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Light as a Feather

(Weeping Willow High #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,547 ratings  ·  245 reviews
Look out for the Hulu original seriesstarring Peyton List, Brent Rivera, Liana Liberato, Ajiona Alexus, and Dylan Sprayberrypremiering in October 2018!

Riverdale meets Final Destination in this fast-paced and deliciously creepy novel about an innocent game that turns deadly at a high school sleepover.

It was supposed to be a game

Junior year is shaping up to be the best of
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Published October 9th 2018 by Simon Pulse (first published February 5th 2013)
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Donna Selina Bravo
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
***My original review for this didn't get posted *sniff, sniff, it's so sad* because I was using the wrong html formatting. Then my computer hang and ... well, everything I had composed previously just disappeared in thin air. Gone! Poof! So I'm trying my best to re-rewrite (it happened twice) that first review according to what I remember***

This was one of the best paranormal books I have ever read. In fact, it was so good, that it inspired me to write a decent review like this one.

The book had
Kristen Walker
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much that I read it in about two days and stayed up until 3 am finishing it! This book is amazing. Think "Heathers" or "Mean Girls" but with a supernatural twist! The best YA Thriller that I've read in a long time.

Some of my favorite parts of the book included how the author used common kids' games and horror stories to create her own unique world. I was definitely one of those kids who played around with Ouija boards, Tarot cards, and silly games like "Light as a feather,
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))

I wanted to wake up in another town, in another life, another existence entirely, in which I had never gone to Olivias birthday party and become a part of this nightmare.

I liked this more than I thought I would, but the ending (an over-the-top cliffhanger) was a disappointment.

This story of a curse/possession and hauntings was interesting and creepy.
A new girl in town gets a group of popular girls to play Light As A Feather Stiff As A Board (oh hey 5th grade memories) as she foretells
Stacy Fetters
"Violet had suggested that we play a game....
She hadnt mentioned that in her game, she was always the winner. Or that playing could cost you your life."

Heathers meets The Craft in this twisted story that takes place around a middle school horror game. Or for the younger generation, Riverdale meets The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Light as a feather, stiff as a board is a game most kids played at slumber parties. Where we tried to outdo our friends with the most terrifying tales of death and
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Katie (never.ending.reading.list)
This was a fun, lighthearted, spooky horror read - perfect for this time of year!

Light as a Feather follows a group of teenage girls who play the game light as a feather at a slumber party. During the game, the new girl in town, Violet, predicts each girls death. Later, her predictions start coming true. The surviving girls have to come together and figure out a way to stop this before its too late.

With a mix of evil spirits, hauntings, and romance, this book was a good easy scare for the
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this for FREE on Kindle! Compared to other free books (which are usually terrible) it was great!

This story is about as scary as I go. It wasn't really that scary; I'm just a massive wimp. As result, I got freaked out a bit, though mainly at the start.

McKenna has made it to the popular circle for her junior year of high school, befriending Mischa, Candace, queen bee Olivia and newcomer Hannah. Bored at a sleepover, Hannah suggests they play a game of Light as a feather, stiff as a board, a
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-kindle
"her body lay in a closed coffin, light as a feather, stiff as a board."

I have a habit of digging through movies coming out, see what's tied to a book, and then read the book before I see the show/movie. In this case, I found that this book is going to become a show on HULU - Light as a Feather (I think). So I went digging and realized I'd downloaded it as a freebie back in 2013! Yay!

The story started just okay. It's slow at first, and McKenna and her need to become popular was annoying. She
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I enjoyed this teen thriller, Ill definitely be reading book 2 and watching the show.
Its nothing mind-blowing, but if you like creepy ghost stories combined with high school drama then this is right up your street.
My friends and I used to play light as a feather stuff as a board at sleepovers after watching The Craft, but I cant say we ever predicted each others gruesome deaths.
Quite glad about that now really!
Its really made me want to watch The Craft and Final Destination again now,
Cody Pavlick
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked it Im surprised again I feel like I say it a lot but I did really enjoy this book. Towards the end of the book, it was so good and had action and it was scary my heart was beating fast lol. I started watching the tv show after I finished this book. I think they changed a lot I definitely like the book better than the tv series. ...more
"She hadnt mentioned that in her game, she was always the winner. Or that playing could cost you your life."

Light as a Feather, Stiff As a Board (Weeping Willow High #1)
by Zoe Aarsen

I think I made a mistake with t his one.

I was attracted to this book because of the title. Back when I was young, my friends and I would play this game. If you do not know what I am talking about "Light as a feather, stiff as a board" is indeed a real game. And it is a creepy one. My friends and I used to scare
Allyson (AllyEmReads)
Its weird reading this in a real book format.

In case you dont know, this book started out on the self-publishing site called Wattpad, where it quickly became popular. I was one of the millions of original fans of this story while Zoe was still posting chapters every week or so. There are a few things that were changed from the original story, like Violets name was originally Hannah, but I suspect that it was just changed to accommodate the TV show. Also the ending is different, but I think that
Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wattpad
Actual rating - 2.5

This wasn't an awful read, but it was nowhere near as enjoyable as I remember book one being.

I found this one to be hard to follow unfortunately. I read book one over two years ago, so my memory of what happened was very foggy. The most confusing part of the book for me though, was that the characters names had been changed. I felt completely lost at times because of it!

To sum it up, I spent most of the time thinking this;

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Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good book that kept me on the edge until the very last page. It will make you wonder and work your heads out as to why those events were happening. I really loved this book since I am a huge fan of horror and suspense. In fact, this book had me looking at my back or listening to weird noises even when I was at the comforts of my home. What made me give it a four-star is that I think it needs to have a sequel.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
McKenna Brady has done it.

Shes become one of the most popular girls at Weeping Willow High School. Shes had a tragic life thus far but for the first time in a long while, things are finally looking up.

Everything can change in the blink of an eye though and they do. Its head of the clique, Olivia Richmonds, Sweet 16 sleepover and the new girl in the group suggests they play a game. Her name is Violet and she has the perfect knack for weaving the creepiest stories of how each of the girls will
Maya White
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: may-2019
I didn't realize that this was a book until I saw the show. And we all know that the book is better than their movie or show adaptation right? And I absolutely enjoyed the show, so I knew without a doubt that I would LOVE the book...except that was not the case. I was sorta disappointed.

I think my main issue with the book was the inconsistency of the writing. Don't get me wrong, I know that this is a YA novel, so it's geared towards teenagers and those in their early twenties. Saying all of
Chance Lee
Jul 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-no, slj
Reviewed for School Library Journal 11/2018 (although I don't think they printed it):

After losing weight and getting contact lenses, sixteen-year-old McKenna Brady finds newfound popularity with the prettiest girls in school. At a birthday party, the girls play a game familiar to anyone who saw the 1996 film The Craft: Light as a feather, stiff as a board. During the slumber-party game, new student Violet Simmons tells grisly stories about each girls demise. One friend soon perishes in exactly
Oct 04, 2019 marked it as dnf
Setting this one aside. I gave it 40-ish pages and was so bored. Still going to check out the show.
Aug 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't get myself to get past the 3rd chapter. I don't recommend this to anyone over 13-14 years of age or anyone who's already read some decent literature.

I admit, I didn't finish the book, and according to the other reviews the story picks up and is quite good but I suspect the adolescent NOT-coming-of-age story is going to continue as the inconsistent inner monologue of the extremely superficial McKenna and her struggle above all to be "one of the popular girls".

The constant (and filled
Cary Morton
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board by Zoe Aarsen was a chilling tale of vengeance and greed reaching forth from the afterlife to wreak havoc on a small town as an unwitting group of teen girls become pawns in a plot from beyond the grave.

The story was well written and boasted a cast of characters both unique and complex. I thoroughly enjoyed this gripping tale would recommend it to any reader looking for a solid supernatural thriller with strong characterization and a well-constructed plot.
3.75/5 stars

A fun, light spooky read! It's not as detailed as I expected, but it does a good job of getting you into a reading mood. This would be a great read on those rainy days! I haven't seen the show, but I have seen other interpretations on the "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board" "trick". While this one isn't as spooky as I expected due to my previous experiences, this one was still fun in terms of its mystery. The characters aren't that fleshed out, but it's enough to get you to relate
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After watching the Hulu series I was so intrigued I had to read this book. This is such a fantastic work. Its very paranormal and mysterious which adds to the plot more than the show ever could. I absolutely loved it! ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can see this series being extremely popular. It was fun and I found myself skipping chores to read it.

When I finished I immediately checked Hulu for the series and discovered that they completely obliterated every detail in the story. It doesn't even resemble the book.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super fun! Brought back fond memories of RL Stine!
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay this book... this book was freaking AWESOME !!
I finished it a few hours ago and I absolutely loved it ! It was Pretty Little Liars meets Supernatural (kind of). Its been a long time since a book has stuck with me so completely as this one.

The starting of the book was scary I'll admit. All the descriptions of everyone deaths were kinda gross but it's like one of those times when you don't want to continue to read but you need to,because it's so much interesting and the plot is just
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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I've had this book on my e-reader for a while, seven years to be exact. I did end up liking this book. It had some usual ghosty elements, but the concept of the deaths coming true felt unique. I was legitimately intrigued by this book, and I wanted to see how everything would get solved. The suspense within the ghosty scenes and the oncoming deaths was absolutely fantastic. While I was reading, this felt like a
Yara Own
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG I loved this book so much although I never read a horror book before it was perfect it wasn't overrated in it is horrorness (if this is even a word) it was just the perfect mix between romance and horror and bit of fun and it shows a lot of aspects to lot of problems of any normal high school teen it is like final destination mixed with pretty little lairs and mean girls but much much better it is just AMAZING 💃love it so much love all the twists in it and I am for sure gonna complete this ...more
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best YA novels I've ever read. It kept a good pace, and as a late 20-something, I appreciated the more sophisticated writing style. The sentences weren't choppy like in many YA books and the characters were not super-whiny hopeless romantic brats. I don't think this book could properly be labeled horror or thriller, it's just a creepy investigative mystery with a paranormal twist. I gobbled it up and am ready for the sequels.
1.75 stars

First let me just say that I find it really irritating when the author doesn't tell you that a book is intended to be part of a series. I had no idea (until the VERY last page of the book) that this would be one of who knows how many in a new ghost series.

So, that said I'm writing this in a peeved stated of mind.

The story itself was alright, but there was just no need for it to continue on past one book. Nothing really gets resolved in book one, leaving all sorts of opened ended
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Zoe Aarsen is an author, graphic designer, and horror fanatic who resides in Los Angeles, CA.

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