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The Haunted

(The Haunted #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,125 ratings  ·  310 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
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Razorbill
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Kimberly Antill
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 ...more
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
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
YA's answer to Stephen King...

That's a lofty statement but I'll bite.
Plus, my 80s-loving heart feels the vibe of this cover.

Let's do this.
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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 this
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 ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arcs
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
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
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
Patty (IheartYA)
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.
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
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
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
Stacy Fetters
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
"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
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,
Amanda Mae
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
That ending was a HOT. MESS.
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
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2019, horror, ya
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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
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
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-it, hate-reads
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
Jessica Peace
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
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
Laura Thomas
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, ya
I’m a sucker for fixer upper stories. Especially haunted ones. This one had some hair raising moments and some fun surprises.

Hendrick’s is uprooted and moved to a new town and new school. She quickly makes friends and starts to adjust to her new life. But things start happening at her new house and she learns of it’s dark past. Her parents aren’t buying what she’s selling when she turns to them about strange and frightening things that are happening. They have their reasons, if misguided. So she
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
Oct 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, audiobook, horror, women
Not much of a ghost story at all. At least, not the scary kind I enjoy.

Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was very great.
Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
I liked it, whatever.

Spoilers below:

Saggy Maggie never got punished for literally killing and torturing three boys. Her kids got punished for her, which I think is awful! They didn't deserve to die, but they did because of th their awful mother.
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)

I have seen Vega's Merciless series in the book stores so often that I've almost... ALMOST... bought one. I'm not sure why I was hesitant.. maybe it's because I figured YA horror couldn't possibly be frightening... but these days I'm finding that I'm quite enjoying this mixed genre and Vega is making that belief a hardened one.

Haunted house and ghost/paranormal stories are a bit hit or miss for me. Sometimes they downright freak me the f*** out and other times I'm rolling my eyes about the
Angela (Pooled Ink Reviews)
pooled ink Reviews:

So I'm going to be honest, I didn't finish this book. Even so, I would certainly recommend it. I read almost half of the book before I quit. But I didn't quit because I hated it or because it was dull or any of the usual negative reasons. I quit because this book did exactly what it set out to do, creep me the hell out. I have never been nor will ever be a fan of the spooky, scary, or horror stories so I figured this one wouldn't be my cup of tea but I gave it a try because
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Danielle Vega is the author of THE MERCILESS and SURVIVE THE NIGHT. She's also the author of BURNING, under the name Danielle Rollins.

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