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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Whichever, happy reading and happy closing of buddy reads for 2018.
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
Hendricks and her family move to a new town after some b ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
Still super salty over the ending though, and no one can change my mind. Not even her next book set in the same ...more
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 ...more