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(The Arnaud Legacy #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  262 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Moving to my stepfather’s English country mansion sounded so promising. But the Arnaud Manor is neglected and unwelcoming, and I get the feeling it isn’t exactly uninhabited. Something wants to hurt us—especially my litter sister, Tabby.

Okay, so I might be a little sensitive lately. My parents act oblivious to me, my old life is far away in San Francisco, and the gorgeous
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 24th 2015 by K-Teen
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Rich I would say you do... For me, thriller/paranormal books don't tend to send me into different worlds as much as fantasy or contemporary books do, but t…moreI would say you do... For me, thriller/paranormal books don't tend to send me into different worlds as much as fantasy or contemporary books do, but they keep me reading, nonetheless. (less)
Juli Some scary stuff, but not graphic. So I would say an 11 year old could handle it fine. :)

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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley.)

“Her right index finger had decomposed so much that just one long bone stuck out at the end. That bone was still resting on the organ key she had played about an hour ago.”

This was an okay ghost story, but I found it a bit predictable.

I did feel sorry for Phoebe at first. Having to leave her home and friends to move to England must have been really hard, and her paren
Kagama-the Literaturevixen

Phoebe is moving with her stepfather,mother and little sister from california to england to live at her stepfathers ancestral home. Its all because Phoebe did something horrible...

But what? She cant remember exactly.

Then there is her little sister who she loves deeply but she cant help but be resentful of how all her stepfather and mothers attention has shifted to revolve completely aroundTabby.

Phoebe is being ignored and feel hurt even if she tries to be mature about it.

And now they are in
Haunted made me laugh, gave me the chills, and more importantly, made me question my own sanity, haha. I managed to fall into the story so easily that I forgot I was even reading! Haunted is a quick read, if you’re looking for something fun to read. Maybe you can read it on the train? Or between books?

Within the first 30 pages of reading, I had laughed quite a few times. After that though, Haunted had taken a serious tone. And then a while after that, it seemed like Phoebe’s thoughts were so sc
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Jennifer Laam
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Haunted is a well-paced, tense, emotionally satisfying read with a finely detailed gothic atmosphere. In addition to perfectly wrought supernatural flourishes and a surprising twist, Lynn Carthage gives us a warm and relatable heroine (Phoebe), a formidable villain, a charming romantic interest, and an adorably complex baby sister. The evolving relationships between Phoebe and the members of her family are genuinely moving, particularly the interplay between Phoebe and little Tabby. I look forwa ...more
Kristy Lin Billuni
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
It's hard to write about this story without spoilers since there's an imaginative surprise in the middle, but I can tell you this: baby eating bad guys are scary bad guys, and Lynn Carthage is one dark, gruesome writer. I love it when you get to a big –twist revelation that changes everything so thoroughly it makes you want to start the full book over. This is a stunning, thrilling, and emotional novel. I blubbered my way through the final, heartfelt pages of this teen-dream ghost story. As usua ...more
Apr 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, hot-mess

How can I even begin to describe just how bizarre and poorly thought-out this book is? Now, I love me a good ghost story when it's well done, but this book is so full of random bizarreness, I just can't even (as the young kids say).

We start out with Phoebe, a teenager whose mom, baby sister, and stepdad have moved to England. At first Phoebe speaks in dire and oddly guilt-stricken tones about the horrible thing she did but cannot remember, the thing that was so awful th
Marika Charalambous
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Haunted is the first book in a new young adult paranormal mystery series by the author Lynn Carthage. I requested it at Netgalley as I liked the premise – a gothic mystery with some haunting going on. A huge dark mansion in England, and a young girl’s search for the truth.

An American family is moving from San Francisco to the husband’s family mansion in England, all because of something Phoebe, the older girl did not long ago.

Even now that they’re settling in their new home, the parents (mother
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an incredible book with a wonderful flowing story line that will keep you hooked from page one to the very end. The book is left open for a possible book two which I can't wait to see. If you like American Horror Story and remember the very first season you will be able to relate this book to that somewhat. They both have a similar storyline but this is G Rated or a more tame version to American Horror Stories Season One.

Phoebe and her family have relocated to England to her step dad's
Lee Webb
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Note: I was kindly sent a digital review copy of this book by the publisher.

For fans of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Haunted is an epic YA paranormal thriller set in contemporary times, but with a twist that might just leave you up at night. This book introduces a new genre of YA all by itself, bringing mystery, romance, action, and lots of paranormal elements to the table. Meanwhile, earning itself a four-star review. It plays with your head. It m
Jan 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I felt sorry for Phoebe. Moving to another country would obviously be hard, without all the haunted house stuff and everything else!

The main problem I had with this was how predictable it was. I could see the "twist" coming fairly early on, as it was made very, very obvious. If it hadn't been so obvious and predictable, I probably would have enjoyed the book more.

The ending was alright, But I still didn't love it.

Overall, Okay
Heather Rookey
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: weekly-challenge
Haunted is not your average ghost story. Lynn Carthage takes the reader on an emotional and action packed roller coaster as we follow Phoebe in her explorations of the Arnaud Manor. There is terror and romance in plenty as Phoebe discovers that her families move from California to the quiet English countryside is anything but. Lynn Carthage keeps you guessing and is sure to pleasantly surprise mystery lovers.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever read a book where you could just skim through it and only read the conversations but by the end you know exactly what happened without having to read the rest? Well Haunted isn't a book you can do that with. Sometimes I find myself skimming ahead in books if they are slow or sometimes I just do it out of reflex. I found myself doing it out of reflex for this book but after five pages I realized I needed to go back and actually read everything. If I hadn't gone back I would have mis ...more
Stephanie Ward
'Haunted' is the first book in a new young adult paranormal series. It follows our heroine, Phoebe, as she and her family move from her home in California to her stepfather's dilapidated family manor in England. Phoebe knows that they had to move because of her - due to something awful that she did - she just can't remember what it is. Phoebe immediately gets a creepy vibe from the house when they arrive, almost as if someone or something is watching her. She hears the local stories about the ma ...more
Kayla Beck
Review originally published on Bibliophilia, Please.

Haunted by Lynn Carthage is just the kind of young adult novel that I like to read. My only experience with YA as a young person was reading R.L. Stine, Lois Duncan, and Christopher Pike, and Haunted is definitely in their league. It was a very nostalgic read.

Because I read so many paranormal, slightly horror YA novels back in the 90s, Haunted was very predictable. I called Phoebe's secret almost immediately, but that took nothi
Macy Klingerman
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I was provided a free digital copy in exchange for a review. Thanks NetGalley.*

Review also posted on my blog, Can't Stop Won't Stop Books.


Moving to my stepfather's English country mansion sounded so promising. But the Arnaud Manor is neglected and unwelcoming, and I get the feeling it isn't exactly uninhabited. Something wants to hurt us--especially my little sister, Tabby.

Okay, so I might be a little sensitive lately. My parents act oblivious to me, my old life is far away in San Fra
Cami (The annoying BookWorm)
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The book starts when the family arrives to the Arnaund mansion in England after the main character Phoebe did something that made the entire family have to move not to another city or state but to a different country. We see from the begining that her parents are tip toing around her, paying more attention to her little sister than her, sighing when she gives the slightest indication that she is a moody teenager so she trie
Book Review originally published here:

Haunted (The Arnaud Legacy #1) tries to give an original twist to probably the most well-known ghost story plot in the world (protagonist moves into large home that turns out to be haunted) and up to some degree, it succeeds.

Phoebe Irving is sixteen years old when her parents decide to move from San Francisco all the way to rural England. She knows it must be because she did something bad, something she can’t remember
Emily Rabecca
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-horror
I love all books set in a old castle in England, It’s true love. Haunted has that back drop of an old abandon castle with ghosts lingering in the hall ways.


The main character Phoebe is a teenage girl who can’t remember what she did to make her parents move from sunny California to gloomy England. All she really knows it must of been pretty bad for them to move thousands of miles. I liked phoebe right from the beginning, she’s a swimmer and loves to read and i want to be a “Litera

Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
An interesting, exciting, and scary read! This was a really good book, perfect for reading on a rainy day with a cup of tea. If you're into scary stories, then this is for you! I'm actually scared pretty easily, so maybe that's just me, but I was a little scared to go to sleep at night after reading about Madame Arnaud. One of the amazing things about this story was the vivid description that the author used, I could literally picture, in my mind, the Arnaud Manor. Even the character development ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2015
3.5 stars: I thought Haunted was an enjoyable read. The story is about Phoebe and her family as the move to England to start over. Phoebe did something so horrible that they had to move to start over in a new life. The problem is that she can't remember what she did. Her parents are distant and don't seem to pay attention to her. She is also seeing ghosts. There is a mysterious boy in the neighborhood who may hold some answers.

I was pleasantly surprised by this debut novel. I thought it was well
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copy
I received this eARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I just started it this morning and I couldn't put it down. From the moment Phoebe and her family arrived at the Arnaud Manor, you get the feeling that there is something wrong with the mansion. The author does a great job of describing Phoebe's first impressions and that sense that something is watching her. This book can get pretty creepy at times. Madame Arnaud is a terrifying character
Rachel into the Void
I really enjoyed this one - no, it wasn't groundbreaking or perfect, but it was pretty fun and creepy. I liked it so much that I was able to suspend belief and allow some plotholes to let myself enjoy the story. I liked Phoebe, I guessed her twist early on, but it didn't take away from the book for me. I suspect this is targeted toward young YA - middle school readers - and so I weight how good the book is based on that. It's a pet peeve of mine when people rate these books low because they're n ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I felt for Phoebe moving to another country and understood it might be hard. Though I have never done it myself I can image it would take some getting used to. The main problem I had with this was I could guess the ending ahead of time. I probably would have enjoyed the book more if it had a twist ending to it. The ending was alright but I guess for me I knew it was coming. * I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Ashley Dotson
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Pretty good. I sort of expected some of the twists but overall, it was a suspenseful, engaging read, and I plan on reading the second installment. I love the incorporation of history, Madame Arnaud herself was probably my favorite thing about the book.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghost-stories
This book was really good. It was creepy, suspenseful, occasionally dark and with just a hint of romance. And who doesn't like books that take place in dark, creepy and ancient castle? A great read. I highly recommend it and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-of-2015
I receive a free to review copy from, and put the review on my blog: ...more
Jenny Q
Mar 10, 2015 marked it as to-check-out
Maggie Boyd
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
An interesting read with some twists and turns that will surprise you. You can see my full review at AAR ...more
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fall
This book was fine. It was very well written. It put a twist on ghosts and the dead. I have to admit it sometimes gave me the creeps. However, I found there were a lot of incoherent jumps in time and places. It made it hard to understand some parts of the book. The first half of the book is a little bit confusing and sometimes it's hard to put the pieces together, as the main character is also having trouble putting the pieces together. In a way, the author was able to make the reader feel the e ...more
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