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The Haunted

(The Haunted #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,887 ratings  ·  492 reviews
From Danielle Vega, YA’s answer to Stephen King, comes a new paranormal novel about dark family secrets, deep-seated vengeance, and the horrifying truth that evil often lurks in the unlikeliest of places.

Hendricks Becker-O’Malley is new in town, and she’s bringing baggage with her. With a dark and wild past, Hendricks doesn’t think the small town her parents moved her to h
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Razorbill
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Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
**3.5-stars rounded up **

Hendricks and her family moved to Drearford to escape a very dark chapter in her life. While it sucks to leave everything she has ever known behind, Hendricks appreciates the opportunity to start over.

Her parents purchase a dilapidated old house to renovate and for her part, Hendricks is hoping to lay low and heal her scarred heart.

Unfortunately, Steel House, their new home, has other things in mind.

Unbeknownst to them, they have inadvertently moved into the most infamou
I'm afraid I really don't know what to say because for me this story was pretty forgettable. The author introduces the main character as someone who once waged a war against cliches, which is kind of strange since the entire book was one giant cliche. I didn't mind the author's writing style but I didn't care for the story itself, especially the ending. Also, there was a violent event involving a toddler. I assume the author was merely trying to shock and scare the reader but it doesn't scare me ...more
Ellen Gail
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Why are you doing this? What do you want?"
"We already told you. We want one more."

A haunted house.
A haunted past.
Which one is more dangerous?

Logically it's a 4, but my heart gives it a 5. And honestly, after a little distance from it, it's 4. My heart still unashamedly loves it, but logically, it has to be a 4.

Anyway, on to the part of my review where I do more than dither over numbers! Or at least attempt to do more.

The Haunted is my first Danielle Vega - I've heard mixed reviews over her
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Razorbill – Penguin Random House, via Goodreads Giveaway for an honest review.


Grab your salt and sage, kids.

There’s a haunting in our midst.


After a traumatic experience involving her ex-boyfriend, Hendricks and her family have just moved from Philadelphia to a small-town in New York, in the hopes of starting fresh. But with a new school and new friends comes questions about her past, and Hendricks isn’t quite ready to share what h
Stay Fetters
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yet-again, favorites
"She looked away from the tub for a fraction of a second, and when she looked back, there was a boy standing in the tub, watching her with wide black eyes, her razor clutched in one hand. He tilted his head, his upper lip twitching."

Danielle Vega always knows how to make me uncomfortable while reading her books and I love it. This one is no different than the others, it creeped me out in the best way possible. Some scenes were just your typical YA novel being a YA novel until it takes a dark tur
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Final buddy read of the year, sis! (Well, technically, maybe not. Maybe 2018 will be a doll and stretch itself out a wee bit so we can squeeze one more read...)
Whichever, happy reading and happy closing of buddy reads for 2018.

May 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of a giveaway from Bookish First. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. 

Well, um, I wanted a ghostie book. And I did get a ghostie book. It just wasn't the ghostie book that I wanted. It's not the ghostie book we all deserved. It was just, um, yeah. It wasn't a good one. 

I think the biggest issue with thi
Just a short sneak-peak, but we learn a lot, the story off and running.....

This is what I know so far.... A family of four relocate from Philadelphia to a small town (population 12,482) of Drearford, New York, one and a half hours north of Manhattan and four hours from Philadelphia, and its a dreary 22 degrees, a nasty kind of cold worse than that in Philly.

The parents flip houses for a living, but that's not the reason for the move this time around. Something bad happened involving teen daughte

Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I had hoped to like this book more than I ended up liking it. One of the reasons for this was that it is classified as a horror story but it felt more like a contemporary with spooky vibes. One of my biggest problems with the story was that the main character, Hendricks, experienced unexplainable and unsettling happenings in her new home day 1. But instead of telling her parents or her new friends, she keeps her experiences all bottled up. Her justification behind this choice fell flat. She thou ...more
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun haunted house story! It was suitably creepy and more than a little gory. There is some animal death so be aware if you are sensitive to that topic. It's more of a mention and not graphic or detailed violence to an animal. There is a lot of suspense and tension while you wait to see what horrible thing will happen next. It made me want to keep listening into the night. The characters I liked didn't get the ending I had hoped for but it made sense for the story. The last bit ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, young-adult
I won a free copy of this book from Bookish First in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, so before this turns into a big, long rant, I want to say that the first half of this book was amazing! The writing is truly great. The pacing is fast and exciting. The horror aspect is refreshingly different for the YA genre. I was truly enjoying myself and hoped to be writing a review about a 5 star book in the end.

However, that's not exactly what ended up happening. I'm not going to spoil anything for you
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
3.0 Stars
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As a huge of The Merciless, I was eager to check out the newest novel by Danielle Vega. I didn't expect to love this one as much as The Merciless, because I prefer exorcisms over haunted house. Yet, even with tempered expectations, I was still disappointed by this one.

This is a young adult horror novel that unfortunately suffered from all the tropes of the genre. Despite being classified as horror, the majority of this novel read like a contemp
Patty (IheartYA311)
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Will write review later as 2 members of the Litsy Mark Up Postal Book Club haven't read it yet. ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
So honestly, I'm constantly surprised by the comparisons between Vega and King. I don't really get it, except...they both write horror?

This is a good, clean, YA novel. You have a girl who is a bit of an outsider with a past who moves to a small town and this town has secrets...secrets that lead back to the house her parents just bought.

The story is highly suspenseful (never scary) and only gets the tiniest bit gruesome toward the end. You do have a love triangle (sigh) and a bad boy (a different
Angela Staudt
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Haunted is an insanely fast paced read full of chilling scenes, this is definitely not a book you want to read at night. I actually thoroughly enjoyed this book, and while it was a little cliché in the plot department, I think it was written very well. I really enjoyed Danielle Vega’s Merciless series because she does not mind gore, and truly demented characters. Vega does it again with The Haunted, but her writing got immensely better!

Hendricks and her family move to a new town after some b
Ok so parts of this were really creepy. So props on that. You don't read a lot of YA horror so it's nice to come across it every once in awhile.

Hendricks and her family just moved into the Steele House in Drearfield, New York. She quickly finds out that the house her parents are restoring has a history, and not a good one. Multiple murders have happened over the years and Hendricks has started seeing things - things that don't make sense. When these ghostly spirits attack someone she loves, she
Mridu  aka Storypals
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This story is cute and fun!

Reminded me of my childhood days when I used to read Goosebumps :P
Amanda Mae
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
That ending was a HOT. MESS.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. I loved this book...until the ending. It was great and it would have been 5 stars all the way, except for the ending was just not right. It was a great haunting story, and for the most part I was really enjoying everything about it until the last 2-3 chapters. Vega is a great writer and her style makes it a fun read.

Unfortunately at the end it was like she just decided to rush and throw together some crazy, unbelievable ending to tie a bunch of stuff together to finish the book. It c
andrea caro
It's Danielle Vega, so naturally I love it.

This book is about a girl named Hendricks who moves into a house where a young girl was murdered. It doesn't take long before spooky shit starts happening - creepy disembodied voices, meowing from a cat that she doesn't have, the smell of her abusive ex-boyfriend's cologne, and a steak knife through her door.

This book has dark family secrets, ghosts, a delicious mystery and Danielle Vega's incredible voice for horror. As a fan of the Merciless series, i
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
- miss Vega where’d my campy horror queen go
- don’t get me wrong this book is creepy .. but it’s nothing like her other horror books which are INSANE and violent (in a fun way imo) and I LOVE them
- When it was creepy it was creepy otherwise it was boring .. idk
- Also the 2 boys with insta-crushes, pass
- I could dig a little deeper and see how the hauntings were an allegory of the after effects of hendrick’s past abusive relationship ... which I see but still ..
- I love and miss the ca
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, horror, read-2019
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I am a huge fan of The Merciless series! I read them as they were released and really enjoyed every one. I was constantly impressed with Vega's ability to write truly scary horror novels for a YA audience and was excited to pick up The Haunted. I was able to trade for a copy with a friend and was eager to dive into this new, hopefully terrifying story.

This book revolves around Hendricks and her family after a move to a small town where they buy an old h
A girl moves to a new home... only to find out that she and her family aren't the only ones living there.

This my very first Danielle Vega book that I finished and liked. Wow. I kind of had given up this writer, I have tried all her books (at least the first books if it is a series) and I dropped them all somewhere while reading. But since I was in the mood for a creepy-crawly and spooky book I decided to just try it one more time. One more shot. And I am so glad I did it because this was just wo
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I honestly really enjoyed this book a lot. I love stories about ghosts or haunted houses and this book had both. The end part with the skeletons was a tad bit ridiculous but I can look past that. Overall this was a good YA ghost story. I liked how it all came together in the end. I’m super sad about Eddie though. I was Team Eddie all the way. If you enjoy Teen/YA thrillers then you should definitely give this book a read. I’m looking forward to reading the second book and seeing how that plays o ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
DNF'd @ 25%

I was really looking forward to this since I've really enjoyed Vega's The Merciless, but unfortunately The Haunted just wasn't working for me at all.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
I... just- what? Like what was that ending? I'm just at a loss for words tbh.

This honestly isn't Danielle Vega's best work. The ending bumped it up or lessened it depending on how you look at it. Lmao that ending was sooo dumb. I'm astounded. I both hated and loved it. This book bounces between being slightly creepy and then super cheesy. I did get slight "It" vibes in the beginning which is I guess where the Stephen King comparisons come from. I have many questions about a lot of things that ha
Jessica Marsh
4.5 Stars rounded down because I Am SALTY over the ending. This was the first book that I have read by Danielle under the Vega name. I have read others that are under Rollins and I was still super intrigued and interested the entire time. Danielle just has a way with writing and this book was no exception. I am really excited to dive into Survive the Night and the Merciless Series now!

Still super salty over the ending though, and no one can change my mind. Not even her next book set in the same
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
Oct 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook, women, ya, horror
Not much of a ghost story at all. At least, not the scary kind I enjoy.

Amber (The Book Bratz)
The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz

I was super excited when I learned about The Haunted and couldn't wait for it to be published so I can finally get my hands on it to read it. Though I enjoyed The Haunted I did have issues with it.

The Haunted is creepy, there we so many scenes that gave me goose bumps. It also was a book that I shouldn't have been reading at 3a.m. but it's the witching hour, so it is actually perfect timing!

The Haunted reminded me of your run of the mill ho
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