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The Fall

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  2,443 ratings  ·  482 reviews
Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desper
Hardcover, 420 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Greenwillow Books (first published October 2nd 2014)
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Jessica me too! i don't get what the last 2 pages represent in the story, except maybe cassandra, the dog.…moreme too! i don't get what the last 2 pages represent in the story, except maybe cassandra, the dog.(less)

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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This was one of my biggest disappointments of the year. This book has 147 chapters. It was about 125 chapters too long. This is about a girl who lives in a cursed house, and that is IT. Nothing happens in this book. This book has 147 chapters.

To put it frankly, this book was so boring, I found myself wishing for the twins in this book to start having sex. Twincest! What can I say. Jamie and Cersei have ruined me.

It's less...

And more...

A haunted house! Incest?! A heroine, slowly going mad! A rete
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

When I was in college, I CLEP-ed out of Survey of American Literature. I did this b/c I HATE American Lit. I hate Henry James, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Meville, Hemingway, Faulkner, I hate them ALL.

There is one exception . . .

Edgar Allen Poe.

As much as I hate the others, I love Poe.

I love Poe so much that for the first time ever, I felt like I had a legitimate reason for picking one football team over the other in the Superbowl a couple of years ago . . . the Baltimore
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
The Fall was so very unique and the writing: wonderfully atmospheric. Having really enjoyed Bethany's Masque of the Red Death (I have yet to read the sequel), I knew that I was in for a stunning read. Masque was very well written, gorgeous in its melancholy, really - and that's what I love the most about these historically creepy novels: the way they enchant you into their eerie settings. The Fall was no exception. I felt transported into this ancient house which was truly a character in and of ...more
Krista Regester
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was a 420 page mess. I was drawn to it by the portrayal of a YA thriller and instead found this to be a confusing, poorly constructed, thesaurus. The book has an unnecessary 147 chapters that document the main characters age from 8-19 in no particular order. I found it difficult to keep up with the barely there story line, and it was impossible to feel any attachment to the characters. The last quarter of the book was bearable since it was in chronological order, and you could actually ...more
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After finishing this book at around 2am last night, I spent the next hour contemplating on whether I should get out of bed and walk across the hallway to go to the bathroom. Why did I spend an hour? Because this book left me totally freaked out about my own house. Yep, that's right. This book is scared the crap out of me. And no jokes, I nearly pissed my pajama pants because I didn't have the guts to get out of my bed and go to the bathroom. WHY DO YOU DO THI
Jan 23, 2014 marked it as to-read

I cannot wait for this book. Edgar Allen Poe retellings are the greatest.


Jan 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Well, I liked it but I didn't, if that makes any sense. I loved the atmosphere and vivid storytelling but hated the going back and forth through time, diaries and not having that satisfying ending to close that back cover with.

My daughter LOVES Poe and did a project for her college Lit class on Poe's story of "The Fall of the House of Usher" so I will pass this one along to her and see if she loves it or not.
The Fall is a re-imagining of Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher. Although I have heard about it, I have never read the original so I am unable to tell you how they compare. However, I liked the Fall very much.

I thought Griffin's writing was very atmospheric and I felt like I was being transported to a different time. Some of the things I thought were done really well was the actual house. It's possessive nature was always at the forefront, almost becoming a character itself. I also like how s
Melissa Chung
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What is the worst feeling in the world? For me it's writing a review and accidentally hitting a tab I didn't mean to hit and losing everything I have written. This just happened to me. For Madeline the worst feeling in the world is being left alone and forgotten.

I gave this book 5 stars. It was pretty amazing. Some might think it dull, but if you have an appreciation for Edgar Allen Poe and his writing you will love what Bethany has done with this short story.

The Fall is a re-telling of 'The Fal
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was memorized by Griffin's debut duology last year and devoured every single book. Her dark attention to detail and the vivid images she presented were hard to resist. Throw in a classic retelling of a Poe story with lots of equally dark twists and you have one heck of a story. I was so very excited to learn she was doing writing another one and was eager to start it.

I shouldn't have expected anything less from her latest twist on an old Poe tale, The House of Usher.

Once again this was delicio
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Spooky and atmospheric. The lyrical prose was top notch. It meandered a bit in the middle, but I loved Madeline's voice so much that I didn't mind. The incest was creepy, and I thought unnecessary. The last 15% was a whirlwind and felt rushed and did not match the beautiful build up that came before it. I love EAP, and I think he would be proud and flattered that this story was based on one his short stories. It did a great job of remaining true to the original, but also having a more fleshed ou ...more
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When I saw Bethany Griffin had a new release, I was intrigued. Then I saw it was another Poe retelling, based on the famous Fall of the House of Usher and I was shrieking and jumping up and down in my seat. I was overexcited to read this novel..because I just know Griffin can do a mean Poe retelling in YA format. She doesn’t try to lighten up Poe’s dark and moody work. She makes it work, and boy if she didn’t succeed once again in meet
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
Madeline and her twin brother Roderick live in a cursed house, and they wonder how long it will be until the house drives them to commit suicide.

This was certainly a haunting tale, but I found it a little hard to follow.

Madeline was a bit of a strange girl, but I did feel sorry for her. The way she was looked down upon while her brother was the golden boy wasn’t very fair, a
I fell asleep five times trying to finish this. Atmospheric writing could not save this for nuts.

A few goosebumps were raised, but if this had the effect of sleeping pills instead of creeptastic chills on me, then maybe avoid this... unless you're suffering from insomnia???
3.5 stars

I've made no secret of either my adoration of Poe or my continuous disappointment with YA retellings of his masterful works. I know, I know. I sound like a broken record and you're all probably exhausted of me saying the same thing over and over, but, seriously, why do YA authors consistently screw up their Poe retellings? How can such inane bullshit be built upon the magnificent foundation of Poe's stories? It baffles me, honestly. And yes, maybe I am a bit pickier with Poe retellings
Stephanie (Bookfever)
Nothing here is just anything. This is not just a house. We have never been simply children. We are Ushers.

The Fall of the House of Usher is one of my favorite stories by Edgar Allan Poe so when I had the chance to read and review a retelling of it, I was pretty excited and didn't wait too long to jump into it. It's my first Bethany Griffin book and it was so freaking good! I can't wait to read more books by her!

First of all I should mention that this is not a typical story. The chapters are
Lindsay Cummings
I have been a MAJOR fan of Bethany Griffin, ever since she first released THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH, book one in her duology based on Poe's short story.

Bethany's writing style is atmospheric and beautiful, and when I opened up THE FALL, I knew I'd be sucked in. I just didn't realize, totally, what I was getting in to.

THE FALL is creepy with an added punch. The first half of the book, the reader has no idea what is going on--I only knew that I began to look over my shoulder, and the little cre
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, horror
What?! Whaaaaat?! That ending! I am utterly bewildered. But I can't help but love the mystique in this book. Will there be a follow-up? ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases
Once again, I am unsatisfied by an ending. This one was really slow to get started, too, but I stuck with it because of the gothic atmosphere.

Honestly, The Fall was pretty mediocre. I love Bethany Griffin's writing and loved it in The Masque of the Red Death too, but there is very little plot, the characters are not all that well-developed, and it got repetitive and boring fairly quickly. I love gothic books. But there are so many better ones out there than this.

I think the problem is that Poe's
This book is a retelling of The Fall of the House of Usher and extremely expanded upon, through the eyes of Madeline. I've read Griffin's retelling of The Masque of Red Death (haven't read the sequel yet April 2018) and really liked it. I had this book for EIGHT weeks from the library before I read it in 1.5 days. It's actually a short book but the font is large and the chapters are very short, all 147 of them. This book wasn't terrible but it could've been about 100 page shorter. It bounces aro ...more
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I'd planned to read this just before Halloween as a wonderfully spooky and creepy tale. And it's wonderfully gothic and creepy....

on it's own

If you try to compare it to the story it's based on, The Fall of the House of Usher, the book takes quite a bit of creative license and doesn't make the two look too much alike

but if you just look at this story alone, on it's own merit, it's a great spooky story. I loved how each part was revealed and how I always wondered how much Madeline was really accur
Sep 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Haunting and delicious, The Fall details the events of the House of Usher, based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe. This creeping, slow descent into madness kept me reading, wanting more. The curse is explained early, but you don't understand the full extent of what it means for the family until you get bits and glimpses through story, personality and experience of the characters. ...more
Faye, la Patata
Jun 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Creepy at first, then it became repetitive :/

I am a bit confused, too. I need to share notes with other bloggers.
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm struggling with just how to write this review because I've never read a book quite like this before.
Like so many books I buy, it was the cover of this one that attracted me, I was also quite intrigued by the blurb. Then I discovered this story is based on the classic 'The Fall of the House of Usher' by Edgar Allan Poe, which I haven't read, and since I'm trying to stretch myself and read some of the more notable classics, I thought this might be an interesting read.

I'm not really into horror
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Brenda by: Incorrigible_bibliophile
Shelves: borrowed
I have not read The Fall of the House of Usher. When I borrowed this from my friend, she told me that might be a good thing in this case--she gave this to me then promptly told me it was terrible and did not do the original justice. I was even more curious after that.

And she's right. Sort of. The more I think about it the more my reaction is just sort of, "ehhhhhhh." I'm very ambivalent about it; there were parts that I really enjoyed and then other parts that just fell flat for me.

The positiv
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Bethany Griffin had done it again. After her stint with 'Masque of the Red Death', "The Fall" is another retelling of Edgar Allen Poe's famous "The Fall of the House of Usher". And brilliantly done too. Since I have not read the Poe original, so The Fall confused me at first but gradually I got the hang of things and was visibly intrigues by Griffin's haunting retelling of another classic.

The house of Usher is in one word haun
Lauren Stoolfire
The Fall by Bethany Griffin is a retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher. However, this time around instead of being told from the perspective of a visitor from the outside, we get the story directly from Madeline, Roderick's sister. In the original story, we know practically nothing of Madeline aside from what little Roderick tells the unnamed narrator. The original Madeline does not have a voice at all. Here, though, Madeline is the narrator of her own life story growing ...more
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read The Fall a little while back, but with it being Halloween I thought that now was the PERFECT time to finally post my review!

I've always been fascinated by Edgar Allan Poe. I haven't read all of his works, but I love the ones that I've read. They're dark, mysterious, and compelling. Bethany Griffin has a way of taking Poe's work, finding inspiration from it, and making it into a wonderful new story that still manages to capture that compelling essence of Poe's work, but is also completely
Mel (Daily Prophecy)
“I am the one the house speaks to, the one the house flirted with, the one the house won’t let go.”

Madeline Usher is cursed, just like everyone before her in the family. Her twin brother was send away by their mother in the hope to break free from the curse. Both of their parents die and Madeline is locked in the house together with her doctors. They are monitoring everything and take daily blood samples. The house is a nightmare. It changes and shifts. It talks to Madeline and threatens her, bu
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