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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  43 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
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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
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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
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Dianne
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
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Alex findingmontauk1
Fountain Dead blends YA and horror in this multi-timeline, multi-perspective story. Part of the story takes place in the 1860s and the second part takes place in the 1980s. I do not want to give anything away about either timeline, but with the two we have a combination of teen angst/sexuality issues, haunted houses, ghosts, Native Americans, and perhaps even some slight possession. There is definitely a lot going on here - one may even wager there is too much going on.

At times I was unsure of w
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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
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Robyn
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
Mindi
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

Fountain Dead is a YA ghost story with two interconnecting timelines and a creepy Victorian house at the forefront of the story.

It's 1988 and teenage Mark is forced to leave his life in the Twin Cites behind when his family moves to a creepy Victorian home in the small town of Winona. Mark gets bad vibes from the house almost immediately, especially when he notices a decrepit fountain in front of the house.

In a se
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Steve Stred
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
** Edited as Review is now live on Kendall Reviews!**

3.5/5

This one first caught my attention through a twitter post announcing a number of new releases from Unnerving. Unnerving is one of those top-notch smaller publishers that strive to put out top-notch product, so I was excited.

Coincidentally, this was one of two books I was able to get through during a recent bout of staying home from a head cold, and this one also jumped between two-time periods.

At the heart of this tale is ghost story whic
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Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
I am always on the lookout for good haunted house narrative, but this book was not for me.

The book is set up with two alternating storylines—one of which is not even discussed in the cove copy—and I found them to be very disjointed. One is set in the early 1860s following a young woman determined to be a teacher and the other takes place in the late 1980s following a boy whose family has just moved to a new town and a creepy old house. Even though the narratives do eventually intermingle, each
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Emily
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Don't ever let any one thing rule your life."

I read a short story from Theresa Braun in an anthology last year & I really loved it, so I was very excited when I heard about this book. Unfortunately, Fountain Dead didn't have the same result for me.

I feel like there was a solid framework for a good haunted house novel, but the pieces weren't fully woven together. It was disjointed, and I think a little too much was going on. There were two timelines, and the second character wasn't even in
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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
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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
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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
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Jessica
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
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Jen (Book Den)
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-copy, horror
Fountain Dead was one of my selections for the Ladies of Horror Fiction readathon. Unfortunately, the format of Fountain Dead didn't work for me. The timeline in Fountain Dead shifted back and forth between 1988 and the 1860s. There was a lot of jumping not just between timelines but also within the narrative of each section. It was hard to keep up with what was happening. I wasn't able to properly lose myself in the story or the lives of the characters.

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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
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Renee
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Fountain Dead, we’ve got a coming of age story woven into a ghost story, or is it the other way around? Both, perhaps. However you want to describe it, Braun makes what could be a confusing format, with both time jumping and POV shifts, work.

Initially, I wondered how she’d make the multiple timelines and POV work for the story, rather than against it. While a reader might find the shifts a little disconcerting at first, as you read, the story’s secrets are revealed in a way that keep you turn
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OutlawPoet
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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Nada Sobhi
Review and rating to come after I've wrapped my head around the ending (and grilled the author about it) :D
Tracy Robinson
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
***review soon***
Michelle
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
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Minx
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
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Jessica
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  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!
Shanannigans
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
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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
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Suzy Michael
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
*I was given a copy of the book by the author in exchange for my fair and honest review.*

Fountain Dead is an entertaining and fairly original take on the ever so popular haunted house trope. Theresa Braun weaves an eerie tale between the past and the present, making the story even that more original and unique for the brand. It also has plenty of scares and it's fair share of creepiness to keep the reader turning the pages.

Fountain Dead is about teenager Mark, who is uprooted from his big city l
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Kim Lo
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Review: https://klling.wordpress.com/2018/11/...

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
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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
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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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