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(Diary of a Haunting #2)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  377 ratings  ·  73 reviews
All her life, Laetitia has wanted to be a star. It’s more than an ambition - somewhere deep inside, she feels certain that she was born for greatness.

But her path to stardom now seems to be halted by a mysterious undiagnosed illness that’s taken over her body. Doctors don’t have a clue what could be causing it. She stays home from school most days, documenting her strange
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published August 30th 2016 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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After reading the amazing first book in this series, about a girl whose house is being haunted by something/someone, I just had to get this book as well. Sadly, in the end it was not what I thought it would be, nor was it as good.

My thought when I saw this book was a possession, like the ones you see in movies, or the ones you read in really scary books. However while there was a bit of possession, or at least some hints to it (the nightmares, the black-outs, the vomiting of stuff that isn't su
Melissa Chung
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Possession is the second book in a duology or series? Not sure if the fictional M. Verano will continue with his paranormal stories. Diary of a Haunting the first book was absolutely amazing. It was creepy in all the right ways. This book however fell a little flat for me. Giving this "sequel" 3 stars.

Possession is about a 15 year old girl named Laetitia. She is a lively girl who wears colored wigs and dreams of being a famous pop star with adoring fans. All she has ever wanted was to be on stag
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
In reality, I'd give this book a 3.5-star rating, and I don't think rounding down would do it justice.

Although the narrative of this book is deep in parapsychology I think it is an excellent metaphor for the current climate of the United States. Although the book doesn't come out and explicitly say where it is, based on general events of the book, assuming that one has followed any sort of news over the last 5 years or so, one can infer the general area of where it is. Regardless, using possessi
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Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, 2019
(10.25.19)- Uhm this wasn’t as spooky as I initially hoped and wanted but it did give me the fucking creeps!!
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------for the prompt: book with a creepy cover on insta!

Despite how freaking creeping and on edge this story made me i slowly started to not like the main character she grew tremendously broody and i was hoping for a little more, as usual. Idk what i’m looking for...more spoop probably. But also maybe
Jillian Marie
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think what bothered me the most was the fact that the book was set in diary-mode. However, it is how the actual person wrote what was happening to her day by day. I wasn't sure during the whole book if she was possessed by something evil or something holy. What happened to her happened to saints. She was able to bring animals to life. Her had premonitions of her own death by feeling the pain on her side. I was bothered that I couldn't find who this person was. I wanted to find a trace of her i ...more
Ashley Mustard
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This one was kinda creepier than the first one and the pictures are even creepier
Kaitlyn lovell
Feb 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this one! It was really spooky and I loved the way it was written in journal format.
Kassandra Patti
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was well done. The story was taken from real journal entires and real events. I liked the story but not enough to say wow "definitely topped the first book" this one was fast paced like the first but it lacked a sense of 'the end' there was no real closure for me. Was it possession or divinity: no clue. Not even a suggestion. I didn't like that all these things that happened to her, the puking up strange things and inhuman mumbling and the note and spikes she got from her body or even ...more
Morgan bookaddicts.ahoy
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the first
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another creepy novel down and this time it was M. Verano’s Possession, the second book of the Diary of a Haunting trilogy and this one definitely had a different feel to it. This time there was no haunted house, but a haunted person, you could say. Laetitia has vibrant dreams of being a famous singer, but everything begins to slowly crumble for her as time goes on and strange things continue to happen to her.

Laetitia thought it was just a sore throat, one that she intended to remedy as soon as s
Patricia Catherine catherine
M. Verano definitely keeps the same exciting pace, similar to the first Diary of a Haunting book. While not written with the same motive in mind, it was definitely an interesting book.

Throughout the book, Laetitia deals with some heavy issues - possession (obviously), pride, arrogance, and, to a lesser degree, racism (it's not a major focal point of the book). Her character starts out, quite honestly, a little hard to like. She's a young 15 year old girl who is aspiring to be the next big pop st
Feb 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
I’m not really sure why this book was called “Possession” when it sounded more like a cry for attention to me. I agree with the social worker- Laetitia was in a bad situation with crazy, religious family members and was acting out. There was nothing paranormal about this story. I found myself constantly shaking me head or rolling my eyes. Laetitia was AWFUL. Self absorbed, self righteous, bratty... I understand she was a teenage girl but she was so obnoxious I didn’t feel sorry for her at all. I ...more
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This book. What? Where on earth did the ending come from? It felt like a different story entirely. It had absolutely nothing to do with a possession. And I don't even understand what the point of possession storyline was? Honestly, this book really creeped me out. But the ending didn't go with the rest of the story. I understand the subconscious premonition part of the story, but that's not necessarily an evil thing. It just didn't fit together for me. I also found it hard to get past the really ...more
Leslie Hayden
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
This was my first book with this author. I'm not sure if the books in the series are related to each other but it was fairly easy to delve right in. I liked how the chapters were short, it seems as though I read faster with short chapters than regular chapters. This book reminded me a lot of the movie the butterfly effect. It was ok for the most part. It got really interesting when the police became involved and her inner demon came out. I think the singing aspect could've been left out, it didn ...more
Shannon R S
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. So this is really fiction right? Lol I mean in the editor's note in the beginning and end, makes it seem like we are to take this seriously. I don't find anything online about it that suggests it's a real account. I didn't dig for long. Anyway, when I thought at first it was supposed to be non fiction, it had me continually questioning it all, but once I read the publication page and said fiction, I felt much better and was able to enjoy the read instead of critiquing it so hard. This ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I loved the majority of this book. The story itself is fascinating and wonderfully bizarre. Even though I have a different personality and different interests than the main character, I really admired her passion and ambition and felt it was relatable. The reason I'm not rating it higher is because the ending was a bit of a letdown for me unfortunately. The author could have expanded on the story or delved further into the paranormal elements. Without giving too much away, I will just say that s ...more
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
It wasn't bad, not as scary as the first book, but a lot more philosophical than the last one. Is possession really just the Devil? Is it part of God's plan? Lots of questions like that. Also going on is a trial very similar to Trayvon Martin, in which the main character spends a lot of her time slowly obsessing over to try and keep her mind from the terrifying reality her own life is turning into. Wasn't expecting that. So not a scary scary book per-se but some delicate subjects handled pretty ...more
Awful, repeat of previous book but this one I centered on moths (rather than spiders and flies) and more religious beliefs, esp Catholicism. The whole family is not normal, and it's not clear either whether Laeticia is insane, possessed or a martyr. Just really stupid, same as the other book except Mom believes daughter and has added notes by social workers and hospitals. I finished it only because I was confused but this is sorry to say the first book I really didn't like. ...more
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I almost gave this book a three star review simply because the main character is so dull and annoying at the start of the book. Book one was definitely better, in my opinion. It took me at least 100 pages in to really get into it. However, once the creepiness began I was hooked. The ending and controversy throughout was enough to keep me thinking on things even now. Needless to say, I look forward to the third book soon.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an incredibly interesting story! I really think it being written in 1st person made a huge difference in how I related to Laetitia, the main character. It made me think about things in the world and how they are perceived by different groups of people from different ages, cultures, etc. Of course there are supernatural undercurrents and that really appealed to me but the story has more to offer than just that.
Ashley Smith
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is considered part of a series, but you really don't need to read them in order because none of the books follow the same characters. That being said, the first one was waaaay better. I found myself bored a lot while reading this and rolling my eyes at some of the things the main character said. I guess some of it would be considered creepy if you were just getting into the horror genre, but I wasn't scared in the slightest. Not the one for me, unfortunately. ...more
Maggie May
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Possession is a disappointment after reading the first book in the series and loving it. The story just isn’t there for this one. It gets interesting in the middle but then the conclusion just doesn’t make sense. The story for the third book sounds more promising so I intend to finish out the series despite my disappointment with this book.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first one. It was enjoyable, however. I feel like this author is trying a little too hard to play on the whole “found footage” film genre, but the books come off as more than a little unrealistic - not in the paranormal sense, but just the fact that this girl would continue day in, day out, to write “private” blog entries? Why?
Kevin L
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
A bit slow in the first 2/3’s and some of the formatting/presentation of the documents irritated the daylights out of me. Don’t pretend that it’s a scam of wrinkled pages when the print is perfect.

The last 3rd was very good and had some real emotional resonance. I might adjust my rating after some time has passed and I can let go of the formatting issues.

Amanda McReynolds
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
Not as great as I'd hoped, but I did like that the author allowed me to draw my own conclusions about the possession, and I really like the way it's laid out in the form of diary entries and notes from the social worker, doctors, and police officers. ...more
Milo Copeland
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
I'd give it a 2 1/2, but I feel it's closer to two than three.
The book definitely kept my attention, but ultimately I think it tried to do too much and ultimately fell flat with all of it, especially the unsatisfying ending.
Taylor Yager
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
The first book was amazing and I couldn’t put it down and I couldn’t wait to start this one and well it just wasn’t as good to me. It took me longer to finish because I couldn’t stay interested in it and would read other books instead.
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting from beginning to end. Expected a different ending, though. I like the diary entries format of the story and the report files inbetween. I definitely recommend the three books to be read. I previewed all three and it kept my interest. That rarely happens 👍👍👍
Mar 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 82 pages. I tried really hard to give this one a chance, but it was vastly different from the first book. I'm going to leave this series with this book and pretend book one was a standalone.

This one was very flat and not very interesting.
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