually you know what's going to happen, the fear has numbed
Do you like your horror with ghosts, demons, paranormal powers, and creepy graveyards? Than this may be the one for you. A group of teens is thrown into a supposedly haunted house. All of the teens have powers and they have one month together to test out the house and see if it is really haunted. There is more than they bargained for going on in this house. Are the things they see and feel bad or good? Are they being helped or hindered? Is the house more than it seems? Will they be able to make ...more
Before reading this, I had read some really great reviews, all promising a creepy, well-written and very scary haunted house story. While I like the idea and plot of the story (which is very much like an updated version of "The Haunting of Hill House"), the execution wasn't nearly as good, as I had expected it to be.

I felt like Muto tried to write shock-scenes, that really only work well in movies with an atmospheric and well-composed score. It doesn't work the same in books. Muto never really d
Abbie Belt
I bought this book on a whim from Audible when I ran out of books to listen to during my hour long drive to an from work. The book was on sale and I really didn't have high expections. I'm pleased to say I was pleasantly surprised!

The author really got my attention from the very first with her introduction of Jess. I thought she did a great job of developing the characters as well as keeping the reader interested in the story. I would have liked to have understood a little more about Dr. Brandt
Jim Dooley
I will say right up front that I am a huge fan of haunted house novels. In recent years, there has been a trend toward either copying PARANORMAL ACTIVITY antics with a concentration on frequent shock value, or presenting stories that are so subtle that the theme becomes “Was there a ghost or wasn’t there?”

This book was the real deal. I went in with moderate expectations, and I was pleased to find that it not only had all of the elements that I want in a haunted house story, but that I found myse
Aug 17, 2014 Ashlea rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014, ya
Very few books scare me. I've read a lot of horror and generally creepy stuff. This book scared the absolute shit out of me, though.

Jess and three other teens are spending a month at the most haunted house in Savannah as a paid experiment. Siler House has been the location of many tragedies and purported hauntings, most notably the murders of twin girls in 1909.

OK, so this book had creepy little ghost girls, demons, Ouija boards, dolls, and a huge old haunted mansion. In other words, I may not b
Holy crap this was one scary book!! A very well written and thought out scary book at that! I love how everything just comes together in perfect harmony to just create utter chaos! Having read and loved Michelle's previously written books I can say she has really out done herself with this book. This is a great book to read if you are a Stephen King fan! Put this on your TBR ASAP!
Sadly, I was a bit disappointed with this book. I love haunted houses & spooky, ghost stories and I had hoped this would fit right in with what I like. And I think it could have, it just wasn't as polished and fleshed out as I hoped. I realized after finishing it that it is classified as a Young Adult book. That made me feel a bit better and rose my opinion of it somewhat. It wasn't that it was bad, because it really wasn't. I just felt there could have been so much more. Parts seemed to be ...more
On the scale of scary for normal people, this is probably like a 2. On my scale, it was at least an 8. Yes, I'm a wimp, and this book did make my nighttime bathroom visit more interesting.

I liked the story overall. The characters were interesting, and the plot kept me reading. I was bothered though, by the fact that the very reason they were there; government conspiracy? military weapon? science experiment? was never really explained. at all. It was hinted at, but it was really just speculation.
For someone that enjoys horrors this book completely freaked me out!

Four teens are brought together to take part in a paranormal experiment at Siler House. Each of the teens have a paranormal ability, some less scary than others. when the house starts to play tricks on them and the appearance of the ghost Riley becomes more prominent in the mirrors they have to figure out a way of leaving the house as soon as possible, but there's a problem. The house won't let them leave and Riley is a séance a
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Writer of urban fantasy, the paranormal, and all things eerie and curious. Lover of scary books and funny movies, sports cars, chocolate, and changes of season. Owned by two incredible dogs and an iMac. Author, wife, sister, freelance tech writer, and IT geek.

Author of The Haunting Season, The Book of Lost Souls, & Don't Fear the Reaper. Read the 1st chapter of Don't Fear the Reaper here.

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