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Frozen Charlotte

(Frozen Charlotte #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  5,899 ratings  ·  1,081 reviews
We're waiting for you to come and play. Dunvegan School for Girls has been closed for many years. Converted into a family home, the teachers and students are long gone. But they left something behind...Sophie arrives at the old schoolhouse to spend the summer with her cousins. Brooding Cameron with his scarred hand, strange Lilias with a fear of bones and Piper, who seems ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published January 5th 2015 by Stripes Publishing (first published October 1st 2014)
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Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghosts, mystery, thriller
3.5 stars.

Creepy. Creepy. Creepy. Creepy.

There may exist thousands of books featuring creepy, Machiavellian talking dolls, but theyre a classic that will forever invade horror stories.

To my surprise, I wasnt scared by this book. Maybe youve noticed, its shelved under the horror genre, which is a genre that I absolutely do not read. Ever. Even if you beg me to.

But this didnt scare me in the teensiest bit. I was, however, captivated by the story and, of course, creeped out by the dead dolls.

Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Family, Ouija, evil, dolls, isolation.

So, I didn't sleep very well last night. I kept waking up, sure that I could feel icy little hands grabbing at my legs.

This book is creepy and chilling. And it stays with you.

I loved the poisonous relationships, the twists and turns, the horror, the way I felt so scared. I loved it all. This is fantastic horror writing and everything is perfect, from the feelings of the characters to the isolated setting.

I liked the way that this book wasn't afraid
C.G. Drews
I love how I decided to read to relax....and then pick up the mOST DISTURBING books ever. But yes, hi, so this was freaky as anything. I haven't read a lot of horror but it felt like it followed the average tropes: creepy house, antique freaking dolls that also are murderous, psychopaths, families with secrets, misty rainy house etc etc. So I wasn't like shocked, butbut I found it to be thoroughly addictive how it all came together. And did I mention disturbing?? SO DISTURBING. Which is perfect, ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The atmosphere and characterization really drew me into this story. Once I started it (with a suitably creepy prologue that immediately reeled me in), I read the entire book straight through! The main characters are primarily teenaged kids, and one younger. I've read other reviews saying this was a young adult novel, but I found the premise (and those horrible dolls!) to be something that captured my attention and gave me genuine chills in several scenes. The descriptions were at times, very ...more
Frozen charlotte
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Little Tiger Group and NetGalley.)

The only thing that survived was the head. They found her holding it the next morning. Ive kept it with me ever since.

This was an okay scary story, and the dolls were a little creepy.

I felt really sorry for poor Sophie in the way she lost her best friend. It really couldnt have been easy for her, especially because of the way she felt partly
Dannii Elle
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror-hazes
So the line of creepy dolls adorning this book's front cover should have clued me in to the fact that, upon reading this, I would be unable to have an easy night of sleep for quite some time! I read 'YA horror' and assumed this to be a tame, but thrilling story. Oh boy, how wrong could I be!?

Sophie anticipated her stay with her cousin to provide a few weeks of freedom and fun. However, haunted by the tragic death of her best friend and the spooky circumstances that led up to his demise, she
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror


It did have some really creepy moments. One of the things I like the most was the setting (Scotland) and the cold atmosphere. Its was just really good and it did surprise me. Oh and no romance for a change! FRTC
Melanie (TBR and Beyond)

Trigger Warning: Graphic violence that involve children, self harm and creepy ass little dolls.

Wow! What a dark little YA horror gem I found in this book. This one is not for the faint of heart.

I have no idea where to even begin with this review. What a strange, dark story. I actually picked this up at the library because I saw the cover and thought it might be a cute, fast read. There is basically NOTHING about this book where the word "cute" would describe it. The YA horror genre is pretty
Shaikha Alahmad
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing


Stumbling upon this book and buying it is the BEST decision I've made, it seriously scared the shit out of me! FANTASTIC horror writing, the twists and turns, everything is absolute PERFECTION! There were times when I couldn't even read this alone. I'm 100% sure that this book will stick with me throughout my life since it gave me lots of nightmares recently (& I don't even mean this in a bad way,
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

This is a horror story for people who are too afraid to read actual horrors.
I, being one of them, really appreciated it.
It was spooky and chilling, yet not something that'd give me nightmares.
The story was fast-paced and well written, I flew through it almost in one sitting.
Yet, there were two main problems I had with it: halfway through it became predictable and the ending didn't give me answers to all the questions I had.
The main character started this adventure so she'd find out what
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, horror
4.0 Stars
This is officially one of the best young adult horror stories I have  read. While this is clearly written for a younger audience, I would still widely recommend it to anyone who enjoys creepy  doll stories. The Charlotte dolls were just so darn eerie. I am now dying to read the prequel, Charlotte Says.
murphy ✌ (daydreamofalife)
1.5 / 5

Decently spooky with ouija, death, a creepy house, and evil dolls.

I think if I'd read this before the age of like, fifteen or so, it would've been a 5-star read, as my taste and expectations weren't quite as developed then as they are now. I tend to lean towards longer and more character driven works, and this didn't really fit the bill.

The characters fell quite flat for me. Our leading lady Sophie was probably the most well-developed, but I can't say that I ever really liked her. Her
Karen Whittard
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Please note that yes this is a ya book it is not suitable for young ya. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the topics running throughout this book.

I thought this was a pretty good book. Very dark covers everything from death, suicide, ouiji boards, evil dolls, demonic spirits, crazy families, secrets, possession, hauntings ect. It's not a read for the faint hearted.

It is written really well and is a great introduction into supernatural thrillers. It is quite grown up which is why I also
Fiona MacDonald
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Then quickly to the glowing hall,
her lifeless form he bore,
Fair Charlotte's eyes were closed to death,
her voice was heard no more."

I really went into this story thinking 'YA horror, probably going to be a bit tame' but my goodness it really wasn't! It really terrified me to the point I actually had a nightmare about it last night when I had finished reading it.
After a horrific tragedy, Sophie goes to stay with her cousins on the Isle of Skye for 2 weeks while her parents are away in America
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Frozen Charlotte is a young adult horror.

Im picky when it comes to choosing YA fiction, and despite being a huge horror fan as a child and teenager, its not a genre that I often read these days. The reason I dont read a lot of YA fiction, is I tend to find they lack the intensity I hope for. But this book was actually surprisingly creepy, tense and rather brutal in places. My teenage self would have loved this book.

I also found the characters interesting, and really felt for them and their
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This had the potential to be truly creepy, but it just threw everything out there, which didn't allow for any suspense to build. There's also a lot of inconsistency in the character of Rebecca, who is by turns evil and menacing or scared and sweet and helpful. In fact, all of the characters have personalities that change when it's convenient to the plot for them to do so. There is no subtlety to this novel at allit just throws everything on the page which, for me, doesn't work in a ghost story ...more
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm trying a new thing where I want to start my reviews with buzzwords or buzz phrases about the books.
So, buzzwords:
- Creepy dolls
- Creepy houses/mansion that was once an all girl school
- Stormy windy atmosphere
- Mysterious death and injury
- Ghosts

There's something about this book that sets it apart from so many other YA horror novels. Generally, YA horror novels are often cliche and silly, rather than creepy and scary. But this book was not at all cliche or silly. I don't get scared or
Hannah (Ivyclad Ideas)
Motivated by a giant spoiler, Sophie heads off to the Isle of Skye to stay with the cousins she hasn't seen since she was young. Cameron is broody. Piper is perfect. Lilias is strange. And Rebecca? Rebecca is dead.

She was the spirit Sophie chose to summon.

The plot is driven less by Sophie's desire to find out whether the supernatural was responsible for said giant spoiler, and more by Cameron and Piper's constant attempts to paint one another as the villain of the piece. This isn't Sophie's
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own

"Now Charlotte lived on the mountainside,
In a bleak and dreary spot.
There was no house for miles around,
Except her father's cot."


This better become a damned movie or I'm filing a complaint.

I loved this book. I literally devoured it in a day because whenever I picked it up, I couldn't bear to put it down and if I did I kept thinking about it which lead to me picking it straight up again.

This is written SO greatly for a YA
Ellen Gail
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, freebie, horror
"But, miss...they like being dead. They told us."

Creepy dolls! Dolls don't majorly freak me out like snakes and other peoples' feet. The exception being ventriloquist dummies, ventriloquist dummies are freaky.

Anyway, point is Frozen Charlotte really brings the creeps with the tiniest of dolls. It has a Ouija board (app), a ghost, evil dolls that want you to come be bad with them, and people that are not to be trusted. Despite all of this going on, it's well balanced. There's some great stuff
Danielle Edwards
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
This was such a genuinely creepy YA horror, I loved that there were some really scary moments in there that weren't watered down for a teen audience. This book has everything, ouija boards, creepy dolls, ghosts, murder and an old house with a disturbing past. Perfect for Halloween or anybody who enjoys a good scare.
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think its safe to say that Im not the biggest fan of horror. My imagination runs away with me and things play on my mind for ages after Ive read a book. I still have vivid memories of a part of a Chris Wooding book that will forever stay in my memory! However, I was SO intrigued by Frozen Charlotte that I knew I wanted to read it. Even if I had to take breaks between chapters to focus my mind elsewhere I tore through Frozen Charlotte despite the breaks I took whilst reading itit was incredibly ...more
I am really getting into this book. I really didn't expect this to be so good has it is. But from the first page I was engrossed!! So far I am liking the characters and setting! Hopefully it keeps and holds my interest!

I really liked this book. It was nothing like I thought it would be. Honestly the tittle threw me off. Lol. So that saying Don't judge a book by its cover, that certainly fits in this case. Sophie is my favorite, Cameron I liked too! I give it 4.5 stars simply bc I caught on very
4.5 stars

I hate dolls. I have to start by saying this because this book is all about creepy little dolls and it really freaked me out. Ive never been more grateful that I dont have a load of dolls in my bedroom or I probably wouldnt have slept since reading this book.

Frozen Charlotte is a book I had heard a lot of people raving about. It is not often that I dip into horror books but the idea of this one just wouldnt leave me and it had been on my shelf for nearly a year so the Halloween
Suad Shamma
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2017
This is the perfect time of year to read this book if you're interested in a spine-tingling, bone-chilling, good ol' classic horror tale! Although, if you read it at any other time of year, it will still be just as frighteningly creepy!

I love books that really get to you to the point where you actually end up looking over your shoulder and losing sleep over them. That's how much this book affected me. It's been a long time since I read a good thriller, in which I was truly scared to flip the
Tanja Berg
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I bought this book un-researched, based on title and blurb alone. This doesn't happen very often, I usually check the goodread rating on pretty much any book before buying it. In this particular case though, I had forgotten my phone at home and couldn't.

I started reading the book immediately and was drawn in at once. The book had all the elements of an old-fashioned horror story: ouija board, spirit, evil dolls, old school house, deaths by accidents and untrustworthy friends. Perhaps not
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
If someone invites you to visit their home who is an old girls school(closed after some suspicious Deaths) with a creepy doll collection-just say NO.

Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a real creepy story!! The relationships was very toxic. It had lot's of twists and turns. It had all the spooky aspects that I love. I was on the edge of m seat though most of this book.
M.J. Mallon
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
4.5 stars.

This month I joined the Stripes publishing #redeyereadalong and I'm so glad I did! Just finished reading Frozen Charlotte. This novel is very good, definitely one to devour, that's the right word. A fast paced, exciting, and at times gruesome read.

Warning: if you have a fear of needles, dolls, knives, ghosts, freezing, drowning, burning to death, or falling of cliffs, I wouldn't pick this up!

I don't normally read horror, but this month I'm doing a Halloween type theme on my blog,
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