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Fountain Dead

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Mark is uprooted from his home and high school in the Twin Cities and forced to move with his family into a Victorian in Nowhere-ville. Busy with the relocation and fitting in, Mark’s parents don’t see what’s unfolding around them—the way rooms and left behind objects seem alive with a haunted past.
Of course, Mark keeps his ghostly encounters to himself, all the while sin
Kindle Edition, 187 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by Unnerving
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Teen angst. Check. Old Victorian mansion. Check. Ghosts. Check. Two timelines. Check check!
I love YA novel and I love horror - combine the two and YAY for me!

I really enjoyed the two timelines. I may have even enjoyed Emma's timeline best as she's a feisty woman going against the grain and basically being a bad ass. Mark is living in teen angst - moving away from his best friend, who he has a crush on and is still discovering his sexuality. I actually wish we had explored this a little bit more
Candace Robinson
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The coolest part about this book is the timeline style in which it's written. We get Emma's POV from the 1800s (Which is awesome), and then we get Mark's POV from 1988 (Which is also awesome). And there's some cool ghosty paranormal business that goes down!

Mark was hands down my favorite character. He had a fun personality to where he felt like a real teen boy and said some pretty hilarious stuff. Also, there was great diversity with his character. Emma was also a well-developed character—you le
Fans of twisted tales of darkness, this one’s for you! Theresa Braun has brewed up a chilling tale that transects time and is perfect for young adult readers on up!

FOUNTAIN DEAD splits itself between Mark’s POV in 1988 and Emma’s POV in 1862. What manner of evil can cross decades and bring their stories together?

When Mark’s family tore him from his friends to move to an old, Victorian home, he is about to find that the rumors of its haunting are more than mere ghost stories. If walls could talk
Leo Robertson
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A stunningly ambitious time-traversing ghost story, following two different generations (1860s, 1980s.) An excellent and complex concept pulled off with aplomb!

More than just the same house links these characters. The themes of their lives intertwine and dovetail seamlessly as Braun expresses the roles fate forces us to play in life and how these tests teach us who we are--and aren't. As the plot drives forwards, it becomes clearer how two generations in the same house, at different times, will
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mark is not too happy his parents are forcing him to move to nowhere-ville. His mother wanted to move away from the Twin Cities to a place where everyone should live where the doors can be kept unlocked. Hence, the move to the middle of nowhere. But, the old Victorian home they have chosen to move to has secrets of its own. Secrets that lead Mark to discover as he tries to protect his family from the evil lurking inside. What happened to this old home that has the potential to destroy a family o ...more
Catherine Cavendish
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly engrossing story set in two time periods – 1862 and 1988 – but in the same house. In the latter, we get the story of Mark who has been reluctantly moved with his parents from the Twin Cities to a backwoods small town, into a Victorian house that oozes sinister atmosphere. His parents though are so engrossed with their own lives, they fail to notice what is going on around them, or that the house is affecting their daughter Tausha. It is up to Mark to find out what is going on – and he ...more
Didi Oviatt
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW what a creepy thrill ride! I was a little hessitant to read this, only because I've been on a bit of a romance kick. It's been a while since I dove into anything paranormal, but because I really enjoyed Theresa Brauns short tale, 'Dead Over Heels' did I ultimatly give it a go. I'm so glad I did too, this was just the change I needed! Move down the bench romance, because I'm back into horror for probably a few more books after this! I might even visit something Ahnia Alborn (my favorite horro ...more
LJ (On The Shelf Reviews)
Forced to move by his parents to a new town, to a new house is probably every teenagers nightmare but that’s just the beginning for Mark. He knows there’s something not right with the house, especially the basement and the neglected fountain outside but his parents ignore his pleas.

As ghostly visions and strange things start happening in the house, Mark must delve into the past and uncover the house’s secrets.

I want to reiterate the fact this is definitely the more mature end of the YA spectrum
Sherry Fundin
“…killing rich Indians.”

The greed and ugliness of humanity arises when they hear of gold, and corruption makes it easy to steal from those that have it.

Mark and his family are moving…straight into his nightmare. My curiosity is aroused and I ‘dive’ in.

Mark wondered, “A house can’t be alive…can it”

Warning bells rang in his head, but finances deemed this is their new new home.

We flip from the 1860s to the present and Emma shined in the past and Mark in the future. He pays attention to the details
Gerardo Delgadillo
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 out of 5 stars

Two points of view. Two timelines. Too interesting!

That’s what I liked about Fountain Dead. Very engaging prose that kept my attention through the two POVs. We “live” through Emma’s eyes in 1862–how people survived at the time and all that she had to go through. Then, we switch to the future with Mark in 1988, when Walkmans, spiked hair, and shoulder pads ruled. Gorgeous writing in alternating POV chapters make this book fun and creepy! Which is good, because horror, right?

Now, w
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
f you've been following me for any length of time, you know that horror is one of my preferred genres. You also probably know that I'm well aware of how rough it is to fit this genre into the YA spectrum. Authors who write YA horror have to walk a very fine line, and that's not an easy feat. So, I have to start this review with kudos to Theresa Braun for mastering that. This book may be on the upper spectrum of the YA group, but it's still firmly there.

This is a dual timeline book, with Mark set
S.J. Budd
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mark is uprooted from his home and high school in the Twin Cities and forced to move with his family into a Victorian in Nowhere-ville. Busy with the relocation and fitting in, Mark’s parents don’t see what’s unfolding around them—the way rooms and left behind objects seem alive with a haunted past.
Of course, Mark keeps his ghostly encounters to himself, all the while sinking deeper into the house's dark, alluring, and ultimately terrifying history. As romantic entanglements intensify, the para
Kristina (Books-and-dachshunds)
**Disclaimer: I did received a copy of this book from the author for review purpose. This has in no way, shape or form affected my opinion on it**

full review on the blog !

It had started to become really interesting at about 70% in the book; as of which I would’ve had finished the last 30% in one setting, if it wouldn’t had been so late already. The actions started to make more sense and I was eager to finally discover what was up with that fountain and what in hell that beast was – although the
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun book.

It isn’t scary, but it is extremely interesting. You have two timelines here and it takes a bit before you see how they intersect.

I loved our main character. He’s simply wonderful and you’ve got a bit of a coming of age story going on with him.

The book is atmospheric and gives us some eerie elements.

Glad I read this one!

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Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
True rating 4.5 stars!

Have you ever wondered about the history of a house? About if what has transpired there would have left a mark? Well, if that is an idea that interests you then you will love reading Fountain Dead! This story is told with two different timelines reflecting the thoughts and feelings of two different teens who resided in the same house as well as the paranormal interaction between them as the ghost of Emma interacts with Mark in present day. I absolutely loved the past-presen
Reads & Reels
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, paranormal
With two timelines, two stories, and two POVs, it’s like Fountain Dead is two fantastically creepy ghost stories in one! How cool is that?

This book is hard to pin down in terms of genres. Though it is clearly a paranormal tale, one of the MCs is a teenager, which adds a YA element, Emma’s story during the Civil War adds a bit of historical fiction, and the story is also for more mature readers, who can handle some gore, making it horror. But regardless of what you categorize it as, the blurred g
Kim Lo
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it

Fountain Dead is two stories intertwined together. The first is set in the 1800s and the second is set in the 1980s. Both of which have a different genre for each of the story. The one set in the past being the origin and foundation story that takes a gruesome horrific turn of events while the one set in the current state of things is more of paranormal haunted house sort of story with teens as the main character.

The biggest challenge of stories st
O. D. Book Reviews
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a really unique spin on your typical haunted house story. The house is plenty creepy with tons of spooky occurrences that our hero always tries to explain away. There is a mysterious and dark malevolence in the house and you see the deep story unveil bit by bit as secrets from long ago are revealed. It's told from the perspective of 2 time periods centering around 2 key people. I really liked these two perspectives, seeing what happened in the past, as if it was real time, and then ...more
Roxie Prince
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read this review and more on my blog at [Roxie Writes].

‘Fountain Dead’ by Theresa Braun
⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4/5
Finished on January 6, 2019
FREE on Kindle Unlimited | $3.99 on Kindle | $16.00 in Paperback

Mark moves from the Twin Cities to a large, very old, Victorian home in the middle of nowhere. His parents fail to notice the spooky things happening in the house, but Mark notices. He keeps what he experiences to himself, but does his best to figure out the history of the house.

Everything is con
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
(review request submitted by the author for an honest critique)

Fountain Dead is a carefully crafted story that takes place in two time periods, in two POV’s.

Emma, born in the 1800’s, didn’t have a lifetime of love and happiness. There was a brief period of time she thought she’d achieve her HEA but her life took a grisly turn. Family turned against her and she learned the hard way not to trust anyone.

Mark’s story took place in 1988 when his family moved to Winona and into the Durley house, Emma
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A huge thank you to the author for sending me a copy of her book in exchange for an honest review!

Mark, our main protagonist, has moved into a Victorian home in Winona with his family. Having to leave behind his best friend and settle into a town that is small and not very friendly, Mark begins having weird situations arise with the house itself. His parents seem oblivious to it all, while his little sister may be getting caught up in things too. Our story jumps perspectives, from Mark's presen
Jessica Bronder
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mark’s parents have decided to move to an amazing Victorian in the middle of nowhere. Of course it has torn Mark away from the love of his life and turned everything on its head. But Mark discovers things are off in this house and the hauntings are more than just stories.

At the same time we learn about Emma, whose family built the house, in 1862. She has been taken from the love of her life and her father has decided that she is to marry whom they chose. Emma would rather teach than marry. But t
Noelle Kelly
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Best Read
When you want to uncover a mystery entangled in the past.

YA books, ghost stories and mysteries are particular favourites of mine, Fountain Dead entwines all three in to the story.

Mark is struggling with the move to ‘Nowhere-ville’and his sexual identity. On top of that their new house is creepy from the outset, the whole family experiences supernatural occurrences but Mark and his little sister Tausha are particularly affected. Mark is overprotective over his sister which adds a sweet s
Jessica Rachow
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have a soft spot for novels that market themselves as creepy and don’t disappoint, and Fountain Dead is one of those novels! It is tense, gripping and fantastically creepy. I had a hard time putting it down.

I absolutely loved the duo POVs of Mark (1988) and Emma (1862). Theresa Braun’s ability to bring to life these two characters, making them feel very real and correct for their time periods, really made Fountain Dead shine for me. I loved the connections that were made between the two and ho
Mark Bradley
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I met Theresa Braun at a writer’s gathering around the time she was completing Fountain Dead. The thing I noticed right away, was how smoothly she layered light over darkness. Her energy, particularly as she discussed writing, was warm and intriguing with deliciously villainous undertones. After finally reading the book, I’m looking forward to discovering her other works. Ms. Braun’s mind opens a story in plain sight, but in subtly unexpected ways. Encountering the strange loops weaved into this ...more
Boundless Book Reviews
Mark can think of nothing worse than moving to a no-name town with his family, but his opinions don't matter. Once moved into the old Victorian he now calls home, strange things, haunting things, begin to happen.  This is a story that blends past a present in a hauntingly mysterious tale.

From beginning to end this book had me spooked. From the tales of the past to Mark's many haunting encounters, this story is full of mystery and spookiness. This story was well written. It was full of action and
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A typical boy moves to a new town, new school, etc. Has to start everything over that he grew accustomed to. But, right off the bat, weird things start happening to him and the hauntings begin. The way this author weaved the past to the present together was without flaw and I loved it!! This was a spine chilling, get under your skin, leave the lights on kind of book! Thank you for the privilege of letting me read it Theresa!
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Fountain Dead. The duel storyline was interesting, it kept me wondering how it would all connect in the end and Theresa definitely didn’t disappoint! The book has two main characters, Emma, who’s story takes place in the 1860’s and Mark, in 1988. I loved Emma! She’s feisty, determined and an all around badass so I enjoyed reading from her perspective. Mark was also a great character and I loved the 80’s references in his storyline. Overall, I thought this was an awesome read!
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I got this book from the author for free to write an honest review.

I think the different POV's were amazing. I really liked discovering the past of the house and that was original. I really liked how Mark was handling the situation.

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Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Fountain Dead is my favorite kind of spooky story, it's not in your face scary, spookiness slowly crawls under your skin as you read (until you are too scared to move & jump at every odd noise in the night :)).

We follow two timeline and two points of view. We follow Mark in the year 1988, as he is forced to move from everything he knows. His parents decide to live in an old Victorian house. House itself that is full of mysterious noises and weird things keep on happening, only parents are to
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Hmmm. What's this? Looks like Ms. Braun left her computer on and her Goodreads bio open.

This should be fun.

What can we say about Theresa? I mean other than the fact that she's weirdly obsessed with smiley faces :-). Like, seriously obsessed >:-*. It's kinda scary :-O.

I think she thinks she's from Renaissance England or Venice or something. I never could figure out which one it was. (She's reall
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