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Barking Madness

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  32 reviews

"My life is crumbling away before my eyes while I do nothing to prevent it. I have visited too many funerals, for too many friends who haunt my dreams. Everybody dies eventually, right? No, everybody dies young when they befriend me. Was I born to die young? I don't t
Kindle Edition, 469 pages
Published October 19th 2014 by Ryan Hill
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Sep 28, 2016 marked it as dnf
Shelves: ya, arc
DNF for now. Might pick it up again later but it's just too long and too much dialogue for me to handle at the moment (aka the past months).
Camillia (Twenty Three Pages)
DNF - Sexism (girls can totally know and play football), Insta love (they say they love each other within a day of meeting the other) and writing that needs to be cut down dramatically.
N.N. Light
High School can be hell on its own but there’s a murderer on the loose and no one in Ashwood knows who’ll be next.

Rosetta Harper is a beautiful blonde seventeen-year-old girl and she’s just moved with her family to the small town of Ashwood. Being the new girl is hard but she makes the best of it. Some call her shallow but deep down, she’s lonely and frightened of a masked man invading her dreams.

Michael hates his family, can’t wait to get out of Ashwood, loves playing video games and feels so
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What was Ryan Hill thinking when he wrote Barking Madness? Whatever it was, he put pen to paper and has created one of the most intriguing and fascinating young adult dark tales. I’ll just say it right now, I loved the plot, the scenes, the action, the gore and I really, really had a hard time finding anything redeeming about one of the main characters, period. For me, Rose and her personality make for a good explanation as to why some animals eat their young. That only proves that it’s the qual ...more
Kayla Krantz
~I received a free copy for my honest review~

Very mysterious and action-packed, this was a great take on the classic werewolf tale! When Rose moves to a new town, things seem great with her being the center of attention but the spotlight isn’t always a good thing. She’s become the target of things supernatural and unsettling and must battle the demons within her own mind to find her way out.

I love the psychological aspect of this story as well as the thriller elements. I found the characters bel
Jamie (Books and Ladders)
Disclaimer: I received an ebook copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

DNF @ 5%

I usually try to make it 25% of the way through a novel before I DNF it, but there are some exceptions to this rule. This is one of those. After two chapters I know that I am not going to enjoy this one so I am putting it down. The description makes it sound like it will be a great paranormal YA novel -- and there was a great opening scene -- but I just can't do it.

The writing is not my cu
Danielle Urban
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Barking Madness is one of the most compelling and thrilling YA novels that I have ever read. Ryan Hill takes readers deep into a dark and haunting world where everything isn't what it seems. Romance, mystery, and suspense all wrapped into one addictive story that will leave you breathless. I highly recommend reading this brilliantly crafted YA novel by Ryan Hill. His talents are flawless and readers will fall in love with his amazing characters that will lure you deeper into the heart of it all. ...more
Sep 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, dnf
It's summer, end of summer, and I don't want to be reading light, contemporary romances like every other person. I want to read about blood being shed and people dying. I want to pee my pants because I'm scared as heck.

Did this book do that? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

It was a contemporary, girly romance.

Full blog post "rant": Book One of the DNF Chronicles
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was not too sure what to expect, but I will start by saying that, despite the book being quite long (more than I think it should, considering the plot, but more on that later), it was still enjoyable and easy to read.
There are things I loved, and other things I didn’t like as much.

General Considerations:
Demographics and genre: This book is YA and if considering the characters’ age range and overall tone, suitable for young
Rosie Amber
Mar 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Barking Madness is a YA Paranormal Thriller and is the debut novel written when the author himself was in high-school. It opens with a dream scene and a dark woodland chase. We then meet the lead female character Rosetta Harper, a seventeen year old teenager full of attitude and selfishness as she embarks on life in a new school.

The setting is a small town of Ashwood, home to Michael and his high-school friends. Michael's been working all summer and struggles under the constant criticism from hi
Rebecca Vanderhooft
Apr 28, 2016 rated it liked it
In February I read Barking Madness when the author sent it to me for a review. Previously, I had not heard of the book and was very intrigued as it has a supernatural theme.

It is about a girl named Rosetta who moves to a new town when her father takes a new job. Soon after arriving Rosetta begins to have nightmares of a masked man as well as strange visions. She begins to question her sanity and the people around her.

It did take me a bit to get into but after a while I was hooked. It reads like
Vesper Vesper
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it

Barking Madness is an enjoyable tale that, unfortunately, doesn't start off that way. In the beginning, I thought only somewhat negative things about the writing from the dry dialogue, lack of connection to the characters, and unrealistic scenarios. All of this lasted for a majority of the book until I hit the halfway mark. The dialogue seemed forced (as I said, dry), and Rosetta pissed me off beyond belief enough for me to just want to throw my Kindle out of the window out of anger. There w
Boundless Book Reviews
This book was definitely different. I did not know what to expect when I first started. It follows 2 kids who each are dealing with their own issues.

Michael seems like a good kid with issues at home while Rosetta seems all kinds of messed up. This book follows her and her issues with boys, friends, and the fact that she gets turned into a werewolf and has no clue. Once she starts seeing dead people she thinks she is crazy. The truth comes to light though. Mike finds himself constantly fighting f
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rosette "Rose" Harper and her family have moved from sunny Florida to a small town called Ashwood in New England. Ashwood being a typical small town everyone knows everyone and you can't do anything without the whole town knowing about it even before you do.
Michael is your typical angry teenager. He hates his parents, the town and basically hates his life till he meets Rose. The only problem with Rose is she's way out of his league and he's to shy to talk to her anyhow. Of course Rose starts da
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a book full of surprise for me. I don't get many. I was expecting more of a supernatural book but this book is more of a psych/thriller book. I loved every minute of it. This book is not what I expected and I loved that about it. It was full of greatness. There is great suspense and you just don’t know what’s going to happen next. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Barking Madness by Ryan Hill

A psychological horror story unlike any other, Ryan Hill's Barking Madness explores the psychology of teenagers in today's world while also analyzing the psychology of a person experiencing a supernatural event, and does so with vigor and passion. Here is the synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Rosetta Harper is plagued by nightmares of a masked man. With her father’s new career move, her family has just relocated from Florida, to the small New England town of Ashwood, a quie
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-reviews, read-17
I was sent a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an HONEST review.

Check out the full length review on my blog:

When I first read that this book was about werewolves I was a little hesitant to pick it up. This topic has been done many times and it is so easy to screw up a story with cliche horror. Despite my initial thoughts, I figured I would give this novel a shot and I am glad that I did. Author Ryan Hill developed a unique take on the classic werewolf story t
Bona Fide Book Reviews
Beautiful senior Rosetta and her family have recently moved from Florida to a town called Ashwood. The high school is small, so she causes quite a stir; there aren't enough pretty girls to compete with her. What the boys don't realize, is that Rosetta is quite capable of seeking out handsome boys.

The first day is an exciting one, because she meets Tommy, who happens to be the star quarterback. His rippling muscles and cute face convince her that he will be her new boyfriend. Soon, they are consi
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
I enjoyed reading this book about Rosetta and Michael's crazy relationship. The book was fast paced and kept the reader on their toes. At some points I didn't know what exactly what was going on or what I thought was going to happen next, which kept me reading. I do like books that have suspense and keep the reader wanting more, which I believe this book fully accomplishes.

Things I didn't really enjoy was Rosetta's personality. Her chapters for me where a little harder to read. Rosetta's perso
Chantelle Atkins
Aug 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Barking Madness is the story of Rosetta and Michael and is written from their alternating first person viewpoints. Rosetta is new in town and being beautiful and bitchy, immediately hooks up with the 'cool' group. Michael is less cool, but does have a nice circle of friends, and despite the poor relationship he has with his father, he is generally well rounded. The action starts when Rosetta attends a party, and afterwards walks home with Tommy (her new boyfriend) through the woods. They are att ...more
Alex McGilvery
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Barking Madness is the classic werewolf tale given a modern twist and set in a small town in the US. Rosetta is the new girl in the school, while Michael has lived in Ashwood his entire life. He knows immediately that this hot new girl is out of his league. She gets together with the high school quarterback, while Michael is tormented by his friends for being too chicken to talk to a girl, much less ask her out.

Tragically, the quarterback is killed by a monstrous wolf and Michael happens along
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ryan reached out to me over this book and as a he was a university student like I am as well, I had to give it a go as I was curious and all Uni students want success and I’d love to be a part of that for him. And I’m definitely glad that I agreed to read this book as it was fantastic! It took the regular story of a werewolf and gave it a slight twist which was quite interesting and unexpected.

I would definitely classify this book as older YA because of some of the themes occurring, such as some
A. Fae
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Barking Madness by Ryan Hill, a young adult paranormal book, definitely was a letdown for me. As a lover of both paranormal and YA books I had high hopes that just didn’t meet my expectations. From both a storyline and character development standpoint I think you take a chance if you read this one. Please don’t misunderstand that for some it might be a great read, but for me it just didn’t meet the mark.
The narrator and main character, Rosetta, was an extreme let down. She was actually quite na
Corrine Pickering
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Barking Madness - Ryan Hill 4 stars

Wow holy hell what did I just read ? 'Barking Madness' I think I can safely say this title perfectly sums up this book, it's certainly an unusual and intriguing read. Make sure you allow plenty of time to read this as it's a very long full length novel with no cliffhanger!

Whilst I found this story quite slow to get started, once I was in I was pleasantly surprised and transported into their mysterious world.

Without giving too much of the story away, Rose m
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I must say for it being Ryan Hill’s first book it was great! I can’t wait to see what else he comes up with in the future. For all of you who read my blog know I am a huge book lover, no matter the genre. This particular genre is one of my favorites. I must say I am more of a vampire lover than werewolf but they still have a special place in my dark, crazy heart ;)

This book had me hooked (with goose bumps I might add) from the beginning. It starts off from Rosetta’s point of view and switches to
S.L. Bynum
May 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
The author was nice enough to send me a copy of his book, and I sent him a copy of mine.

First the good things: the author can write good teenage voice, and the descriptions and action scenes are amazing.

Now the negative: the book is way too long. There's a lot of dialogue and scenes just showing normal teenagers living their crazy lives, which isn't unique. A lot of scenes don't seem to move the story forward.

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Brandi Aga
Jan 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Can we talk about that cover? I love the ominous vibe it sets off.. You know something bad is going to come out of something that looks like that!

I think I would have enjoyed this book more if there was A LOT less unnecessary dialog. Way too much writing that I just didn't care to know about. It took away from the story itself and I would have much rather got to "the good stuff" faster. I found myself getting spooked at parts, being the only one up at night reading in the dark. Then there were l
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fans of science fiction, horror and a good mystery will love this book. It was mysterious and suspenseful, and kept me guessing until the very end. In a small New England town, Rose arrives at the start of the new school year to forge a new life. Her beauty and manipulative ways quickly make her the center of attention, and part of the ‘it’ group. But all is not as it seems. She inadvertently becomes the target of a twisted series of events involving supernatural creatures, scary visions and hor ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I don't even know where to begin with this book. I guess we should start with the book itself...I found this book to be very stiff. If you've never read a stiff book, then you probably don't know what I'm talking about. A stiff book is one that doesn't really flow properly. Instead of envisioning smooth characters, you see boxy and awkward beings. You could compare it to the first and thirteenth seasons of Family Guy (for example), the first season doesn't look so bad upon first glance, but when ...more
Katie Pink
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-the-author
Actual rating: 3.5

I thought the book was fun, and interesting enough to continue to read and find out what happened. It was pretty gruesome and dark and fits nicely into the psychological thriller category. Hill's writing is decent and shows the promise that he def has the potential to grow.
The main thing that drops my rating is the characterization. I found Rose's character to be extremely stereotyped and flat - she seems to function as the primary character, but Mike's story is more believab
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Ryan Hill is a YA Fiction writer. Born in Connecticut, Ryan now lives in Massachusetts with his family and is a student at UMass Amherst. His novel appeals to young adult readers and people of any age who are looking for a good psychological thriller. It’s a Girl Interrupted meets Shutter Island kind of story. When not in front of his computer writing or studying, Ryan can be found playing Xbox wi ...more

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