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Dollhouse (Dark Carousel #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  3,312 Ratings  ·  525 Reviews
A spine-tingling Gothic Thriller

An abandoned mansion, deep in the woods. A dollhouse, filled with life-sized toys. A doorway into other realms. And girls who keep disappearing...

When Cassie’s best friend, Aisha, vanishes during a school hike, Cassie sets off with Aisha's boyfriend and their friend Lacey, determined to find her. Instead, the three teens fall into a carefull
Paperback, 373 pages
Published May 20th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published May 2012)
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Sarah Hiya, not sure if you still need the answer for this, but just in case as well as for any others reading these questions and wondering the same thing,…moreHiya, not sure if you still need the answer for this, but just in case as well as for any others reading these questions and wondering the same thing, after reading the book I have allowed my 13 year old daughter to read this and she seemed to thoroughly enjoy it. She is quite mature and although some parts of the books I were not too sure about being appropriate (possibly too horrifying) she dealt with them well. If you think she is mature enough to deal with some possibly graphic things than I think it would be a good read for her. Don't worry, there isn't any graphic intercourse or anything of the sort. At the most, the main character will be kissed.
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Nice. Nice cliffhanger, Anya Allyn. You know I can't just read this free one. You know I immediately had to go and purchase the second one for $4.99. You should know that I do not like to buy books I haven't read yet because I am a cheap ass.


OH-EM-GEE! I almost quit. There were commas everywhere. EVERYWHERE! This wasn't the only issue. Where were the commas that needed to be there? Lost. They were LOST.


You know what wasn't lost? "Yeah." Yeah, I said
Courtney Wells
A dark and dank fantasy, Dollhouse is an intriguing addition to the YA genre. It offers readers a break from stories centered on high school melodrama and paranormal romance by focusing more on mystery and macabre. Rather than pander to youthful vanity and wish-fulfillment, Dollhouse instead paints a grim picture with ghastly consequences. The childish motifs mingled with uncomfortable realism makes the eponymous Dollhouse not a place of fantasy but psychological horror that preys upon mundane f ...more
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen
**3.25 Magical Mystery Ride Stars**

I'm not sure how I really feel about this book - I didn't really get invested in the book until the ending when all the action happened.

I didn't like Ethan...I don't know - let me sit on this for a bit and see what happens.
Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
6/26/17: I'm finished reading the updated version of this book. And, actually, I really like it. At first I wasn't sure about the new chapters in the beginning, but I ended up enjoying them (although I could have done without the flashback chapter). There were some additional chapters at the end as well, which were previously at the beginning of Paper Dolls. I think having them added to the end of Dollhouse instead makes the book so much stronger. I think I enjoyed this even more on my second re ...more
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

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an original and creepy premise executed excellently.

who knew dolls could be so spooky.

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Allyn does an excellent job keeping her story suitable for young readers but compelling enough for adults to read.
she leisurely but not too slowly tells a story with some true mystery and suspense and some supernatural thrills thrown in there. i really enjoyed this book.
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I said before...Dang! I would actually give this 4.5 out of 5 stars. I received this as an ARC from the author. She warned me it was going to be dark and a bit scary, and having read many a scary book I wasn't bothered. I should say I wasn't bothered until I was reading, the house was quiet, the story got really moving and I kept hearing the "bumps" in the night! Instead of putting down until daylight, I hunkered in and kept on going, because this was a glorious carnival ride of fun!

The setti
Hannah S.
Feb 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
I don't know how I finished this. The plot was confusing and strange. It just didn't seem to be tied down at all to anything realistic. Some elements of it, like whatever Greek monster was mentioned, could have interesting, but they just felt flat and thrown in. The writing was also not so great. There was a lot of telling and not very much showing. I felt like I knew nothing about the main character's personality by the end and I even forgot her name a few times while reading. There were a few ...more
This was a solid 4 star book right up to the last few pages.

The story was unique (at least to me). It kept me on the edge of my seat. I NEEDED to know what was happening next. I read this in one sitting, with a few occasional 10 minute breaks. I was irritated about those breaks because I wanted nothing but to sit and see what plan Cassie might think of next. The teenagers actually acted like real teenagers. They were over confident and insecure at the same time. They simplified major issues and
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Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So I just finished Dollhouse and I am furious!!! FURIOUS I tell you!! Dang you evil geniuses for ending a book like to have me buy the next one right away! This makes the readers need to read the second book instead of just want it.

The story begins when Cassie, Lacey, Ethan and his girlfriend Aisha go on a little hiking trip for a school project. Cassie cannot stand being away for too long from Ethan because she is madly in love with him and Aisha notices it. After storming away into the woods,
Scimone Jackson
Leave it to me to be the only one who gives this book a low rating. Seeing as though i am the minority...i'm ok with thinking that i am the one that's wrong. Idk i just didn't get this book. I tried but...i don't blame the author. I blame myself. I think i tried stepping out of my comfort zone. Horror movies i love! But Horror books...i guess not so much. I can't help but realize this is the second horror book with high ratings that i've discarded into my unfinished i'm willing to acce ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really creepy, and i did like it, but some things fell flat.

The beginning dragged, and was quite confusing. When the chapter was called "Aisha" i thought it would be from Aisha's view, but it wasn't.

Some parts wasn't explained very well, So it left me confused a few times.

I didn't really like Cassie, especially at the beginning. She flirted with her friends boyfriend, which doesn't really make for a good character. Her friend, Lacey had Anorexia, and after remembering the story of her
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, ebook, kindle, 2018
Two new highlights/ notes that didn’t sync before—
The main character was acting ditzy at times and was on my nerves. She would go from captain obvious to being overly intuitive. Some of this was interesting and captivating. Some of it was trippy and weird. I would be reading at some points and go, ok, do what? And go back and reread.
It was in the middle for me, rounded up. There was some nice prose and some neat gothic-like elements that made it creepily intriguing.
The end is designed
OMG this book freaked the fudge right out of me. Seriously I couldn't read it at night I have such a phobia about clowns and the Australian Bush. I mean I grew up hearing terrible and horrific real life true stories about people missing and murdered out in the bush and I can't get those damn images out of my head. So when I agreed to read this book I really didn't think I would have such a reaction to it. I mean I can handle a lot, for the love of God Supernatural is my favourite TV show LOL but ...more
This book falls into the 'It's not you,it's me' category.

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
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was blessed enough to get this as an arc from the author.. I must admit i have not read a scary book in a long while and this one freaked me out, the most ive been freaked out in a while LOL

As an Australian i loved that it was set in Australia, even though the bush freaks me out. When Lacey, Ethan, Aisha and Cassie go to Barrington tops for a school project, things go a little unexpectidly when Aisha goes missing after an argument. A few months later Ethan after the whole town thinking he kil
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it

Casi nunca leo libros de misterio o Terror, Suspenso, etc... Cuando vi la portada de este me encanto, pense que iba a ser un libro romantico con un poco de suspenso pero me sorprendió realmente.

Desde el inicio el libro te deja intrigada, con ganas de saber mas. Los personajes son geniales me encantaron todos. Pero la trama es bastante buena es un poco tétrica que hace que se te ponga la piel de gallina imaginando todo el escenario.

Lo mejor de este libro fue el final me quede como WTF como? cua
Rebecca McNutt
Suspenseful and creepy, Dollhouse is a very creative YA story and the friendship element gives it more depth than the average horror book.
Jennifer Lee
Holy shit this was good. This was beyond good. It actually scared me, there is nothing creepier than life sized clown and raggedy ann dolls.

Aisha, Ethan, Cassie, and Lacey go for a hike in the mountains one beautiful day in Australia. Cassie hits on Ethan, which is Aisha's man (OHNOSHEDIDNT) and Aisha gets angry and runs away pouting. She goes missing. They don't find her for weeks. Everyone thinks Ethan killed her because he was the last one to see her alive as he ran off to go find her.

Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

A likeable story—on the creepy side, that is, but if I didn't want creepy, I wouldn't have applied for this book, right? I liked the atmosphere conveyed through the book, at least when it came to the house itself and its inhabitants (this isn't a spoiler; the title gives it away, after all). It was oppressive, left little doubt as to the stifling nature of the place, and the toys as well as Jessamine's behaviour were
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Dollhouse just blew my mind. The creativity, the writing... It was all amazing! I'm usually a bit iffy about self pubbed books, because they tend to be low quality, but god, this was amazing! If you didn't actually research it, you would have never guessed that it was self pubbed.

Dollhouse is about a Girl called Cassie. On a school trip with her friends Ethan, Lacey, and Aisha, Aisha runs off and goes missing. 6 weeks later, she is presumed dead, but all three remaining characters venture out in
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Dollhouse is unique, thrilling, well-written, and one of the most original novels I’ve read in ages. Not recommended to people who are terrified of dolls or clowns, but to everyone else – this book is amazing! If only the ending wasn’t such a cliffhanger, and if some parts of it weren’t so completely and utterly confusing – seriously, I had to reread some paragraph three or four times – then this would’ve been my favo
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, thank you to Anya Allyn for the ARC of Doll House.
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
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very creepy paranormal YA fiction. Four friends go into the forest to work on a school project. One goes missing. After the police fail to find any trace of her, the three remaining friends return to the forest to condut their own investigation. This is when things get creepy...Really creepy!

I got the ebook kindle version for free on amazon and read the whole thing in one sitting. Couldn't put it down, I had to know what was going to happen next. Will definitely read the next books in the serie
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-best
WOW.. is all I can say

Psychologicaly abusive.
for being a YA book... not bad at all.. starting book 2 tonight :)

and for those who read it.... it starts out boring and lame.. but it gets good.. .trust me... it gets good... just remember this is a 'teen' book

Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very creepy and exciting to read at the same time. Can you survive a real living dollhouse? This author has a good story line and a great imagination. It was a fun and suspenseful read. I couldn't wait to get back and read more and find out how survived if anyone did.
Apr 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Well, at least I am not the only one who is confused with what the hell is going on in this book. But, I get the impression that even by the end of this book, that this is exactly what Allyn wanted. And because of that, I am actually fond of this. It makes reading the next book a must, rather than a want. Not many books achieve that with me.

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
Cassie and her mother move from Miami to Australia to be with Cassie's mother's new man. Too bad he turns out to be a real creep and ditches them. Cassie is not particularly happy to be in Australia, but when she begins school she meets, much to her shock, a popular girl that is actually nice. Aisha takes Cassie under her wing and introduces her around... and then Cassie sees Ethan and falls head over heels for him. Suddenly Ethan goes from potential boyfriend material to off-limits when he and ...more
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! This book scared me silly. I did not get much sleep last night I was so creeped out by it. Our lead character Cassie has moved with her mother to Australia. She and her three friends, including crush, Ethan are out in the woods working on a school project. Her friend, Aisha gets ticked because she thinks Cassie and Ethan (her boyfriend) are getting too close, and she runs off. Ethan goes to look for her but can't find her. A search team looks and looks but Aisha seems to have just disappear ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is just about the creepiest horror/paranormal book I have ever read: well structured and evenly paced. The characters are young teens and feel quite authentically flawed, yet also heroic. At times I got a little irritated with the misery. It reminded me of my reaction to The Hunger Games. I just could hardly stand suffering along with the protagonist, page after page. And yet, I couldn't stop and couldn't help admiring Cassie's determination to survive. I really was going to stop and forget ...more
Andrea Heltsley
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I got this book for free for my Kindle on Amazon. As with all free books, I go in not knowing what to expect. The story was more of a MG than a YA/teen book. However, it turned out to be a great book.

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
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