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After hearing voices among an eerie copse of trees in the woods, seventeen-year-old Curtis must confront his worst fear: that he has inherited his father’s mental illness. A desperate search for answers leads him to discover Gravenhearst, a labyrinth mansion that burned down in 1894. When he locks eyes with a steely Victorian girl in a forgotten mirror, he’s sure she’s one ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 26th 2017 by Harry N. Abrams
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Katherine Elizabeth
2/5 Stars

I was really exited to read this book, and thrilled that I got an ARC, because it sounded so interesting. But in the end, it took a turn for the worst and I was left feeling quite bored and disappointed.

Within the first few chapters I was rather confused, not too fond of the writing, and disliking the way Cook described her scenes. But that's just me. Maybe for other people it will work, but I had trouble imaging scenes and characters.

Something I really didn't enjoy was how the
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Ashley
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!



I received this for review through Amulet Books and NetGalley. Thanks to them for letting me review an early copy. Looking at the cover, I was expecting a middle grade, haunted house story, but I was so, so wrong. First off, it's YA, and it deals with some heavy topics. I think the cover doesn't do it justice for what a crazy ride this is. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice cover, but it's not scary enough for what's inside this book.
THIS BOOK WAS INTENSE!!!
I was hooked from page one. I enjoyed
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
She felt her own solidness, and she felt the tremor of spirits all around her.
Mila smiled.
The house had made its first mistake. You've shown your hand. You're a thing that's alive.
Anything alive can be killed.


PLOT
Curtis is determined to keep his head down, protect his little sister from their mentally ill and unstable father, and work through his own demons just a little longer - just until his eighteenth birthday, when he can take his sister far away from their broken home. When he stumbles
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Lisa Maxwell
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read this before it sold and I LOVED it. Hope Cook's writing is gorgeous and the story is one that will hook you and keep you riveted.
Judith
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank the publisher and netgalley.com for allowing me to read the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I actually found this rather difficult to get into but it was worth the perseverance because it became enthralling and compelling. I found the writing quite beautiful and very much hope there will be a sequel to find out what happens to Curtis and Mila and the hold Gravenhearst has over them both. My only issue with the book as I received it is that I don't feel
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Zaide
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller-horror
House of Ash was a difficult one for me to review. On one hand I loved the idea behind it and the gothic atmosphere, but on the other I felt that the delivery of that fell a little flat.

The story switches POV's between Curtis in the current day who begins hearing voices at the site of a gothic mansion that burned down long ago, and Mila who is trapped in the house back in 1894.
I preferred Mila's chapters because they were filled with the paranormal elements of the story and this was also where
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Kara
Jan 23, 2018 added it
Shelves: dnf, 2017-releases
I HATE the writing. DNFing this on like page ten. Nope, nope, nope.
☘Tara Sheehan☘
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I came across Cook’s debut book and it had such a curious premise I found myself wanting to know more. Then I discovered she used her own personal experiences as fodder for her book so it increased my desire to read it because I have found books where the author has poured something of their own life into them seem to be far more interesting.

Cook has a great way of writing vividly so you become hooked into this journey she has created into her world. The novel starts off a little rough but if
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Catie
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
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Paige Green
Feb 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Rating: 3/5

Genre: YA Horror/Paranormal

Recommended Age: 15+ (violence, ableism, homophobic slurs, abuse)

Pages: 308

Author: Hope Cook

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#partner: I received a free copy of this book from KidLitExchange in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

I’ve been looking for a good horror book for awhile and when I saw this book pop up on the KidLitExchange page, I wanted to give it a go. The book is a duel perspective novel that jumps between two time periods as well. We have
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Moira
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, arc
Number of pages: 320

Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1

Rating (out of five stars): 4

Release Date: September 26th 2017

*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher (Amulet/ABRAMS Kids) for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.

I really enjoyed House of Ash. I had a few problems with it, but I will probably end up purchasing it when it comes out, which I would not do if I didn’t like it.

House of Ash sounded perfect for me. It’s a YA
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Rendz
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn’t know exactly what to expect from this book. Was this going to be time-travel-y, horrorish, fantastical? I didn’t know! It definitely turned out to be a mix of all of those. With a whole lot more just thrown in at you.

While I felt Mila was just a tad underdeveloped, I enjoyed her character. For a woman living in the 1800s she was rather scandalous. She rode horses and didn’t like to conform to the typical role of a woman in her time. She was far more advanced in her thinking. She was
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Luan
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's an amazing experience to read the book of an author you admire and know. It's even better when the writing is lyrical and beautiful. And even better when it's reminiscent of old Mary Stewart novels you loved as a child that mix mystery, romance, and a very menacing Gothic house.

Well done, Hope!!
Shaunesay
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I feel the need to give a couple of trigger warnings here for suicidal thoughts and fire.

With that out of the way, I thought this was a solid haunted/possessed house story that is perfect for your upcoming Fall/Halloween reading!

Mila and Curtis are separated by time, but have many things in common. They both have younger sisters that mean the world to them. They both have unreliable parents for various reasons that leave them feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders and having to take
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Barbara
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Laura (midorireads)
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
Summary provided by the publisher:
After hearing voices among an eerie copse of trees in the woods, seventeen-year-old Curtis must confront his worst fear: that he has inherited his father’s mental illness. A desperate search for answers leads him to discover Gravenhearst, a labyrinth mansion that burned down in 1894. When he locks eyes with a steely Victorian girl in a forgotten mirror, he’s sure she’s one of the fire’s victims. If he can unravel the mystery, he can save his sanity . . . and
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Samantha
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural, arc, ya
I wasn't expecting much when I started reading this book, mainly because I have never heard of the author or book but the premise sounded very interesting. It gave me a Dawn Kurtagich kind of vibe, so I figured if anything it would be enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised that the book had me hooked basically at the very beginning.

This book is told in two POV's Mila back in the 1890's and Curtis from present day. I wasn't sure how the two POV's will be connected or if they will in any way, but I
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Julie
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The combination of the historical and current points of view and the horrifying haunted house was fantastic. I loved both the main characters, and loved how they were connected across time. It was believable, which is so crucial to me in a story like this. I also really enjoyed the family dynamics, the realistic tension and the anxiety, the mental illness and the way the boy had to deal with it in his family.... Cook sets a high bar with House of Ash. If you love THE FALL you should read this.
Chris
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'd like to start by saying that this is a fantastic novel. Not only is it smartly stitched together by two different time periods, and a whole cast of unforgettable characters; but it can be emotionally draining depending on who you are and what you've gone through. That's all I will say about the novel as a whole, but I'd like to really review one particular character: Sage. Sage is the supporting character in the drama movie of the year. Sage, 14, stuck with me the entire novel. While all of ...more
J.L. Slipak
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After hearing voices among an eerie copse of trees in the woods, seventeen-year-old Curtis must confront his worst fear: that he has inherited his father’s mental illness. A desperate search for answers leads him to discover Gravenhearst, a labyrinth mansion that burned down in 1894. When he locks eyes with a steely Victorian girl in a forgotten mirror, he’s sure she’s one of the fire’s victims. If he can unravel the mystery, he can save his sanity . . . and possibly the girl who haunts his ...more
Darcy Miller
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of "House of Ash" and absolutely loved this gothic horror where the house, Gravenhearst, reminiscent of Stephen King's "Rose Red," is a character in its own right.

We begin with Mila, one hundred years ago on a ship to the unknown, before moving on to meet our second protagonist, Curtis, fighting his own demons in contemporary time. Chapters are labeled as to which protagonist we are following, but it's almost not needed. Cook does an excellent job using
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Emma Berquist
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Crimson Peak meets the Raven Boys, beautiful and haunting!
Amber
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the free review copy of his book – all opinions are my own.

I had a blast reading this book. I loved that from page one, you’re dropped directly into the middle of the story, and the only way to figure out what’s going on is to keep reading. The two sets of characters and time periods slowly start to come together when it all clicks, it felt like the whole story was blown wide open. This book is definitely going to appeal to readers who enjoy fantasy and
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Tara Goedjen
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
HOUSE OF ASH by Hope Cook is a gothic masterpiece! Get ready for a love that defies death, dark magic, a house that eats people, & a kickass girl who slays evil! I was relishing in the lush prose, the absolutely HAUNTING descriptions, and the sparking hot allure of the two main characters, who are trying desperately to hold their families together, all while battling an evil that wants to devour them alive! Don't miss this book!!!
Valentine
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of dark story, haunting books
"She screamed, long and feral, that savage beast rising up in her chest like it would break her in half -tear her meat apart and emerge, blood-soaked and grief-starved, ready to die, ready to burn, ready to do whatever it took as long as she died with her enemies howling beneath her claws"


So, this is the last book I read this year and God, what an ending for 2017!

First, let me just say the cover immediately caught my eye, and it looks even better when you have it for real. It's dark and
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Errol Seymour
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
A pretty fun read! I received an ARC that I was really excited to read, because the plot sounded interesting.

I wish we'd gotten to know some of the characters better - I feel like the action got started very quickly, which isn't always a bad thing, but in this case we barely had time to process who was who before the crazy stuff started happening.

The speed of the plot and the simplicity of the resolution really reminded me of the kind of thing I'd have loved as a young teenager, although there
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Briana
Jan 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
House of Ash is the story of two teens: Mila, a Victorian girl stuck in her stepfather’s creepy, sentient mansion and Curtis, a modern-day teen trying to hold his family together through his bipolar father’s outbursts. Ostensibly, the book is about how these two characters bond over feelings of being trapped and then seek for ways to help each other, but I found the connection forced, and without a clear connection their stories seem too divergent to quite belong in the same book. Basically, ...more
RumBelle
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ghost-stories
The overall feeling I got from this book was one of it being very disjointed. One example would be the character of Curtis. In one instance he is being your typical teenager, acting like a tough guy, cursing and just trying to be a typical kid. Turn the page, literally, and his with his internal dialogue he is talking about his life being a sword of Damocles over his head. Those two pieces, to me, just do not juxtapose well. As a side note, the cursing, to me, was excessive, added nothing to the ...more
Bree Dumont
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book as a giveaway from the publisher on Good Reads.

This book is a dual protagonist story with Curtis living in modern time and Mila in 1894. Mila's mother has agreed to marry a man she barely knows so that she can maintain her wealthy aspirations and status after the death of her husband. Her fiance, Andrew Deemus, has inherited a manor house, Gravenhearst, in Canada. Mila does not trust Deemus and is upset with her mother for abandoning all they know to move to a strange
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Alisha Tarran
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
So....retrospectively I kinda wished I'd saved this for Halloween instead of reading it like right now because this is such a good Halloween read! I wasn't entirely sure what to expect going in, but I ended up reading this in one sitting and I got totally hooked!

I liked how the narrative flowed so easily between the two different POV's and time periods, it was very smooth and very well done and kept the pace moving forward. The writing is very atmospheric which is perfect for this book, it
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Hope Cook has been obsessed with all things Victorian and gothic since she was a small child and her parents let her watch one too many atmospheric BBC dramas.

She lives in Edmonton, Canada with her chihuahua beastling Reepicheep.

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“They should fear me, she thought. They should look in my eyes and know that I'm a devil too.” 1 likes
“She screamed, long and feral, that savage beast rising up in her chest like it would break her in half -tear her meat apart and emerge, blood-soaked and grief-starved, ready to die, ready to burn, ready to do whatever it took as long as she died with her enemies howling beneath her claws.” 0 likes
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